By Sgt. Sung Il Choi (IMCOM)August 13, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Former contestants of American Idol, the popular television show, toured several U.S. Army Garrisons around the world to thank troops for their service overseas. On USAG Yongsan, the team was invited to sing for the Community here, Aug. 11.
The Idols World Tour, presented by Armed Forces Entertainment, is designed to bring an opportunity for the Military Community to come together and enjoy the entertainment provided by a group of individuals grateful for the service of Servicemembers living overseas. A total of 24 cast members, including eight former contestants, had been invited to USAG Yongsan.
On behalf of the world tour team, Jovany Javier, a top 16 finalist in American Idol Season 10, spoke of appreciation and commitment.
"I'm proud not only about being from Texas, but also because ever since the civil war, our family has had a Solider in every generation up to the present day, and we're very proud of that," Javier said.
Javier explained that his family background allowed him to understand the kind of difficult sacrifices Servicemembers and Families endured. He expressed his deep gratitude for everyone serving overseas, who were willing to make such sacrifices for their country.
The team showcased a variety of songs and performances during the two-hour-event providing music and entertainment for Community members. Each performer mesmerized both younger and older fans with their unique personality, voice and performance.
The entertainment for the evening provided an enjoyable atmosphere where the performers and audience members had a chance to dance and sing together.
"We're excited to be here and watch the former American Idols," said Angie Cambell, spouse of Master Sgt. Dan Campbell from Special United States Liaison Advisor Korea. "My kids and I are a big fan of American Idol and we are having a blast. Jennifer Hirsh is my favorite singer today. I just hope from now on Servicemembers come out and support the event."
Community members are encouraged to come and enjoy upcoming events presented by Armed Forces Entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil and other events, which are hosted throughout the year.