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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Sunday, May 22, 2005

Three Idolized Islanders

 •  Stretching out to grasp stardom
 •  'Idol' alum keeps career flame burning
 •  Jake says everyone's career path differs

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer


Full name: Jasmine Soriano Trias.

Born: Nov. 3, 1986.

Birthplace: Honolulu.

Ethnicity: Filipino, Spanish, Chinese.

High school: Maryknoll School, class of 2004.

Former winner: Brown Bags to Stardom, 2001; Road to Fame, 2003.

"American Idol" finish: Second runner up, behind Diana DeGarmo and winner Fantasia Barrino (2004).

Marketing strategy: Full-on blitz, to put her Out There with promotional single, meet-and-greets, collectible cards ... in-between "Idol" publicity and the July 12 release of her first CD.

Early buzz: The Maryknoll "mystery girl," because she was kept in the background on the TV show.

Latest buzz: Incorporating blues in the upcoming album.

On the horizon: June 4 appearance at SixFlags Magic Mountain Filipino-American Funfest, in Valencia, Calif.; "All Girl Band" film role.


Full name: Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco.

Born: Sept. 1, 1985.

Birthplace: Makati, Philippines.

Ethnicity: Filipino, Irish, Spanish.

High school: Attended Maui High School and St. Anthony's; earned GED.

Former job: Waitress at parents' International House of Pancakes restaurant in Kahului, Maui.

"American Idol" ranking: Finished ninth (2004).

Marketing strategy: Lay low while waiting for CD to be released, targeted for this summer.

Early buzz: Compared to Lauryn Hill, with an Island spin.

Latest buzz: Exposed to and loving smooth jazz, which has been influencing her songwriting; might concertize with Diana DeGarmo.

On the horizon: Appearance as singer, not waitress, at mom and dad's restaurant opening (date to be announced) at Windward Mall.


Full name: Jordan Wayne Segundo.

Born: Feb. 3, 1985.

Birthplace: Honolulu.

Ethnicity: Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, German.

High school: Farrington High School, class of 2003.

Former job: Jamba Juice.

"American Idol" ranking: Top 32 (2003).

Marketing strategy: Keep the name alive with events big and small, with ongoing TV exposure and mandatory CD, spread over two years.

Early buzz: Called "fish on a slab" by Simon Cowell, he's extended his 15 minutes of fame into a career.

Latest buzz: First "Idol" finalist vying for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Promising Artist category), 2005.

On the horizon: Adult Friends for Youth is contemplating making him its spokesman.