eZWay Magazine Jan. 2016 - Page 18

MISS MARY DESMOND ON STAGE PLEASE... The final season of AMERICAN IDOL without a doubt will be edged in the memory of 17 year-old singer MARY DESOND, a student at Mission Viejo High School in Orange County. She was merely three years old when the highly rated talent show debuted in 2002. She admits that she had always dreamed of being one of those talented performers selected for an appearance on the show. Now her dream has come true. When Mary won the lead role in her high school production of "Legally Blonde" and rocked the audience with her blazing performance, it only made her even more determined to try her luck with "Idol". She quickly informs offered, "I love being on the stage in front of the audience. My main goal is to make people laugh and smile." Desmond admittedly has garnered a lot of experience as a youngster just watching singing and dancing performances on stage and TV. "I don't really remember when I started being a fan of American Idol, however, I do recall my mom warning, 'You better go put on your pajamas and brush your teeth or you can't watch that show'." For her audition, Desmond sang the R&B standard "Fever." Previously, she had performed it last summer (2015) when opening for jazz artist Eric Marienthal at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The style of Michael Buble' seemed to suit her best as was evidenced by the very critical Newport audience. It would be a dream come true, as far as she is concerned if she was the lucky one chosen to follow in the footsteps of: Clay Aiken, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert. 16. Photo Credits: Tracy Desmond