Monica Saldivar was voted the winner of Tejano Idol, grabbing the crown for the fifth edition of the annual singing competition sponsored by the Austin Tejano Music Coaltion in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
The Dallas Baptist University student from Grand Prairie, Texas beat out 12 other finalists from around the country during the finale hosted by Tejano Hall of Famer Shelly Lares, celebrating her 33rd year in the music industry.
“On cloud nine right now! Just won 1st place in the Tejano Idol 2015 competition,” Saldivar posted on her official Facebook page after the win. “I want to congratulate all the finalist for all their hard work and talent, keep up the great work!”
Saldivar earned her way to the finale singing “Duele” by Elida Reyna at the Ft. Worth auditions back in June. Her performances of Selena’s “La Llamada” in the second round and “El Ausente” by Stefani Montiel in the first round of the Tejano Idol finale helped catapult the singer to the win.
Saldivar picks up $500 and the opportunity to record with legendary label Freddie Records as the new Tejano Idol.
“I would like to thank all my family friends who came out to support,” Salidvar added. “I wouldn’t be here without all your love and support. Thank You!”
Past Tejano Idol winners include 2011 winner Ashley Borrero, 2012 winner Anani Rhames, 2013 winner Mario Macias and 2014 winner Erica Rangel.
The Austin Tejano Music Coalition is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the Tejano Music culture. Our goals are to promote the music, increase awareness, and grab the attention of new Tejano Music listeners. We want to draw a spotlight to young artists and infuse the Tejano Music scene with fresh and new talent.
WATCH: Monica Saldivar performs Selena’s “La Llamada” at Tejano Idol 2015
WATCH: Monica Saldivar performs “El Ausente” by Stefani Montiel at Tejano Idol 2015
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