YOUTH ROCKSTARS CAPTIVATE CROWD IN FINAL ROUND AT HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™
In the Final Round of the Rodeo Rockstar, presented by Whataburger, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, 10 individuals, along with five groups, participated in the final showdown.
The categories for the contestants consisted of the Junior Division, the Senior Division and the Group Division. Winners from each division were awarded a $1,000 cash prize, a day in a professional recording studio, free Whataburger for a year, and the opportunity to ride and perform on the Rodeo’s entertainment float in the 2023 Downtown Rodeo Parade.
The Junior division winner was Aisha Choquette, who wowed the crowd with her performance of “A Broken Wing” by Martina McBride.
“I’ve performed in other places, but here you can really feel the energy,” said Aisha. “Carrie Underwood is one artist that has influenced my sound.”
Aisha has been singing since she was 5 years old and was fortunate enough to be brought up in a musical loving family.
In the Senior Division, Sofia Sunshine Plata was able to secure first place with her performance of “Piece of my Heart” by Janis Joplin.
“Nerves are the biggest part of the performance,” said Sofia. “It is such an amazing opportunity, though. Having them hear me is what makes me happy.”
The stage seemed like second nature to Sofia, who was able to use the space to her advantage during her performance.
The Creeps, a three-man rock band, was awarded first place in the group division. They performed ACDC’s song, “Let There Be Rock.”
Lead singer, Collin Cardenas, said that the band is just “three dudes who love to rock and make music.”
The Creeps band was created two years ago in the Fall of 2020 and was influenced by artists including Metallica and The Foo Fighters. The band plans on using the money they receive toward merchandise and an EP that is already in progress.
All of the 15 talents who took the stage blew away the panel of judges, as well as the crowd. All individuals were able to captivate and engage the crowd while showing off their talents on stage.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo continues through March 20. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.