Tejano Idol In the Making

In 2010 when "American Idol" auditions came to Austin, Texas members of the Austin Tejano Music Coalition joked "that there should be an Tejano Idol" competition....a version of the TV show.  The laughter wore off  but the idea stuck with Coalition member Aggie Sanchez.  "Why not"  she said... "I just couldn't let the idea go."  She thought about all the talented singers out there and that there should be a avenue to assist them to showcase that talent and promote the tejano genre. 

"Why not organize a ‘Tejano Idol'?" Sánchez pleaded with coalition members, bringing it up every time she got the chance until the group decided this just might be the boost Austin's Tejano music scene needs.

The Canta Tejano Idol contest, modeled loosely after "American Idol" (minus the cameras but with celebrity judges including two-time Grammy nominee Shelly Lares), launched spring 2011 with several audition sites from Round Rock to far South Austin.

With contestants ranging in ages from 18 to their early 30s, organizers hope the competition helps grab the attention of some new Tejano music listeners. Organizers hope spotlighting young new artists could infuse the Tejano music scene with fresh ideas and talent.

"Who knows," said Sánchez, the contest coordinator. "Maybe we'll find the next Selena."






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