Jordan Segundo, 17, made it into the semifinals of the hit FOX talent-slash-reality TV series “American Idol” after gruelling tryouts broadcast tonight on the network. The Farrington High School student has been singing and performing since he was three, and was sent to audition for the series after winning local tryouts in November.
Segundo is a familiar face in local talent competitions, having performed in Oceanic‘s “Road to Fame” show, on the Hawaii-based PAX network talent show “Destination Stardom,” and at the 2001 Miss USA Hawaii pageant.
Most recently, he topped the voice category for Hawaii in the 2003 ARTS program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA).
In his profile on the “American Idol” website, Segundo names Brian McKnight and Janet Jackson as his favorite pop artists, says his performances are reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, and names his mom as his personal American idol.
He is of Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese and German ancestry, and when he’s not in school or singing, he works at the Jamba Juice in Waikiki.
Segundo has long had his sights on the mainland music industry. On a personal web page created with his classmates at Dole Intermediate School five years ago, the then 12-year-old Segundo writes extensively about the Hawaiian music scene and his dreams of making it big.
“I look at it has a hard but very fun thing to do but to have a singing career here in Hawaii is not a job you can live off of like the some of the mainland entertainers can,” the young Segundo opined. “If I had a choice I would go and be an entertainer in the mainland because it pays well.”
The young Segundo even designed the cover art for his first CD, “Early Years.”
He has two younger brothers, Wayne and Joey, and an older sister, Porsche.
“American Idol” airs Tuesday nights on FOX. Segundo’s next moment to shine will come soon, but not on the Feb. 4 broadcast, according to the show’s website.
Fellow aspiring artists Kanoi Gibson and Crystal Akana also placed in the local tryouts sponsored by radio station I-94 went to audition for “American Idol” as well, but did not make the preliminary cut.