A Tampa singer has a shot at national fame on the wild card round of "America's Got Talent" tonight on NBC.
Shevonne Philidor, 20, who has performed at numerous Tampa-area clubs and restaurants, including Whiskey Joe's, is scheduled to perform before the judges.
If she gets enough votes from viewers, she will continue in the competition.
"I am very nervous and very anxious," Philidor said Monday in a telephone interview. "I would love to have a recording contract one day."
Philidor plays guitar, drums and keyboard and writes her own music. She says she can sing all styles from rock to blues. She's posted some of her performances on YouTube. "I'm not a viral hit, but a lot of people have checked them out," she said.
Philidor, the 2008 homecoming queen at Blake High School, is in Los Angeles with her mother, Kim Brown. Several watching parties are planned in Brandon, Tampa, Apollo Beach and Wesley Chapel.
"This is very exciting because Shevonne is incredibly gifted," says Cynthia Gries, founder and director of Tampa's Entertainment Revue, a singing and dancing troupe of young performers.
Gries is hosting a watching party tonight at the Press Box on South Dale Mabry Highway. She says Philidor was a member of the Revue for more than eight years. "She's got a lot of talent, a natural performer," Gries said.
Philidor made her TV debut in 2004 on "America's Most Talented Kids." She since has performed in the national tour of "Oz The Musical."
Philidor tried out twice before for "America's Got Talent" and four times for "American Idol" before landing a spot in front of the judges in Houston in May. She auditioned while a reporter from USA Today was there and was featured in an article about the show.
When she is not performing in Tampa-area clubs, Philidor works a retail job at Abercrombie & Fitch, does voice-over work in commercials and moonlights as a party disc jockey.
DR. OZ: A film crew working for "The Dr. Oz Show" will be in Tampa on Wednesday as part of a campaign to properly dispose of expired prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.
A dump truck will be at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 400 North Ashley Drive, in downtown Tampa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday to collect the items.
Those attending are asked to wear bright solid-colored shirts. Those wishing to participate in a special video message to Dr. Oz should plan on attending at 10:15 a.m. Those interested in being featured on camera can email DrOzInYourCity@zoco.com for information.
VIDBITS: "The Real Housewives Live Tour" launches in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 1 and features cast members from Beverly Hills, New Jersey, New York and so on. Bravo says that fans will have a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite cast members as the ladies discuss the most talked about moments, reveal cast secrets and answer questions. For information, visit www.BravoTV.com.
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