USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines deployed on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) have routinely tuned their television sets to watch "Truman Idol," a singing competition modeled after the popular talent competition "American Idol."
After weeks of online voting dwindled dozens of competitors down to the final three, Truman's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted the 2010 finale in the ship's hangar bay Dec. 9.
The three finalists, Cpl. Faith Klinger from "The Checkerboards" of Marine Attack Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 312, Aviation Structural Mechanic Airman Sheila Corbin from the "Zappers" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, and Yeoman Seaman (SW) Marshondra Miller, of Truman's administration department performed songs from genres that were chosen by the judges at random.
"The finalists are extremely talented, humble, and truly gifted professionals," said Senior Chief Aviation Machinist Mate (AW/SW) Lora Porter, one of the three judges of the contest.
With the winner receiving a $2,000 grand prize, Truman crew members were able to cast their vote electronically for their favorite singer over the following two days. Capt. John Clapperton, Truman's executive officer, announced Miller as the contest winner Dec. 11.
"I felt I did my best, but I still wasn't sure it would be enough to win the whole competition," said Miller, who chose to sing an original song she wrote for her final performance. "I was up against some extremely talented individuals, especially during the finale."
Miller plans to invest her grand prize and other deployment earnings when she gets back home.
"I am completely impressed with Miller; not only as an artist, but also as a Sailor," said Porter. "She is very courteous, respectful and carries herself in the manner of an exemplary Sailor."
The show drew high praise from the hundreds of attendees, who appreciated the opportunity to relax, enjoy a night of entertainment, and support their friends.
"The whole program was very professional and impressive, and the incorporation of funny acts was definitely one of my favorite parts about the show," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Charity Chambers, who attended the performance. "I loved that MWR decided to hold the finale live in the hangar bay. It gave me the feeling that I was at an actual taping of 'American Idol'."
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