August 31st, 2007


SUGAR LAND, TX (August 31, 2007) – Thousands of people gathered on the Plaza of Town Square last Saturday to cheer on their favorite contestant in the final round of the 2007 Sugar Land Superstar competition. At the end of the night, judges awarded the Sugar Land Superstar title to Rosenberg resident Julio Arriola. Finishing first runner up was Derek Brotherton; second runner up was given to Jennifer Obeahon.

“I’d like to congratulate Julio and all the finalists who performed in the show this summer.  The talent in Fort Bend County continues to amaze me,” said Sugar Land Town Square Marketing and Event Manager Rita Sosebee.  “I’m grateful to everyone who came out to support the competition.  The response from the community has been overwhelming.”

Arriola was awarded the title by a panel of celebrity judges local to Fort Bend County including Yolanda Green, public affairs director at KHCW-TV, T.J. Callahan, KILT-FM radio personality, and Craig DeSerf, general sales manager of David Taylor Cadillac.  In addition, KHMX-FM Radio Personality Michele Fisher and the High Tech Texan Michael Garfield emceed the event. Spectators also enjoyed a special appearance from the City of Sugar Land’s Mayor David Wallace and performance by the 2006 Sugar Land Superstar Shannon Loucks.

Arriola, who performed a rendition of America the Beautiful, is the father of three and currently works in the Worship and Creative Arts Ministry at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. As Superstar, Arriola received a number of prizes generously donated by various retailers of Sugar Land Town Square. In addition, he will have performance opportunities throughout the next year in Town Square including this year’s Christmas tree lighting.

Sugar Land Superstar, an American Idol-like competition, was created by Sugar Land Town Square to scout out Fort Bend County’s best vocal talent. The summer-long competition consisted of two rounds where contestants competed to advance to the final round.

This year’s competition was generously underwritten by David Taylor Cadillac.

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