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UNLV Idol 2015 contestants Danielle Doolittle, Thalia Garcia, Shaja Revilla, Jenelle Tamio and Kristina Wells (Photo by Diana Bustamante)
UNLV Idol 2015 contestants Danielle Doolittle, Thalia Garcia, Shaja Revilla, Jenelle Tamio and Kristina Wells (Photo by Diana Bustamante)

Sisters Unite for UNLV Idol Crown

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This year’s UNLV Idol champion not only won the singing competition, but had a family reunion on stage.

Last year Jenelle Tamio auditioned for UNLV Idol but didn’t make it past the first round. This year, she was crowned the winner of UNLV Idol 2015.

Jenelle Tamio is currently attending UNLV and is majoring in Criminal Justice and pre-nursing.

Ever since she was in the 6th or 7th grade, Tamio would secretly listen to her sister singing Selena songs through the door. She would sing along without her sister noticing and that inspired her to sing.

She describes her genre preference as hip-hop or R&B. She is also interested in gospel music that has an R&B vibe.

When it came to auditioning for UNLV Idol she was confident in herself because she felt like she was doing a cover in her room but with people watching her.

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Tamio surprised the audience when she brought out four violin players to compliment her cover of a Sweet Dreams / Dangerously In Love Medley by Beyoncé. At the end of her performance, she pointed out that one of the violin players was actually her little sister.

“No one had a clue,” Tamio said. “We kept it a secret from everyone, even our family and we were both able to make them proud together.”

UNLV Idol provided Tamio a stage to accomplish something great, and the fact that she was able to enjoy it with her sister only enhanced the experience.

“I felt like I’ve been losing my touch in music and I kept praying that I would find it again,” Tamio said. “Being in this competition really helped me get back into my music and it also meant that I could perform with my sister.”

One important thing Tamio believes people should have is a friendly and respectful attitude towards one another even if it is during a competition.

“It is all about helping people better their passion like you would want somebody to help you,” Tamio said. “You just need to open yourself up and understand that being friendly is so much more easier than being stubborn.”

She plans on using the $1,000 scholarship from UNLV Idol solely towards her classes in the next academic year.

“I not only won the competition but I made my family proud and that means a lot,” Tamio said.

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