News Icon

News: 'Bliss Got Talent' names Alabama native first place

Story by Sgt. Ida IrbySmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

'Bliss Got Talent' names Alabama native first place Sgt. Ida Irby

U.S. Army Spc. Phillip Clark, with the 47th Brigade Support Battalion, sings Garth Brooks “The Dance,” during the "Bliss Got Talent" competition at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 27, 2013. Clark is the first place winner of the overall competition. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ida Irby/Released)

FORT BLISS, Texas – Flashing laser lights and light stage smoke filled the dim hall at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center as an audience waited to be entertained by the six remaining performers during the final show of "Bliss Got Talent," Feb. 27, 2013.

Each performer presented two acts in categories that included vocal soloist and individual dancing.

Spc. Phillip Clark, 47th Brigade Support Battalion, encouraged the audience to get out their dancing shoes while he sang the country songs: “Neon Moon” by Brooks and Dunn and “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. The Fort Bliss community voted the cowboy-hatted country singer first place winner and he took home a $500 prize.

The Andalusia, Ala., native dedicated his performance to his family, especially his Uncle David who inspired him to sing form more than 11 years.

“I can see why you’re a crowd favorite,” said guest judge Emily Garcia, publicist from El Paso, Texas.

Also commenting on his performance, guest judge Sgt. Maj. Mike Barnes, with Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Services, compared Clark’s performance to a soldier’s rating scale saying, “If I was doing an NCOER, you are 1/1, among the best.”

Coming in second place, Army veteran, Shaunna Cook from Tampa, Fla., sang her rendition of the two gospel hymns; “Can’t Give up Now” by Mary Mary and “From a Distance,” made popular by Bette Midler.

“[Cook] You bring Sunday morning to Wednesday night,” said Barnes.

Coming in third place, Staff Sgt. Christian Ortiz, kept an old school R&B theme, when performing two classic tunes: “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett and “Oh Darling” by the Beatles.

The 1st Armored Division table-hopping, bee-bopping performer, brought the crowd to their feet, even Barnes remarked, “[Ortiz] is a true showman.”

The talent show was not only used to showcase local talent but it also allowed soldiers to receive a unit participation award. The 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division received the spirit award that included $250 toward their unit funds for the fidelity and support shown to all the performers.


Connected Media
Images'Bliss Got Talent'...
U.S. Army Spc. Phillip Clark, the winner, holds up the...
Images'Bliss Got Talent'...
U.S. Army Veteran Shannon Cook sings a gospel hymn under...
Images'Bliss Got Talent'...
U.S. Army Staff. Sgt. Christian Ortiz, with the 1st...
Images'Bliss Got Talent'...
U.S. Army Spc. Phillip Clark, with the 47th Brigade...
Images'Bliss Got Talent'...
U.S. Army Spc. Phillip Clark, with the 47th Brigade...


Web Views
49
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, 'Bliss Got Talent' names Alabama native first place, by SGT Ida Irby, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.27.2013

Date Posted:03.04.2013 21:03

Location:EL PASO, TX, USGlobe

Hometown:ANDALUSIA, AL, US

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr