O’siyo. It’s always wonderful to see our Native youths accomplish positive feats. Aranesa Turner a 20-year-old member of the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, has received her “Golden Ticket” enabling her to compete in Hollywood on the hit TV show American Idol.
Excerpt: A Native ‘American Idol’ Winner? Aranesa Turner Has a Shot By ICTNM
“On Thursday night, 20-year-old Aranesa Turner was selected by the American Idol judges to receive a so-called “Golden Ticket” — a trip to Hollywood to compete against other hopefuls on the long-running entertainment contest.
Aranesa is a member of the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians. As she explained on Twitter, her mother was born and raised on the Big Valley Rancheria reservation, and her father is African American. She is believed to be the first Native American to be selected for the main competition of American Idol. Some previous contestants may have had some American Indian heritage, but none we’re aware of have self-identified as Native.
Prior to embarking on her American Idol journey, Aranesa attended Northwest Indian College. An American Idol recapper for Yahoo TV agreed that Aranesa was among the top prospects, and cited a not-so-secret weapon: “It has to be said, the girl is so ridiculously stunning that she rivals even J.Lo in the beauty department.”
My heart is really for people, and I want to give back. ~Aranesa Turner~ Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, 2014 Idol contestant.
Kudos to Aranesa and her determination to give back to the people. We wish her the best of luck! You can see the next American Idol program on Wednesday February 5, and Thursday February 6, 2014, the Fox network.