Terrell High School student and Terrell based musician, Reece Norris, is a semifinalist for the Rodeo Rockstar competition.
The Rodeo Rockstar began in 2012. The competition is free and open to non-professional singers. Contestants submit an audition video on YouTube in January. The public then votes online to select the top applicants who will compete in Preliminary and Final Rounds during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Rodeo Rockstar includes Junior, Senior and group divisions. Contestants in the Junior Division range in age from 6 to 15 years old, and Senior Division contestants range in age from 16 to 21 years old. Group Division contestants must range in age from 6 to 21 years old.
The first round of voting for the Rodeo Rockstar competition was public voting where people had to go to the Houston Rodeo website and vote on their favorite video in three divisions. Norris competed in the Senior Division, which are ages 16-21. Voting was for two weeks.
Norris was notified that he made the top 10 in his division. Norris is now in the semifinals, which will be held in Houston on Tuesday, March 5. He will perform solo with his guitar on stage in front of three judges & an audience at NRG Park. The top five will be chosen on the same day and if he advances he will move on to the next round on March 12th.
“I'm so thankful to grow up in a community like Terrell,” Norris said. “Thank you to everyone that voted for me. I appreciate all the support & help. I'd like to give a special thanks to the First Christian Church, Sweetwater Grill, Millhouse Pizzeria & Stage, Smoke Monkey Music Hall & Dos Aces for giving a 16 year old kid a chance to get up on stage & sing.”