Eight finalists vied for the chance to sing the National Anthem at December’s Boca Bowl on ABC-TV. But Raphael and Evelyn Martins harmonies’ wowed the judges.
“I thought you guys were spectacular,” Adam Marshall told the audience at the 2019 Built Ford Tough Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl Idol. His law firm, Marshall Grant PLLC, presented the talent competition.
“I have the chills,” added judge Jason Elias, regional promotion manager for Interscope Geffen A&M Records.
The Martins had their own cheering section. Evelyn works at Mobile Help at BRIC, short for Boca Raton Innovation Campus, the Idol venue. The former IBM complex is a Crocker Partners property since 2018, so company v.p. Danielle Vennett was among fans pulling for the Deerfield Beach pair.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they’ve been singing together since their early teens. It showed. They sing at church and post songs to their YouTube channel, MartinsMusic.
The audience filled out ballots after all eight performances to add their votes to the judges’ final three. They included two Boca Raton vocalists. Emily Rubino, 15, is a musical theater major at Dreyfoos School for the Arts.
“Keep on shooting for the stars,” judge Kendra Erika told Hannah Crampton-Thomas, 20, a student at Florida Atlantic University.
Erika, a Billboard recording artist in from L.A., sang the Anthem herself at the first Boca Bowl.
The other contestants were Alexis Bentinganan, Carla Hicks, Alyssa Porter, Emily Shecter and Maria Gabriela Esquivel.
Emcee was ESPN Radio’s Ken LaVicka, the voice of FAU football and basketball. Ceasar’s Jerk and Famous Ribs provided the food and Potions in Motions staffed the bar.
“Every year the talent is stronger, the live finalists rounds more entertaining and the audience more spirited in support of Boca Chamber Festival Days and our charitable partner, Spirit of Giving,” said Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl executive director Doug Mosley.
Thursday night’s event kicked off Boca Chamber Festival Days, pairing charities and for-profits for 21 more fundraisers through August.
See the Martins’ winning National Anthem rendition at https://www.facebook.com/thebocavoice/
For tickets to the 2019 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at FAU Stadium and lead-in events, go to www.cheribundibocaratonbowl.com.
By Marci Shatzman