After round one of Idol NV, the local talent constest inspired by television’s American Idol, two contestants are moving on to the finals on Feb. 28: Talia Trozzo and Samantha Gafvert. Round two is this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for kids. As an added attraction, it has been announced that American Idol Chikezie will make a special guest appearance on Feb. 14 at Round 4.

Born Chikezie Eze, in Inglewood, California to Richard Eze and Chika Emerueh Eze who emigrated from Nigeria, he began singing at the tender age of 13.  He has a younger brother (Obinna Eze) and an older sister (Odochi Eze).  Chikezie attended high school at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies and Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas.

Chikezie first auditioned for American Idol, Season 6. He made it through to Hollywood Week, where he didn’t make the top 24. Undeterred, he returned and successfully auditioned again for Season 7 when the show made its rounds in San Diego. Chikezie made vast improvements since his first attempt, impressing the judges with, “All the Woman I Need” by Luther Vandross. The improvement effectively earned his ticket to Hollywood. Once there, he beat the competition and became one of the prestigious top 24., moving onward to the top12 and making it to the elite top 10 American Idol, Season 7 tour.

After his elimination from American Idol on March 26, 2008, Chikezie has made appearances on Live with Regis and Kelly, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, following a 3 month American Idol Concert tour.

Chikezie's says his musical influences are Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, John Legend, Sam and Dave, anyone that makes good music. He has often stated his love for performing. When he is performing, “it's always with the intention of lifting people's spirits and entertaining them.”

Event Sponsors for Idol NV are Surly Girl, Mechanics Bank, Kiwanis Club of Napa Event Partners: Alexis Baking Company, Anette’s Chocolate & Ice Cream, Betty’s Girl, Blossom Chiropractic, Cake Plate, Exertec Health & Fitness, The Eye Works, Gloria Curry Day Spa, Jim Russell Racing Driver’s School, The Little Gourmet, Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co., Oxbow Public Market, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Pilates Napa Valley, Prairie Sun Recording, Taylor's Refresher, Small World Deli.

The event’s media partner is 1440 KVON and 99.3 THE VINE. It is underwritten in part by Presentation Circle Friends, Moira and Lee.

WHO:    Chikezie Eze

                     (American Idol finalist)

WHAT:    Pop/Guest Performance         

WHEN:    Saturday, February 14,

                     8 p.m.

COST:    $18/$12

WHERE:    Napa Valley Opera House,

                     1030 Main Street,

                      Napa, CA 94559

INFO:    707.226.7372,

                      www.nvoh.org

CONTACT:    Michelle Andre,

                      michelle@nvoh.org,

                      707.603.2338

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