Local songbird Katharine McPhee did it again Thursday, keeping her standing among the remaining dozen contestants on “American Idol.” The Sherman Oaks native, who performed Aretha Franklin’s “Think” in the week’s competition, was not among the four aspiring singers booted from the popular talent show. Instead, Kinnik Sky, Ayla Brown, Will Makar and Gedeon McKinney were sent packing during the fifth season’s third elimination round. The contest began with 24 hopefuls – a dozen males and a dozen females – at the start of the voting process. Judge Simon Cowell liked McPhee’s performance, saying the song choice was “a risk, but you pulled it off and made it seem effortless.” But Sky, 28, wasn’t so lucky and received the lowest number of votes for her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” “I think you just booked your plane ticket home,” meanie Cowell told the singer. Brown, 17, a student from Wrentham, Mass., fought back tears as host Ryan Seacrest announced she would be leaving the show. “It’s OK to cry,” Seacrest told her, “because you care.” Makar, also 17, from Woodlands, Texas, was chopped after his version of Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is,” prompted Cowell to brand him “very juvenile.” And McKinney’s reading of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” didn’t help. But after he was dumped, the 17-year-old from Memphis, Tenn., smiled and said, “By the blood of Jesus, I’m saved. This is only the beginning.” Also on Thursday’s show, last season’s runner-up, rocker Bo Bice, returned to sing his hit, “The Real Thing.” “American Idol” continues to dominate the ratings for its time slot, drawing between 25 million and 30 million viewers per telecast this season. Seacrest said more than 46 million viewers voted during the past week. After running three times a week since the season began Jan. 17, “Idol” will now run twice weekly. The winner will be named May 24. “The singers have to show real consistency to make it all the way through to the end,” said vocalist Phil King, manager of the Singing Store, a Lake Balboa shop that specializes in accessories for amateur and professional singers. “You have to be great every single time you sing before the camera. That’s the true test of a pro.” McPhee, 21, grew up in Sherman Oaks, attended Notre Dame High School and worked in musical theater in Thousand Oaks. Her mother, Peisha McPhee, is a cabaret singer and vocal coach. Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Source: Electric, Hybrid, Clean Diesel & High-MPG Vehicles Three Events Maximize EV ExposureSince 2011, a national electric car event has been held every year. Originally called National Plug In Day, it later expanded to become National Drive Electric Week. It’s actually nine days long, including weekends on both ends. This year, I participated in two events. First, I hosted one at work for fellow employees, and later, I attended another, larger event, where I let people drive my 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to experience electric motoring firsthand.Marketo Event, San Mateo, CAMarketo hosted its second annual National Drive Electric Week event during lunch hour on Thursday, September 13. The weather cooperated, and the event went off without a hitch, although attendance was lower than anticipated. It’s understandable, though—people are working!Steve brought his Bolt to two partiesDisplay cars included three Tesla Model 3s, a Tesla Model X, my freshly washed Chevrolet Bolt EV, a Nissan Leaf, a Volkswagen e-Golf, a BMW i3, and a Chevrolet Volt. One of the Model 3s was available for rides.Allyson Gaarder from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project showed attendees how they could receive California rebates for buying a variety of electric cars.Vehicle owners gave attendees a tour of their cars and enjoyed talking with each other about the pleasures of electric motoring.Nissan supplied some swag, including water bottles, mini backbacks, pens and tiny fans that attach to your phone. Attendees received a token good for a $5 discount at the adjacent food trucks.Acterra Event, Palo Alto, CAOn the last Sunday of Summer, Acterra, the Palo Alto environmental nonprofit, hosted its third annual National Drive Electric Week event. Acterra’s mission is to bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet; they always put on a great show.EV enthusiasts shared their favorite electric rides with eager attendees. Booths provided information about rebates, vehicle charging and a solar energy vendorNissan stepped up as sponsor of NDEWpresented solar options. Allyson was there with her booth and California rebate information. Event sponsor Nissan brought a small fleet of new Leaf’s for show and drives.I watched the parking lot fill with Chevrolet Bolt EVs, BMW i3s, Nissan Leafs, Tesla Model 3s and even a low, sleek Fisker Karma. One guy brought his now rare Honda Fit Electric, and there was at least one tiny Chevy Spark EV as well as a cute little Fiat 500e.The beauty of these events, which Acterra hosts year-round, is the chance to learn about and sample multiple EVs in the same location, away from aggressive salespeople. With EVs, the owners are often more knowledgeable about the cars than a typical dealership employee, and they can certainly talk about day-to-day life with a plug-in vehicle.This event is both a car show and a ride-and-drive. Although it’s a little annoying to have to to readjust my seat and mirror settings when the day’s over, and having strangers drive your car can be a little nerve wracking, I like to let attendees get a personal feel for what driving an electric car is like.Luckily, all the people who took the wheel of my car were competent, responsible motorists, so I didn’t have any worry the entire afternoon. With high demand, I was busy non-stop.In most cases, I took the people for a ride around the short test loop, and then had them drive it. I felt it would make them more comfortable, and it let me explain the features first. Luckily, the Bolt itself is pretty straightforward, and controls are where you expect them.It was a week of talking and driving, hoped to lead to more EV salesPeople were surprised at the Bolt’s spacious interior, especially the generous headroom. One 6-4 gentleman pulled the seat all the way back and then forward a little! My drivers were also impressed with the video camera rear-view mirror, which gives a wider, clearer view than a regular mirror.When driving, my guests were fascinated by the low or high brake regeneration. If the transmission lever is in “D,” when you lift your foot off the accelerator, you keep rolling along, like with a normal automatic. In “L” mode, as you lift up your foot, the electricity flow is reduced, slowing the car and sends kinetic energy back to the battery as extra electrons. This lets you do “one-pedal driving.” It’s a wonderful way to maintain extra control of your car while generating extra battery power and saving your brake pads.At 4 p.m., we assembled inside the Acterra offices for the official launch of the newly renamed Karl Knapp Go EV program. Knapp, a beloved Stanford science professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, promoted electrified cars and motorcycles for many years, and has been an inspiration to many. We had some food and drinks and watched a short video about Karl. Sadly, Professor Knapp is ill and was unable to attend.After the reception, I gave three more people rides, so I was one of the last to leave. It’s fun to share your EV, and I hope all of my drivers will go out and get their own! Electric cars are the future, and soon there will be many more choices.National Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. Sponsors include the Nissan Leaf (Platinum), Clipper Creek (Silver), and eMotorWerks (California Regional)Global Climate Action Summit ZEV ShowcaseEd note: The same week Steve was participating in his two events, as part of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, I visited one of GCAS’s affiliate events, the ZEV Showcase. It presented a panoply of EV transportation alternatives as well as some supporting technologies. Everything from Lime scooters to Jump ebikes to a Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle were on display. Drives and rides were also available. Additional exhibitors including the local utility PG&E, which displayed a Chevrolet Bolt, BMW (which showed an i3 and the C-Evolution electric motorcycle, Honda with a Clarity Electric, Tesla with a Model 3 and Supercharger display, Motivate ebikes, ZOOX with its autonomous pilot concept vehicle, Intersolar’s Power2Drive, HeVo wireless charging, Freewire mobile charging and Paired Power solar charging.At the Gloval Climate Action Summit, all kinds of EVs and charging were on displaySponsors and supporters of the event, aimed at the 4,500 delegates and tens of thousands of other attendees there for the week of GCAS events; included Edison International, Calstart (which brought an electric Winnebago), Chargepoint, Greenlots, Veloz, Black & Veatch, NRDC, MyGreenCar.org and CALmatters.org. Charge Across Town, a six-year-old non-profit dedicated to EV education and outreach. Organized the Showcase. —Michael CoatesThe post Event: National Drive Electric Week 2018 appeared first on Clean Fleet Report.