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I'm a big fan of the big voices of Joss Stone and Christina Aguilera. Your Advocate featured last fall a Victoria teen who might end up being the next Joss or Christina.

I'm not the only one who thinks 17-year-old Sarah Rivas might make it big. She is one of 20 singers nationwide selected by music manager Johnny Wright, who also has worked with the Jonas Brothers, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears.

You can watch and support her via an online show called On the Spot. The show is promoting audience participation, so you can start by visiting Sarah's profile page at and voting for her. She also has a On the Spot Facebook page that she hopes you will visit and click "like."

All of this community support is essential to her success on the show. Wouldn't it be marvelous if all Crossroads residents threw their support behind Sarah? She'll need such a concerted effort because she's up against some singers from much more populated areas.

New web episodes of On the Spot air each Friday. Every week, the judges knock out one or two contestants in a variation of "American Idol." The goal here, though, is to form a boy/girl group that will storm the pop charts.

"Victoria has always been a supportive place for me, but I cannot do this without everyone’s support and people willing to share my voice and music with others," Sarah wrote me via e-mail after filming her next episode.

Her first challenge, due Sunday, included a photo shoot and behind-the-scenes video. We'll have to tune in Friday to see how she did. If she makes it to the final eight, Sarah will go to Los Angeles for training.

"I may be shooting videos with my Flipcam in the Victoria area, so look out!" Sarah wrote.

To see Sarah perform live, we'll have to wait until Victoria's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. She hasn't had time for any other shows lately, she said, writing, "Along with keeping up with my school work, my life has gone into the fast lane somewhat, but I guess that’s show biz!"