Advocate editorial board opinion: Simon Cowell would like these performers

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 18, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.

Once in a while, we are treated to something really uplifting, unusual and unexpected. For example, last year, for those of us watching "Britain's Got Talent," we saw a plain-dressed woman named Susan Boyle sing "I Dreamed a Dream," and we were all astounded at the perfection and beauty of her voice. Now, Boyle is a worldwide-known artist.

Well, we have our own "Susan Boyle" in the form of a collection of people right here in Victoria. But this is reality, not a reality show.

Victoria Police Department personnel put a special public service announcement together aimed at curbing car theft during the month of December. The commercial aired many times in Victoria with exceptional response from residents.

We congratulate Police Officer Chris Guerra who played a 1950's era rock singer - the central part in the minute-long commercial. And we praise Diana Blough, the department's secretary who played the victim of a crime, as well as Holly Jedlicka, Katherine Rodriguez and Crystal Lara who played a trio of backup singers. All of the actors in the clip were police department personnel. Guerra sang a serious parody of "Sleigh Ride" with the message to lock up during the holidays to avoid being a victim of theft.

The commercial caught the attention of anyone who saw it. We imagine reaction to it was mainly, "Wow! They are good."

We also praise Bright Idea Media and its owner, Michael Cloud, for their production of the commercial. The absolutely great production cost the police department less than $2,000. The police department saw a 51-percent decrease in car burglaries during December.

We are not such a talent critic as Simon Cowell, but we know when something is special and good. Apparently, Cowell did too when he said "yes" to Boyle. This commercial should receive some kind of award.

We say yes to the talented people at the Victoria Police Department and look forward to the next production.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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