Jasmine Soriano Trias (born November 3, 1986) is a American singer-entertainer who was the third place finalist on the third season of American Idol, due in part to tremendous call-in support from California, New York, and her native state of Hawaii (USA TODAY). She has released one album to date, Jasmine Trias.
Trias first gained recognition on the third season of American Idol. She auditioned in the first auditions in her home state of Hawaii. Trias made it to the top twelve performers and eventually finished as the second runner-up.
After Trias' appearance on American Idol, her fanbase grew in the United States and in foreign countries where the show was aired: Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan, among others. The Manila Times newspaper captured the mood of her ancestral country in an April headline: "Everybody Wants Jasmine." During the American Idol season, hundreds of internet fan sites from over a dozen countries were established in several Asian and European languages.
In the Philippines, Trias has done television commercials and billboard ads for McDonald's, Smart Telecommunications, Hapee Toothpaste, and Bench Clothing. On October 6, 2004, Trias released a promotional single for McDonald's entitled "Love Ko 'To" (the local translation of McDonald's "i'm lovin' it" slogan). McDonald's restaurants in the Philippines offered a promotional meal called the "Jasmine Trio", which consisted of a Strawberry Float, fries, and the McDonald's exclusive Love Ko 'To CD-Single.
Managing Director of Honolulu Ben Lee summarized the mood in Trias' home state of Hawaii by saying, "Jasmine has enough votes in Hawai'i to become governor or mayor easily." Lieutenant Governor James Aiona, in his capacity as acting governor, declared Jasmine Trias Day by executive order. Trias has also done various commercials in Hawaii discouraging smoking, drinking, and drug use. On February 27, 2005, Trias released a CD single entitled "Flying Home," which was sold exclusively in Pizza Hut and Taco Bell stores in Hawaii. The single was intended to capture her feelings of returning to Hawaii after months of working on tour and on her album.
Trias was a part of the JCPenney and Seventeen "Rock Your Prom" Fashion Show. She performed in Springfield, Missouri and Glendale, California in March 2005.
Musically, some have compared Trias to Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton. Trias signed a record deal with Clockwork Entertainment, a company which has worked with Dream and Bad Boy Records (headed by P. Diddy), to record and produce her debut album. She also signed a record deal with Universal Records for the album's release in the Philippines. Her self-titled debut album with Clockwork Entertainment was released on July 12, 2005 in the U.S.. It has since sold 14,000 copies in the US alone according to Nielsen SoundScan and a reported 50,000 worldwide. She has since been certified platinum in the Philippines. Trias headlined tours in Manila, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Guam in 2004. To end her whirlwind visit to the Philippines, dubbed "Jasmania," she met President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Trias left Clockwork Entertainment due to poor management and promotion; and is now with Universal Records Philippines. "Excuses," "Sana Lagi," "Too Many Walls" and "DJ Don't Quit" peaked in the Top 10 on a popular Live365 Internet station called Idol Waves. "I'd Rather" managed to reach #1.
Trias also appeared on GMA Network's reality show Extra Challenge with fellow internationally known Filipinas Ruffa Gutierrez (former Miss World runner-up) and Donita Rose (former MTV VJ). She also visited the housemates of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition on March 6 and stayed in the house overnight, leaving on March 7.
Jasmine was featured in the music video to Black Eyed Peas single Bebot, playing apl.de.ap's sister.
Trias is performing with the Society of Seven in Las Vegas, temporarily replacing Lani Misalucha at the Flamingo Hotel. She debuted on the strip on February 15 to a packed house and her run will continue through March 25. The show will be patterned on Misalucha's performance, which mixes celebrity impersonation, costume changes, comedy, and musical performances. In the show, Trias impersonates celebrities such as Britney Spears, Shakira, Beyoncé, and Janet Jackson. Her most notable performance includes the song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", recently sung by American Idol finalist and Oscar award winning actress Jennifer Hudson in the movie musical Dreamgirls.
She will also be featured as a commentator on MTV/TRL for the sixth season of American Idol. She is also filming a movie in the Philippines titled "Suddenly It's Magic" produced by GMA Films; it will be released in Summer 2007. She will also be featured as a guest judge for a children's competition on The Tyra Banks Show and will make appearances on three American Idol national follow-up shows: American Idol Extra, American Idol Tonight and It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle. Jasmine has stated in many different interviews that she will start working on new albums for the U.S. and the Philippines for release this year.
Trias is the host of a television program called Pacific Groove in Hawaii.
In an interview released on July 30, 2008, Jasmine stated that she plans to go to L.A. this August to record her second album. She will be there for about a month and return to Hawaii after finishing it in September. This information followed her review of the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
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