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Mariachi Idol finalists

(Mariachi Idol finalists named)….The contest is a very popular part of the weeklong Mariachi events in Calexico.

The Mariachi Idol initial event was held Tuesday at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center. The event started with 17 contestants. Six were finally named as finalists. They include 13-year-old Karla Araceli Serna Rios from Mexicali, 26-year-old Denisse Beltran of Holtville, 19year old Alejandra Hernandez from Heber, 30-year-old Elia Galindo of Imperial, 32-year-old Vilma Mapes of Brawley and 25-year-old Paloma Camacho of Calexico. The finalists will perform at the remaining events of Mariachi Madness. The winner will be announced Saturday at the 22nd Annual Mariachi Sin Fronteras concert at Crummett Park.