Idol finalist finds footing in ‘Burn The Floor’

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Don’t call it a comeback. Singer Vonzell Solomon has been flying under the rhythm and blues radar screen ever since she appeared as a season 4 Finalist on American Idol and stole America’s heart with her deep, luscious voice.

Now, the 27-year-old Fort Meyers, Fla., resident is lending her voice to the energetic, “Burn The Floor” production.

The show will run at Heinz Hall from Dec. 28- Jan. 2.

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“I’ve been with ‘Burn The Floor’ for about two and a half months now,” said Solomon with a smile.  “I’m really enjoying myself. When I first heard about it and I went and saw the show, I was blown away! I thought it was going to be boring, but it was very high energy and it made me want to get up and dance.”

“It’s non-stop action that the dancers do and the female vocalist has eight costume changes. I love my dresses! I never want to take them off! This is a fun show to be a part of because you are getting a concert and a dance show wrapped in one,” said Solomon who is the lead female vocalist in the show. She also showcases some of her dance moves too.

“Burn The Floor” focuses on international style dances that have been performed in competitions since 1920. The international style show consists of ten dances split into five Latin-American dances and five standard ballroom dances.

The show allows the performers to demonstrate their love and passion for their art. Some of the dances during “Burn The Floor” include the Foxtrot, The Waltz, The Cha Cha, The Paso Doble and The Jive.

“The show tells a story through dance. It goes through different time periods and eras. ‘Burn The Floor’ tells the story of dance and how it has evolved; how it has gone in a circle and now it repeats itself,” Solomon said.

Since appearing on “American Idol,” Solomon hasn’t been sitting on her laurels.

She had a small role in the independent film, “Still Green” in 2007 and played Glinda The Good Witch/ Aunt Em, in the retelling of the Wizard Of Oz alongside fellow “Idol” alums Rickey Smith, Scott Stovol and Makalah Gordon.

Solomon also created her own record label, Melodic Records, where she recently released the single, “Dirtbag.” She plans on releasing a mix tape early in 2011 to “get people’s ears used to hearing her sound” and an album of new music next summer.

“Melodic Records is an outlet for me to be able to sell my music legitimately. It allows me to further my career and be able to do the kind of music I want to do and be able to have something to sell to my fans,” Solomon said.

For now, though, the down-to-earth singer is concentrating on her dance steps and high notes during the eight shows a week she does with “Burn The Floor.”

“Performing is a great adrenaline rush. When I get in that dressing room, something happens! Singing is acting on stage you have to portray the words of the song to the audience and there’s nothing like that. I do the same songs every night, but I enjoy them and I do what I need to do,” said Solomon who plans to remain with the production until May of 2011.

When she isn’t performing in Solomon likes hanging out with her friends, eating junk food and bowling.

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