‘AMERICAN IDOL’ FINALIST HALEY SCARNATO
SIGNED TO ANCHOR L.A. BOAT SHOW COVERAGE
LOS ANGELES, CA—Two rising stars will come together at this year’s Los Angeles International Boat Show, February 9-17, as American Idol Top-10 finalist Haley Scarnato joins the new Performance Boats Magazine editorial team to celebrate the print and website’s debut.
Scarnato, who as an Idol favorite electrified television’s most popular show with her rousing vocals and scorching wardrobe, will showcase her stunning camera presence as she provides color commentary during daily internet coverage of the show at PerformanceBoats.com.
Scarnato will conduct live interviews with builders and other industry experts on the L.A. show floor on Saturday, February 9, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. She will team with senior tech editor Jim Wilkes in online show coverage of the 2008 boat models roll-out, which will be uploaded daily to PerformanceBoats.com.
Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the L.A. Boat Show is celebrating its 52nd year and is one of the biggest shows for family boaters. Scarnato will greet new readers and familiar fans at the Performance Boats booth.
Also at Booth 209-11 (located in Kentia Hall), the magazine’s editorial staff—comprising more than a hundred combined years of experience testing the industry’s latest models—will field questions and help distribute the Premiere issue of Performance Boats Magazine, a new, high-end release scheduled for national newsstand distribution on July 01.
Cover model Cherie Carlson, who anchored most of the 50-plus video episodes appearing on PerformanceBoats.com and who stars in the site’s Swimsuit features, will appear both weekends.
Scarnato shares a bold styling sense with many of the show’s sleek exhibitors, who are displaying state-of-the-art family craft with as much as 1,000 horsepower. Observed Idol host Ryan Seacrest: “Haley set the record for the shortest shorts in the history of television. Daisy Duke has just been one-upped.”
It is her voice, however—and not just the well-chronicled length of the 25-year-old San Antonio native’s legs—that has captivated the attention of Nashville. A rich vocal texture that induced frenzied phone response after her Faith Hill cover elicited the same response following interpretations of Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Ella Fitzgerald, indicative of the range of an elevating superstar.
“We’re thrilled and honored with our affiliation with Haley—she aligns perfectly with our own mission as a new print and entertainment force, in helping to take the performance boating industry to the next level,” said Chris Davidson, the Las Vegas-based publisher of Performance Boats and former editor-in-chief of Hot Boat of more than 20 years. “She is doing the same in a musical career that we are convinced will elevate her to stardom, an aspiration we share with our website and magazine.”
Another common interest: Elvis. Davidson was the founder of the world famous Elvis-A-Rama Museum, which was purchased in 2006 by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Scarnato is an anomaly in her age group—an unabashed Elvis fan.