Javier sings her way to the top

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As Sacred Hearts Academy senior Rachel Faith Javier stepped out to what would be one of the biggest auditions of her life, she kept her late brother in her mind and in her heart.

Senior Rachel Faith Javier auditioned for hit television talent show, “American Idol” after winning a local competition last month. All photos courtesy of Rose Javier.

The 17-year-old auditioned for the popular singing competition television series “American Idol” last month. She lost her brother Roland Javier to a tragic accident but says even though he’s gone, she still feels like he’s with her. 

“At a young age, my brother was always supporting me–my singing and my dancing,” she said. “I needed a way to grieve differently, and that lost helped me find my passion for arts.”

Her passion not only helped her to grieve, but it also helped her to reach a childhood dream–to perform on the “American Idol” stage.

“You cannot miss the big, blue lights from the ‘American Idol’ sign in front of the table that the judges sat across from me,” said Javier, referring to singers Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. “The experience was mesmerizing and was just as I expected it to be as a child.”

For this round, judges selected 63 out of 3,000 contestants. Contestants are not allowed to provide information beyond the celebrity judges round of auditioning. The episode airs in a few months.

Javier’s free ticket to the Los Angeles auditions came after winning KITV’s Island Idol competition in October. The contestant with the most public votes through KITV’s website won a free trip. 

(Left to right) “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest and Academy’s senior Rachel Faith Javier meet during her audition in Los Angeles.

“There are all kinds of emotions going on at the same time, like excitement, anxiousness and nervousness,” she said. “I just tried to focus and said a little prayer.” 

Javier has been auditioning, competing and performing since she was eight years old.

Upon returning from her “American Idol” audition, Javier not only juggled schoolwork but also rehearsals for a school production of Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” She performed in one of the lead roles as Anna.

Additionally, Javier participates in the school’s worship team and helps produce the Academy’s weekly news program, The Lancers Lately. 

Outside of school, Javier is a member of the YCL Lifeteen Leadership Team and periodically helps with Life Under Construction at Kawaihao Church. She also sings for various community events and is a regular performer at Ohana Hale Marketplace in Honolulu.

Rose Javier, Rachel Javier’s mother and manager, describes her daughter as “an amazing, strong, outgoing and caring person.” 

“My primary role is to be a mother, to love, nurture, protect, guide and support her,” she said. “I look out for her best interests, priorities and growth.” 

According to Rachel Javier, she may also have a private audition next year with another hit television series “The Voice.”  In the future, Rachel hopes to teach the youth about performing arts and to also pursue a career in it.