It is about to get real for Deedra Ervin, the Eastern Shore of Virginia native who successfully auditioned to appear the new ABC television series “Rising Star.”
Ervin will appear Sunday night on the show, which begins at 9 p.m. She’s been in Beverly Hills, California, for more than two weeks preparing.
“I’m not so much nervous as ready to do it,” she said.
The show will feature Ervin and other contestants singing. Those who earn 70 percent of a national vote move to the next round.
To vote, viewers need the “Rising Star App,” available on the show’s website.
“The voting is live,” she said. “Everything is live.”
A local party will be held at the Island House Restaurant in Wachapreague, where Ervin has worked for years.
Ervin, 20, the daughter of Linda and Fred Russell of Accomack County and a 2011 graduate of Arcadia High School, also is spotlighted on show’s website.
She said nobody knows the order in which they will perform on Sunday. She will sing “Anything Can Happen” by Ellie Goulding.
Her appearance is part of a two-month whirlwind of emotions.
Ervin, who also works on the water and is a military police officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, took a Greyhound bus to New York City for the show’s audition and was invited back for a second round of tryouts.
Then several weeks ago a home on a property where Ervin lived near Belle Haven burned down, leaving her without a place to stay.
Her trip to California has been eye-opening.
She set out walking for hours to find the iconic “Hollywood” sign.
Then she would see billboards advertising the “Rising Star” show, and would say to herself, “That’s what I’m here for.”
Ervin is locally known as a singer and songwriter and has performed at various Eastern Shore events.
But no matter how the vote goes, performing in front of a national television audience is something she always has wanted to do.
“It will be my dream come true to just be up there one time,” she said.