2019 New Mexico State Fair Judges Panel
Welcome to the 2019Judges Panel
Here you will find the panel of judges for the 2019 NM State Fair Karaoke Competition. Who they are, what they look like, and their musical background. Being the Karaokeist is more than being a great vocalist!.....that's what they are looking for!
Jeanette Lussier - Judge Director

​Musical Background:

I love music and especially the lyrics. I was a fill in judge for the NMSF Karaoke Competition in 2014 and learned a lot about how to listen for key, and what they are looking for when it comes to the best karaokeists. I learned how to look for timing, knowledge and audience interaction,the key ingredients in top performing karaoke champion.  

I love to see other people sing and how well they do and how creative they can get with the song.

I'm honest and fair and a passionate person. 
I have 12+ years in the music industry.  I have experience as a talent scout, A&R song writer, and manager. I look forward to the NMSF karaoke competition every year. 

Having experience as a judge in the competition, I know the dedication it takes to making this competition fun and successful.

We are judging only on the key, timing, how well you know the song, and audience interaction. This should be fun! 
Sammy Montano
I have held numerous titles within the pageant world and have been a two-time National Title holder. 
My passion is to see others succeed! I look forward to critiquing as well as help improving others in this karaoke season.  
I'm a two time cancer survivor and often speak out on issues such as cancer, and domestic abuse in the community. 

If you would like to reach out to me for more information, feel free to reach out to me via e-mail at: [email protected]
Gaenor Thompson
I'm a music producer and performer. I recorded produced a CD in 1995. I've also written and produced other artists in New Mexico.

I believe I have a lot of experience and can offer an objective assessment of talent.

I talso have previous experience judging at the New Mexico State Fair Karaoke Showcase
Linda Coca
Raven Gutierrez
I have been singing half my life. I am also certified in Italian opera and have experience as a vocal coach. 

I like to reward people for sharing their talent in hopes they might take it further. I am versed in many different forms of music. I have a good ear.

Lena Mitchell
I have experience with vocal training and singing. I am a worship leader at my church. I also have previous experience as a karaoke judge. 

This will be my second year being a judge. 

​Esparanza Aguirre
I love all kinds of music especially the songs that effect people and music that people relate to. When I was young I wanted to be a singer, but I never made it that far.

I played musical instruments during my childhood years. 

I cannot sing well but I love everything about music. I absolutely love the talent NM has to offer.

I am a good judge as I am honest and fair.

Gina CDe Baca
Renato Estacio-Burdick
I am the Artistic Director of the Black Cat Cabaret
and have been active in productions for over thirty years. 
I also have over twenty-five years experience as a professional entertainer in singing, acting, voice-over narration, and as a show host.