Shireen’s Weekend: Kid Idol

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography


I had an amazing weekend filled with such excitement and inspiration, I wanted to share it in lieu of my usual “Shireen’s Top 3.” In honor of the American Idol finale (which is being held this Tuesday and Wednesday on WSVN,) I spent Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park judging #KidIdol (sponsored by Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital) alongside Channel 7 Meteorologist, Karlene Chavis and Shelby Rushin a.k.a the Midday Chic on 99 Jamz.

The event showcased seven of South Florida’s brightest young stars who shared their voices and great personalities, in hopes of winning a free trip to Los  Angeles, California, to watch the Idol finale live in person! By the way, I’m totally jealous and wish I could go along for the ride, as I’ve been to the singing extravaganza a handful of times and it does NOT disappoint.

The contestants sang songs from artists like Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Adele and Sam Smith. At first, I thought it would be a fun afternoon of complimenting kids, but boy, was I wrong. These youngsters were so gifted, interesting and talented, I could barely contain my enthusiasm. What a gift it is to be able to sing and share it with the world! Or at least friends, family and patrons of the shopping center. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere.

As each youngster performed, I couldn’t help but be swept away by the beauty of youth. Not so much aesthetically speaking, although that’s always nice, too; but mainly the sheer hope, bewilderment and joy that a young spirit brings. I wasn’t just impressed by their poise, but also by their promising futures. Unfortunately, at the end of the contest, only one could come out on top, although, really, they’re all winners to me. The cute and undeniably sassy Joanna Martinez, who sang “I’m On The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga, took home the #KidIdol trophy. Congrats to everyone who participated and keep on singing and sharing your talents!

For the latest and greatest on all things Idol check-out or  (Scroll down to my second event.)

Shireen’s Weekend: One Split Second

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography

©James Woodley Photography

On a hot and steamy Saturday night, the movers and shakers of the Magic City gathered in downtown Miami at the Grand Central to celebrate #OneSplitSecond, an event benefiting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. I was honored to host the fun, high-spirited gathering alongside Alan T. Brown and Alan Roth to raise money to find a cure for spinal cord injuries,

This event is very near and dear to my heart, as I suffered a spinal cord injury four years ago. Not in the traditional sense; mine was a virus that devoured my body (more specifically, my spine.) Because of the courage and forethought of Mr. Reeve, I was able to receive a life-saving drug called Intravenous Immunoglobulin. I eventually recovered and healed. The fight continues, though, to help educate, rehabilitate and cure those who are not as lucky as myself.

Along with an art auction, raffle tickets, great food and drinks, “Nahko and Medicine For The People” performed. Being around so many people who care and have the same charitable interests isn’t just powerful, it can be life-changing, as well. I’m always so honored to be included among this generous and loving group of people. For more information on how you can help, please

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Writer: Shireen Sandoval
Photographer: James Woodley 

Kid Idol wardrobe: Hollen & Jen Vintage Showroom
One Split Second wardrobe: Kore Boutique

Twitter: @ShireenSandoval
IG: @ShireenSandoval

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Happy Easter Shot on Location at Bonnet House

Recreate your life, always, always. Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. Begin again.Cora Coralina

Happy Easter & Passover…
Shireen, Matty, James, Jackie, Odett, Jessie R & Jessie N. xo

Shot on location at The Bonnet House – open Easter Day from 9am-4pm
Twitter: @bonnethouse
Instagram: @bonnethouse
Facebook: The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Address: 900 N. Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

White dress & sunhat: Kore Boutique, Miami
Shoes: L.A.M.B by Koko & Palenki
Flowers: by BN

WSVN Press Release; New Deco Drive Host, Shireen Sandoval


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Shireen Sandoval Named Co-Host for WSVN Channel 7’s Deco Drive

For Immediate Release  11-6-2014

WSVN Entertainment reporter Shireen Sandoval was named co-host of Deco Drive, effective immediately announced Alice Jacobs, Vice President of News and Local Programming.  She co-hosts alongside longtime anchor Lynn Martinez and will continue to report entertainment news for 7 NEWS.

Shireen joined WSVN in 2001 and has traveled the world interviewing Hollywood’s biggest stars, from Tom Cruise to Jennifer Lawrence and local favorite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Her popular fashion blog Shireen’s Favorite Things can be seen weekly on or in Lifestyle Magazine.  She recently launched a new social media blog called “Shireen’s Spotlight.”
Shireen started her broadcasting career as a Reporter/Anchor at the ABC and NBC affiliates in Amarillo, Texas. That’s where her entertainment, lifestyles segment “Shireen on The Scene” was born.
By the early 2000’s, the catchy phrase and her fun-loving reporting style fast-tracked her to the FOX affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she continued her “On The Scene” segments as the Features/Entertainment Reporter. She’s also worked as a freelance reporter for EXTRA, ESPN and ABC Family and is a distinguished member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association based in Hollywood, California.

“Shireen was the natural choice as Deco Drive co-host,” said Jacobs.  “She has consistently demonstrated her ability to both anchor and report entertainment news in a fun and engaging way.”

“It’s an honor and an amazing opportunity to be named the new co-host of Deco Drive. I love the show and South Florida. I’m excited to continue the show’s legacy of entertainment excellence.”

Shireen, who’s been a member of the Channel 7 family for more than a decade, is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science in both Broadcast Journalism and Theatre Arts from Eastern New Mexico University.

Deco Drive, the locally produced, half-hour entertainment show has been a staple in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market for 18 years, regularly beating national entertainment shows.  Deco Drive airs weeknights on WSVN at 7:30PM with a rebroadcast at 11:30PM and seasonal weekend editions pending sports programming.

WSVN is owned and operated by Sunbeam Television Corporation which also owns WHDH-TV and WLVI-TV in Boston.

For  more information contact or 305-795-2652.

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