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Top 3 finalist Amira Unplugged from ‘Becoming a Popstar’
By Mary Bushee Contributing Writer
Published May 16, 2022



Amira Unplugged (courtesy photo)

‘Becoming a Popstar’ is a brand-new music competition that highlights rising TikTok stars, where fans get to decide which one becomes the next pop sensation. Amira Unplugged, a (d)eaf African American woman from the south, made it to the top three in the competition. She began her journey to stardom by soulfully showcasing her talents and her use of sign language to a broad audience on TikTok.

While preparing to film a new TikTok, Amira Unplugged received a direct message from a casting director, who saw that she had a chance to be selected out of thousands of applicants.


She states, “it was such a unique process”, to be on the show, “because it is unlike any other show on television. I’ve NEVER seen another program where competitors are asked to create original songs and high-quality music videos in less than a week for every episode!”

All three judges, Sean Bankhead, Becky G and Joe Jonas, had different influences on Amira’s experience on the show. She states Joe Jonas helped her improve her vocal style choices and strengthen her voice. Becky G helped her with lyricism and meaning, while Sean Bankhead focused on stage presence.

Sean Bankhead and Becky G (courtesy photo)

Having a hearing impairment has never stopped Amira’s passion for singing considering she’s been practicing ever since she was a little girl, “being a singer with a hearing impairment has challenged me to trust my instincts and to become in tune to the vibrations of my songs.”

While recording in the booth, Amira learned techniques that helped her get through the competition, such as asking producers to increase bass and track in her deaf ear and vocals in the other to help her record efficiently.

Appealing to her fans, she also incorporated sign language to her dance challenge song ‘I Will Run’ which she received so much love from because she made a group of people that are often ignored in this industry feel noticed and appreciated. Being a part of both the (d)eaf and African American community Amira believes “Black people need to have more open conversations surrounding disabilities. Many of us live with them, but like mental health, we shy away at times.”.

Her main goal is for everyone to feel comfortable as their whole selves. “I want to show people that they can be themselves and win! I believe the only way to truly be successful in this life is to embrace who you are and help others who have a hard time doing the same thing. In that way, you are leaving a legacy of confidence and representation.”

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