Hometown chanteuse Iliana Incandela knows how to win hearts and bring home trophies. After being crowned Columbus Day Queen and earning a spot as the Chicago representative on the CW’s new star-search show “The Next,” she launched a national singing career that has been gaining momentum ever since. Last year, fans voted her into the top 10 of the People’s Voice Contest of the International Songwriters Competition, out of 320-plus entries. She also earned an honorable mention in the overall competition out of 18,000 songs submitted from 118 countries worldwide. For more, click here.