Singer Anette Moreno is back in Santa Rosa, her magical journey in a nationally televised talent contest having run its course.
Moreno, 35, finished as a runner-up in the Spanish-language "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento," or "I Have a Lot of Talent."
Chosen as the winner Wednesday night was novice vocalist Humberto Corona, a 22-year-old Houstonian with an astounding voice.
Moreno, a single mom and singer with the North Bay '70s cover bank Rumors, said all along it was a dream come true simply to be part of the competition and make the finals.
She returned home from the Burbank studios of the Estrella TV network Wednesday and that night received a hero's welcome from relatives and friends at Roseland's La Fondita. The restaurant's owner, Elena Reyes, has been one of her key supporters.
Melissa Amador of Petaluma, Moreno's manager and longtime friend, was glued to the TV on Wednesday night and expecting the Santa Rosa native to come out on top.
"It's very disappointing," she said after the show, "but at the same time we're very proud of her."
Moreno, she said, "is going to be something."