Sing NL par­tic­i­pants re­flect on their ex­pe­ri­ence

North­ern Penin­sula girls made top 20 in com­pe­ti­tion

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS NORTH­ERN PENIN­SULA, NL

Sing NL was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for two young North­ern Penin­sula singers.

Al­lie Gard­ner of Flower’s Cove and Macken­zie Genge of An­chor Point made it through to the top 20 as wild cards, but did not qual­ify for the top 10.

Who got through was de­ter­mined 50 per cent by the au­di­ence and 50 per cent by the judges.

Still, it was quite an achieve­ment for two girls from two small North­ern Penin­sula towns in a prov­ince-wide con­test.

Per­form­ing in front of crowds and a panel of judges at the Ma­jes­tic Theatre in St. John’s was a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for both young ladies. They re­flected pos­i­tively on the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Al­lie, who turned 14 dur­ing the course of the com­pe­ti­tion, par­tic­i­pated in the cat­e­gory for youths from age eight to 15.

She had qual­i­fied for Sing NL with a video per­for­mance of the Ri­hanna song “Love on the Brain”. In the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion, on April 12, she per­formed Ri­hanna’s “Stay”. In the wild card round, on May 3, she once again per­formed “Love on the Brain”.

“They kinda showed my voice but they weren’t too pow­er­ful so I wouldn’t get too ner­vous singing it,” said Al­lie, ex­plain­ing why she chose those songs. “I was re­ally com­fort­able with those two songs.”

It was her first time singing com­pet­i­tively. Al­lie found the ex­pe­ri­ence ex­cit­ing and she grew more com­fort­able as the con­test moved along.

“The first time I per­formed it was re­ally nerve-rack­ing, but the sec­ond time I was more com­fort­able on the stage,” she said.

Through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, Al­lie said she got a lot of sup­port from her home­town.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence was great and I loved the trip go­ing to St. John’s be­cause I hardly get to go there,” she added.

Genge, 17, par­tic­i­pated in the 15 and over cat­e­gory.

She had qual­i­fied for Sing NL with video per­for­mances of “Let it Be” by Brooke White and “All I Know” by Katie Baggs. In the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion on April 26, she per­formed “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clark­son. For the sec­ond round, she sang “Girl in a Coun­try Song” by Mad­die and Tae on May 2.

Genge chose the first song be­cause she likes it, while judge Zack Werner sug­gested the sec­ond song to her.

“It was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “I was so ner­vous both times though.”

Like Al­lie, Genge had a great deal of sup­port from her com­mu­nity. Through a fundraiser, she says they made it pos­si­ble for her and her mother to travel back to St. John’s for the last round.

While she won’t be mov­ing for­ward to the next round, Genge is happy to have had the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Sing NL fi­nal is sched­uled for May 20.

Four­teen-year-old Al­lie Gard­ner of Flower’s Cove per­formed “Love on the Brain” by Ri­hanna in her au­di­tion video for Sing NL. She made it into the top 20 in her cat­e­gory.

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