Sing NL participants reflect on their experience
Northern Peninsula girls made top 20 in competition
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.