On the 7th of November, I entered a local talent show called “Hampshire's Got Talent.” My friend, Mysti, who is also singer, alerted me to this show when we were both competing in another talent Competition called “Instant Star”, so I decided to enter and began practising my songs.
Of course, “Pie Jesu” was my number one choice, it is my very favourite song to sing, and for my other song, I chose “Edelweiss” from “The Sound of Music,” which is the first song I ever recorded and put onto YouTube. I try to vary my song choices as much as possible, to show off my range.
For the first time, I decided to wear a long dress; and I chose a lovely gold one that is one of my favourites.
Before I left for the show, I warmed up my voice, had one last run-through of my songs, and double-checked to make sure I had everything I needed; my memory stick with the backing tracks on and my trusty water bottle, and left for the community centre where the talent show was being held.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the lovely Tina who works there and organised the event, and she took us to the stage. It was one of the biggest stages I've ever performed on and the black velvet curtains that framed it made it look really vintage and classy.
I took my seat at the back with the other contestants and waited for the show to begin. The hosts were Jay Jamieson and Kabir Breathen, two funny guys who entertained with raps during the contestants' performances. Each performer sang one song to begin, then did their second after a short interval.
The amount of talent there was outstanding; there were dancers, a saxophonist, another opera/classical singer, a tiny nine-year-old who sang “Where is Love” from “Oliver!” and singers of all styles.
All too soon, it was my turn to sing. Tina led me backstage, where Jay and Kabir were waiting; I was so nervous and they were so very nice, it really helped to calm me down. They introduced me, and I sang my first song, “Edelweiss;” I've never sang that song in public before, and I tried very hard to remember all of the techniques and to make eye contact with the audience to give my best performance that I could.
I was pleased with the reception “Edelweiss” received; well, nobody booed me, haha, and Tina told me she loved it, which elated me.
During the interval, I chatted with some of the performers and volunteers; I've always been a shy person, so I do find it difficult to start conversations, but I very much enjoyed meeting everybody.
Soon enough, it was time for the show to start and Jay and Kabir rapped for us before the contestants' started singing again. They are both very talented rappers; I can't rap at all, not even “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” so I really admire those who can.
Before I knew it, it was my turn to go back up on stage for my second song. I wasn't as nervous this time around, probably because I've sang “Pie Jesu” in public several times.
Once again, I used all of the vocal techniques I'd learned and really tried to use my gestures and facial expressions to tell the story and convey what the song was about. (Loosely translated it means: Merciful Jesus,
Who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest.)
When all of the acts had finished, it was another short interval whilst the judges tallied the scores.
The little nine-year-old girl, who also sang “Spoonful of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins,” gave us lollipops, and so when all of the acts were called onto the stage, most of us were eating them! It was very funny.
As I looked around at all of the talent surrounded me, I wondered how the judges were going to choose. I thought everyone was amazing that night and they all deserved to win.
The acts were to be announced from third to first and it was revealed that there was a tie for third place. “Lauren and Vicky!”
I couldn't believe it; I have never won anything before, so I was in a state of shock as Vicky and I stepped to the front of the stage and were presented with a small present each, which turned out to be Cadbury's Milk Tray, yum!. I felt very awed to have tied with Vicky, as she sang two operatic arias; “Voi Che Sapete” and “Nessun Dorma,” and I was ecstatic that the judges considered me on par with her.
Second place went to Tallulah, who sang “I have Nothing” by Whitney Houston and “Who's Lovin' You” by the Jackson 5. I've heard Tallulah sing before and she's just amazing.
First place went to my good friend Mysti who, for all her talent, had never won a talent show before either and she was presented with a trophy. She sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid,” and “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic.”
After the winners had been awarded, we hung around for a while, talking to everyone. Then it was time to go home.
I was so happy that I had won, I was on cloud nine for the rest of the week! And of course, I'll always remember it as it was the first time I wore a ball gown, haha.
I had a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back and do it again next year.
Until next time,