p.m., Sept. 15)
East end singers take Kiwanis Idol competition by storm
By Fred Sherwin
pool in the far east end runs extremely deep as evident by the results of
this year's Kiwanis Idol competition in which area singers dominated the
list of Top 10 finalists and swept the top three spots.
winner was 20-year-old Convent Glen North resident Angela Rozman who improved
on her second runner-up placing in last year's event
A huge fan of
new country artists like Gretchen Wilson, Leanne Rimes and the Taylor Swift,
Rozman sprinkled her performances with several popular songs including "Here
For the Party" by Wilson and "You Were Mine" by the Dixie
Idol winner Angela Rozman (centre) poses with first runner-up Sopkia Pantuso
(left) and second runner-up Smantha Testa. Jamie Johnson/Photo
The St. Matthew
High School graduate says she's grown a great deal as an artist from the
first time she took part in the Kiwanis Idol competition at the tender age
"I was just
trying to sing back then, I didn't know anything about performing. How you
perform a song is very important. You have to try and get your audience
to feel something. You don't have to have the greatest vocals, but if you
can make a connection with the audience they're going to enjoy it a lot
more," says Rozman who earned a ticket to Toronto during season two
of Canadian Idol, but was cut during the first round of the finals.
Rozman has been
writing her own material for over a year now. She mixed in one of her own
songs during the second round of the Kiwanis Idol competition and is excited
about getting into the studio to use up some of the $2,000 worth of studio
time she received for finishing first.
looking forward to recording some of my own music and getting some tracks
made," says Rozman. "Being a poor student, getting $2,000 worth
of studio time is huge."
resident Sophia Pantuso is also looking forward to getting into the studio
after receiving 14 hours of recording time for being the first runner-up.
Carleton University student stuck with the popular music genre in her song
choices. For the final round she sang "You Light Up My Life" by
an interesting experience. I've been in a lot of smaller competitions and
this one was definitely top calibre," says Pantuso, who first sang
in front of an audience when she was six. "I just love performing on
Four other east
end residents made the Top 10, including 16-year-old Samantha Testa, who
was the second runner-up, and Chris Evans, who was the only male to make
it to the Top 20. Brianna Quesnal, 16, and Meaghan Moore, 20, were also
among the Top 10 finalists.
The top 20 performers
in last year's Kiwanis Idol competition were invited to perform at a red
carpet event held at the Centrepoint Theatre in the spring. For many it
was the highlight of their young careers.
and the rest of the far est end contestants are hoping the event will be
held again next year for the 2009 finalists.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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