Nine-year-old Kitty wowed the crowd at Suva’s Civic Auditorium last night when she sang Celine Dion’s ‘I Surrender’ during the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus 2009 Kaila Star Search 2009.
The year four student of International School kept the audience at the edge of their seats when she appeared on stage showing off her strong vocal.
At first glance, she wouldn’t look like the kind that would get the audience dancing to the rythmn. She appeared timid at first.
But her performance was a blast and as she continued, she seemed as though she’d been singing on stage all her life.
Confident and determined was what Kitty appeared to be and even though she did not make it into the finals, she was certainly the people’s favourite.
There was a strong show of friendship and support as all 18 singers appeared on stage awaiting the announcement of the 10 finalists who will perform on August 22 at Albert Park.
Eight singers unfortunately did not impress the judges and were eventually left out but were encouraged not to stop singing.
One of the three judges Asinate Korocawiri, lauded the efforts of those who did not make it into the finals but said she was ‘blown away by their performances’.
She said while none of them were professional singers, they never failed to amaze her.
Last night’s semi-final was a culmination of three heats which began on June 19.
Some of the highlights of the night was the awarding of the $5000 cash prize and the giveaways for singing and dancing competitions for children.
Some of the people the Fijilive spoke to commended the efforts of organizers for what they say was a ‘worthwhile event’.
Parent Ruci Bale who brough her five children with her to enjoy the show said, ‘there is so much talent here in Fiji’.
“I really enjoyed the show, yes, watching our homegrown music at its best! There should be more events organised like this because unless we have them, we will never tap into the potential we have.
“I mean we had some nine and ten year-olds singing tonight who have never sang professionally tonight or had any voice training and they were just awesome!”
Sera, a Lelean Memorial School student said it was amazing to watch the ‘raw talent’ on show and worth every minute being there.
The final of the Kaila Star Search contest will be held on August 22 at Albert Park.