Okay, so technically, it was two stars. A huge congratulations to the DeMelo sisters, (formerly known as Ainsley & Alyssa) who really blew everyone away with their vocal skills and prowess.
But actually, we got a little ahead of ourselves – so lets start at the beginning and talk about Simcoe Rising Star. This popular local talent show has been running for two years now. The mastermind behind Simcoe Rising Star is Karen MacIntosh and Barrie Uncovered had an awesome opportunity to sit down with her. You can find that interview HERE Do you remember Karen’s answer to, “Why Simcoe Rising Star?” Karen told us, “I saw so many talented people in our community and wanted to give everyone a platform to shine. It’s about relationships, friendships and community.”
Let’s fast forward from that interview to the day of September 21st – the finals of Simcoe Rising Star. All contestants met up at Karit, a design / remodel business owned by Karen. Once contestants stepped inside Karit, many things happened. First of all, there were snacks waiting but more importantly, contestants participated in Talent Coaching with Maria Ellis. What a great way to calm those pre performance jitters! It didn’t stop there, hair and makeup for all contestants was provided by a fantastic team. Feeling confident and beautiful (or good looking), contestants had a light meal and then headed over to Ferndale Banquet Hall to perform. (insert nerves here) This is where they got a few moments to talk to all the judges. Jay Lewis, Danielle Quesnel, John Anderson and Lisa Morgan.
So this is where it gets exciting – Barrie Uncovered was really invested in Simcoe Rising Star for more than just one reason. For three reasons, in fact.
#1 Barrie Uncovered sponsored 2nd and 3rd prize.
#2 Danielle Quesnel of Barrie Uncovered, was a judge.
#3 Sharon Johnston of Barrie Uncovered, was a contestant.
Three fantastic reasons to be invested, don’t you think?
Alright, lets get to the good stuff – the Ultimate winners. We say “Ultimate Winners” because all the contestants that participated were already winners in our eyes. You just had to be present to hear and see the talent in front of you to realize how talented the people in Simcoe are. Tip of the Imaginary Hat to you all.
DRUM ROLL! The DeMelo Sisters! Woot woot! These girls have been in Simcoe Rising Star for both years it has been active. It was with pride and delight, that Karen MacIntosh announced the girls had won. (and a couple of tears) Check out their YOUTUBE channel. Aren’t they amazing?
Francesca Panetta! YAY! Francesca sang a beautiful rendition of, “From this moment”, by Shania Twain. Check out her YOUTUBE channel HERE. Well done, Francesca!
Scene stealer and a talent that you had better keep your eye on – Camden Cryderman! Again, we have a YOUTUBE channel that you will definitely want to check out.
If you’d like to see Camden’s Final Performance and cover of Bohemian Rhapsody, click right HERE. Dedicated to his best friend, Cole. How awesome is that?
There you have it, friends. The completion of the second year of Simcoe Rising Star. At Barrie Uncovered, we would like to give our congratulations and yet another round of applause to all those who competed. We look forward to Year 3.
Written by Sharon Johnston | Images by Stephen Elliot