Orange City Voice Contest draws out region's talent

TOUGH COMPETITION: Mudgee residents Jess Hardy and Bec Kelle with Orange resident and first place winner Sally Collins. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

TOUGH COMPETITION: Mudgee residents Jess Hardy and Bec Kelle with Orange resident and first place winner Sally Collins. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

THERE were some “high quality” acts at the recent Orange City Voice Contest.

Ten singers battled it out in the final heat held at Orange City Bowling Club.

The winner of the women’s section was Sally Collins, while Peter Starr won the men’s section and Kalila Welch took out first place in the 16 to 18 years section.

Events coordinator Sara Swain said the singers well and truly “engaged the crowd”.

“The room was packed and there weren’t many spare seats in the house,” Ms Swain said.

Competitors were judged on their vocal abilities (pitch, timing and annunciation), presentation (audience interaction, confidence and posture) and technical skills (use of the microphone and musical breaks).

In addition to exposure, there was a cash prize for the winners of each heat.

First prize was $650, second prize was $350 and third prize was $200.

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