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Quote of the Week
“I will never give up on my dreams.”
- Kayla Valiquette  
   
   

 

 
Coleman resident Kayla Valiquette was named the winner of the first annual Crowsnest Pass Idol competition at the finale on Friday, May 6th at the Blairmore Legion.
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CNP Idol Kayla Valiquette performs “Simple Kind of Man”.
“I was definitely the happiest girl in the world at that moment,” said Valiquette, who has been singing for as long as she can remember. “It was a great feeling and so much weight was lifted off of my shoulders.”
Following two hours of performances of three songs each the final seven contestants, judges Daryl Ferguson, Deserie Michalsky and Michele Dobek-Koinberg deliberated for more than 30 minutes to choose the four best singers and the overall winner.
Fourth place was awarded to Codie Sinclair of Pincher Creek.
Third place and a prize of $500 from Devon Canada went to singer-songwriter Michel Blais of Crowsnest Pass.
Coming in second place, Coleman resident Cierra Shortreed took home $1,000 sponsored by the Blairmore Lions Club.
Valiquette won $2,000 sponsored by Teck, something she says she was in great need of.
“I decided I wanted to do this (competition) because I thought it would be fun, and a great experience,” said the 21-year-old, adding with a laugh, “and I really needed the money.”
Valiquette said she was nervous going into the competition in April, as she didn’t know what to expect from her competitors.
 
“I have great confidence in my voice and thought there was a good possibility I could win, but I was unsure of what my competitors would be like,” she said. “There were so many great people, which made me even more nervous.”
Her favourite song she performed during the competition was “Simple Kind of Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which she dedicated to her late uncle, who passed away five years ago.
“His memorial date was the day after the competition, and that song was played at his funeral,” said Valiquette. “I loved singing it because it felt like he was there with me, and I put my heart and soul into singing it.”
She said winning the competition has further boosted her confidence and encouraged her to pursue music more in the future.
She has written a couple of songs which she hopes to record in the near future after she moves to Calgary, where she hopes she will have more opportunities to showcase her talent.
“If I can make a living out of doing something I love and with a gift God gave me, that would be amazing,” she said. “I will never give up on my dreams.”
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Second place winner Cierra Shortreed sings “Samson” by Regina Spektor.
Valiquette said she plans to use the prize money she won from the competition to pay off some of her debt, and to get her going in the right direction again.
“It was truly a great experience and so much fun, and I am thankful for all the friends and family that supported me,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the talent they have next year.”
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