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Kelowna teen ready for PNE Star Showdown spotlight

Chantelle Betuzzi,16, hopes her appearance in the PNE Star Showdown might be another step in her dream of having the opportunity to record an album of her own songs.    - Contributed
Chantelle Betuzzi,16, hopes her appearance in the PNE Star Showdown might be another step in her dream of having the opportunity to record an album of her own songs.
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It’s a moment in the spotlight that helped jumpstart the early signing careers of Michael Buble and Carly Rae Jepson.

Now a Kelowna teenager is hoping to see her music aspirations taken to another level at the PNE Star Showdown talent competition.

Chantelle Betuzzi submitted a video audition and was chosen from some 2,000 entrants to be one of the 10 finalists.

It was the third time that Betuzzi had auditions for the talent show.

“The first time I entered two years there was a problem with the video getting transmitted, and the second time I think I wasn’t considered because of lack of performing experience,” she said.

Here local performance resume includes singing at the Canada Day festivities in Lake Country, school event at Rutland Senior Secondary, the Bumpershoot children’s entertainment show, a jazz and blues festival in Vernon and local seniors’ homes.

Betuzzi likes to write her own music, and has taught herself how to play keyboards, the baritone sax, the alto sax and the guitar.

She has been writing her own songs and creating music for the last five years with one immediate goal in mind, to record an album.

“My parents have been really supportive of me up to now but my hope would be if I win this competition, there is a $5,000 prize, but what I really want to do with make an album in a recording studio,” she said.

She is heading to Vancouver this weekend for the start of the PNE, to help get prepared for her competition by watching the talent show segment for younger performers “to get an idea of what I’m up against.”

“It will just be me on stage with a piano singing.

“There isn’t any microphone check or rehearsal. You just get up there on stage and show the judges what you’ve got.”

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