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"Bit of fun" takes Rhianna centre stage

Thursday, 16th June, 2011

KARAOKE QUEEN: Rhianna Pascoe is the Karaoke Champion of the Far West. KARAOKE QUEEN: Rhianna Pascoe is the Karaoke Champion of the Far West.

The search to find a local to compete in the national karaoke competition is over.

Eighteen-year-old Rhianna Pascoe is the winner of the Karaoke World Championships Far West grand final.

The Southern Cross Hotel has been running karaoke heats every Wednesday night for 10 weeks and this culminated in the Grand Final last week.

The Karaoke World Championships, now in its ninth year, is hosted in as many as 30 different countries worldwide. 

They have become an opportunity for aspiring vocalists to perform in front of an international audience, gain exposure and further their show biz ambitions.

Rhianna was judged the best of the 12 singers who made the local grand final.

She will now represent Far West NSW in the Australian National Grand Final which will be held at the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club Showroom next month.

Rhianna said she did not expect to win the local final and had just entered the competition for a "bit of fun".

"There was a lot of good competition. A lot of the girls and boys were really good," she said.

Rhianna said she has never had singing lessons but had formed a band with one of her friends.

"I have a duo band. We have done two gigs," she said.

Rhianna said she had yet to decide what songs to sing at the national final.

But if she comes out on top she will be on her way to Kilarney in Ireland to represent Australia.

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