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Orléans miss wins Capital City Idol Contest
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ten-year-old Lindsay White from Orléans performed at the Gloucester Music Club recital at the Orléans Theatre Sunday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Move over Steffi D., there's a new singing idol in town and she's looking to follow in your footsteps. On Sunday, 10-year-old Lindsay White blew the judges away at the Capital Parents and Kids Show to win the Capital Kids Idol Contest.

Amazingly the école Arc-en-Ciel student has only been performing on stage for 18 months, although she's been singing all her life.

"I sing all the time. I even sing in my sleep," says Lindsay who was on stage singing in the Gloucester Music Club concert less than eight hours after her Capital Kids Idol performance.

Not surprisingly, Lindsay's favourtie television show is American Idol. Her favourite contestant on the show is Melinda Doolittle, but her real idol is fellow Orleans resident Steffi Didomenicantonio, better known as Steff D., who finished fourth on Canadian Idol last year.

To win the Capital Kids Idol Contest, Lindsay had to first compete against 15 other young singers on Saturday. Of the 15, she was the only one invited back to compete against 11 other performers on Sunday. In the end, it was her name that was called out as the winner.

"I was really surprised," says Lindsay who was a finalist to sing on a Polly and the Pockets CD last year.

More than 3,600 kids from across Canada auditioned for the project and Lindsay made it to the final 10. For her audition she sang "I Can't Wait" by Hilary Duff.

Lindsay says she plans to keep singing as much as she can and wants to one day get into musical theatre. To that end, she's currently taking classes with Orleans Young Players. At the rate she's going, she has a bright future indeed.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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