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Orléans teenager Ottawa's newest singing idol
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans teenager Lindsay White is this year's Ottawa Idol winner. Ottawa Idol photo

If at first you don't succeed try again. That's the advice, Orléans singer Lindsay White followed in becoming this year's winner of the Ottawa Idol singing competition.

Two years after finishing second to current country music sensation Jordan McIntosh, White returned to Place d'Orléans on the weekend to claim the title for her own.

White, 16, is hoping to parlay her recent win into the type of success enjoyed by McIntosh and fellow Orléans songtress Kira Isabella, who is also doing well on the country music charts.

While White considers herself more of a pop singer, she's comfortable singing in any genre, as evident from the song list that propelled her through four rounds of competition on Saturday and Sunday.

She started out by singing Glitter In The Air by Pink on Saturday which landed her in the Sunday's top 12. Her incredible versatily wowed the judges and the audience alike as she performed Carrie Underwoof's Last Name and Adele's Someone Like You to make it through to the top three.

She saved the best for last, performing On My Own from the musical Les Miserables, to seal the win.

"When it got up to top 12 I was terrified," said Whte, who had a number of supporters in the audience including both her mother and her father. "Everyone was so amazing and everyone had something different to offer,”

Not surprisingly, the Grade 11 St. Peter High School lists Adele, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Carrie Underwood as her own music idols.

White spent the year off between Otrawa Idol competitions taking voice lessons and perfecting her craft singing whenever and wherever she could including school plays, open mic events, and coffee houses.

The extra work paid off in spades, according to Ottawa Idol president Eldon Fox who called her performance "flawless".

"The other (contestants) were all good singers but they all had to bring their game up to her game. She’s just perfect,” said Fox.

Besides the title and a rather large trophy, White won $2,000 worth of recording time at Audio Valley Recording Studio. She plans to continue singing as much as possible with the goal of one day signing a professional recording contract.

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