Sing Off title goes to Strickland againPublished 10:38pm Friday, October 4, 2013
Perhaps it’s time for Felecia Strickland to find a new singing competition. Strickland, a Selma native, won the Central Alabama Fair Sing Off for the second time in three years Thursday.
She also won the competition in 2011, the contest’s first year.
The contest included 20 contestants, some driving nearly than three hours for a chance at the $500 first-place prize.
Contestants sung a short snippet of a song in the first round. Judges then narrowed the field to eight for the second round, where contestants were able to sing a full rendition of a song of their choice in numerical order.
The contest wasn’t based on vocal talent alone. Judges also based their decisions on crowd appeal, stage appearance, charisma and overall talent.
It was clear from the outset Strickland was a crowd favorite. The thunderous applause she received during the first round turned into a standing ovation in the second round. In the first round she sang “No Place That Far” by Sarah Evans and “Broken Wing” by Martina McBride in the second round.
Strickland she said her passion for singing sprouted at an early age.
“When I was a very little girl, I sang in church and sang in the choir,” Strickland said. “Singing is something I love. It was the best feeling to win the competition.”
Though it was all smiles after the competition, the win means she can’t compete in the Sing Off next year to give other contestants a chance at first place.
Strickland wasn’t the only one that garnered the crowd’s attention. Holly Brand, a 13-year-old Meridian, Miss. native, also received a thunderous applause en route to her second place finish. Madison Shea, of Woodstock, Ga., finished in third after driving more than three hours.