Vanessa hits the high notes at talent quest
By BREE PRICE
CAWONGLA'S Vanessa Hoffman is $2500 richer after being named Ballina Idol on Friday night.
Ms Hoffman also received a 68cm television from Gary Fox, The Good Guys, and an eight-hour recording session from Heaven Studios.
Rob Saric from Lennox Head placed second, with Gemma Smith from Lismore third.
Ballina Idol creator and promoter Mark Jago said Ms Hoffman sang a Whitney Houston number and Anastacia's 'I'm Out of Love' to take the Ballina Idol title from the 11 other finalists.
"Vanessa was probably the most prepared of all the singers," Mr Jago said.
"She had great grooming, and the way she presented herself, wearing a full-length red velvet dress.
"And she really performed her songs.
"She has a sensational voice and reaches all those high notes.
"She had the stand out performance.
"Vanessa really performed her songs well and got the crowd on side."
He said the Ballina RSL Club auditorium was 'chock-a-block' for Friday's final.
"It looked like there was over a thousand people in there, people were standing right around the back," he said.
"Each singer had family and friends there, but a lot of people weren't there directly for a singer."
Mr Jago said the competition had been a terrific success.
"It was a very successful promotion with a lot of interest in it," he said.
"It's also very useful for young performers in this area to have a format to get up in front of a crowd and present themselves.
"It's the closest any of them will get before entering a big event like Australian Idol.
"I'll be doing it again next year."