The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 16, 2013

Valley's got talent

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A Lewisburg 22-year-old singing an Italian operatic version of “Cinderella” — La Cenerentola — dazzled five judges to capture “The Valley’s Got Talent” crown Thursday night as the Sunbury River Festival opened to a crowd of 952 at Shikellamy High School.

By beating 15 other competitors Thursday night who also survived auditions earlier this summer, Brandy Vasey will also get to perform at Spyglass Winery before a concert in 2014, said Tom Webb, winery owner and a Valley’s Got Talent judge.

“This is amazing,” said Vasey, who also competed in the contest in 2012. “I’m so surprised and so happy.”

The 16 contestants brought the crowd to their feet over and over at the fourth annual event. The show began with teenage rockers Colors Best Kept Black, whose members are from Sunbury and Northumberland. The band finished third behind Michaela Wagner, 16, of Beaver Springs, who sang her original song while playing the piano.

“Those guys were great,” Lynn Driver, of Lycoming County, said of Colors Best Kept Black members Noah Thomas, 16, of Sunbury; John Supsic, 15, of Northumberland; Scott Shupe, 16, of Sunbury; and Keegan Myers, 16, of Northumberland.

“I kept hearing about this show and I came to check it out.”

And Driver wasn’t disappointed because Gabrielle Pagana and Alex Dufford, both of Sunbury, also had the crowd dancing while performing.

“What a great night,” Mark Young said. “This is a top-notch show.”

Guest judges Kendall Phillips and Kaylan Loyd, both of “American Idol” fame, gave contestants some advice.

“I was so excited to do this,” Phillips said. “It’s good to be on the other side.”

Loyd entertained the massive crowd at intermission and had people on their feet clapping and dancing.