Describe your experience participating
in a singing competition.

- by Waverly Kong
SMK Chung Hua,
Miri, Sarawak

Last Saturday, I took part in a singing competition organised by the management of a shopping mall. A total of 32 contestants participated in the contest.

As it was my first participation, I was really excited about it. Before the contest, I had a fortnight to prepare and practise. After choosing my favourite song to compete, I practised singing the song every day diligently. I also sang in front of my family members and friends. In order to improve, I asked for their advice, comments and suggestions. They were of great assistance to me. With their help, I was able to improve tremendously.

Two weeks later, the day of the competition arrived. My family members and friends accompanied me to the shopping mall. When we arrived, most of the other competitors were already there. Not long after, the contest commenced. I was the twenty-first competitor. The majority of participants who sang before me performed well. Upon seeing their fine performance, I was a little nervous and suffered from a slight stage fright.

When it was my turn to sing, I walked up the stage. While I was facing the audience, I was afraid as never before had I sung in front of such a large crowd. I lost my self-confidence. When I was about to give up and leave the stage, I saw my family members and friends. Grinning amiably at me, they clapped and cheered loudly to encourage me.

“You can do it, Waverly!” shouted my best friend Mia.

The encouragement and reassurance that they provided me rekindled the spark of self-confidence in me. I decided to take the bull by the horns and give it a try. Surprisingly, I sang sweetly. After my presentation, everybody applauded. I was grateful for the applause. Before leaving the stage, I said ‘thank you’ and took a bow.

After all the contestants had sung their songs, the master of ceremonies announced the winners. When my name was announced as the second-prize winner, I was on cloud nine. My family members and friends were extremely proud of me. They were overjoyed at my success too. I was awarded a cash prize of RM2,500 and a framed certificate of participation.

I am glad to be able to participate in the contest for I had learnt a lot from the experience. I was able to improve my singing skills. I also learnt how to face the audience bravely and confidently. I am deeply indebted to my ‘team’ for their encouragement and support. I hope to be able to participate in more singing contests in future so as to further improve myself.