ENTERING a singing competition never crossed young Talei Siganisucu's mind until she was told of the Na Domo singing competition by a group of friends who were determined to see her on stage.
The Suisui Village lass from Vanuabalavu in Lau believed God had worked wonders for her as she dared to sing something different every time she was on stage.
This paid off after she was announced the winner of the soloist category in the competition on Saturday night.
Talei believed it was through the support of her parents, family members and followers throughout the gruelling three months of competition that brought out the best in her, even daring to try out Beyonce's song - Ave Maria, which was also her winning song.
"This is the first singing competition that I entered and I was actually serious about," the 15-year-old Dudley High School student said.
"I had entered the Kaila star search competition but was not really into it. I think I was nervous about the Kaila competition so when I entered this competition, I did not expect to win," she said.
Talei said it was only after the elimination rounds began that she decided that she should be thankful for her talent and started rehearsing seriously for her on stage performances.
She was one of the 11 singers that made it through to the finals of the competition.
"I am happy about winning the competition. I was not told of any record dealing but if that happens, that is really wonderful news. That is going to be a new start for me in my music career," she said.
Talei comes from a family of 10 as she has eight siblings who are also musicians and singers, although she preferred to sing gospel music.