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A step closer

Torika Chandra
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CURIOSITY got the better of Finau Krystel Baselala when she entered this year's Kaila! Star Search competition.

The 15-year-old student of Suva Muslim College knew she had talent but did not expect to make it this far into the competition.

Baselala is one of 14 contestants who have advanced to the competition's semi-finals to be held on Saturday at the Suva Civic Centre.

"I entered Kaila! to see what my potential was and I was curious to see how far I would go in the competition. When I was very small I would sing for my mother. When I was 13, I realised that I may have some talent," said Baselala.

She said her performance in the preliminaries might have gotten her into the semi-finals and knows she could still improve.

"I hope to gain more skills in singing. In the quarter-finals, I was challenged to perform with my rival, Inosi Vono. I performed fine in the heats but I'm sure I can do better. It is up to the judges to comment on."

She hopes to improve her confidence level before she takes the stage on Saturday and the encouragement from her family will play a vital role.

"I come from a very large family on both my maternal and paternal sides and each branch of the family loves singing and have vocally gifted members."

Adele and Beyonce are Baselala's favourite international singers and George Veikoso as her favourite Fijian artist.

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