Members of the Williamsport community gathered in the Klump Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Saturday night to hear Trinity Miller named the winner of Williamsport's Got Talent.
Williamsport's Got Talent is based of the popular NBC reality show America's Got Talent. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the contestants show off their talents each week to judges Heidi Klum, Howard Stern, Howie Mandal and Mel B. The show features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for a $1 million prize.
Williamsport's Got Talent was created to give local children an extracurricular activity to do. Because it keeps children off the streets and away from drugs, the competition is a contribution to the war on heroin, said Ron James, director of Williamsport Lycoming County Crime Commission.
Trinity Miller reacts to winning the Williamsport’s Got Talent contest on Saturday, with her renditions of the Phantom of the Opera’s “Think of Me” and a traditional Italian song titled “The Virgin Fount of Love.”
Ariana Pamphile amazed the judges and the audience with her soulful rendition of the
Bruno Mars’ song “It Will Rain” on Saturday at the Williamsport’s Got Talent show inside the Klump Auditorium at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The contestants in the final round of Williamsport’s Got Talent, which was held Saturday evening at the Klump Auditorium on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus, were, from left, Nicole Jones, Maya Trump, Ariana Pamphile, Alexis Carnevale, Trinity Miller and Alexis Griess.
Among the intermission entertainment at the Williamsport’s Got Talent show was Olivia Miller, above, who sang Sarah Evans’ “Stronger.” Miller and others who performed in the intermission show did not make it to the final round but were crowd favorites.
"If we can tap into our youth now, we can stop the flow from becoming powerful," James said.
This year's auditions for the competition were held in November at the Pajama Factory. The selected contestants were scheduled to perform in one of three shows.
There was one show each month during January, February and March, and about 12 contestants performed at each show.
The top two contestants from each month's show made it to the final round Saturday night.
"We had kids from Montgomery, Muncy and Jersey Shore," said Rodney "Ice Man" Anderson, of 88.5 FM WXPI. "They came from all over."
During the final round, hosted by former Williamsport's Got Talent contestant Javona Bateman, each of the six contestants performed two acts for judges Bonnie Katz, Mitzi Davis and Kimberly Adair.
After each contestant performed their first act, Olivia Miller, Alexis and Kassie Jenkins, Atom Gallup and The Henderson Trio performed the half-time show. They were contestants from earlier this year who were eliminated, but had been crowd favorites, Anderson said.
The six remaining contestants then took the stage to perform their second acts. The judges left the room to tally up the results.
Once they returned, they announced that Trinity Miller, who performed a traditional Italian song and the song titled "Think of Me" from the musical "Phantom of the Opera." During the latter tune, Miller hit a high note that made every audience member's jaw drop.
"I am really happy that I won," the 12-year-old Miller said.
She is in seventh grade at St. John Neumann Regional Academy. Miller credits her win to her music teacher helping her prepare.
"She is basically the reason that I am here," Miller said. "Without her, I would never have been able to hit those high notes."
Alexis Griess was named the runner-up of the competition after singing two beautiful songs.
Williamsport's Got Talent plans to hold auditions again after the children return to school, Anderson said.