Hopper auditions for TV show

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By Carrie Poe

 A Grant County Middle School student traveled to Atlanta, Ga. on March 27 to audition for the NBC show “America’s Got Talent.”

Kendall Hopper, 13, was watching “American Idol” and saw a preview for “America’s Got Talent” auditions.

“Me and my grandma went on the Internet and we entered my video,” said Hopper.

Hopper later received word that she had been selected to proceed to the next round of try-outs.

Hopper and her grandmother traveled to Atlanta to sing in front of a panel of judges. She had one to two minutes to sing her song selection of “Broken Wing” by Martina McBride.

“The audition was very exciting and exhausting at the same time,” said Hopper. “I was nervous and I think I could have done better. I had a lot of pressure because all my friends and family were counting on me to make it.”

Hopper will find out in May if she will make the next round of auditions, where she will sing in front of the actual judges, David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan.

“America’s Got Talent” includes episodes shot on location at auditions around the country. After making it through a series of performances voted on by the television audience, the last act standing walks away with $1 million.

Hopper has been singing since she was 2 years old. Her musical influences are Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift.

“They sing really good and Dolly Parton writes good lyrics,” said Hopper.

Hopper has performed in Michigan, Arizona, and Nashville, as well as at the Grant County Fair and the Richwood Flea Market. She will be performing on May 29 at Grant County Relay for Life at the Grant County Park in Crittenden. Hopper recently won grand champion for the second time at Grant County Middle School’s talent show on March 27.

She is preparing herself for the audition by singing two hours everyday after school, drinking a lot of water and practicing breathing techniques.

Hopper now is crossing her fingers until she finds out if she moves onto the next level or not.

“If I don’t make it this year then I am going to try out next year and keep trying until I make it,” said Hopper. “It’s my dream to become a country singer.”