Free State singing star in grand finale

2015-10-14 06:00
FINALIST: Millicent Wangra

FINALIST: Millicent Wangra

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MILLICENT WANGRA said she is looking forward to perform in one of the biggest singing competitions in Africa this weekend.

The 39-year-old from Welkom is one of the 11 finalists who will be competing in the Shoprite Topstars Grand Finale at Grandwest Arena in Cape Town on Saturday (17/10).

This exciting competition is specifically for the Shoprite Group employees from across 16 countries in Africa.

“I am very excited – everything and everyone is so supportive and I feel great. I just can’t wait for Saturday,” Wangra told Express.

“My preparations for the grand finale are going well. I have a performance and a vocal coach putting me through my paces. I am trained how to strengthen my vocal chords, how to approach performances and stretching my own idea of what I am capable of,” she said.

“It is really eye-opening and I am so grateful for this magic opportunity. I am learning more every minute,” she added.

Wangra works for Checkers Saints in Welkom and she was crowned the winner of her region in August, which included the Free State, Northern Cape, Lesotho and Botswana.

Since then, everybody who knew her has been treating her differently.

“My friends have been boosting me and my colleagues also. I appreciate that from my store, especially as it is through them that I was able to participate in the first place,” she said.

Wangra said that she will represent her region very well and will make her fans proud this coming Saturday.

“Mostly, I am excited to know that what I am learning is to find the best performance possible, and to find the gem inside me and share it.”

Asked about how she rates her chances of winning the competition, she said she has an equal chance like all other finalists.

“I feel really proud to be there, out of more than 1 000 African entries, as the Free State representative.

“Of course I am hoping for a win, but will be grateful for any way it turns out. It will be great if the whole Free State will hold me in their prayers,” said Wangra.

) Express sports editor, Sidwell Guduka, has been invited to the event as a media guest judge

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