Friday, March 9, 2012

Airport employee sings her heart out

April Dieter places in Magic Valley’s Got Talent event

Express Staff Writer

Friedman Memorial Airport employee April Dieter made it into the top 10 competitors in the Magic Valley’s Got Talent competition earlier this month. Photo by David N. Seelig

Friedman Memorial Airport Administrative Assistant April Dieter has got talent—and she showed it off during the Magic Valley's Got Talent 2012 top 10 competition on March 2.

Dieter said she's been singing since she was 9, taught by her mother. She competed in jazz through high school and also sang in groups while attending the University of Idaho, but said that before this year's event, she hadn't competed in years.

But the yen to sing came back when Dieter heard an advertisement for the event on the radio while commuting from the airport in Hailey to her home in Twin Falls one day.

"I heard [the ad] on the radio, and I hadn't been singing in a while," she said. "I just went for it."


Dieter was chosen for the top 30 competition on the basis of a live audition that was pitted against other live auditions as well as by videos submitted online. Though Dieter then made it to the top 10 event, she said she was more nervous during the first round. She said that perhaps that was because by the second round, she had had some experience in a similar event.

Dieter competed using two Adele songs, which she said she chose because she has a "warm, bluesy voice" similar to that of the British chanteuse.

Though Dieter said she had a cold and was not chosen for the top three contenders, she said she enjoyed the experience nevertheless.

"I didn't expect to make it that far, so it was a great experience," she said. "I met a lot of talented people and made a lot of friends. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun!"

Dieter said she won't stop singing or competing, and plans to participate in the event next year. The Blaine County commissioners asked her to sing at a board meeting, but she said she would likely perform at the board's annual Christmas party instead.

"It's a good thing to do, to get out there and perform," she said. "I just love singing."

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