Venegas returns to PNE stage

Two Tri-City teens were on the PNE Star Showdown stage for the finals this afternoon (Wednesday) but failed to wow the judges.

Port Moody triple threat Brianna Carniel, 14, delivered Taylor The Latte Boy while singer Emma Leblanc, 12, of Anmore, took on the pop hit Love Song.

Their performances at B.C.'s biggest talent show were witnessed by more than 500 spectators at The Fair, including Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay.

Clay was at last year's finals when Port Moody sensation Tyson Venegas, then 7, clinched the title, making him the youngest winner ever; before his name was called, the Aspenwood elementary student was high-fived by his idol: Burnaby crooner Michael Buble, a previous Showdown winner, who also happened to be in the audience.

On Wednesday, Venegas returned to the Chevrolet Performance stage to belt out two songs as the judges deliberated who would be the top among the province's "best and brightest."

The first prize of $5,000 was presented to Surrey's Alyssa Gutierrez, 16, a student at Holy Cross regional secondary who covered Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You.






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