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Published in the June 18 2010 issue of The Edmonton Sun. News


Teen girl hopeful to meet idol

The mission was a simple one for 14-year-old Danielle Lowe.

All she had to do was film a 30-second video showcasing as creatively and convincingly why she is Carrie Underwood’s biggest fan, and she could win a trip to Chicago to meet the country-singing superstar.

“I decided to write this song for you,” Lowe belted out in her video entry to Country Music Television’s Carrie Underwood Ultimate Fan contest.

“I’m your ultimate fan, it’s true.”

The Grade 9 Louis St. Laurent student — who writes and sings original country music and plays guitar — used her talents and her powerful voice in her video, catching the eye of judges.

Lowe is now one of the top 20 finalists for the contest, beating out video entries from fans across the country.

She hopes her dynamic voice and catchy tune will garner enough votes to win in the end.

“I’m a singer and I play guitar and I thought it would be cool to write the lyrics to say why I’m a fan because Carrie is a singer and maybe they (voters) would like that instead of just talking like a lot of people did,” she said.

Many of the videos showed fans talking into a webcam for 30 seconds, but some more creative entries included fans rapping, jumping on trampolines and telling a Underwood fairy tale.

The contest page does not show which video is in the lead, but Lowe is hopeful of her chances of meeting the American Idol winner.

Voting ends Friday and a winner will be announced June 23.

The winner will fly down to Chicago to meet the country artist in August and watch her perform live. The winner’s journey and meet-and-greet with Underwood will also be filmed and aired on CMT in the fall.

To vote for Lowe, go to www.cmt.ca.

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