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Banks Singer awed by competition

Alena Ferguson-Sheldon finishes in top 25 at international talent contest
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Banks country singer Alena Ferguson-Sheldon didn't make the final cut, but she finished in the top 25 at the International Talent Quest Contest in Laughlin, Nev. during the last week of September.

Ferguson-Sheldon, who was profiled in the Sept. 27 edition of the News-Times ('A country girl aims for the top'), took the stage alongside 100 other female singers from four countries. 'There were such phenomenal singers,' said Ferguson-Sheldon, who stayed for the semifinals and finals. 'It was hard to pick from.'

Final scores for those not reaching the semifinals have not yet been posted, so an exact placing is yet to be determined.

Ferguson-Sheldon sang 'Sweet Dreams' by Patsy Cline and 'Mi Vida Loca' by Pam Tiller.

Overall, Ferguson-Sheldon considered it a worthwhile experience. It was her second time participating in the competition, where she finished in the top 10 in 2003.

Her one frustration was that this time around it seemed to her that the competition looked more favorably on beauty and youth, said Ferguson-Sheldon. 'The president of the event said he wasn't completely pleased with how things went,' she said. 'Two of the judges won't be back next year.'

Despite all of that, Ferguson-Sheldon did meet with a representative from a Nashville recording company who she has been in talks with, and she looks forward to taking on the competition again next year.