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Teenager from La Habra Wins OC Register Oh Say Can You Sing Competition

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Madison Carney, 14, won the opportunity sing the national anthem on Fan Appreciation Night.

Madison Carney, a 14-year-old from La Habra, beat out 10 finalists in the Orange County Register Oh Say Can You Sing competition held Thursday at Honda Center.

Carney will sing at Fan Appreciation Night on April 8 at Honda Center before the Ducks take on the Kings. She also wins two airline tickets to Calgary, Alberta, and two tickets to see the Ducks play at the Calgary Flames on March 30.

"It's a dream of mine to sing and perform," Carney said. "I feel very lucky to be here."

Southern California residents 13 or older were invited to submit a 30-second video singing the song of their choice, which was subject to online vote. Among the 81 entrees, five finalists of top vote-getters were selected, while the other five were chosen by a judging panel.

Each of the finalists sang the full Star Spangled Banner on the Honda Center ice. The five judges -- made up of Ducks and Orange County Register staffers, as well as Go Country 105 radio personality Shawn Parr -- judged each singer on vocal quality and style. Carney was the winner in a close race.

Carney has been singing since she was 3 years old, receiving vocal training since the age of 9. She sang the national anthem at Angel Stadium when she was 12. Carney was a finalist in last year's Oh Say Can You Sing competition, but she said she has grown as a singer.

"My voice got stronger since then, and I wasn't as prepared last year," Carney said.

She has about three weeks to go from winning the competition to singing in front of about 17,000 fans at Honda Center.

"I'm going to practice in front of the mirror," Carney said, "a million times."
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