A 2006 graduate of Frewsburg High School, Rossell, 20, was recently chosen to continue on to the national portion of the competition after performing in the local and regional qualifiers — held in Jamestown and Auburn, N.Y., respectively.
Organized by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, the karaoke contest is now in its fourth year — with this being Rossell’s second time competing.
‘‘The competition was really tough last year,’’ Rossell said. ‘‘I went to regionals, but didn't make it to the nationals. They picked a native from the area where the regionals were held. I was’'t even in the top four. I definitely had a lot more confidence this year.’’
A 10-week long event, the local portion of the contest was held in recent months at the Jamestown Bowling Company’s Game Time Bar and Grill. The regional qualifier was held May 17 at Falcon Lanes in Auburn, N.Y. — where 22 bowling centers from more than eight states in the northeast sent their finalists.
‘‘There were around 60,000 singers and now it's down to eight,’’ said Jim Mee, owner of the Jamestown Bowling Company. ‘‘It’s our third year in the contest and the first time we’ve sent somebody to nationals. Next year, that will be a good selling point.’’
According to Mee, the final round of competition takes place as part of the BPAA’s annual conference and convention. This year, the Commodores are the headlining entertainment — with the winner of the Bowling Karaoke SuperStar competition getting to open for the group. The winner will also receive $5,000 and a recording contract.
‘‘We’ve always sent somebody from New York to the regionals, but I don't believe anybody from New York, let alone Jamestown, has ever been to the nationals,’’ said John Erickson, of the Media One Group radio stations — which participated in this year’s contest at the Jamestown Bowling Company. ‘‘She’s going to be one of eight, so there’s a real good chance she could win the thing.’’
A self-described country singer, Rossell participated in choir while at Frewsburg High School and has lived in Jamestown since graduating. In this year’s contest, she said she sang the song ‘‘Black Velvet’’ as well as a number of country songs — including songs by Carrie Underwood.
‘‘I’ve been singing ever since I could talk,’’ Rossell said. ‘‘I love performing. And I’ve been waiting to be in competitions for a long time, because some of them have an age limit. It’s just the best feeling in the world too, being on stage and singing my heart out and doing what I love. It’s just an awesome feeling that’s like no other feeling.’’
To prepare for the national competition, Rossell said she has been singing every day to get her voice rady and working on her confidence — as well as the other pointers that judges gave her while competing at the Jamestown Bowling Company.
‘‘I was told that I’m going to be performing in front of 5,000 to 10,000 people,’’ Rosselle said. ‘‘I’m just trying to get that in my head and process it.’’
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Frewsburg native Sherilynn Rossell, 20, will compete in the 2008 International Bowling Karaoke SuperStar contest later this month.