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12-year-old Florida girl claims Idol title

By Tiffeny Hurtado
thurtado@decaturdaily.com · 340-2440

The little girl with the big voice wowed the audience at the 41st annual Spirit of America Festival’s Spirit Idol competition.

Nalani Quintello is just 12 years old, but you could never tell if you heard her sing.

‘Broken Wings’

Her rendition of Martina McBride’s “Broken Wings” won her the Spirit Idol title and the $300 cash prize.

Quintello performed in the finals of the competition during the Miss Point Mallard Pageant, and some contestants backstage could be heard saying, “She sounds just like Jamie Langley.”

Langley is currently Miss Alabama and a former Miss Point Mallard, and she also performed at the VIP ceremony and pageant.

Organizers said that Quintello belted out her song in front of the biggest crowd they had ever seen at the
festival.

The seventh-grader, who won the preliminaries in the 6-to-12 age division, is a student at Lakeside Junior High in Orange Park, Fla.

She and her aunt drove from Jacksonville, Fla., to Decatur to compete in the Spirit Idol competition.

The first runner-up was Brianna Moore of Arab from the 18-and-up division, and she sang the song “I Believe.”

Moore won the Spirit Idol title in 2005.

Anna Brooke Hidgon of Decatur, winner of the 13-to-18 division, was second runner-up and sang Martina McBride’s “Anyway.

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