This post is going to sound very bitter, and I won’t apologize for it. I have lost with grace before, but not this year. Once again, the judges got it completely wrong for whom they chose as the winner yesterday. I’m convinced that it is not talent that gets you the win, but how many people you can stuff into the crowd to outscream everyone else, which is extremely unfair to those of us who don’t have a shit ton of family in the area. It’s always just been my daughter and myself, though this year I had four friends show up, but four don’t beat 20. I left everything I had on that stage, I do not regret one single thing that I said or how I performed. It’s a shame all that effort didn’t get rewarded… again.
What’s next? I’m going to continue to work on myself and get my health back under control, and find other vocal competitions to participate in. It is very doubtful that I will return to the Missouri State Fair next year. Six years was plenty.