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September 5, 2013

Abi Hodgson

Maine native, choir cut from 'America's Got Talent'

By Ray Routhier
rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Abi Hodgson has definitely got talent, but on Wednesday night the Lewiston native and her choir mates learned that their talent won't lead them to a $1 million prize.

Hodgson and the 36 other members of the American Military Spouses Choir were eliminated Wednesday night from the NBC reality TV show "America's Got Talent" after a vote by viewers.

Hodgson and the choir performed on the show Tuesday night – live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City – singing "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan.

One of the show's judges, radio personality Howard Stern, said the performance was just "pleasant."

But Stern and the other judges weren't the deciding factor.

The show's viewers were allowed to vote for the 12 acts that performed Tuesday -- including singers, acrobats and dancers -- and the results were announced on the air Wednesday.

Sixty acts were competing when the season started in July. After Wednesday's show, the field was cut to a final 12.

The winning act gets $1 million and a live show in Las Vegas.

Hodgson was shown only briefly on the show Wednesday, appearing on stage with the group, all of them dressed in light purple gowns.

The American Military Spouses Choir had first appeared on the show Aug. 6, singing "Hero" by Mariah Carey.

They did well enough to advance to the show's semifinals.

Hodgson, 28, grew up singing in church -- her father is pastor at South Lewiston Baptist Church -- and she sang in high school in a range of groups.

She now lives in North Carolina, where her husband serves as a Marine. The couple has two children.

Hodgson said after appearing on the Aug. 6 episode that she felt like she'd never get a chance to sing professionally, since her husband is often away and she is caring for her children.

But then she was contacted by a group organizing the American Military Spouses Choir, about a year ago, and decided to join.

Because the members live all around the world, they often rehearse via the Internet, using Skype.

Hodgson said she and other choir members didn't talk about the possibility of winning the prize.

But she did say singing on the show has at least somewhat rekindled her dream of singing beyond church choirs.

"My husband keeps saying I should do what I need to do and he"ll be there for me," she said in August.

 

Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:

rrouthier@pressherald.com





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