Local singer Randi Boulton is still in the game

Randi Boulton makes Top 16 in CBC talent race

Local singer Randi Boulton is still in the game, surviving yet another cut on the CBC Searchlight Talent contest.

Local singer Randi Boulton is still in the game, surviving yet another cut on the CBC Searchlight Talent contest.

“Top 16 in Canada!!!!!! Thank you everyone!!!” tweeted an excited Boulton after learning on Monday that her Coffee Song earned enough listener votes to keep her in the national contest.

The Lacombe-based singer, who is running in the Calgary region, is now going head-to-head with singer Elton Adams from Winnipeg in this next more personal round of the contest.

Listeners can visit a new link — http://r3.ca/0dCV — to hear the two competing songs and vote for their favourite.

Boulton fans be warned: This could be an uphill fight for the Central Alberta singer, since Adams is a former Canadian soldier who served in Afghanistan and has his own fan following.

Boulton’s supporters will have to really rally to keep her hopes of winning the contest alive.

Some 3,000 entertainers from across the country initially entered the Searchlight contest, which relies on online voting to determine results.

Voting in this latest round goes all week and closes on Sunday at 11:59 EDT. The new results for the Top 8 will be known next Monday.

The contest winner will get national exposure and $10,000 of Yamaha music gear.

The hard-working Boulton, who has recorded with Calgary producer Russell Broom and is determined to launch her performing career without having to leave Central Alberta, is counting on continued fan support.

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