Published on January 2nd, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


District Five student hopes to advance to next round of national show ‘America’s Got Talent’

Pictured Irmo Elementary third grader Annika Chatterjee looks to advance to the celebrity judges round of the hit NBC show ‘America’s Got Talent.’

IRMO – There is no denying it. Annika Chatterjee has talent. The Irmo Elementary third grader has made it through two rounds of the hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent” and is awaiting the final decision to see if she will have the opportunity to move on to the celebrity judges round.

“I find out by February whether I go to the next round,” Annika said.

The American reality television series is a part of the global Got Talent franchise that began in June of 2006. The show features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and performers of all ages and backgrounds that compete for the top prize of $1 million dollars. Paired with the monetary prize, performers also have the opportunity to headline a show in Las Vegas. Judges include many world-renown celebrities like Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and more.

“So they give you only 90 seconds for the whole performance, if it’s too long they’ll stop you. My song was about 90 seconds. And there’s a mini stage and you have to stand on the ‘x’ and while you are performing they put you on a timer, once the timer goes off you leave the room and then they make a decision,” Annika said.

With her musical fusion band, Annika performed ‘Amader Moni’, a Scottish ballad composed by Robert Burns. She performed the ballad with her twin brother Shreyan who was on keyboard, Sumit Ray who played guitar, and her father Saurabh narrated the piece.

“I found my passion from watching singers on YouTube, and I went to many singing performances in the past,” Annika said. “I really liked it so I said ‘I want to try singing,’ it makes me feel good.”

Irmo Elementary School principal Tina McCaskill said, “Irmo Elementary is very proud of Annika and her accomplishments. Her classmates are excited for her and encourage her as well. It’s great to see students excel within and outside of the classroom!”

Annika has ambitious goals for her next performance. She will sing in French and in English for her upcoming audition. While nerves do play a part, she feels confident once she gets into her music.

“What really motivates me is when I stand on stage and I do a good performance,” Annika said. “When the audience claps at the end I feel like I’m doing well but I know it’s all really about having fun.”


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