MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: Leeton’s 16-year-old Elli Gill took out the first ever Coro Idol recently. Picture: Supplied.

Griffith’s first ever Coro Idol couldn’t keep the prize in town, as Leeton’sElli Gill stole the show to claim the title.

She had to beat out dozens of competitors through her three rounds and when it came time for the grand final, she knew it would be a tight finish.

“Your competition was really really high,” Elli said.

“Everyone was up there and it was close competition the whole way through.

“I knew one of the ladies in the final as well and I was like ‘oh god’.”

Her song choices wowed both judges and audience alike.

“My first song was ‘Sugar pie honey bunch’ from The Sapphires and the second one was ‘Young and beautiful’ by Lana Del Rae.

“The first one was fun and they were both me in a way, they suited my tone and all that.

“The crowd was really good, a bit distracting but good.”

“Considering it was at a pub and there were pool tables all over the room.”

Event organiser Tracey Howard said the event was undoubtedly a success.

“The night was packed and they were treated to some great music,” she said.

“It was a very close contest which is a credit to all the talent we have in our region.”

She said it was likely the event would be up and running again in years to come a way to help musicians show off their talent.

Elli said she’d probably put her hand up to defend her crown.

“I’d like to say that I could (defend my crown),” she said.

“I’d still go in it and see how I go because there’ll be new competition as well.”

It wasn’t just the bragging rights that Elli got to take home.

For the win, she took home $1000.

She said the options were still open as to what she was going to spend the money on.

“It’s in the bank at the moment because I’m not too sure what I want to do with it,” she said.

“But I do want to use it towards singing stuff, just when and what still have to be figured out.”

Teresa Nardi and John Lolohea were the other two finalists.

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