Phillip Schneider performs one of his own songs during Duncan Has Talent. He won the original songs competition and the $300 prize. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

VIDEO: Phillip Schneider sings his way to first place and $300 in Duncan Has Talent

Sierra Compton and Phillip Schneider perform a duet as an extra special treat for crowd and judges

Duncan Has Talent’s very challenging original songs competition only drew two brave competitors this year but they put on a super show.

Phillip Schneider won first place and the $300 prize for the Duncan Lions, with Sierra Compton winning second and $200. Each presented two songs.

Because there were only two of them, the judges, Cathy Schmidt, Laura Cardriver, and Robyn Fortunat challenged them during the Thursday mentorship session to present a duet for the finals on Friday.

They did it, too, surpising Schmidt by singing Leonard Cohen’s famous ‘Hallelujah’, which is her favourite song.

At the end, it was a tight decision, according to the judges, with Schneider taking first.

This week, it’s the last of the Duncan Has Talent categories: instrumentals.

So, if you know a young guitarist, keyboardist, violinist, or any other talents young instrumentalist, tell them to get to Charles Hoey Park by 5 p.m. Wednesday (or Thursday at a pinch: tell the judges) and take your shot at the prizes: $300 for first, $200 for second, and $100 for third.


Phillip Schneider sings for the crowd at Charles Hoey Park during Duncan Has Talent July 26, taking first place in the competition. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Sierra Compton returns to Duncan Has Talent to compete in the songwriters’ competition July 26. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Sierra Compton sings her way to second place and the $200 prize. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

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