VIDEO: Compton and Cooper share first place in Duncan Has Talent while Heard takes third

Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sharai Cooper accompanies her self by stomping the stage during one number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sharai Cooper accompanies her self by stomping the stage during one number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. For more from the event, see page 11. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. For more from the event, see page 11. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sierra Compton opens with a show tune on her way to a tie for first place in Duncan Has Talent’s cover tunes/ show tunes and a $250 cheque. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sierra Compton opens with a show tune on her way to a tie for first place in Duncan Has Talent’s cover tunes/ show tunes and a $250 cheque. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sierra Compton opens with a show tune on her way to a tie for first place in Duncan Has Talent’s cover tunes/ show tunes and a $250 cheque. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sierra Compton opens with a show tune on her way to a tie for first place in Duncan Has Talent’s cover tunes/ show tunes and a $250 cheque. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sierra Compton takes a different tack in her second selection. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sierra Compton takes a different tack in her second selection. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Amber Heard sings for the crowd and the judges at Charles Hoey Park during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Amber Heard sings for the crowd and the judges at Charles Hoey Park during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Amber Heard sings for the crowd and the judges at Charles Hoey Park during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Amber Heard sings for the crowd and the judges at Charles Hoey Park during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chloe Smith performs her second number without her guitar, leaving her comfort zone. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Chloe Smith performs her second number without her guitar, leaving her comfort zone. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chloe Wilson performs on the Buckerfield’s stage at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Chloe Wilson performs on the Buckerfield’s stage at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sharai Cooper sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sierra Compton sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sierra Compton sings her way to a tie for first place and a $250 prize in Duncan Has Talent’s cover/show tunes category. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sierra Compton takes a different tack in her second selection. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Sierra Compton takes a different tack in her second selection. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Amber Heard sings her way to third place and $100 during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Amber Heard sings her way to third place and $100 during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Amber Heard sings for the crowd and the judges at Charles Hoey Park during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Amber Heard sings for the crowd and the judges at Charles Hoey Park during Duncan Has Talent. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Abby Smith presents her songs with charming style. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chloe Wilson performs on the Buckerfield’s stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Chloe Wilson performs on the Buckerfield’s stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Chloe Wilson performs on the Buckerfield’s stage at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Chloe Wilson performs on the Buckerfield’s stage at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Amber Heard, Sharai Cooper, Sierra Compton, Chloe Wilson, and Abby Smith are the finalists in the Duncan Has Talent cover tunes/ show tunes competition on July 12 at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Amber Heard, Sharai Cooper, Sierra Compton, Chloe Wilson, and Abby Smith are the finalists in the Duncan Has Talent cover tunes/ show tunes competition on July 12 at Charles Hoey Park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Judges/ mentors Robyn Fortunat, Cathy Schmidt, and Laura Cardriver found it so hard to separate first and second place that they split the prize money evenly between the two: $250 for each. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Judges/ mentors Robyn Fortunat, Cathy Schmidt, and Laura Cardriver found it so hard to separate first and second place that they split the prize money evenly between the two: $250 for each. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

The judges had a tough time Friday evening, attempting to pick a winner in the Duncan Has Talent cover tunes and show tunes competition.

As Cathy Schmidt explained to Longevity John Falkner as he waited onstage to hand out the prize money, the three judges (Schmidt, Laura Cardriver, and Robyn Fortunat) were all friends and would stay friends afterwards but they could arm talk all night and never reach an agreement.

So, Falkner suggested they add the top two prizes ($300 and $200) together and divide that total in half so each of the two got $250. The judges were delighted.

That meant that Sierra Compton and Sharai Cooper shared first place, with Amber Heard winning third and its $100 prize.

Abby Smith and Chloe Wilson also entertained the crowd with their performances.

Competition even to reach the finals in this event had been stiff as 12 singers started out, but by the end of Thursday evening’s mentoring session, there were only five chosen to go forward to the finals.