Vernon’s Pauline Kyllonen is hoping her hometown fans will help her move up in an online contest that could see her perform at the Capital Hoedown in Ottawa.

Vernon’s Pauline Kyllonen is hoping her hometown fans will help her move up in an online contest that could see her perform at the Capital Hoedown in Ottawa.

Wish singer luck as she competes to perform in Ottawa

Vernon's Pauline Kyllonen is in the semi-finals for a top 10 spot in the Ourstage Capital Hoedown Showdown.

It may sound ironic, but Vernon-based singer/songwriter Pauline Kyllonen has recently had some luck with her song Unlucky.

Currently in the semi-finals for a top 10 spot on the Ourstage Capital Hoedown Showdown, an online contest where songs are voted on by fans, Kyllonen is hoping for a top three position for her Unlucky entry.

If she places, she will be chosen to audition in front of live judges for a chance to win a performance spot at Ottawa’s Capital Hoedown, Aug. 13.

“Having your song chosen to be in the top 40 or top 10 of the Ourstage Country Hoedown competition is great publicity for any musical artist,” she said. “People from all around the world come to the site and are exposed to your music. If people like your music, they become fans. Fans buy your music and help to spread the word, and that’s what it’s all about, getting your music out there for the people to hear.”

Already scheduled to perform at next weekend’s Merritt Mountain Music Festival, Kyllonen could soon find herself on the same stage as country superstars Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Doc Walker, Sara Evans, among other big names at the Capital Hoedown, the largest country music festival in North America.

With plans to go in the studio later this summer to record her next CD, as well as release a new single to Canadian radio, Kyllonen says having this experience would be a feather in her cap, make that cowboy hat.

Being chosen in the top 10 will give her the chance to be in direct contact with music industry people representatives, concert promoters, and others.

“To actually win the contest, and be on the same bill as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert would be the ultimate experience and opportunity,” she said.  “It would totally be a dream come true for any emerging artist –– a chance to play your music for a crowd of 50,000 in the capital city of Canada. Who wouldn’t want to do that? I certainly do!”

Those who wish to help Kyllonen get into the top 10 can visit www.ourstage.com and follow the links. (Facebook users can also sign up to the Hoedown Showdown through their accounts.)

Participants will be shown two songs. They can listen or watch both songs for at least 15 seconds (sometime during the judging rounds, Kyllonen’s song should come up.) Participants can then choose which song they like the most and by how much.

Kyllonen warns that voting can take a little time to do, however, supporters can vote as much as they wish until the contest closes July 11 at midnight (EST).

All registered voters in the contest will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Capital Hoedown.

Kyllonen is first looking forward to returning to Merritt’s Mountainfest, which was cancelled last year, and is performing as part of the songwriter’s circle in the activity tent, July 7 and 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

She will also be seeing a little of the countryside this month, with a performance at Chances Casino in Kamloops July 8 at 7 p.m. and Kelowna’s Parks Alive in Kerry Park, July 22 at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.paulinekyllonen.com.