Nelson singer Dylann McPherson will be taking the stage in Vancouver in a couple weeks to compete in the PNE’s Star Showdown.

Nelson singer Dylann McPherson will be taking the stage in Vancouver in a couple weeks to compete in the PNE’s Star Showdown.

Nelson singer competing in PNE’s Star Showdown

Nelson’s Dylann McPherson willsing in the semi-finals of the PNE’s Star Showdown.

Nelson’s Dylann McPherson will soon be off to Vancouver to sing in the semi-finals of the PNE’s Star Showdown.

“I’m excited, but also really nervous. It’s a big event,” said McPherson. “It’s cool though, because I get to be around a whole bunch of big name stars who will also be playing.”

The PNE Star Showdown is a province-wide talent search.

It will showcase performers from many different fields, including comedians, musicians, singers and dancers.

McPherson will join fellow performers who were also selected to move on after submitting an audition video.

“I actually first heard about it from a spam email,” she said. “I entered it totally as a joke and didn’t think anything was going to happen, but I’m really excited that I got through.”

Singing hasn’t always been McPherson’s passion. This will be only the second competition she has participated in.

“My mom thought I was tone deaf until I was 12,” McPherson said jokingly. “As far as competitions go, I’ve only competed in one. It was last summer at a regional competition in Nelson, where I placed third.”

In the future, McPherson hopes to maybe get into music therapy, but she isn’t quite  sure.

“I don’t really know,” she said. “It’s hard because you could go into so many different paths. You could be a singer/songwriter, or you could go into teaching, or even just strict schooling. It’s difficult to say, but I’m going to be taking a music program at Selkirk starting this fall.”

The Star Showdown semi-finals begins August 18 in Vancouver.