Jangela Speaks!

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Jangela Speaks!

If I had to pinpoint a moment that influenced me -- my senior year in college I almost sang for my graduating class and I get the worst type of stage fright for the first couple of seconds, kind of like driving stick shift for the first time. That's how I am onstage. I was working in a martini lounge at the time, and it was Mariah Carey's "Hero," and I can't stand Mariah, but it fit. One of the waiters dimmed the lights down and I sang and they all looked so touched to hear me sing. I don't know if it was really because they liked my voice or liked the song, but they just seemed touched by the music and if, I guess, there's a moment in my life that was, "This is what I want to do. This is my dream," that was probably that moment.

Pamie: How did you hear about the audition?

Jangela: I was actually thinking about this as I was walking to my car. I don't know if you've ever seen the show Blind Date?

Pamie: Uh, yeah.

Jangela: I used to not go to bed until really late when I lived in Atlanta and I fell asleep to television and a commercial popped up during Blind Date. I think I saw the commercial twice. And it said for more information go to the thewb.com and I went to the website and the only thing it had posted at that time were the audition sites, dates, and times. Then they posted the songs that you could choose from. I think the girls that auditioned after Atlanta and Miami were more prepared. There were maybe four hundred girls in Atlanta, so they pumped more into the promotion for the subsequent auditions. So everyone that walked into Atlanta walked in blindly because all of us hardly had any information at all.

Pamie: Did you audition with any friends?

Jangela: When I lived in Atlanta -- and this is like, one of those sob stories -- I was working as a recruiter and I literally knew maybe four or five people in the city, and they were all older than me and I was on the road most of the week and I wasn't in town much and I literally auditioned the day I was supposed to move out of my apartment. They made it a little more dramatic on the show. I had flown in my boyfriend and my friend to help me move and the only reason why they were there on the first day of the show was the producers made them come back the second day. I told maybe two more people, and I just didn't know how far I was gonna get with it and I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up and I know a lot of people in the nightclub industry in Washington and I didn't want it to be a big deal. Close friends and family were the only people that knew about it. Even when the show was coming out, the field producer, Dave, said that more than likely I was gonna be on the show but I only told a handful of people that I was going to be on the show, so there are a lot of people surprised to see me on the show and call me up.

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