It was out of 15-20 people or so, and honestly, I don't know what I could have done better. I did everything the judges were looking for; I interacted/made eye contact with the audience, held the microphone properly (I KNOW how to hold it away when I'm loud, etc), didn't make "screwed-up" faces (I smiled at everyone I could which wasn't easy, because usually I get nervous and just keep my eyes closed), I even danced (they wanted 'classy', whatever that meant), and I sang on key. I practised all day, drank lots of water, and held off on smoking very much until after I sang. Everyone in the bar really seemed to enjoy it.
Even afterwards, people kept coming up to me, surprised and pissed off that I didn't make it....some who made it through, and some who didn't make it, and others who were just there supporting their own friends. I appreciated the support, but everyone approaching me and bringing it up really wasn't helping and I wasn't really pissed until then (plus, I'd had a few drinks at that point....we were there from 8:00 until 1:00). Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that a lot of people think I got robbed, but it's over and that's how things go sometimes.
You win some, you lose some.
The host of the contest (but not a judge) called me and left a rather lengthy voicemail message. The beginning is as follows:
"Hi Rebecca, it's <name withheld> calling from the Corner Pub. Um, there's a few people who were upset last night, they said 'cause they thought you should've been in the contest, should've been [in] the top 11...."
So, let's keep in mind here, that it's other people (who I'm not sure I even know) raising a stink over this. Something which really isn't such a big deal and here we have this poor guy calling me, feeling all bad as if I'm angry at him. "It's really no big deal" is all I want to shout out the window right now. I'm not upset over something so trivial. You know what does start to get to me a little bit, though?
".....you were loud; your vocals were way too loud as...as far as uh, the music was concerned..."
Ok, fine. I was too loud, as far as the music and judges were concerned. Anyone who knows me knows I am loud. I have a loud voice without trying. Always have, hopefully always will. HOWEVER, I did not ask!!! Why am I receiving an answer to a question I did not ask? I decided I wasn't going to worry about why I didn't get through; it's only a bar contest! I didn't see the point in making a big deal out of something I was only doing for shits n' giggles in the first place. I pick myself apart as it is. I can see he meant well, but I certainly wish he'd called the few people who were upset and filled them in instead.