Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
CP:My name is Ciana Pelekai and I’m 13 yrs old.
MW: What made you want to try out for America’s Got Talent season 8?
CP:Well, I love singing and wanted to be on TV. Since I did the show when I was 8 yrs old, I thought I would try again now that I’m older.
MW: Take me through the first round?
CP:The first round was great. It was my first time in Chicago. I love to perform in front of a lot people and eventually the judges gave me 4 yeses and I was so happy.
MW: Take me through the Vegas round?
CP:The vegas round it was so nerve-racking like some people made it straight to New York and some had to perform again. I was one of them who had to perform so I was nervous, because they take certain amount of people. after a week of filming, I performed again and was told the results 2 days later. I was really nervous. It was me and one of the contestants on stage, the judges told you if your making it through or not, then they told me I made it. I was so happy and excited.
MW: Take me through the live round?
CP:Well, the live rounds I was really excited, because performing at radio city music hall is a big thing. I had to perform in front of the judges and in front or a lot people, so after the judges gave me comments. They didn’t like my song, but I felt I did was I could do with the song. I thought I showed variety with the song since I sang old songs the last two rounds. But the live shows wasn’t the judges decision it’s by America’s vote. The next day was the results and Marty made it. I was kinda disappointed and upset that I didn’t make it.
MW: What did you think when you were voted off?
CP:I was disappointed and upset. I felt like I could show America other styles.
MW: How far did you think you would go?
CP:I thought I was going to make it to the semi-finals but I didn’t. Anyway,it’s okay because it was a great experience. I also heard that they might have a wild card so maybe the judges will choose me.
MW: How upset are you that you did not go to the semi-finals?
CP:Well I was upset that I didn’t make it, because this is my dream and I love to perform on stage in front of a lot of people.
MW: What did you think of Howie Mandel?
CP:I like Howie he is funny, and nice. I think he likes me, after I performed he would make these happy faces and be surprised. I liked how he did those things.
MW: What did you think of Mel B.?
CP:Mel.B loved me she gave me a standing ovation in the vegas rounds but they didn’t show that on TV. I was surprised to get a standing ovation from her.
MW: What did you think of Hedi Klum?
CP:I liked Heidi she was really nice, she is just like the other judges, like funny and outgoing.
MW: What did you think of Howard Stern?
CP: I like Howard but I’m kind of scared of him because he always has a serious face and he says negative things to people. But I think he liked me.
MW: What is in store for you now?
CP:Continue to sing and just follow my dreams.
MW: How can your fans reach out to you?
CP:My facebook(ciana pelekai music), instagram(cianapelekai_agt and ciana_pelekai),and twitter (cianapelekai10).
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
CP:Thank you everyone for voting for me and supporting me, I had a wonderful time!! Also never give up, keep on trying, and follow your dreams. “Dreams don’t work unless you do”. I will continue to follow my dreams!