Grace Toroma, the 2022 Karaoke Idol winner, shows her talent belting out “Listen” by Beyoncé. MELINA ETCHES/22092602
Grace Toroma is the new 2022 Karaoke Idol, wowing the audience and judges with her powerful voice on Saturday night taking out the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club organised competition.
youngest of the nine contestants, 18-year-old Toroma said she felt “very
nervous” on the night singing in front of such a large crowd.
she put on a brave face and performance, impressing the audience and judges
with her song to claim the title.
was the best surprise ever, I felt great and honoured and had lots of fun,
finally enjoying the one thing my life revolves around … singing,” Toroma said.
surprised myself doing something different and fun, winning was the bonus. …
like who doesn’t need $1000,” she said.
was raised surrounded by a “singing” family. Her father is a Seventh-day
Adventist Church pastor and for as long as she can remember her whole life
revolved around the love of singing.
love singing. My siblings sang all the time, mainly gospel songs and their love
for singing just grew on me and I enjoy it.”
also praised her “amazing” older sister Ngametua Mokoroa who “sings so well and
beautifully,” and who has been an awesome singing coach teaching her a lot about
the help of her older sister Tapita, also known as Vina, she chose two pretty
difficult songs – “Listen” by Beyoncé and “This Is Me”, a song performed by
Keala Settle for the film The Greatest Showman.
you listen to lyrics of both songs, they speak of thoughts from the heart out
loud,” she said.
her life, Toroma said she would think “I can never be good enough or I can
never be that much” and when she first heard these songs she soon realised,
“I’m more than enough, I can and I will”.
struggled with anxiety growing up and being so shy she would worry about
everything especially about what mattered to everyone else. This took a toll on
her mental health, she said.
here I am, I took up this opportunity and decided to have fun doing something I
love doing best… singing.”
also believes songs do bring out “the thoughts in your heart that you hide and
are hesitant about”.
in the finals made me realise that I should always try and challenge myself to
do something different, something fun and something that will help me mentally.”
would like to thank her family and friends near and far for the never-ending
love and support, her parents and siblings. “Thank you from the bottom of my
heart and a very special thanks to my work colleagues the ‘Avsec Family’ for
making the night extra special with their cheer.”
judges on the evening were Sonny Daniel, Kathy Nubono, Toka, Henry Ahfoo Taripo
and Jonalyn Sendito.
results are as follows: 1st Grace Toroma $1000 kindly sponsored by Nav
and Tetua Singh, 2nd Unarii Tafale, 3rd May-An Rillera. Consolation
prizes were awarded to the talented karaoke finalists: Paul Dwane, Tara Tairea,
Janette Olliver, Tungane Barrett Connor, Kuki Tolevu and Joan Aydalla.