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Dotson has been singing since she was 2

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Dotson has been singing since she was 2

Kaylie Dotson performs during Wednesday's Manteca idol competition at Chez Shari.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED October 23, 2009 2:51 a.m.
Kaylie Dotson might not have been born in the ‘80s, but that didn’t prevent the 10-year-old New Haven student from piecing together one of the best costumes of the night when the Manteca Idol contestants took their trip down neon lane.

While her colors might have been bright and over the top, the performances of this Junior Idol contestant – who made it as one of the three finalists that will compete for the next five weeks against the other two finalists before the event wraps up at the Boys and Girls Club Telethon on Nov. 23 – each and every one of her performances have been the perfect mixture of high and low.

“I’ve been singing since I was 2 years old, and ever since I became a part of this I’ve just had so much fun – becoming friends with all of the singers and getting to know them and hang out between songs,” Dotson said. “With a lot of friends and family that come out to support me, I want to go out there and do my best.”

While she prefers country and cites Carrie Underwood – the former American Idol – as her favorite singer, Dotson will sing just about anything and has come up with a solid rehearsal plan that allows her to expand her horizons to the genres that the judges start selecting later in the contest.

“It normally takes me about two days to learn a new song – my parents help me pick out a few songs and we listen to them and eventually I’ll find one and say ‘I can do that one,’” Dotson said. “I’ll just practice in my room until I get it down, and then stay focused when I get there that day.”

When she isn’t rehearsing, Dotson is normally swimming (when the weather allows for it) or is playing a game of pick-up football with her next door neighbors. She credits the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers as her favorite NFL franchises.

The daughter of Mike and Lawana Dotson, Kaylie says that she just loves singing and is thankful that she has parents  that support her every move.

“My dad and I have this thing when I get ready to go out on stage where he says ‘Just go sing,’” Dotson said. “That really helps calm me down and get me into that performance ready place.”
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