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My Kid Can Sing

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Tapping his left hand to the beat, 11-year-old Kyle Sellers turned to the three judges seated to his left, just below the stage he stood on.

“You’re way too beautiful girl,” Kyle sang toward them as he flashed a smile and swayed his shoulders to the lyrics of a Sean Kingston song he mixed with Ben E. King’s 1961 rhythm and blues hit “Stand by Me.”

Sellers was the second of three finalists to sing Sunday afternoon at Savannah Mall in the second annual My Kid Can Sing contest sponsored by during the Summer Camp Expo.

Along with the competition, the expo — sponsored in part by the Savannah Morning News — featured information booths from dozens of local summer camps around the mall’s atrium next to the food court.

After a discussion among the judges — Erica Cahall, Matt Wesley and Jane Madison — Kyle was named the contest’s winner, while 6-year-old Claudia Birthisel and 10-year-old Hannah Grace Osteen were named the runners up.

Along with showing a strong vocal range, the judges admired Kyle’s stage presence.

“You showed a lot of personality up there, and it really worked for you,” said Madison, a local educator. “You’ve got a beautiful voice.”

Admittedly nervous, Kyle, a student at Jeff Davis Elementary in Hazelhurst, said the best part of the competition is getting on and off the stage.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I really like kind of how your stomach feels when you get up there, and after your singing you just feel so relaxed.”

For winning, Kyle received two hours of studio time at Savannah’s Elevated Basement Studio.

The youngster’s father, Brian Sellers, said his son has been singing for about three years. Most recently he’s been involved with the statewide 4-H Club’s show choir, Clovers & Company.

“We travel a lot for that,” the elder Seller said. “That’s been a lot of fun for the whole family.”

Kyle, who draws inspiration from contemporary artist Bruno Mars, said he’d like to pursue singing as a career, but it’s not his only ambition.

“I’d like to win ‘American Idol’,” he said. “If that doesn’t happen, I want to be a brain surgeon.”