WHEN Adelaide put out a call to find its next music superstar Murray Bridge singer and songwriter Sofie Bozzetti, pictured right, threw together an audition video and hoped for the best.
And while the 17-year-old had high hopes she never dreamed she would be standing on stage at the Entertainment Centre last week among 12 finalists of the competition that drew hundreds of entries from around the State.
The competition - Adelaide's Next Superstar - was new to South Australia, offering an opportunity for solo performers, vocal groups and bands of up to five members to showcase their talents in a professional singing competition which offered the excitement of Idol, X-Factor and Australia's Got Talent, but without the cameras, unnecessary drama and restrictions.
For Sofie, the competition was a chance to showcase her unique talent - influenced by alternative writers and jazz musicians - that is landing her regular gigs around Adelaide and which won her the chance to play in front of 12,000 people at UniSA in August.
"I entered Adelaide's Next Superstar rather than something like X-Factor as they allowed you to be quirky and a bit different," she said.
"You were allowed to be real."
The process for artists aged up to 30 began in September with a series of live heats that culminated on November 18, when the finalists got to see their names up in lights at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Sofie's video was successful and got her into the heats and into the pressure cooker atmosphere of the competition.
"I got through to the first (of 10) live heats at the Arkaba in October and was one of three people in my heat to make it to the semi-finals at the Gov," she said
"About half of the 14 to make it there then got through to the next stage and I was one of the lucky ones."
As the singers progressed through each stage of the intense competition they were mentored by coaches in what Sofie described as a surprisingly friendly and supportive atmosphere.
"The competition was big and it had a community feel, and people were really supportive of each other" she said.
"The networking was great and we exchanged numbers and facebook pages.
"I met a rapper during the competition and we plan to collaborate on a song at some stage and want to release it somewhere."
The year 11 student said the competiton was a great opportunity for now and the future.
"I got out of it that if you get knocked back it doesn't mean you won't be successful," she said.
"There were so many talented people from all different genres and they will all be a success in some way in their lives.
"It was encouraging."
As a finalist Sofie will take part in master classes next year and get to work with industry experts wanting to promote the live music scene in Adelaide.
-Details: To see Sofie's audition video visit YouTube.