Surrey-based saxophonist Jongsung Kim placed third in this year’s PNE Star Showdown.
The talent contest ended Wednesday with a pair of Port Moody residents placing first and second.
Kim, 32, played a version of the Michael W. Smith song “Above All” to take home third place and $1,000 cash prize.
His wife and two daughters were in the crowd watching.
“Usually they don’t like it when I play at home, because it’s too loud,” Kim said with a laugh. “But it’s OK for them when I play at the church or at (the PNE) -- they really like it.”
Raised in Korea, Kim moved to Canada about five years ago.
Today, he lives with his family in the Gateway Station area of Surrey.
He works in New Westminster at a church, whose pastor encouraged him to apply for the Star Showdown contest. Hundreds of entries were received this year, according to event organizers.
“I want to be a professional musician in Canada,” Kim said. “I’m looking for a job in music.”
As for his prize money, Kim knows exactly what will happen to it.
“That goes to my wife,” he said, laughing. “I have no decision, I have to give it to her.”
The Star Showdown winner this year was Elias Tyson Venegas, 7, who wowed the crowd with his rendition of “Route 66” – the song that also won him the Now-sponsored B.C. Junior Talent Search contest at Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair last May.
Second place in the Star Showdown went to dancer Ben Freemantle, 18.
“All of the finalists were incredible, and the judges certainly had a tough time deliberating,” said judge Chad Joiner. “It was a great Star Showdown this year; you could tell the audience loved it.”
The PNE continues until Sept. 2. For event details, visit www.pne.ca.
© Copyright 2013