Hawaii singer goes far on X Factor

Tioni Tam Sing-Swayne
Tioni Tam Sing-Swayne

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The X Factor season three is in full swing.

One of Hawaii’s own had a chance to show the judges her talent.

From the lush and friendly town of Hilo to the big city and bright lights of Hollywood, Hawaii’s own Tioni Tam Sing-Swayne was chosen by the X Factor judges.

The vocal coach, who lives in Ewa Beach with her husband, flew to Los Angeles for the spring auditions, which took several months.

“You have to wait in a huge, huge line as you see in the big crowds and everything. The first day took about 17 hours before you get to see any judges,” Sing-Swayne said.

After scoring a unanimous yes, Sing-Swayne spent the last six months commuting between Hawaii and California with the hopes of becoming the next singing superstar.

“I made it to the top 40 of the over 25 category,” Sing-Swayne said. “I was the only one from Hawaii to make it that far in the competition. I did meet a few people while standing in line people from Hawaii, but unfortunately they didn’t make it past that.”

And unfortunately for Sing-Swayne, on Wednesday night the final 10 in each category: girls, boys, groups, and over 25 were announced, and she didn’t make the final cut for the live shows.

“I am going to keep dreaming and believing in my singing. And who knows, I might even try again,” Sing-Swayne said.

The voice coach who started singing at the age of 5 says her singing won’t stop.

“I am working on my own CD and I want to try and release my single by the end of this year,” Sing-Swayne said. “This whole X Factor experience has really taught me the true meaning of really believing and having faith in your dream.”

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