For Alyssa Pallotta, singing has been something she's enjoyed doing since her first performance six years ago.
The song was "On My Own" from Les' Miserables, which, after being posted on YouTube, received more than 91,000 views.
"I was really excited to do that," Pallotta, now 13, said. "When I was little, my parents always had the CD playing, and I really liked that song."
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Three years later, Pallotta, an East Meadow resident that goes to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School in Bellmore, was sleeping over at her grandmother's house in East Northport when she saw a sign about East Northport Idol.
"I decided to do it," she said. "I sang "The National Anthem" and I won."
At that point, "The National Anthem" became her go-to choice for auditions. That helped her nab gigs singing at SUNY Old Westbury, Citibank Park, Citifield and Madison Square Garden.
For Citifield, she auditioned as part of the Mets' talent search, in which participants range from age 6-60. Despite missing the days in which callbacks were held, the Mets invited Pallotta to return and sing "God Bless America."
Despite her vast experience at such a young age, Pallotta is not sure singing is where she wants to pursue a career in.
"I sing a lot," Pallotta said. "I'm in the school play and I do a lot of different things. In terms of making it a career, that's not what I want."
Instead, Pallotta said that she's always been a creative person, and she'd love to get into something that "involves design, putting stuff together and making things."
Two years ago, Pallotta received a private invite to audition for "The X-Factor," but minutes before the audition, she decided to change her song. She said that may have limited the range she was able to show.
"I decided that I didn't like the song I had originally picked," she said. "So I changed my mind. If I kept the original song, I would've had a better chance."
Pallotta said she would love to try out for "American Idol," which is a show she's followed for a while. If that quest was a success, Pallotta said she may change her mind on her career focus.
"If it turns out like that, I would gladly accept it," Pallotta said.
Up next, Pallotta will be performing at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan on June 1.
For more on Pallotta, check out her YouTube page by clicking here.
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