Stratford teen Lacey Koughan's episode among the Top 10
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Lacey Koughan from Stratford thinks she lives in the most fun spot in Canada. She and her friend, Maddy Neuffer, and sister Celia Koughan along with Above and Beeyond pilot Frank Novak, take "Cross Country Fun Hunt" host Jordan Francis, left, on a hot air balloon ride on this week's episode of the CBC show, which airs Saturday morning.
Stratford teen Lacey Koughan's episode for CBC’s Cross Country Fun Hunt has made it to the Top 10 in a contest for a concert.
She filmed her episode in July, which featured Camp Rock’s Jordan Francis.
After getting into the top 20 entries in the Fun Hunt, Lacey’s submission made it to the top 10, and people are voting from across Canada to determine who advances to the top three. Voting for the top 10 ends Sunday.
The battle for the top three positions is always changing, Lacey said.
“Yesterday, I was in fourth, and I checked this morning and I was in first. It keeps changing, because there’s me, Halifax and Newfoundland in a big competition for the last spot. Everybody keeps switching places.”
As the competition draws to a close, Lacey finds herself getting more anxious when checking the voting results.
“I check all the time. We were in the computer lab doing math, but I was checking there too.”
Lacey’s episode of Cross Country Fun Hunt featured many activities with Francis and Lacey’s friends, but Lacey’s favourite part was a hot air balloon ride.
“I never thought I’d get to do something like that, so that was really fun.”
Francis then performed with Lacey at a Keltic Kids show.
“It was awesome, because he’s a performer himself, so we talked about performance careers. He’s so funny and energetic, he really kept me going all day.”
Francis offered Lacey advice throughout their time together, she said.
“He just told me to follow my dreams, and that I can do anything I want to.”
If Lacy wins, the concert would take place March 2, 2013, and it would feature Francis, along with Canadian artist Victoria Duffield, who will be in Charlottetown on Dec. 21.
The concert would also be free of charge.
Koughan hopes she can get enough support to advance.
“Both Victoria and Jordan are amazing, and they’re both dancers so I’d get to do a number with them,” she said.
“Maybe I’d get to be in a music video if (Victoria) liked me.”
Koughan has worked hard to gather support, spreading the word around Stonepark Intermediate School, as well as using Facebook to get more people to vote.
If she advances, Lacey has a festive idea to drum up more support.
“We’re going to try and get Santa Claus on video. He’ll ask ‘What would you like for Christmas?’, and I’ll say win the Fun Hunt.”
Win or lose, Lacey has enjoyed her experience with Cross Country Fun Hunt.
“Even if I don’t make it to the top three, the whole thing’s been great. I got to meet Jordan, I got to be on TV, and it’s been great, but if I get into the top three, so that would just make it even better.”