Poem proves ‘Ideal’ for judges at Morristown’s Got Talent

Ally Are, right, winner of the adult category of Morristown's Got Talent 2015. Looking on is Isabella Wawrzyniak, a winner in the youth division. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ally Are, right, winner of the adult category of Morristown's Got Talent 2015. Looking on is Isabella Wawrzyniak, a winner in the youth division. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Video: Ally Are wins Morristown’s Got Talent 2015

It seemed like a long shot: A poem, competing against songs by Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and Frédéric Chopin, and going toe to toe with acrobatic dance routines and even a whistled Can-Can.

Undaunted,  21-year-old Ally Are, took her best shot — and was rewarded with the $1,000 prize  as top adult performer at Wednesday’s 8th Annual Morristown’s Got Talent show.

Ally Are delivers her prize-winning poem, 'Ideal,' at Morristown's Got Talent. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Ally Are delivers her prize-winning poem, ‘Ideal,’ at Morristown’s Got Talent. Photo by Bill Lescohier

Are, whose real name is Alyse Royal, recited Ideal, her intensely personal reflection on coming to grips with a body shape that does not conform with glamor magazines’ vision of perfection. (See the video above.)

“We were moved,” said entertainer Rio Clemente, one of four talent judges at the show.

“It touched me,” said another judge, singer Jane Stuart.

Although Are’s message is specific to her own life, “it related to all of our lives,” said Panelist Jeff Friday. “For me, personally, it tapped into every insecurity I’ve ever had about myself. We all have them, whether we admit it or not.”

Are need not feel insecure about poetry.  She appears to have found her audience.

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Ally Are, right, winner of the adult category of Morristown's Got Talent 2015. Looking on is Isabella Wawrzyniak, a winner in the youth division. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ally Are, right, winner of the adult category of Morristown’s Got Talent 2015. Looking on is Isabella Wawrzyniak, a winner in the youth division. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kim Pistner presents $1,000 prize to Ally Are. Photo by Bill Lescohier
Kim Pistner presents $1,000 prize to Ally Are. Photo by Bill Lescohier

 

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