ISHPEMING - It was about 20 degrees and windy on the Lake Superior beach where filming took place, but from watching the video, you couldn't tell Emily McGlone was doing anything but singing.
McGlone, 16, who has spent the past year submitting music videos to a national Miley Cyrus competition, was recently voted into the top four of the competition. Online public voting at www.mileycyrus.com will open at 9 p.m. Nov. 18 for the next stage of the competition.
For this round of the competition, the top four were asked to submit videos of songs by their favorite diva. McGlone submitted her version of "Halo" by singer Beyonce.
"This video is more like me," McGlone said. "We weren't being told what to do. I just felt like I was being more of myself."
As she has in previous videos, McGlone incorporated aspects of the Upper Peninsula, this time the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, which went down in Lake Superior 34 years ago this week.
Filmed by her cousin Tara Byykkonen, McGlone's version of "Halo" is set on a stormy Lake Superior beach and opens with audio from a 1975 newscast the day after the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in a storm. In honor of the anniversary of the wreck, the video was shown to students at Aspen Ridge Middle School Tuesday afternoon.
Keeping pieces of Ishpeming and the U.P. in her work is important, McGlone said.
"This is my hometown. This is where I grew up," she said. "I want everyone to know I know where I came from. I want to keep that in my work."
Each of the four contestants was asked to submit two short examples of songs they would like to do for the upcoming round. Contest organizers from MileyWorld.com then gave the girls input on which song they should perform for their official entry.
Since they were allowed to pick their own songs, McGlone said she isn't sure what to expect from her competition.
"I think they all have talent. They definitely have potential and love to do the same things I do," she said. "I'm my own worst critic. It's hard for me to tell where I am with the other girls."
The public can vote at www.mileycyrus.com at 9 p.m. Nov. 18. To view the videos from the four contestants when they are posted, click on "Be a Star."
McGlone said she isn't sure how much longer the competition will last. No matter what happens, she said she knows she'll have a lot of opportunities to share her work in the future.