Betty Ogle answers the phone from her desk at the Perry Hall Recreation & Parks Council Office at Perry Hall Elementary School. It's business as usual—until the caller inevitably asks, "How's Paige doing?"
Ogle, a longtime administrative aide for the council, is also the mother of Paige Elizabeth, an 18-year-old singer who is competing for a $5 million recording contract through THE X FACTOR talent competition on FOX.
Paige attended Perry Hall Elementary, Perry Hall Middle and graduated from Perry Hall High in 2011. She is competing in the four-woman group Lakoda Rayne, one of the competition's final 11 contenders.
The group is expected to perform on live television at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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Ogle answered questions earlier this week about how her daughter's rise to fame has impacted her family and the Perry Hall community.
Patch: How have friends and family responded to Paige's involvement in the competition?
Ogle: There has been an amazing response to Paige's involvement with X FACTOR. We have a very large, close family and in addition to that, there has been an overwhelming response from friends and our community. It is such a wonderful experience as a parent to ride past local business establishments, schools, etc. and see Paige and Lakoda Rayne's names on the marquee. Local papers are doing articles. The three schools she attended, Perry Hall Elementary, Perry Hall Middle and Perry Hall High are all showcasing her during announcements and such. Family, friends and fans are networking on the computer with reminders to vote and support Lakoda Rayne. The homemade T-shirts, bracelets and posters in support of the girls—truly amazing.
Patch: When did you first know that Paige would become a performer?
Ogle: We knew there was something at the age of 3. Instead of asking for something, a snack, drink, etc., she sang it—for everything. She sang about the clothes she wanted to wear. Our family endured endless basement concerts and shows she would perform with our niece, with homemade admission tickets made of construction paper. By the time she was 8, we knew that formal vocal lessons were in order. It took 6 months to find a vocal coach that would accept a child of that age for serious vocal lessons. She started lessons with Toni Stefano and has been with her for the past 10 years. It was an instant chemistry that has lasted a decade.
Patch: How does it feel to see your daughter get so much media attention?
Ogle: I believe we are still in the is-this-really-happening stage. We still wake up each day and cannot believe this is happening. We have always known she has the talent, but when you have experienced the process of getting to this level of the competition, it's unbelievable. I'm not really sure when that feeling will end—the pride we have for her. What else could a parent ask for?
Patch: Is it ever nerve-racking seeing her on live television? How does it feel?
Ogle: It is always nerve-racking to see her perform. Television brings it to another level, because millions of people are watching her. It is a mixture of nerves for her to perform well and pride that is so overwhelming that you just stand there and cry like a baby. You are literally standing there, not only taking in the performance, but pondering her whole life. As her parent, I have had the honor of watching her grow to be an amazing woman, but all the while, I feel accomplished as a parent. There is no greater feeling.
Patch: Are any other members of your family performers? What do Paige's siblings do?
Ogle: Both sides of our families are very musically talented. Many are vocally and instrumentally talented. My husband Ron has an amazing voice, and I am confident that is where Paige gets her talent. My family, however, would prefer I never sing. Paige has two older brothers. Michael (26) works for Pearle Vision and is not vocally talented, but can play a mean cow bell. Jordan (23) works as the director of a before-and after-school daycare and is not vocally talented, but plays the guitar and has self-taught himself to play the didgeridoo. Paige's brothers are extremely proud of her.