N.S. superfan gets pulled onstage to sing with Shania Twain
Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 7:09PM AST
A Nova Scotia woman's dream came true on a recent trip to Vegas after she was called onstage to sing with country superstar Shania Twain.
Tanya Bellefontaine says she might not believe it actually happened, if she didn’t have the video to prove it.
The encounter only lasted for 39 seconds, but the memory of it will last a lifetime.
“This is the biggest moment of my life, my dream come true, not as just a fan, but as a musician to be able to sing with someone of that calibre,” says Bellefontaine.
Bellefontaine has been a big fan of Twain since the country star first came onto the music scene in the 1990s.
“She's the epitome of a strong woman, she's the epitome of strength,” says Bellefontaine.
Ten years ago, Bellefontaine drove to Timmins, Ontario to see the community where Twain grew up.
“I went to the Shania Twain Centre, I went to the bar where she got her start as a child,” says Bellefontaine.
The trip to Timmis was something the die-hard fan had always wanted to do, but her dream wouldn’t be complete until she saw the singer in person.
“In that moment I actually cried, when I had the tickets in my hand that I was going to see the great Shania Twain,” says Bellefontaine.
She and her husband travelled to Vegas with another couple to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday.
The girls bought front-row tickets to see Twain at Caesars Palace. Bellefontaine even ordered a replica hockey jersey, like the one Twain wore in one of her music videos.
“The anticipation of what was about to happen, just seeing her, to be able to say that I had that experience.”
However, Bellefontaine would get to do more than just see her idol - something she never could have imagined would happen.
“At about the 45-minute mark, she starts the song ‘Honey I'm Home’ and she made her way off the stage and she walked right down to where I was sitting and she put her hand out and said ‘sing with me,’” says Bellefontaine.
“I kinda just slipped into, I think, that performance mode and sang my heart out,” says Bellefontaine.
For 39 seconds, Bellefontaine performed alongside the superstar - a short encounter, but one she says she will never forget.
“I'm trying to convince my husband to allow me to change my name to Tanya Bellefontwain. He's not really buying into it just yet though.”
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jacqueline Foster