Overload of talent is a Shore thing
Singing in the kitchen has edged James Lee closer to his rockstar dream.
The Albany chef is in the semifinals of New Zealand's Got Talent after his spine-tingling audition of Iron Maiden's song Run To The Hills won him a standing ovation.
And the the 31-year-old will vie for a spot in the final against Northcote singers Michael, Daniel and Matthew Lough, known as M.D.M.
Mr Lee migrated from South Korea 11 years ago and has sung in bands and at church.
He is affectionately known as Heavy Metal James and says he quietly sings or hums while working as a chef.
Other chefs in the kitchen believe his singing is a sign of happiness.
The Dream Theatre and Christian rock fan says singing is his true love and hopes to be a rockstar.
M.D.M performed If I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars in the auditions.
The Lough brothers regularly busk on Auckland's Queen St and entered the contest with Michael, 16, on guitar. Daniel, 15, plays saxophone and Matthew, the youngest at age 12, plays trumpet.
Mr Lee and M.D.M will compete against 13-year-old singer Gabriella Atkinson, ballroom dancers Brian and Sarah and all-female hip-hop group Origin Dance Crew.
The act with the most votes from the public goes through to the grand final.
Judges Jason Kerrison, Rachel Hunter and Cris Judd will also choose one act for the final.
New Zealand's Got Talent, the second semifinal, screens October 27 at 7.30pm on TV One.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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