It's the American Idol of the make-up world and a west Auckland woman is one of the stars.
Avon representative Chenelle Hayes is the only Kiwi through to the second round of Avon Voices, a singing competition judged by popstars including Delta Goodrem, Natasha Bedingfield and Fergie.
The Ranui resident, who works part-time for global make-up company, is in the final 100 contestants, down from 6000.
"I was pretty excited when I found out but I wasn't surprised," said the 26-year-old mother-of-one.
"I felt confident enough that I would make it through."
Hayes sings True Colours by Cyndi Lauper in her video for round two, which she made in Hong Kong during the first round of the competition.
The show uses a combination of votes from judges and the public, and Hayes will fly to Hollywood if she gets into the final 25.
"They only take 25 from 100 through to the next round which is a huge cut."
Regardless of whether she makes it through to compete in Hollywood for round three, taking part has been a great experience, she said.
She was involved with music while at Waitakere College but after finishing there in 2003, she lost confidence and hardly sang until she heard about the competition and decided to enter.
"I was the type of person who would just wait for the opportunities to come to me. Then I realised I had to get out and do stuff."
Ms Hayes also hopes to inspire others to believe in themselves.
Stephen Nightingale taught Ms Hayes music at Waitakere College.
He says as soon as he heard her sing he knew she had an innate talent.
"She has a natural ability to vocalise and improvise which is good for the type of music she sings.
"I'm pleased someone has seen the talent I always knew was there."
Go to www.avonvoices.com to vote for Ms Hayes before June 20.
- Western Leader
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