They have sung, danced, yodelled and strummed, and along the way they have proved New Zealand has got talent.
The more than 5000 hopefuls who auditioned throughout the country in April and May have been whittled down to 12 finalists.
The grand finale of New Zealand's Got Talent airs tomorrow night on TV One, and among those seeking to win the entertainment competition are juggling brothers Zane and Degge Jarvie, of Ngaio, and 11-year-old singer Jessie Hillel of Churton Park. Former Onslow College pupils Zane and Degge have become synonymous with their high-energy juggling abilities, and their inclusion of a mysterious loaf of white bread that culminated in a bread mask during last week's final.
Meanwhile, the youngest competitor, Jessie, has been working to conquer her nerves before each performance. She said it would be her dream job to be able to perform, and winning New Zealand's Got Talent would help her along that path.
The entertainment competition has maintained its position as the most watched show in New Zealand for 11 consecutive weeks, according to Throng.
Last Sunday, the finalists performed in front of the judges, OpShop frontman Jason Kerrison, supermodel Rachel Hunter and UB40 member Ali Campbell.
More than 794,000 tuned in to last week's show.
Public voting closed on Tuesday and tomorrow night's show will reveal the most talented performer, who will win $100,000 in prizes.
- The Dominion Post
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