New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara van Wel is the real deal, according to record producer Paul Ellis.
Known for his harsh criticism of contestants when he was a New Zealand Idol judge, Ellis said van Wel, 15, deserved to win the show which aired on Sunday night.
"She stood out head and shoulders above the rest. She had so much poise."
He said it was really smart that Clara's single Where Do You Find Love? was being released so quickly. "That is the way the industry works. Get something out as quickly as possible to capitalise on her success. I would hope for her sake that she will get an album out by February, but it means she won't have much of a summer," he said.
Ellis was a judge on the first series of New Zealand's Got Talent in 2008.
Sony Music New Zealand said Where Do You Find Love? would be available for download on Friday, with a CD single released on Monday. A full-length album has been scheduled for release in February.
Singer-songwriter Sarah Brown said Clara had an amazing opportunity to succeed in the music business, but needed to keep her focus on the music.
Clara should stay at school while exploring the options available to her now she was a household name.
"It would be crazy not to take the opportunity and run with it. Everyone in the whole country knows who she is now. But there is no harm in getting an education," she said.
Brown, who like Clara is from Marlborough, released her Sydney-recorded album The Great Heart Robbery earlier this year. She thought Clara deserved to win the competition.
- The Press