It cost him $500 in excess baggage fees, but Myikah Asoval is thrilled to have taken second place in the Karaoke World Championships in Finland.
"I went over there with no expectations at all, so to get top 10, then top five, then top two, it was a massive achievement," said Asoval, 28, of Upper Hutt.
He returned from Finland yesterday with a big trophy and a new karaoke machine to show for his efforts. "It was a mission to bring back. I had already taken 23kg over, so $500 later . . ."
He said he "left everything on stage" as he delivered a performance of Josh Groban's My Confession in the final, held at Imatra, near the Russian border, last weekend.
Out of 40 contestants, Asoval came second in the male category, behind Teruhisa Tanaka of Japan.
He said Finland was beautiful, and not too cold, even in winter.
Buoyed by the result, Asoval, a customer service representative, now wanted to return to his first love, the theatre.
"That's where my passion lies. The sky's the limit now, it just depends how high I want to fly."
- Fairfax Media