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Kiwis got to meet singer and guitar player The Magnificent Maximilliam on today's episode of New Zealand's Got Talent.
It's not often you get to see the judges - Ali Campbell, Jason Kerrison and Rachel Hunter - get nasty, but Max's version of Flight of the Conchords' Most Beautiful Girl in the Room took them over the edge.
The Magnificent Maximilliam, who has been playing guitar for three years and singing for a month, had a weird, but entertaining act as he changed his voice to account for Brent McKenzie and Jermaine Clement's different styles.
The judges weren't impressed, with Campbell giving him the first no-no before the other two also sent him packing.
"Before you came on, did you take any helium?" he said.
"Was it deliberately awful or what was the situation there," Kerrison said.
Max felt "quite offended" by the criticism, but Hunter tried to come to the rescue.
"For the record I'll just say yes because I think you're funny," she said.
The judges were mostly full of praise for other contestants, with a few youngsters showing they can reach the high notes.
Kylie Price, 18, from Dunedin, got a standing ovation from the judges with her rendition of Beyonce's If I Were A Boy.
"That was fantastic," Campbell said. While Rachel said she was "incredibly talented."
Despite the positive feedback, Price, who is working towards a Bachelor of Music, appeared to be thinking about food when she left the stage.
"I'm so hungry," she said.
Fourteen-year-old Clara van Wel took the prize, singing her own song. The teenager doesn't know much about love yet as she's hasn't had a boyfriend, so she takes inspiration from books.
"Fourteen years old? And you wrote that yourself, that is excellent," Campbell said.
"Given that this didn't even come from your particular experiences, it actually just shows how gifted you are in your writing," Kerrison said.
She got three nods from the judges.
Dancer Tais Derbasova, Alfred the Circus nerd, and cute 9-year-old Emily and her dog Pickle, 4, were also among those who made the cut.
Maori Party leader Tariana Turia's granddaughter, Tariana Turia Jr, also performed, singing Someone Like You by Adele.
She didn't hit all the right notes, but the judges encouraged her to keep working on her vocals.
"It's such a hard song. I think you struggled a bit," Campbell said.
Following the last round of auditions, the judges were faced with the tough decision to cut down 240 acts to 30.
Who went through? I guess we have to wait until next week.
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