91-year-old in NZ's Got Talent final
A 91-year-old Christchurch singer has made it through to the grand final in New Zealand's Got Talent.
Great-grandmother Olivia Turner was the most popular contestant with the voting public after her performance of the Frank Sinatra classic My Way in last week's episode.
She decided to try out for the show in May when she was handed a flier advertising for senior citizens to perform at the Christchurch auditions.
"I was very disappointed there weren't more older people there," she told Fairfax Media.
"I like singing the big songs, from shows."
Turner lost her home when Kate Sheppard Retirement Village was evacuated after the earthquakes.
However, she keeps herself busy, often singing at karaoke bars around Christchurch.
"I enjoyed that because you can't forget the words, they're right there on the screen."
The judges' favourite, Palmerston North teenager Tawaroa Kawana, also made it through to the final, after singing John Legend's So High.
In total 12 acts, as voted for by the public and judges Jason Kerrison, Rachel Hunter and Ali Campbell, will take part in the grand final, a two-hour special to be screened on TV One on November 25.
Last night, a further five acts were announced for the next semi-final episode of the top-rating talent show.
The five new semi-finalists will perform for the judges again in next week's episode of New Zealand's Got Talent, when viewers will be able to text vote for their favourites and the results of last night's show will also be revealed.
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