An escaper from the Vienna choir
OPINION: New Zealand's Got Talent could employ a retinue of alsatians to sniff out many of the oddities before they are given air time.
Had some of the 22 acts been culled last night, we could have seen more of the quality performers.
For instance, a Te Awamutu hairdresser was so adorned she resembled something between Hiawatha and a lollipop. It got worse when she opened her mouth, weighed down with so much junk she must have spent hours foraging at the local dump.
Fortunately the judges gave her the triple X, as in exit.
Mr Kim, from Malaysia, claimed he was a "scratching dancer" who hopped about as if a rat had run up his stovepipes.
But there was something very Kiwi, shy and humble about a guy who called himself Happy Feet last night.
John Vaifale, 16, after mumbling his name, expressed himself with his dance, all but contorting himself as if triple-jointed.
A nerdy, geeky boy by the name of Sam Franks sang an opera aria from Rigoletto. He was one assured 12-year-old, a boy soprano who must have escaped from the Vienna Boys' Choir.
It was freaky that such a kid could belt out La Donna Mobile because, as everyone knows, it was sung in Rigoletto by the Duke of Mantua, a debauched womaniser.
Kurt X, a Swiss IT guy had waited 20 years from being a closet artist before voraciously attacking his harmonica like a dog with a bone.
He almost went into a spasm and must have come close to conking out on the stage.
TVNZ always leaves a good one until last. This time it was Cruize Karaitiana, 23, from Masterton who sang Tracy Chapman's Fast Car in honour of his sister who had committed suicide.
The folk-pop song sounded just like the genuine version.
We could have seen a lot more of violinist Emily Wishnowski, 17. She practised Rachel discrimination by playing a bunch of her one-time hubbie Rod Stewart's tunes.
Emily got three ticks so we look forward to seeing more of someone who might turn out to be a young Kiwi Andre Rieu.
Natasha Alexandra had a nice folksy voice similar to last year's winner, Clare van Wel. Natasha also had a big bushy hairdo so fashionable in the 80s and an appealing smiley face.
It was brave of a 16-year-old to sing about being bullied at school rather than attacking them with her guitar.
The cute look sent MDM, three young Auckland brothers, through with a Bruno Mars soul-pop ballad, When I was Your Man. Two of them had voices and one had won Ponsonby's Got Talent, so he must be good.
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