Marlborough's got talent

International acts from Billy Joel to Miley Cyrus will be re-enacted in Blenheim next month at the 2014 Marlborough Stars in Your Eyes talent quest.

Held annually by Spring Creek Lions, the show requires contestants to portray a well-known entertainer through music, voice, costume and stage presence.

Potential stars were auditioned last month and nine acts were selected for this year's show, held at the Marlborough Convention Centre on June 5-6.

Successful contenders are Mitch Alderlieste, singing By My Side as Michael Hutchence; Olivia Burns and Alice Schofield, singing For Good as Idina Menzel and Kirsten Chenoweth; Maxine Kemp, Sk8er Boi as Avril Lavigne; Hayden Lawrence singing Piano Man as Billy Joel; Annabelle Lewis singing People Help the People as Birdy; Maia Palmer singing Hoedown Touchdown as Miley Cyrus; Christianna Stewart and Kurt Lindsay singing Never Loved Before as Martina McBride and Alan Jackson; and Isaac van Velthooven singing Old Man River as Bryn Terfel.

Each contestant nominates a charity serving Marlborough youth. This year's recipients include Synergy Youth Mentoring, the Marlborough Child Cancer Society, the Marlborough youth branch of the Asthma Foundation, Marlborough Boys' College Blue & Gold Foundation, Blenheim School ICT department and the JAB Rugby at the Renwick and Awatere clubs.

Money raised is divided between all groups and cash prizes for the performers ($1000 for the winner and $750 and $500 for the second and third placegetters) are donated to the successful contestants' chosen charity.

Stars in Your Eyes co-ordinator Robyn Simmons said generous sponsorship from the Marlborough Convention Centre, Marlborough Light and Sound, and Whitehaven Wines had helped the show grow and each year between $20,000 to $25,000 was directed to groups helping Marlborough youth.

The Marlborough Express