Stars in their eyes

Twerk-free A-listers wow crowd

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 08:44 06/06/2014
Maia Palmer
SCOTT HAMMOND/FAIRFAX NZ

SHOWDOWN: Maia Palmer as Miley Cyrus performs Hoedown Throwdown at Stars In Your Eyes, a fundraiser for youth organised by the Spring Creek and Districts Lions Club.

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The Marlborough Convention Centre resembled the Grammy music awards last night as a bevy of A-list stars including Rihanna and Avril Lavigne performed to a packed crowd.

It may not have been the real Caribbean Queen and Sk8er Boi but the closely aligned impersonators proved they had stars in their eyes.

About 260 people attended the show, which is the Spring Creek and Districts Lions Club's biggest fundraiser of the year.

It previewed nine performances of showbiz stars ahead of the sellout performance taking place tonight.

From melancholic rock to musical theatre and country and western to pop princess performances, the singers confirmed Marlborough's extraordinary pool of talent.

Erin Smith, 14, opened the show with Rihanna's soulful No 1 hit Stay. The Marlborough Girls' College student admitted she had been shaking pre-show but the performance was "sweet".

Victoria University student Christianna Stewart joined Kurt Lindsay to perform Martina McBride and Alan Jackson singing country classic Never Loved Before. Lindsay laughed to the crowd he had downed a couple of beers pre-performance.

Maia Palmer, 14, from Grovetown sang one of Miley Cyrus' less risque songs Hoedown Throwdown, avoiding a much-anticipated twerk.

Proving his inner rock god, Mitch Alderlieste, 17, sang the spine-tingling By My Side as INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.

Blenheim schoolgirl Maxine Kemp, 14, took on a punk rock stance as Avril Lavigne singing Sk8er Boi, while Hayden Lawrence, 26, sang Billy Joel's Piano Man.

Year 12 Marlborough Girls' College students Alice Schofield and Olivia Burns performed as Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth and sang For Good from musical Wicked. Isaac van Velthooven gave a stunning rendition of Ol' Man River, as Paul Robeson in Show Boat.

The show was brought to a close with Annabelle Lewis, 17, singing People Help the People as British singer-songwriter Birdy.

Show producer Robyn Simmons said there had been plenty of pre-show nerves but it was all right on the night.

"All the performances were amazing," Simmons said. "There is such a variety of acts that appeal to different audiences.

"It's going to be a close competition."

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- The Marlborough Express

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