Judge expects top class acts

Marlborough's Top Talent celebrity judge Shane Cortese is looking forward to a night of drama and fun at the show on Saturday night, be it from fire breathers or a wine drinking goat.

The actor and singer is in the middle of filming the second season of Kiwi television drama Nothing Trivial and said he was working on an extremely busy schedule but he could not turn down the opportunity to come to Marlborough and be a part of the show.

"I was down earlier in the year with the Havelock Mussel Festival and I liked the area. The organisers asked me if I would come back and I'm pretty active in highlighting New Zealand talent so I said `no problem'. I will fly in at the last minute but we will have a great time, drink some wine and see some good acts."

Cortese is looking forward to a lighthearted night and was hopeful Marlburians would think outside the box and have some fun with their acts like dancing dog Pudsey and owner Ashleigh Butler, 17, who won the Britain's Got Talent television show this month.

"I want to see a Marlborough sauvignon blanc drinking goat - why not? What's the best thing about the Marlborough region? Sunshine and wine, so let's have something to do with them."

Between filming and spending time with his two children Cortese said he had not had time this year to watch any of the latest round of television talent shows but he was a fan of the world-wide phenomenon and particularly of New Zealand's Got Talent. He had not been taking judging tips from English judge Simon Cowell and his infamous style of cutting the performer down with harsh criticism he said.

"Things are never personal in this business but you do have to have a tough skin to make it.

"I do like that that [Simon Cowell style] is honest, but I don't like it, I don't think it's necessary. I'm a fan of shows like the X Factor and New Zealand's Got Talent where the critiquing is less designed for effect and more to give constructive criticism."

Instead, he said, he would be looking for commitment from the acts.

Marlborough's Top Talent finals show is at the Marlborough Floor Pride Civic Theatre, Blenheim, Saturday, May 26 from 7.30pm.

Tickets, adults $30 and concessions $25, at theatre, phone 0800224224 or visit mctt.co.nz.

The Marlborough Express