Dancer needs your support
Reaching for the wildcard spotIAN ALLEN
Blenheim's world champion dancer Kelly Webster is on course for a dramatic return to New Zealand's Got Talent.
Miss Webster impressed judges at the Wellington auditions but failed to make the top 30 semi-final acts.
The 30-year-old dance teacher was thrown a lifeline, though, by the show's producers who have created a wildcard spot for one lucky fan favourite.
The top five acts from the public vote will fly to Auckland to perform in front of the New Zealand's Got Talent judges Rachel Hunter, Jason Kerrison and Ali Campbell.
They will choose one act to complete the semifinal line-up.
Miss Webster was this morning sitting third in the wildcard competition with 5513 votes.
A duet was leading the way with 5756 text or online votes.
Miss Webster said she was trying to drum up support before the public vote closed next Wednesday.
"As long as I stay in third I'll get to perform again," she said. The public could vote every day.
The Marlborough Dance Centre teacher wanted one last chance to show off her versatility.
Miss Webster originally performed a lyrical dance that won her a world title in Los Angeles in July. She was planning a jazz number for Auckland.
"The other acts [in the top five] are all singers but, hopefully, I can convince the judges I'm the one they want."
Other Marlborough acts vying for public votes are marching band Shontae-Excelsior [887 votes], Kaikoura High School student Te Aomihia Te Huia [795 votes], singer Georgia Ryan [386 votes] and Blenheim girl Phoebe Leov [61 votes].
Blenheim guitarist Mitch Alderlieste pulled out of the wildcard competition.
- The Marlborough Express