Clara rates highly with TV judges
Marlborough schoolgirl Clara van Wel gave a hauntingly beautiful performance of her original song, Where do you Find Love at the grand final of New Zealand's Got Talent last night.
Of the 12 finalists who performed in the television talent show last night, only three will go through to the countdown to a winner next Sunday.
Judge Jason Kerrison told Clara, "I think you are it". She touched the minds of people not just in the room but watching their televisions around the country, he said.
After singing, the 15-year-old Marlborough Girls' College student told the Marlborough Express, "I was just so in a dream, in that place where I felt like I had really connected with people."
Adding to the surreal feeling was the double life she is leading as full-on performer and student sitting NCEA exams. Today she was to sit a physics exam.
The judges and audience gave Clara a standing ovation and judge Rachel Hunter said, "You just ooze every bit of a superstar."
Clara admitted Where do you Find Love was the most personal song she had written, exposing her insecurities to an audience of around 1 million people.
If she wins, Clara will invest the $100,000 prize money in a fulltime career in music, she says.
To help Clara on her way to winning the New Zealand's Got Talent title, text "Clara" to 8981 by midday tomorrow.
The Marlborough Express