Our girl's got talent

03:26, Dec 03 2012
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Clara van Wel winner of Marlborough's got Talent
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Support: Clara van Wel lends a hand at John's Kitchen, her nominated charity for Stars in Your Eyes
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Business savvy: Members of the conceptual business team Puju, from left, Tahlia-Rose Simmonds, Ella Arnst, Laura McLeod, Julia Andrews and Clara van Wel, won the three-day business challenge brought to Marlborough Girls' College by Yolande Rosario, right, and Jared Tasker, front, from the Young Enterprise Trust.
Marlborough teenager Clara Van Wel has been crowned the inaugural winner of New Zealand's Got Talent.
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Top talent: Clara performs an original song, Where Do You Find Love?, after being announced winner of New Zealand’s Got Talent last night.
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Stars In Their Eyes competition June 2012: Clara van Wel as Ricki Lee Jones singing Chuck E's in Love.
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Lee Stewart and Clara van Wel singing their own composition in a fundraiser for Canterbury
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Friends Vicky Mack, Olivia Sheat and Clara van Wel entertain the residents at Waterlea Rest home in August 2011.
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The Classic Hits Winery Tour 2012: Clara van Wel performs at Villa Maria Estate Winery in Marlborough alongside Avalanche City, The Muttonbirds and Gin Wigmore. Clara Van Wel performs.
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Clara van Wel, winner in the Marlborough final of the 2012 Smokefree Rock Quest in June 2012
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Clara van Wel at home in 2010
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Clara van Wel as Bic Runga in Stars in Your Eyes, Blenheim 2010
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Clara van Wel entertains at the Marlborough Farmers Market in 2009
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Clara van Wel on Good Morning
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Clara van Wel during a photo shoot
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Clara van Wel with her father Alex van Wel on Breakfast
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Clara van Wel talks about her single 'Where do you find love' now available on iTunes
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Taking a break: Clara van Wel happy to be at home in Blenheim with Scratchy the jack russell
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Clara van Wel at home in Marlborough. Enjoying a walk with Scratchy
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Clara van Wel. Glad to be home in Marlborough
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STAR: Clara van Wel performs during the Classic Hits Winery tour.

The dream came true last night for young Marlborough singer-composer Clara van Wel.

She topped a short but already- successful career as a solo performer by winning the final of the popular television show New Zealand's Got Talent, on TV One.

Speaking to The Marlborough Express last night, Clara said she was "thrilled and overwhelmed".

"It's everything I have ever imagined and I'm really scared that I'm going to wake up."

The 15-year-old Marlborough Girl's College student, who had missed a couple of NCEA level 1 exams while she was in Auckland recording the various episodes, thanked Marlborough people for their "incredible" support since the beginning of the show and said it had been like a rollercoaster ride.

"It's the most incredible journey I have ever had. I'm sad it's over, but it's been amazing."

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Although the final was filmed on Thursday, Clara said the feeling of winning had still not sunk in.

"I don't think it ever will. It's just a dream come true."

The singer's next step will be to record her first single, Where Do You Find Love?, which will be released before Christmas as part of her prize, along with a recording contract, a Toyota Corolla car and $100,000. While she's still too young to drive the car, she says the cash will be going into the bank to invest in her music career.

She ended the show last night with Where Do You Find Love?. It is her own composition, which she also performed in the grand final last week.

Earlier in the final, Clara and fellow finalists Jessie Hillel and Evan Sinton wowed the audience with a slick performance of Gotye hit Somebody That I Used to Know.

Clara paid tribute to her fellow finalists, describing them as "just incredible".

In the star-studded final, Kiwi rockers Dane Rumble and Evermore and judges Jason Kerrison and Ali Campbell also performed along with acts from earlier shows, before the finalists were called back for the big announcement. Clara's parents and younger sister were watching in the studio audience.

As the news broke, fans went on Facebook and Twitter to share their congratulations and Clara said her phone had been bombarded with calls. While Marlborough friends and supporters will be anxious to celebrate with her, Clara said she had one thing on her mind when she gets home.

"The first thing I'm going to do is sleep."

Here's Clara, at 12-years-old, performing her song 'Crocodile Tears'

 

The Marlborough Express