Clara looking forward to show

03:41, Feb 21 2013
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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 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 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.

All the excitement and energy of touring around the country alongside some of New Zealand's best-known musos has taken its toll on Clara van Wel, but the bubbly 15-year-old songstress is looking forward to a hometown performance in Blenheim this weekend.

As special guest for this year's Classic Hits Winery Tour line-up, featuring Fat Freddy's Drop, Anika Boh & Hollie and The Adults, Clara is excited to be opening the gig to a home crowd.

Performing in front of so many people she knew in the place she launched her singing career was both comforting and exciting, she said.

"I'm looking forward to that one the most - and I'm not just saying that."

Clara returned home yesterday for a short break and to catch up on school work ahead of two performances in Nelson later this week.

Having completed 11 of the 17 winery tour gigs, Clara found that each of her performances seemed to be better than the last.

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"If we had a video of the first one and a video of the last one, I think there would be a huge difference - well, I'm hoping there's a difference."

Highlights of the tour so far had included meeting and performing with other band members and getting their insight about the music industry.

The tour had been a great way to see the country and experience some of the attractions such as paragliding in Queenstown, she said.

Despite being a little tired from all the travelling and performing, Clara was looking forward to the release of her first album single, Beautiful, which comes out on March 1.

The Classic Hits Winery Tour 2013 comes to Villa Maria Estate in Blenheim this Sunday.

Tickets $75; gate sales $85. Gates open at 5pm and the concert ends at 10pm.

Clara van Wel performing at the Classic Hits Winery Tour 2012

The Marlborough Express