The search is on to prove that Tasman is oozing lots of talent

Last updated 13:00 23/10/2012

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Piers Morgan won't be coming to judge Tasman's Got Talent, but mayor Richard Kempthorne will.

The council is running the talent quest show in Richmond, Motueka and Golden Bay, culminating in the video recording of category winners and public voting online.

While ratepayers might question whether it's an appropriate role for the council, community recreation officer Paul McConachie says it is "because it's bringing the community together to celebrate and enhance well-being".

He estimates it will cost $1000 per event at the three venues.

There's no $1 million prize but the overall winner will take home an Apple iPad2, and heat winners will get shopping vouchers.

Tasman's Got Talent replaces another council-run event, Tasman Karaoke Superstars. Mr McConachie said he hoped the new format would attract a broader range of talent. So far registrations include singers, dancers ranging from Irish to hip-hop, and while they are mainly youthful, there is a 65-year-old from Motueka. The contest has four categories - solo junior and senior, duo and group. The winning performances in each heat will be recorded, with public voting of the 12 finalists online, a move designed to drive more young people to its Youth Council website.

The judging panel will include Mr Kempthorne at the Richmond event, councillor Trevor Norris at Motueka, along with singer-songwriter Kath Bee and Brent Maru, from the Motueka Recreation Centre. Register at jamonline.co.nz/tasmansgottalent.

Heats will be at Takaka Showgrounds, Saturday, October 27; Motueka Memorial Hall, Saturday, November 3; and Richmond Town Hall, Saturday, November 10, all from 10am.

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