Winning contest was music to the ears of family duo

BY JOSH REICH
Last updated 13:03 12/04/2010
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SEASONED: Has Nelson Got Talent? winners Georgia Nott, 15, and her brother, Caleb Nott, 17.

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Caleb and Georgia Nott have booked themselves a date at the gala opening of Nelson's Theatre Royal after winning Has Nelson Got Talent? in Richmond Mall on Saturday.

Twelve groups and individuals took part in the final of the competition, following four days of heats designed to find the best, singers, dancers, musicians and entertainers in the region.

In the end, family ties proved strongest, with the Richmond brother and sister duo winning with their acoustic rendition of the KT Tunstall song Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.

The pair, who both attend Garin College, are seasoned performers around Nelson, but still said the win was a shock.

Once third and second place winners were called they thought they had missed out.

"The piano player (William Fairbairn) was amazing, and we thought he was going to take it out no problem," said Caleb.

For their efforts they won $500 cash and a $1000 voucher from the mall.

Georgia, 15, said she was looking for a leather jacket and Caleb, 17, musical equipment and clothes.

Just as valuable however, was winning the right to perform at the gala opening of the Theatre Royal.

"That will be insane," Caleb said.

Georgia said Black Horse and the Cherry Tree was their "signature song".

"It's the one everyone knows us for."

In second place was singer Jontee Bowater, who performed the operatic song Nella Fantasia.

Sisters Bailee and Hana Tava came third with their rendition of Miley Cyrus' The Climb.

About 550 people were at the final.

Judge Guy Boyce, who manages the Theatre Royal, said the standard of performance made it difficult to choose a winner.

Mall manager David Hill said he hoped linking the competition with the Theatre Royal would become an annual event.

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- The Nelson Mail

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