Talented teen seeks TV stardom

Singer aims for NZ's Got Talent wildcard slot

LAURA BASHAM
Last updated 07:47 07/09/2012
Jake Robinson
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HIGH HOPES: Jake Robinson, 14 of Garin College performs at the first round of auditions for New Zealand's Got Talent in Nelson in May.

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Jake Robinson will closely watch the first heat of New Zealand's Got Talent on Sunday to check out the competition.

The 14-year-old singer from Richmond hopes to also star in the show.

He has entered a 90-second video in the Above the Rest contest hoping to earn a special wildcard slot at the semi-finals of NZ's Got Talent.

Jake also wants the Nelson-Tasman region to get behind him and vote for him online and by text.

He needs to make the five most voted acts to go to Auckland to perform in front of the NZ's Got Talent judges - Rachel Hunter, Jason Kerrison and Ali Campbell.

The judges will choose the winning act that will skip straight into the semi-finals, and fight for a place in the final show, when all 12 finalists perform.

Jake, who loves singing, drama and theatre, said: "It would mean everything to me to be on the show."

His mum Lynne admits she's not a great singer but describes Jake as "just awesome". "I don't know where he gets it from but my husband is adopted and his birth father was the musical director of a big band."

At the Nelson Singing Competitions last year Jake won Louis Kerr Cup for best song in costume and Mrs Camparini Rose Bowl for most promising voice in the junior category. He has been a member of the Nelson Youth Theatre for six years playing roles such as Peter Pan and is about to play Marius in Les Miserables.

He missed out on a place in the NZ's Got Talent heats when it held auditions in Nelson, and attributes that to his choice of singing One Song Glory from the musical Rent.

This time he's going with Breakeven by The Script. "It builds up pretty quickly which is good and it's a song lots of people will know," he said.

He's hoping it will go more successfully than his PE, after breaking his toe in the gym at Garin College, when he was on top of a pyramid of three which collapsed.

He's just had the wire used to help mend it removed, but it's not stopping the wannabe Kiwi superstar performing or campaigning with posters and leaflets asking people to vote for his entry.

"I am in 12th place, but it varies every day according to how many people vote during that 24 hours. I'd love to go to Auckland to represent the region but to stand a chance I really need people to keep voting."

Votes can be made once a day online at http://abovetherest.tvnz.co.nz/ until October 10, and by text to 5337 "vote nz107 your name" .

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The contest starts on TV One Sunday 7.30pm.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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