Young singer gets big break

03:47, Sep 10 2012
Sam Bennett
JAPAN-BOUND: Singer Sam Bennett, of Richmond.

Nelson singer Sam Bennett will be the first New Zealander to compete on Japanese singing show Nodojiman the World.

The 19-year-old sent his audition tape in over a month ago and found out he made it on to the show last week.

"It's pretty much the biggest opportunity of my life."

Bennett, who sings fluently in both Japanese and English, flies out to Ueno in Tokyo, Japan, next week.

The show will be filmed over a week, and then screened from October 8 on prime time to more than 10 million people.

The singing contest sees 20 singers from around the world battle it out, with all songs sung in Japanese.


"There's five groups of four singers who compete, then the best one from each group goes through to the final," he said. He would not get to chose the songs he sung, that was up to producers.

"I'll just find out when I get there."

The next 10 days would be spent listening to a lot of Japanese music, he said.

He hoped this would be the starting point of a career.

"They [the Japanese producers] seem to be really impressed with me so far. Hopefully the Japanese people will be as well.

"It's my dream to be able to sing, so this is a huge opportunity."

The Nelson Mail