Young singer wows judges at talent show

01:27, Nov 13 2012
Ester Terrill
STAR QUALITY: Junior solo winner Ester Terrill performs during the Richmond heat of Tasman’s Got Talent at the Richmond Town Hall on Saturday.

Everyone had some talent at Saturday's heat of Tasman's Got Talent held in the Richmond Town Hall but one contestant had so much she gave the judges "goose bumps".

Ester Terrill was the star performer at the Richmond heat of the regional talent contest which attracted about 30 singers and dancers with stars in their eyes.

The 10-year-old Nelson Christian Academy pupil wowed the judges, singer Kath Bee, Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne and youth councillor Leigh-Ann Weaver, with her performance of Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe to win the junior section.

The judges were unanimous that Ester was the top solo junior act with Ms Bee saying she was so good she gave her "goose bumps".

Ester, who has entered and won "three or four" talent contests said she was not nervous singing in front of an audience of about 150 people. She said it helped that the judges "weren't mean like the ones on X Factor" which she enjoyed watching.

Cameron Wout and Chris Smith won the duo section with their wild version of Wild Thing. Adam and Joseph Clatworthy and William Irvine sang A, B, C to win the group section while Chase Tangohau won the hotly contested senior section singing an original song.

The winning performances from Saturday's final heat and the Golden Bay and Motueka heats can be viewed online at for public voting to decide the overall winner.

Council community recreation officer Paul McConachie said voting would close on November 23 and the winners would be announced the following week.


The Nelson Mail