Gold Guitar winner didn't back himself

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 03/06/2014
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NO 1: Southland Times Newslink New Zealand Gold Guitar Award 2014 winner Cam Luxton, of Canterbury.

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Not too many people can say they're happy to lose a bet, but Cam Luxton is ecstatic.

The 19-year-old, named The Southland Times-Newslink NZ Gold Guitar Awards senior overall winner, lost a bet with a fellow finalist after backing another competitor to take out the award.

"I was quite surprised," Luxton said.

"I had my money bet on someone else, so I'm down a hundred bucks."

Despite the hit to his wallet, the apprentice electrician was ecstatic to be named the overall winner.

The title also comes with $3500 prizemoney, which Luxton said he planned to "save, save, save" - after paying up on his bet, of course.

It might be a case of deja vu for the performer, as he was named the junior overall winner in 2006.

However, this time around, Luxton acknowledged the competition was a little tougher.

"There's so many amazing artists. The talent is just so much richer - the competition this year was so hard."

The teenager won over the finals night crowd with his easy mix of music and comedy, something which perhaps is a family speciality - Luxton is the stepson of Topp Twins performer Lynda Topp.

The Topp Twins were on hand to support Luxton - who faces an eight-hour journey back to his home in mid-Canterbury - while he competed across the weekend.

Meanwhile, overall runner-up Lesley Nia Nia, of Gisborne, almost managed a clean sweep, winning five of the six sections she was a finalist in.

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