Gold Guitar winner didn't back himself
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.
The Southland Times