Tots working the country crowd

19:47, Jun 03 2013
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Maddison, 5, and William Connor,3, of Nelson, perform for crowds at the Freeze Ya Bits Off auditions in Gore today.

A balmy day in Gore ensured no one has actually frozen, but the performers in the Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking Competition are certainly playing cool.

Performers in today's auditions lined the streets creating a cacophony of sounds, competing against one another for the attention of both the judges and the crowds.

Audition Judge Craig Waddell said he was looking for competitors who really knew how to work the crowd.

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Greg Crow, right, and Norm Wilson, of Winton, get into the country spirit at the Freeze Ya Bits Off busking auditions today in Gore.

"Me personally, I'm looking to see which performers really interact and get the crowds going."

There was a huge array of talent on display and judges had their work cut out for them he said.

"There's great talent from across all ages," he said.

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Young duo Maddison, 5, and William Connor, 3, of Nelson, captured the audiences' attention during their audition with enthusiastic renditions of the Wiggles' Big Red Car and old favourite She'll Be Coming 'round The Mountain.

The talented tots drew a big crowd of supporters.

Country duo Greg Crow and Norm Wilson, of Winton, had the audience tapping along to their repertoire of country music songs.

Those judged best in their categories will move on to the Freeze Ya Bits Off final at the Heartland Hotel Croydon at 4.30pm.

The Southland Times