She's got talent but she wants your votes

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012
Mihirangi Fleming performing at the New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival yesterday.
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
TV FINALIST: Mihirangi Fleming performing at the New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival yesterday.

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Waitara singer-song-writer Mihirangi Fleming needs your help - to win $100,000.

The 39-year-old was one of 12 acts to perform in the grand final of New Zealand's Got Talent last night and the overall winner will not be decided by the judges but by the public.

Text voting opened last night and will run through until midday tomorrow.

Fleming performed an hour long set at the New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival yesterday and following the show received the best wishes from the crowd.

While she was not able to speak to the Taranaki Daily News about NZGT she did tell her audience "If I win $100,000 then I'll give you a free CD".

Fleming, who moved to Australia aged 16 and returned home two years ago, said it could be financially difficult for emerging artists in New Zealand.

"I'm doing a New Zealand tour starting at the end of December and running all the way through to March," she said.

"If I won it would mean I could pay for it all."

New Plymouth's Big Media, which operates Cruise FM, had been supporting Fleming during her campaign on NZGT and have now erected two billboards urging the public to vote for her.

"We've followed her for years and we liked her sound and originality, it fitted in nicely with our philosophy of supporting locals," director David Casey said. "She's world class and nobody knew that she was from here."

Fleming will launch her new album at Womad.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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