Woolston 10-year-old moves NZGT judges

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 07:55 18/11/2013
Oceana Olsen
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HEART-WARMING: Oceana Olsen, 10, says singing makes her feel free.

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Christchurch singer Oceana Olsen may only be little but she has made a big impression on the judges for New Zealand's Got Talent.

She sang Christina Aguilera's Beautiful for her audition and did not notice that the judges had started crying until after her performance.

"[It] was pretty strange because that wasn't even my best performance. I can do way better than that," she said.

The 10-year-old Woolston School pupil has been taking singing lessons since she was 6 or 7 years old. She decided to enter the talent show with a group of her friends from school and also one of the teachers.

"Our deputy principal was saying to everybody that there was an audition for New Zealand's Got Talent and everyone in my class decided to go, the people who wanted to go. Me, my teacher and my friends from school all went.

"We just tried it out. My classmates forced our teacher to go. They, unfortunately, did not make it in."

Getting through to the semifinals was a complete surprise for her.

"I was screaming and running around and then we celebrated. My dad made a really, really nice curry for dinner."

For her semifinal performance, Oceana performed Read All About It by British singer Emeli Sande.

She was more nervous before the performance for the semifinals than for her first audition, although she was nervous both times.

"[Singing] makes me feel free," she said. "[Mum and Dad] are very proud of me. My brother is sort of excited but not as excited as my friends."

Appearing on TV made her a little nervous, too.

"Because I might muck up."

"Watching myself on TV is going to be OK, I guess. I don't really like watching myself because sometimes I can remember my mistakes and I hate watching my mistakes, but you have to learn from it."

Oceana wants to be a singer when she grows up, and she hopes Christchurch will vote for her.

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