Chch talents seek TV fame

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 05:00 07/05/2012
Amber-Rose Walters, 15, of Papanui High School sang an original song for the judges.
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ENTHUSIASTIC: Amber-Rose Walters, 15, of Papanui High School sang an original song for the judges.

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Has New Zealand got talent?

About 200 Christchurch hopefuls auditioned for New Zealand's latest talent-based television show in Christchurch yesterday.

Auditions for TVNZ's New Zealand's Got Talent opened in Christchurch yesterday, with more auditions being held at the Russley Golf Course function room from 4pm today.

Organisers said about 200 people appeared before the judges, many queuing for several hours from 8am.

Most were singers, with the youngest aged only six and the oldest aged 90, production manager Sara Martin said.

Eulita Macabeo, 19, sang for judge Suzanne Lynch yesterday.

"It was pretty nerve-racking when you walk in there, but once you start you're all right," the hairdresser said.

"They asked me if I ever sing [while I work], and I said, `No', and they told me I should be singing to my clients."

Macabeo's mother Saintamarea Unuwai said she was "very confident" her daughter would make it into the next round.

"She's always been musical," she said.

Papanui High School pupil Amber-Rose Walters, 15, sang an original song.

"I'm so passionate about music, it's not even funny. There's nothing else I can imagine doing."

The would-be stars would not know whether they made it through to the next round until June.

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