Rachel Hunter joins NZGT judging panel
An English reggae singer, a supermodel and a pop star have been named as the judges of New Zealand's Got Talent.
Founding member and lead singer of UB40 Ali Campbell joins home-grown beauty Rachel Hunter and OpShop front man Jason Kerrison on the judging panel for the TVNZ series.
TVNZ weatherman Tamati Coffey will host the series.
Campbell and UB40 have sold more than 70 million records over their 30-year career.
In a statement he said he had been coming to New Zealand for years and has many friends here.
"I can't wait to see some really great talent, somebody really exciting."
Hunter will return home from her base in LA in July to start filming the series.
"I love New Zealand and I love coming home, and now I'm super-excited to get a chance to discover just how talented Kiwis are," she said.
Invercargill-born Kerrison has been involved in the music industry for more than 20 years, and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music in 2011.
OpShop won a Silver Scroll Award for the single One Day, which was also the first New Zealand song to reach number one on iTunes.
He said he was looking forward to getting stuck in to his judging duties.
"The New Zealand's Got Talent format is a great platform for artists and entertainers of all kinds to have a crack at a significant prize, which is a huge boost for anyone's career.''
More than 5,000 acts have been shortlisted to take part in the TV show, with auditions to be filmed in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland in front of live audiences and the judging panel. Initial auditions took place around the country earlier this year.
TVNZ's Jeff Latch said the quality of performers was exciting.
"From what we have already seen, there are a lot of impressive acts in New Zealand. It's fantastic to have a strong judging panel that can share their expertise and contribute to making New Zealand's Got Talent a world class production."
New Zealand's Got Talent will screen on TV One later this year.
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