Ford tops the talent pool

01:49, Nov 01 2013
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TOP TALENT: Johanna Ford takes out the fourth Timaru's Got Talent contest.

Last night Timaru people were judged - on what they wore, if people liked them and if they were right.

The grand final of the fourth annual 'Timaru's Got Talent' was held at the Sail and Anchor, with nine finalists competing for the top prize of $1000.

Johanna Ford, 25, beat out the other competitors after serenading the crowd with covers of the Lumineers' 'Hey Ho' and Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song'.

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Timaru's Got Talent finalists.

''How do I feel? Gosh, I dunno. Overwhelmed. Stoked,'' Ford said of her victory. Ford has been performing in competitions since she was seven.

Each act had to perform two songs over the evening. The acts proved South Canterbury has a hotbed of rising stars.

The competition run by Alistair Bradley, Sheryl Higgs and Barney Cahill over several weeks with the help of four judges, including Gary Sammons, a country singer and bass player who lists Kenny Rogers as someone he has worked with.


Sammons said the judges were looking at talent and ability, accuracy, stage presence, dress and audience appeal.

He admitted he may also have been swayed by the group Sha-low not because his older brother was lead guitarist but due to their song choice. ''You just can't go past the Eagles can you?''

The audience were also given the opportunity to vote for their favourite act, bringing about the first ever tie between Kate and Aidan, and Tammy Brosnahan.

The Timaru Herald