Champion Turangi dance group Original Kids Krew (OKK) will storm the stage on Sunday night in the latest episode of New Zealand's Got Talent.
The 25-strong family dance crew travelled to Wellington's St James Theatre, where part of the series was filmed, with a fusion of hip hop swagger, eclectic modern dance routines and traditional Maori kapa haka.
OKK is comprised of family members aged from 8 to 44 years old, the bulk of them coming from Turangi's Tongariro School.
In July, OKK won the 2013 ASB stage challenge in Rotorua and quickly put together an act for a shot at the big time.
The group had to enlist the help of their community to raise funds for accommodation and travel costs, including the bus trip to the capital.
While it is still weeks before the competition ends, if victorious the 25 performers will share a $100,000 prize and a new Toyota RAV4.
The show features New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter and musician Jason Kerrison, who have returned as judges for a second year, with a new judge, international dance professional Cris Judd whose CV includes working with the late Michael Jackson.
The 2012 series was the highest-rating programme in New Zealand for a decade, with an average of 869,300 viewers per episode and 13 consecutive weeks at the top of the ratings.
The youngest contestant this year is 4 years old and the oldest is 96. The show screens on Sunday on TV One at 7.30pm.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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