The heats of the Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent were held on Sunday with 22 competitors lining up for a chance to win the $5000 first prize.
The contestants, from all over Victoria and southern NSW, sang and played their hearts out to an appreciative capacity crowd with the range of music comprehensive and featuring hits from the sultry, modern sounds of Julia Michaels and Ed Sheeran, some country tunes from the Dixie Chicks and Kasey Chambers and a handful of original numbers through to a moving Les Miserables aria, with a little bit of Elvis thrown in.
The judges, Fiona Blick, classical musician and journalist with the Yarrawonga Chronicle, Leanne Mickelson, choreographer and accomplished dancer, and Greg Hough, part time guitarist, drummer and a Manager at the Ski Club, all commented on the professionalism and enthusiasm of each performer.
While only 12 finalists could be chosen to compete in the grand final, which will be held on Sunday, June 18, three acts were awarded special prizes by the judges who determined their performances to be something extraordinary.
Zac Spalding (12) from Wodonga was presented the $100 Young Achiever Award for his performance of The Gambler by Kenny Rogers where he both sang and played the guitar.
A $100 Encouragment Award was given to Yarrawonga’s Randall Perkinson (17) who sang The A Team by Ed Sheeran and persevered in his performance despite an attack of nerves.
The $100 Judges’ Choice Award was presented to twin brothers Jack and Harry Kay (12) from Corowa who played the cajon and guitar and performed an instrumental version of OneRepublic’s Counting Stars.
The 12 competitors chosen to battle it out in the finals are Jake Willett (18) from Yarrawonga, Jessica Lorraine (20) from Waaia, Eliza Spalding (14) from Wodonga, Lauren Amery (33) from Tatura, Dan Cheesman (19) from Yarrawonga, Adam Crossman (33) from Wodonga, Alana White (18) from Yarrawonga, Drew Walker (19) from Echuca, India Dal Zotta (17) from Whitfield, Shantelle Matcham (19) from Rubicon, Stuart Coster (29) from Yarrawonga and lastly Maico Armada (25) from Yarrawonga.
So come to the Mulwala Water Ski Club on Sunday, June 18 at 1pm and be prepared to be blown away by some outstanding talent.