The Sunday final of the 2017 Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent proved to be a powerhouse of amazing performances from the best talent in the region.
Twelve contestants, chosen from 22 competitors in the heat two weeks ago, were required to sing two contrasting songs that demonstrated their range and versatility.
Judges Fiona Blick, Leanne Mickelson and Greg Hough told the audience they had an extremely tough time separating the performances and awarded a Judges’ Choice Award plus an Encouragement Award as well as first, second and third prizes.
The winner of the $5,000 first prize was singer Drew Anthony who gave an outstanding rendition of the Les Miserables aria I Dream A Dream followed by a measured and emotional version of Radiohead’s Creep.
Second place and $1,000 was awarded to youngster Eliza Spalding who, at only 14 years of age, wowed the capacity crowd with her mature vocals singing the indie country classics Black Roses and Mama’s Broken Heart.
Jessica Lorraine received third place and $500 for her performances of a compilation featuring Ed Sheeran plus a country classic by Clare Bowden; Jessica arranged the music to both numbers.
Due to the calibre of performances being so high, two further awards were presented, a Judges’ Choice Award and an Encouragement Award.
Lauren Amery received the Judges’ Choice Award for her two performances, both originals, and Shantelle Matcham received the Encouragement Award for her strong vocals.
The 2015 winner Anthony Lucas was a guest performer and wowed the audience with his versions of Adele’s Hello and the Ed Sheeran hit Castle On The Hill.
Highlights of the day were Yarrawonga’s Stuart Coster who gave a strong performance with the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart and Alana White with her soulful rendition of Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning.
Promotions and marketing Manager Cathy Randell said she was overwhelmed by the success of the 2017 competition.
“I would like to thank the fabulous audience who came on both days to support this amazing talent,” Cathy said.
“I would also like to thank the judges plus all our sponsors, without you this wouldn’t have been possible.
“It truly was a talent competition of the highest order and all entrants should be congratulated for their outstanding abilities as performers.”