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NZGT semi final 4: New finalists revealed

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Tonight, the top three acts from last week’s show were announced. The performers with the most public votes were Siuleo Vitale, Ethan Sharneck, and Silhouette. Tamati announced that Ethan Sharneck received the most votes, and the young dancer will proceed directly to the Grand Final. The New Zealand’s Got Talent judges then had to choose between the two runners up. Both acts were much loved by all three of our judges and this might have been their hardest decision yet in the Semi Finals. Both Cris and Rachel voted for dancing couple Silhouette, and they will join Ethan in the Grand Final.

After the announcement, another five Semi Finalists performed on the NZGT stage. The voting lines to put two of them through to the Grand Final are open right now, and close at midnight on Monday. The winner will receive $100,000 and a Toyota RAV4.

Just text your favourite act’s keyword to 8981.

Tonight’s performers were:

Cruize Karaitiana from Masterton, sang the Bruno Mars song ‘Just The Way You Are’ (CRUIZE).

Moxie, an Auckland contemporary/jazz dance group (MOXIE).

John Vaifale, solo hip hop dancer from Manurewa (JOHN).

Rob Innes from Wellington, singing Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’ (ROB).

All Star Cheerleaders, from Auckland (CHEER).

To watch tonight’s acts again, or for more information on voting, visit: http://tvnz.co.nz/new-zealands-got-talent-2013

Next week five more acts will be competing for a spot in the Grand Final. They are:

Jenny Mitchell, a 14-year-old singer/guitarist from Gore who moved the audience and judges in her Dunedin audition with a subtly beautiful rendition of the Dixie Chicks’ song ‘Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)’. Jenny has been singing since she was little, with her muso Dad as her inspiration. She is passionate about country music and idolises singers like Miranda Lambert. At St Peter’s College she studies singing and guitar, and writes her own songs. Jenny won the Junior Vocal solo section and the NZ Gold Guitar awards in 2011, and her dream is to be a famous country singer.

OKK stands for Ordinary Kids Krew, and this group of 25 dancers from Turangi ranges in age from 8 to 44. Most of the group are related, and all are passionate about celebrating their Maori heritage by mixing kapa haka with contemporary dance moves. OKK are recent Stage Challenge winners, and have a wealth of dance experience between them. They fund raised tirelessly in their community to fund their trip to Wellington for the NZGT auditions, and the hard work paid off. OKK’s leader Ngapera Haitana says, "We come from such a little place. For us, NZGT is the opportunity of a lifetime!"

Kurt X (Kurt Mueller, 50) is from Switzerland and moved to NZ 17 years ago when he met his Kiwi wife, Eileen. Kurt works as a data-based IT specialist for Telecom, and had been keeping a talent for harmonica playing hidden since he was 12 years old. With Eileen’s encouragement, Kurt recently starting busking around Wellington. He says; "I want to make a big statement and show New Zealand how versatile such a small instrument as the harmonica can be. I feel like I’m melting into one with my harmonica and it is so totally a part of me. It’s so physical for me - my technique and style. It’s all about the music and the moment for me."

Geordie Meade (28) is a married father of two from Auckland who spent the last 10 years trying to crack the music industry. His former band, November Zulu, achieved some success with two albums, radio play and a record deal, but they split last year as it just wasn’t enough to support themselves full time. Geordie now works as a Magazine Coordinator for a media company, but music remains his dream. He’s been writing his own music since he was a kid, and in the NZGT performed an original song called ‘Shine’ while playing piano.

Oceana Olsen is a very poised and confident 10-year-old from Christchurch, who brought our judges to tears at her audition, singing ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera. Oceana has been singing since she was a toddler, and was encouraged by her godfather Nik Carlson who was the runner up on NZ Idol in 2005. She already has her own youtube channel, which has had over 300,000 visitors, and takes vocal lessons every week as music is her passion. Oceana has a rare genetic condition called pseudo chondrodysplasia, and undergoes regular surgeries to help the bones in her legs grow straight. However she doesn’t let this condition define her, and says it makes her more motivated to keep singing!

New Zealand’s Got Talent screens Sunday at 7.30pm on TV ONE.

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