Live recap being updated here…
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How does the show work:
The three judges (Paul Ellis, Richard Driver and Miriama Smith) each get a buzzer to press which brings up a big red X. Once all three X’s come up, the performance must stop and the judges decide if they go through to the next round.
The Auckland auditions started off on a shocking note with Mime Town two 15 year old girls miming (were they a rigged act, certainly felt like it to me?) to Kelly Clarkson’s Break away.
Up next was Dorian Dolittle, a mother from Rotorua, with a puppet called Shelley doing a ventriloquist act singing Po Kare Kare Ana.
Screamo Ninjas, two 14 year old guys, shook their heads and pretended to play guitars on stage.
Pauline Mee, a 47 year old career advisor’s act was called truly repulsive by Paul Ellis. Was she a comedian or a storyteller? Hard to tell.
New Zealand All Star Cheerleaders were the first we see get through to the next round.
Relda Marie, a 42 year old grazing manager does western rope swinging and stock whip cracking.
Barry Woods, a 52 year old professional entertainer has Irish tap gumboots and a pig called Harley.
17 year old Chelsea from Rotorua has bought her dog Quest to do tricks. They get through to the next round.
Four piece girl group Grace sing Candyman and have only been performing together for two months and are through to the next round.
James MacKay is a 31 year old IT support co-ordinator and sings We are the Champions and sails through to the next round.
Doyle Irish Dancers, a group of 12-18 year old students go through to the next round.
Justin Sane, a 21 year old professional entertainer does magic tricks and goes through to the next round.
Dance Life are a group of tap dancers aged 57-71 and entertain the judges enough to make it through to the next round.
Male duo TMC (That Mean Crew) dance their way through to the next round.
Three piece percussion group Sticks beat ladders and drums all the way to the next round.
Shy seven year old Ruth Pearce wows the crowd and the judges with her crazy hip hop dancing routine and is easily through to the next round.
27 year old Penelope Muir is a matron at St Cuthbert’s college. She performs the aria Habanera from Carmen and is through to the next round.
Bhangra folk dancers Gabru Ground Shakers are a four piece Bollywood routine who are also through to the next round.
Graeson Cooper shows off his freestyle football skills and is through to the next round.
Scottish folk group Fiddlelore are a six piece who will also be seen again in the next round with their fiddles.
The next group to go through are called the Legacy Dance Company – a traditional Samoan dancers.
50 year old advertising executive Peyton Jacinto hasn’t performed for 17 years but takes to the stage and sings Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. Paul and Miriama say no even though Richard said yes to him – so he’s heading home.
Sharon Healm, a 55 year old unemployed woman is buzzed off pretty quickly as she sings Wild Thing.
Electrician Nick swallows swords while balancing precariously. He’s not through either.
Three piece group Ease (two brothers – one visually impaired with a guide dog – and their best friend) funk band perform I Feel Good. The judges want them back for more and the crowd gives them a standing ovation.
Faafafine trio Hymnchidivah sing an original number, get a big cheer from the audience and are put through to the next round even though Richard says no.
Young dance crew De ja Vu from Otara all dressed in black and white costumes are the last act we see, and get three strong yes from the judges.