Put the bubbles on ice and pull up a comfy chair as TV ONE has everything you need to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style in ONE’s Countdown To New Year at 8pm featuring the Freshly Squeezed Talent Contest.
Hosted by TV favourites Jason Gunn and Matt Gibb, the show promises glitz, glamour and a show-stopping spread of entertainment, with performances from Kiwi entertainers including, J. Williams, Che Fu, Hollie Smith, Annie Crummer and Don McGlashan, finishing with a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the Sky City Tower at midnight.
Central to the show is the Freshly Squeezed Talent Quest, a nationwide search to find fresh new Kiwi singers to perform for the first time on a national stage. There are three categories people can enter under; Male Vocal, Female Vocal, and Teen Vocal and it’s up to viewer’s votes to decide which three will win.
Today TV ONE unveils the 12 hopefuls who made it through the nationwide auditions to earn a place on the show, performing in front of an audience at Sky City.
Gunn explains what viewers can expect from the show, “as well as a couple of humorous looks back at the year that’s been, it’s also a look to the future as we showcase some incredible young New Zealand talent. Matt Gibb and I each have our favourites and both being highly competitive are very keen to see our own performers take it out.”
The 12 finalists are:
• Cruize Karaitiana, age 20, from Masterton, works in manufacturing and cites his musical influences as The Rolling Stones, U2 and Muse. Cruize will be performing the James Brown classic, ‘It’s a Man’s World’.
• Married, father of four, Dene Allen, age 30, from Invercargill, has been performing in concerts in the South Island for many years. He will be performing ‘Roadhouse Blues’ by The Doors.
• 22-year-old window cleaner, Hayden Lawrence, from Christchurch has an eclectic taste in music from soul to rock to gospel. He will be singing ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ by Percy Sledge.
• 46 year-old married truck driver, Greg Joyce, from Ranui, Auckland will be performing a track from legendary ladies man Tom Jones, ‘She’s A Lady’.
• Papatoetoe local Stella Mitsoulis, is 25 and works in sales, she has been singing since she was 12 years old. She’ll be performing a ballad from Beyonce ‘Irreplaceable’.
• Cheryl Anderson, age 30 from Invercargill, has a three-year-old daughter and works as a records officer. Cheryl will be singing the hit song from Kiwi songstress Gin Wigmore, ‘ Oh My’.
• 26 year-old vocal tutor Jenn Shelton, from Wanaka will be front of stage for a change for her performance of Tina Turner’s classic ‘Simply The Best’.
• Married mum of two and entertainer, Olivia McBride, has been in a band for 8 years. She’s singing pop sensation Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’.
• Ririwai Fox, age 18 from Masterton works as a wool presser, he’s been singing his whole life and will be performing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Part-time Lover’.
• 19 year-old student Anna Grahame, from Richmond in Nelson is currently attending the Excel Performing Arts School. She’ll sing the Ella Fitzgerald classic, ‘Cheek To Cheek’.
• Mahalia Simpson, age 18, from Wainoni in Christchurch is also a student and plays the guitar. Mahalia sings ‘Put Your Records On’ from Corrinne Bailey Rae.
• At 17 years old Massad Barkat-Devine, is the youngest finalist in the competition, from Epson in Auckland, Massad is a student who performed in last year’s Christmas In The Park. He sings ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ by Michael Buble.