Shepparton's Nicola Coats and Tom Janke received a moment in the spotlight after performing live on stage with Dancing With The Stars judge Todd McKenney.JOHN LEWIS December 4, 2012 4:33am
Young Shepparton performers Tom Janke and Nicola Coats are put through their paces by Todd McKenney during rehearsals before Friday night’s Eastbank concert.
A dream came true for two young starry-eyed Shepparton performers on Friday night when they shared the stage spotlight with singing and dancing star Todd McKenney.
Nicola Coats, 12, and Tom Janke, 10, performed live on stage with Mr McKenney during his Songs and Stories of Peter Allen show.
The two were selected after entering Mr McKenney’s Search for a Star competition.
It gave selected children the chance to appear on stage with the Dancing With The Stars judge during his national tour.
Mr McKenney said it was the first time two entrants had been selected on the 16-date tour.
‘‘We wanted to make it more exciting — and these two have been just fabulous,’’ he said.
Orrvale Primary School student Nicola said she was ‘‘ecstatic’’ when she found out she had been chosen.
‘‘When we got the phone call, I jumped around squealing,’’ she said.
Her mother, Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet principal Melanie Coats, said it was Nicola who found a flyer announcing the competition in the mail.
‘‘She persuaded her dad to videotape her. But we had to re-record it when Todd couldn’t open it,’’ she said.
St Luke’s Primary School student Tom said he did not believe his mother Helen when she told him he’d been chosen.
‘‘I told her to stop joking,’’ he said.
Mrs Janke, who owns Shepparton youth theatre company Initial Stages, said Tom had received no coaching from her.
‘‘It was his idea, I wanted it to come from him,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve never seen him so excited about anything.’’
Tom and Nicola performed two Peter Allen songs with Mr McKenney on Friday night — When I Get My Name In Lights and his classic hit I Go to Rio.
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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