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.By John Lewis
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.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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