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Abundant talent thrills capacity crowd at Mulwala Water Ski Club

The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.

July 22, 2014 2:30pm

In a hotly contested event, 12 exceptionally talented finalists gave it their all to a standing room only crowd with Melbourne’s Chantelle Defina (17) named the $2,000 first prize winner of what is fast becoming one of the most popular and talked about regional talent contests.

In a surprise announcement by Operations Manager, and judge, Greg Hough, in winning first prize Chantelle will be opening January’s Red Hot Summer Tour at the Ski Club which will feature the Hoodoo Gurus and Diesel.

“The club was in negotiations with the promoters of the tour last week and we were given the go ahead to make this announcement,” Greg said.

“It will be a wonderful opportunity for Chantelle and we are delighted to be able to include it in the first prize package.”

Chantelle wowed the judges with her professional and powerful performance of Jessie J’s ‘Mamma Knows Best’.

Singing from the age of six, Chantelle recently auditioned for X-Factor and The Voice and is a finalist in the prestigious Fast Track national singing competition.

Chantelle said she was thrilled with the win.

“This is wonderful,” she said.

“The money will be fantastic for mum who drives me to contests and auditions.

“I would like to thank the Water Ski Club for holding such a great talent competition.”

Moama’s Isaiah Firebrace (14) took out second spot with a passionate rendition of ‘You’re Gonna Love Me’, the show stopping song from the movie Dream Girls, originally sung by Jennifer Hudson.

Another Melbournite, Jordan Lacey, was given third prize for his flawless guitar work in Keith Urban’s Grammy award winning song ‘Stupid Boy’.

Two judges’ awards were presented this year to local singer Kevin De Bond for his medley of ‘The Way You Make Me Feel/I Feel Good’ and Pulsate Dance Academy’s Powerhouse group for their pulse racing hip hop, drama filled performance.

Promotions and marketing Manager Cathy Randell said she was overwhelmed by the success of the 2014 competition.

“I would like to thank the fabulous audience who came on both days to support this amazing talent,” Cathy said.

“I would also like to thank the judges Fiona Blick, Leanne Mickelson and Greg Hough plus all our sponsors, without you this wouldn’t have been possible.

“It truly was a talent competition of the highest order and all entrants should be congratulated for their outstanding abilities as performers.”

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