We talk surprises, songs and sundaes backstage with this week's semi finalists! Find out who is keen to take Cris home and which contestant already has plans for the prize; who keeps his instrument with him at all times and who has their whole town behind them. We go behind the scenes to get you the latest goss faster than a Hokey Pokey in the sun!
Were you surprised to make it to the semi finals?
I was hoping and of course I was very happy!
How long have you been playing the harmonica for?
I started as a teenager hoping that I would be in a band or something but that didn’t work out.
What can we expect from tonight’s performance?
It is going to be full on, one of the most modern music styles together with the harmonica. Something not many people have seen. At my audition I prepared for a small room almost acoustic but tonight’s performance is definitely designed for the big crowd!
What is it about the harmonica that you love so much?
I played the accordion for 10 years and the harmonica is the little brother. Internally it is similar, all of the same companies produce both of them, it’s just the handy one you carry around. You can keep it in your pocket and play whenever .
Are you a fan of ice cream?
Oh yes, a big fan. I can’t eat any before the show but I will have to try a Memphis Meltdown after my performance.
If your talent was an ice cream what would it be?
It would be a top notch ice cream, probably the Memphis Meltdown too.
You guys have come all the way from Turangi, how has the community got behind you?
They have been so supportive! We ran a couple of sausage sizzles and people were so generous. We are very grateful.
How often do you guys practice?
We get together almost every day and have been rehearsing this particular routine for about two months. Before that we had Stage Challenge and our audition. And fter this, there will no doubt be another challenge!
Is it a logistical nightmare having a 18 team members?
No… (laughs) No it has actually been ok, we are used to being together.
If OKK was a type of ice cream, what kind would it be?
Would have to be Cookies and Cream!
Cris has said how keen he is to learn more about the Maori culture, would he be welcome down in Turangi?
Absolutely! He can come on down, we’ll put on a Hangi! Or show him how to dig the hole himself (laughs)
How did you react when you got the call that you were in the semi finals?
I was running all over the house screaming!
Your hair is looking amazing tonight. Is it hard to maintain?
No, I get it shaved every two weeks with different designs. For Halloween I had Supergirl!
If you had to choose a favourite flavour of ice cream, what would it be?
It would definitely be Choc Bar!
If each of the judges were a type of ice cream, what would they be?
Cris would be a Trumpet because of all the crispy bits; Rachel would be a Popsicle because she is so awesome and amazing and Jason would be a Rocky Road because he is rocking!
If you win, what are you going to do with the prizes?
I’m going to make my Mum drive me round! She does that already but then I could play whatever music I want! And then with the money I would put it in a bank account and go visit my adopted child in Uganda.
How stoked were you to make it to the semi final?
I was really surprised. There are so many girls who love to sing so it’s hard to stand out so I was just really humbled to be chosen. It is so nice when people have taken the effort to say congrats to me, I really appreciate.
What can we expect from you this week?
It’s a little bit different from my audition in that I’m singing an original, it’s more rocky and upbeat.
What’s your favourite flavour?
Chocolate Trumpet. Definitely a cone girl!
If the judges were a type of ice cream what kind do you think they would be?
Cris would be caramel, bit of a smooth operator. Rachel would be a Fruju and Jason would be a Memphis Meltdown!
How excited were you to make it to the semis?
I was over the moon! You always hope that people will like you but you never quite know so I was stoked to get the call.
You were in a band for a long time, what’s it like to go solo?
Yeah I was in November Zulu for about 7-8 years and that broke up at the end of last year so I decided to hit the keys and write a few songs. It’s a bit nerve-wracking, two of the osngs that I have written have been on this show. Tonight’s song I wrote about my daughter, I’m trying to write the songs as the competition goes on to keep them as relevant as possible.
Do you have a lot of supporters here tonight?
Yeah I have about 10 people here but I’m definitely going o be hitting the texts and emails to get everyone to vote for me!
Does your daughter love music?
Yeah she does! She is always going over to the radio and wiggling around. She loves it!
If the judges were a type of ice cream what kind would they be?
Cris would be a Fruju because he has no hair. Jason is a Trumpet because he’s a singer and Rachel is a Jelly Tip because ethat’s my favourite (laughs)
If your talent was an ice cream, what kind would it be?
Got to be a Rocky Road!