And the winner is....

 

NZGT's 2013 Winner: Congratulations Renee Maurice!

She told us she wasn't going and tonight Renee Maurice was named the 2013 winner of New Zealand's Got Talent.

Renee, a singing tutor for StarJam, has seen her hard work pay off.

Singing the challenging Jennifer Holliday torch song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, she was voted into the top spot by you, edging ahead of 14 year old country star Jenny Mitchell and husband and wife duo Silhouette.

Renee knew she had to choose a song that would showcase her impressive vocal range, and she had the astonished audience and judges in the theatre up on their feet before the song had even finished.

Renee is taking home the Grand Prize of $100,000 and a Toyota RAV4.

“When Tamati read my name out I was just stunned, as well as honoured and grateful that people had actually taken the time to vote for me.

My goal with the prize to have some security, I’ll help my parents first as this gives us the opportunity as a family to have no financial burdens.

And now I can continue to do what I love without worrying about money. Now that I have this platform I want to perform live as much as possible and do larger gigs - I’ll just soak up as much as I can get!" she says. 

Judges Rachel Hunter, Jason Kerrison and Cris Judd were all delighted with the results of the public voting, and couldn’t be happier with the top three New Zealand selected.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues after the results were revealed, Jason says;

“All three had flawless performances in the Grand Final. What‘s really cool is that the public is so discerning - the final three truly did deserve to be there.

I wasn’t surprised that Renee won at all, from the outset she was clearly in the running. I'm ecstatic for her.”

To view any of tonight’s performances again, visit: http://tvnz.co.nz/nzgt


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