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First New Zealand's Got Talent 2013 judge revealed

New Zealand's Got Talent 2013

Jason Kerrison has been named as the first judge for New Zealand's Got Talent 2013 , coming soon to TV ONE.

The OpShop frontman is returning as one of three judges to be announced ahead of open auditions for the number one New Zealand entertainment show.

"I loved doing New Zealand's Got Talent last year and was blown away by how much incredible talent is out there" says Jason Kerrison. "From some of the smallest towns in New Zealand we were privileged to get to know and showcase talent so big it was mind boggling!" he says."I'm stoked to be asked back to help find the country's newest star."

In 2012 New Zealand's Got Talent made television history as the most popular show of the past 10 years.

On average 1.4 million people tuned into each episode over the shows 13 week season.

Jason Kerrison thinks  New Zealand's Got Talent 2013  will be even bigger.

"Last year the New Zealand's Got Talent format was validated, not just by the viewers but by the success of its winner," he says. "Clara Van Wel has proven NZGT can be a life-changing event!"

The Marlborough schoolgirl took home the New Zealand's Got Talent 2012 title, a brand new Toyota Corolla and more than $100,000 worth of prizes. She has spent the summer touring with the Classic Hits Winery Tour and is about to release her debut album. The first single, Where Do you Find Love, debuted last December at number three in the New Zealand music charts.

Also returning to New Zealand's Got Talent 2013 is key partner Toyota New Zealand.

General Manager of Marketing, Neeraj Lala, says Toyota is delighted to join Television New Zealand in New Zealands Got Talent   for a second year. He says the company is also excited to support the country-wide talent search - the Toyota Talent Tour - kicking off on April 29 in Invercargill. " New Zealand's Got Talent was an incredible success story last year, showcasing some amazing, previously unknown talent, and everybody is looking forward to this years series" Mr Lala says."We can't wait to see what new talents emerge from communities all around New Zealand during the Toyota Talent Tour."

Head of TV ONE and TV2, Jeff Latch, says the partnership with Toyota ensures the spotlight will continue to shine on some of our most talented performers. "Kiwis couldn't get enough of New Zealand's Got Talent  in 2012," says Mr Latch. "So we're thrilled to be able to combine again top talent and world class production to bring viewers outstanding entertainment in 2013."

In the coming weeks more details about New Zealand's Got Talent will be revealed, including the complete judging line-up and host.

New Zealand's Got Talent is an Imagination TV and FremantleMedia Australia production for TV ONE.