Gisbourne vs South Canterbury
This week on TV2, more New Zealanders face the bright lights of the One Night Only studio, to sing in front of the nation.
Kind-hearted Kiwis from around the country are selected to
compete for a cash prize that will be donated to a community cause
or project that's close to their hearts.
Hosted by Clinton Randell (Just The Job) and Jordan Vandermade (The Singing Bee), this episode sees the Gisborne civil defence workers take on a group of shearers from South Canterbury in a singing extravaganza.
Who will impress the panel of expert judges, Iain Stables (NZ Idol), David Wikaira-Paul (Shortland Street), and singer Elizabeth Marvelly? More importantly, who can impress the studio audience, to claim the money?
Elizabeth Marvelly returns this week, after her absence from the show due to illness, and she's full of enthusiasm about the show's contestants - who aren't looking for fame and fortune, but are competing on behalf of local causes.
"My favourite thing about working on One Night Only is having the privilege of meeting the wonderful contestants," Marvelly says. "Seeing teams get up and have a go for a cause amazes me. They've got heart, soul and guts!"
The young singer, who has just returned from touring in Europe, is having a great time as a judge. "I'm loving it. I just try to be gently honest, and Stables and David have really helped me out. We have some serious giggles up there behind the judge's table."
While Stables is known for shooting from the hip, Marvelly uses her singing experience to give the budding singers some advice.
"I try to be constructive and positive. I'm honest, and sometimes I do have to admit I don't like something, but on the whole I applaud our teams for getting up and having a go. It's not easy being under the spotlight."
Marvelly is also full of admiration for her co-judges on the show, despite any on-screen disagreements that may occur.
"They're my boys," she laughs. "David and Stables are like teddy bears (as much as they'd hate to hear me say that). They're both incredible professionals and I have huge respect for them, but at the end of the day, although we may disagree on the show, we are all good mates. They're real sweethearts."