New Zealand's Got Talent (series 2)
|New Zealand's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||9 September– 2 December 2012|
|Clara van Wel|
|Song||"Where Do You Find Love?"|
The second series of New Zealand's Got Talent aired on TV One on 9 September 2012 and ended on 2 December 2012. The series was won by 15-year-old singer-songwriter Clara van Wel from Blenheim who performed her own song "Where Do You Find Love?". 11-year-old singer Jessie Hillel from Wellington was the runner-up, with 17-year-old singer-songwriter Evan Sinton from Auckland in third place.
Contestants competed for the grand prize of NZ$100,000 cash and a 2013 Toyota Corolla car. In addition, winner Clara van Wel was signed to Sony Music New Zealand, with a single of "Where Do You Find Love?" due to be released five days after she was announced the winner, and an album scheduled for February 2013.
In April 2013, Sony Music New Zealand released runner-up Jessie Hillel's full-length debut album With Love, which peaked at number three in the New Zealand Top 40 and number two in the New Zealand Top 20 charts.
- 1 Background
- 2 Host and judges
- 3 Auditions
- 4 Semi-finals
- 5 Semi-final summary
- 6 Grand Final, Week 7 (25 November-2 December)
- 7 Ratings
- 8 References
- 9 External links
In February 2012, Television New Zealand announced it was producing a version of New Zealand's Got Talent, which would screen later in the year on TV One. At the same time New Zealand broadcast funding agency NZ On Air committed to NZ$1.6 million of funding for the production of 14 episodes of 60 minutes each. New Zealand's Got Talent had last screened in 2008 on Prime.
Host and judges
In April 2012, Breakfast weather presenter Tamati Coffey was announced as the show's host and in June 2012 the show's three judges were named as supermodel Rachel Hunter, Opshop singer-songwriter Jason Kerrison and former UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell.
The initial phase of open auditions was called the Toyota Talent Tour. In May and early June 2012, the show's producers toured around New Zealand towns and cities and held non-televised open auditions, where more than 5000 applicants auditioned. The audition locations were Invercargill, Dunedin, Timaru, Christchurch, Greymouth, Nelson, New Plymouth, Wellington, Napier, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whangarei and Auckland. The top 200 applicants then went through to the judges auditions.
The judges auditions took place in Dunedin at the Regent Theatre on 14 and 15 July, in Wellington at the St James Theatre on 21 and 22 July and in Auckland at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre on 25–28 July. The first episode aired on 9 September, starting five weeks of audition episodes which included footage from all three audition locations. After the judges auditions, the successful contestants were further reduced down to a group of 30 for the semi-finals. 
There were six semi-finals, with the first episode broadcast on 14 October. The semi-finals were pre-recorded the Wednesday before broadcast at the City Impact Church in Albany, Auckland. The winners of each week's semi-final were revealed at the beginning of the next week's episode.
Three semi-finalists had also appeared in the semi-finals of the first series of New Zealand's Got Talent in 2008: Andre Vegas and Company, Dogmatic (as Chelsea and Quest) and the All Star Cheerleaders (with a different line-up).
In addition to the 30 semi-finalists, one wildcard entry was chosen by a public competition. The Head & Shoulders Above the Rest competition was open to any act who had previously auditioned. Acts uploaded a video to the Above the Rest website and were voted on by the public. The top five contestants then performed for the judges, who chose singing act Arihia and Tahu to join the line-up of semi-final 6.
|Key||Semi-Finalist (lost judges' vote)||Finalist||Winner||Runner up||Third place|
|Name / name of act||Genre||Act||Age||From||Semi||Position reached|
|Connor Masseurs||Dance||Hip hop dancer||15||Wellington||1||Semi-finalist|
|Andre Vegas and Company||Variety act||Magicians||29-48||Ngaruawahia, Nelson and Gisborne||1||Semi-finalist|
|Bethany Waugh||Solo musician||Tin whistle||21||Timaru||1||Semi-finalist|
|Tawaroa Kawana||Solo musician||Singer/guitarist||17||Palmerston North||2||Finalist|
|Chris Olwage||Dance||Ballet dancer||26||Auckland||2||Semi-finalist|
|Dogmatic||Variety act||Dog act||4-60||Rotorua||2||Semi-finalist|
|JGeeks||Dance||Contemporary kapa haka||19-27||Auckland||3||Finalist|
|Evan Sinton||Solo musician||Singer/guitarist||17||Auckland||3||Finalist|
|Prestige||Dance||Hip hop dance||21-29||Auckland||4||Semi-finalist|
|Kale Simpson||Solo musician||Singer/guitarist||17||Waitara||4||Semi-finalist|
|William Fairbairn||Solo musician||Singer/pianist||15||Nelson||4||Semi-finalist|
|Zane and Degge||Variety act||Jugglers||19 & 20||Wellington||4||Finalist|
|Clara van Wel||Solo musician||Singer/guitarist||14||Blenheim||4||Finalist|
|All-Star Cheerleaders||Variety act||Cheerleaders||7-22||Auckland||5||Semi-finalist|
|Giancarlo and Masha||Dance||Salsa dancers||37 & 31||Auckland||5||Semi-finalist|
|Mihirangi Fleming||Solo musician||Loop musician||29||Waitara||5||Finalist|
|Alfred the Circus Nerd||Variety act||Circus performer||16||Waitetuna||6||Semi-finalist|
|Arihia and Tahu||Musicians||Singer/guitarist||17||South Auckland||6||Semi-finalist|
|Dudley Fairbrass||Solo musician||Singer/guitarist||19||Canterbury||6||Finalist|
|Limit Break Dance Crew||Dance||Breakdancing||18-25||Auckland||6||Semi-finalist|
|Key||Judges' choice||Buzzed out||
Won the public vote
Won the judges' vote
Lost the judges' vote
First Semi-Final, Week 1 (14 October)
|1||Big Dane||Singer||Won public vote|
|2||Andre Vegas and Company||Magician||Eliminated|
|3||Connor Massuers||Dancer||Lost judges vote|
|5||Bethany Waugh||Tin Whistle||Eliminated|
|6||Jessie Hillel||Singer||Won judges vote|
Second Semi-Final, Week 2 (21 October)
- Guest performer: Annah Mac - "Bucket"
|1||Tawaroa Kawana||Singer||Won judges vote|
|2||Chris Olwage||Ballet dancer||Eliminated|
|4||Dogmatic||Dog act||Lost judges vote|
|5||Olivia Turner||Singer||Won public vote|
Third Semi-Final, Week 3 (28 October)
- Guest performer: Opshop - "Never Leave Me Again"
|1||JGeeks||Dance group||Won public vote|
|3||Monica Orbe||Singer||Lost judges vote|
|5||Evan Sinton||Singer/guitarist||Won judges vote|
Fourth Semi-Final, Week 4 (4 November)
|1||Prestige||Dance||Lost judges vote|
|4||Zane and Degge||Jugglers||Won judges vote|
|5||Clara van Wel||Singer/guitarist||Won public vote|
Fifth Semi-Final, Week 5 (11 November)
|1||Fletcher Oxford||Singer/guitarist||Won public vote|
|2||All-Star Cheerleaders||Cheerleaders||Lost judges vote|
|4||Giancarlo and Masha||Salsa dancers||Eliminated|
|5||Mihirangi Fleming||Loop musician||Won judges vote|
Sixth Semi-Final, Week 6 (18 November)
|1||Limit Break Dance Crew||Dance||Eliminated|
|2||Alfred the Circus Nerd||Circus performer||Eliminated|
|3||Logan Walker||Singer||Won judges vote|
|4||Arihia and Tahu||Singing duo||Lost judges vote|
|5||Dudley Fairbrass||Singer/guitarist||Won public vote|
Grand Final, Week 7 (25 November-2 December)
The two-hour grand final was broadcast on 25 November with the results show on 2 December.
- Guest performers:
- Contestant performances:
|Fletcher Oxford||2||Singer/guitarist||"Forever" (original)||5|
|Olivia Turner||3||Singer||"We'll Meet Again"||8|
|Clara van Wel||5||Singer/guitarist||"Where Do You Find Love?" (original)||1|
|Zane and Degge||6||Jugglers||N/A||12|
|Big Dane||7||Singer||"I Will Always Love You"||6|
|Tawaroa Kawana||8||Singer||"When a Man Loves a Woman"||10|
|Evan Sinton||9||Singer/guitarist||"Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"||3|
|Mihirangi Fleming||10||Loop musician||Improvisation||7|
|Dudley Fairbrass||11||Singer/guitarist||"The Scientist"||9|
|Jessie Hillel||12||Singer||"Ave Maria"||2|
The series consistently rated well, being the most watched show on New Zealand television every week. At the series end, TVNZ revealed it had been the most watched show on New Zealand television in 10 years.
- "Clara's keen to share success". Stuff. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- "Series 1, Episode 13". TVNZ. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- "Advice for Clara". Stuff. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- "Jessie Hillel Releases Her Debut Album "With Love"". Scoop. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- "New Zealand Top 40 Charts - Jessie Hillel". NZtop40.co.nz. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "'Got talent'? It's New Zealand's turn". NZ Herald. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Tamati's got talent when it comes to hosting". NZ Herald. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "UB40 front man to judge New Zealand's Got Talent". NZ Herald. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Nervous wait for 'NZ's Got Talent' hopefuls". NZ Herald. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Talent are thanking their lucky stars". NZ Herald. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "New Zealand's Got Talent". Facebook. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Marie gets the judges' votes - and the push". NZ Herald. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "NEW ZEALAND'S GOT TALENT". Eventopia. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "HEAD & SHOULDERS ABOVE THE REST COMPETITION". TVNZ. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Wildcard Opportunity for Kiwi Talent". Scoop. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "NZGT most watched show in 10 years". Stuff. Retrieved 5 December 2012.