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9 Finalists in the Final Round of Crowd Favourite Performances!

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Published: 16/10/2020 9:00am

INTRODUCING OUR NINE FINALISTS IN THE FINAL ROUND!

The Crowd Has Spoken Again!

Since voting began just two weeks ago, we have received almost 10,000 votes across the globe!

At 12am yesterday morning, Round 2 voting closed off to reveal the Finalists going into our Final Round of Crowd Favourite Performances.

The votes are in and we are excited to be taking 9 Finalists into our final round.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE IN OUR THIRD AND FINAL ROUND!

If you voted in any of our previous rounds, make sure to vote for your favourite again in Round 3, as voting resets itself each round!

If you haven't voted before but would like to vote now in our decider round, you can do that too!

After voting closes on Oct 23, the Four finalists with the most votes will be revealed as the FOUR WINNERS OF THE AUDIENCE AWARDS and will each receive $1000!

On top of these winners, a jury of industry professionals will  be awarding Four Awards of $500 each to the best performances of ANY of the top 33 finalists, regardless of whether they win the public vote. 

In no particular order, below are our TOP NINE Performances for Crowd Favourite Performances and a short blurb about each of their performances!

 

Vesti La Giubba - Sam Elmi

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This video was filmed at my medical practice in Australia, NSW, after my usual working day when the clinic was closed (considering COVID-19 safety regulations). I filmed this piece to show the sufferings we, as doctors, are going through while we have to wear masks and wear smiles on our faces to help our patients stay positive over this tough period. I am a general practitioner having been singing as soloist with Opera Hunter, DocsVox NSW as well as singing different roles - Alfredo (La Traviata, postponed due to COVID-19), Fredric (Opera Hunter), Anichino (Beatrice di tenda London Belcanto Festival), Fauré Requiem (DoxsVox), Messiah.

 

Khachaturian Violin Concerto: I Allegro Con Fermezza - Harry

Khachaturian Violin Concerto Allegro Con Fermezza Harry

Harry is currently a year nine student of the King’s School with 100% music scholarship. He was awarded an AMEB Associate in Music Diploma with Distinction at age 12 and the AMEB Licentiate in Music Diploma at age 14. Harry has won lots of first prizes and championships both in Sydney and internationally. He is currently studying violin with Professor Ole Böhn under the Rising Star program. Harry also attended the ACO Academy for 2019 and 2020 as a first violinist. He has won the Gold Award with Honours twice for the 2018 and 2019 Singapore International Solo Competition and was chosen to perform at the closing ceremony. He was also the First Place Winner of Violin at the 2018 Vienna Virtuoso Festival and was invited to play with the Philharmonic Generations Vienna Orchestra at the Golden Hall of Musikverein. Harry has represented Australia to perform violin solos at the Beijing CCTV Worldwide Youth Celebration for the 2020 Chinese Spring Festival.

 

Rescue - Brooke Henderson Dance Studios

Screen Shot 2020 09 11 at 1.18.06 pmThe video we submitted was 1 of 12 group videos we filmed at the end of term 2 this year, just after we re-opened our doors from being online for the duration of an entire term. This piece is extra special because the students in this film are between the ages of 12-14 years and even though they had only been back in the studio together for 2 weeks at the time of this filming they still show such unity, teamwork and precision. I am so proud of how they have handled 2020. The piece is about being lost and then found.

 

Ex Wives, SIX the Musical, one woman, six voices - María del Rosario Cabrera Martínez

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Hello, my name is María del Rosario Cabrera Martínez. I know, it’s a very Latina name, which is why I’m so proud of it, just like I’m really proud of this video, which was filmed, believe it or not, in my parents’ bedroom. They have the best lighting, and enough space to move around. Because of COVID 19 all of my theatrical performances have been cancelled. I’ve been in show business since I was 14 (I am now 22). SIX is one of my favourite musicals and I’ve always wanted to record this song with five other friends, but I haven’t been able to see them for the last six months, so I decided to get creative. I put my whole heart and dedication in this video and tried to make the best out of my quarantine. I really hope you like it and thank you!

 

Zigeunerweisen - Tracy

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My name is Tracy and I am 10 years old. I began to learn the violin when I was five. The video was recorded at my piano accompanist’s house before the city was in lockdown. Because of COVID-19, my trip to New York has been postponed. A lot of competitions have also been cancelled. I have more time to practice at home. I like reading and drawing in my spare time.

 

NEXART PERCUSSION

Nexart Percussion

Nexart Percussion is an artistic percussion and dance company that transmits to the audience the spirit of overcoming and perseverance which has marked our lives. In the moment that we discover our passion, all of our paths align to chase a common challenge: to turn these feelings into a professional project. Teamwork and creativity are the two essential pillars within the team: they mark all of our shows and are essential to achieve the connection and closeness we seek to achieve with the audience.

 

A Quiet Thing - Siobhan Lynch

Siobhan Lynch

My name is Siobhan Lynch. I have been performing on stage for most of my life - singing, dancing and acting. Last year I studied full time dance at Sydney Dance Company and was also the winner of Sydney Eisteddfod’s ‘Contemporary Singer of the Year’. This year I am fortunate to be studying Musical Theatre at NIDA. Due to COVID, navigating live performances has been challenging. Options have been limited and thus it has forced us to utilise technology such as zoom and live streaming to reach larger audiences. I am singing ‘A Quiet Thing’ from the musical Flora the Red Menace and this video was filmed at my singing teacher's house. Narelle Yeo is on the faculty of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney and she accompanied me on the piano. Due to COVID and social distancing, she played inside whilst I stood outside and sang on the balcony. Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy my performance.

 

'Stand Up' - Ablaze Dance Academy

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Performed by our Senior Performance Team, this routine was filmed in our studios in Newcastle, Australia.  Our studio continued classes in their entirety through lockdown, and the routine has been predominantly taught and rehearsed via ZOOM. When first creating this piece, the music was chosen because of its high level of emotional impact. However, as the year progressed, it has proven to have deep significance. Performed and co-written by Cynthia Erivo for the 2019 biopic film ‘Harriet’, the lyrics “allude to Harriet Tubman’s struggles and unwavering spirit”. She also states “there’s something in that music that speaks to loss” - something many people across the world have endured this year in particular.

 

Welcome to Hell with an Irish Twist - LA Feeney

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Greetings from locked-down Dublin, Ireland, a key influence for my video as we see the main character “Sean” using a face mask and referring to “spikes”. Recorded in my kitchen using a mobile phone and gimble with my stage being my vision of the “Devil’s Registration Desk”. I love comedic acting and my video was inspired by the legendary Rowan Atkinson’s sketch, “Welcome to Hell”. Passionate about the performing arts, and studying it in college, COVID-19 has driven my acting and dancing online as I seek ways to continue learning and growing while surviving in these extraordinary times. Enjoy!