The eleven finalists of the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club Karaoke Idol competition standing with champion James Niua as he receives his prize. 21102502
Hundreds gathered to hear the voices of those who reached the grand final of
the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club Karaoke Idol competition took place on Saturday.
crowd witnessed the 11 finalists take to the stage and to see who would take
home the winning title.
competition which had been running for three weeks saw a fitting end with close
to 500 people attending the finals.
of eleven finalists, three took home winning titles.
Niua won first place and took home the big $1000 prize.
Willis came in second, winning $500, and Ashleigh Winongi-Willis came in third
place, taking home $250.
eleven finalists included James
Niua, Tarita Willis, Ashleigh Winongi-Willis, France Apera, Chelsie Napa, Dom
John, Jason Matakino, Annie Clementes, Paul Dwane, Kiana Puna, and Bobby
contestant took home $100 each for their participation and for contributing to
the event’s success over the past month.
Julie Tangimetua-Karika said, “I
thank you from the bottom of my heart for braving that stage and sharing your
amazing beautiful voices with us, do not stop!”
Champion Niua’s two winning songs for the night were Never Too Much by Luther Vandross and End of the Road by Boys to Men.
Kiana Puna sings her heart out. 21102503
focus for the night was just to have fun and not let my nerves get the better
was all about the fun, winning was totally unexpected and was the cherry on top,”
everybody else had fun as well.”
thanked the ever charismatic Clee Marsters for being MC for the event and
driving the night from start to finish with his energy.
“You were in your
element my friend, thank you for being you.
“The show was flawless
with your energy, I appreciate you!
“And seeing how
successful it was is the icing on the cake for me.
“Our little island has
so many people with hidden talents and I am just proud, as well as all our
members of the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club, that we were able to show case
that to you, Rarotonga,” she said.
The Fishing Club wanted
to extend their gratitude to all their sponsors who made the event possible
with their contributions.
Annie Clementes takes the stage. 21102504
The sponsors included
the Nav and Tetua Singh Family, BSP Bank, Eric Elika, GIO Contractors, The Bond
Store, CITC Liquor, Rehab Nightclub, Kristle and Winedres Sendito, Angela
Charlie, Kiona and Tiere Vaimene, Shirley William, Teata Nga, and the Ministry
of Culture for providing extra chairs and tables.