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Last modified: 21 Jul 2022 1:40pm

Selwyn Stars winners

From left to right; Maddison McDonald, Belle Switalla and Libby Houghton.

The Selwyn Stars for 2022 have been crowned. The talent search finals held at the Rolleston Community Centre featured 12 finalists as young as 5, performing a range of acts from singing and dancing to playing the bagpipes, drums and violin.

First place went to 13-year-old Maddison McDonald who performed Lost, a lyrical dance choreographed by Chloe Levings. Maddie has been working with Chloe since the age of 9, inspiring her to perform whenever she can.

Second place was Belle Switalla, aged 12. She performed Circus, a jazz solo. Belle dreams of being a professional dancer. Her goal is to go to New Zealand School of Dance and hopefully one day dance on Broadway.

11-year-old Libby Houghton took third place, singing and tap dancing Naughty, from the Broadway musical Matilda, based on the popular book by Roald Dahl. The song celebrates the idea that sometimes you have to cause a little mischief and be a bit naughty.

More than 40 competitors entered Selwyn Stars this year. The winners took home prizes including an iPad mini, Instax mini camera and UE Wonder Boom.

Other winners included Ethan Jack, a magician, and drummer Natalie McKay. The audience engagement prize went to Amelia Albin performing a Bollywood dance, and the prize for enthusiasm was won by dancer Carys McDonald.