Clara van Wel wins NZ's Got Talent

NZ Newswire Updated December 3, 2012, 8:11 am

Clara van Wel a 14-year-old songwriter from Blenheim has won New Zealand's Got Talent.

The New Zealand public voted Clara the winner of the competition with the results airing on TV One on Sunday night.

Clara, who won $100,000 and a new car, sang original songs. Some she said were inspired by things she read in books.

"Can someone pinch me please," Clara said on the show on Sunday after being announced the winner. "It's incredible this whole journey has just been so amazing and a dream and now I'm going to cry."

Jessie Hillel, 11, from Wellington came second and Evan Sinton, 17, from Auckland came third.

More than 5000 acts auditioned for the Television New Zealand variety show, which were voted down to 12 finalists.

The judging panel was made up of UB40's frontman Ali Campbell, former supermodel Rachel Hunter and Opshop singer Jason Kerrison.

More than 1.4 million New Zealanders watched the first episode of the series.

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