The judges, Carly Binding, Leza Lee Corban and Jamie McDell, commended the performers on the diversity of their skills. The line-up included a musical drama, hip hop dancing, several group and solo vocal performances and a unique instrumental act by Joshua McLaughlin on a ‘Talk Box’. Two of the contestants, Cameron Mataira and Max Ruffel, performed their own original songs.
We were privileged to hear one of the judges, Jamie McDell, a past King’s College student and well-known singer and songwriter, perform her original hit song, ‘Crash’. Jamie’s strong stage presence and incredible voice wowed the audience. Reverend Wilder was quick to remind the students that her career of musical success began in the King's College Chapel Band!
At the end of a very entertaining and successful night, the overall winner, individual and group first places and runners up were announced. The all-male musical group, ‘Destiny’s Boys’ were awarded first place in the group category. A group of talented senior students from Selwyn House were awarded runners-up. In the individual category, first place was awarded to Joshua McLaughlin and runner-up was awarded to the well-known rapper Max Ruffell who uses the stage name of ‘VIP’. The prestigious title of the ‘KC Idol Overall Winner’ was awarded to Sapati Apa for her very moving rendition of ‘Love is a losing game’ by Amy Winehouse.
Overall KC Idol proved to be a tremendous night. The diverse acts drew an enthusiastic response from the students and created a vibrant atmosphere within the Great Hall. The event also raised an impressive sum of money for the Chapel’s charitable outreach.
Thank you to the judges of KC Idol who provided fair and insightful comments through their constructive feedback to all contestants. The evening was enhanced by the enthusiasm of our two MC’s, Reverend Wilder and Reverend Walters, and much of the success can be attributed to the hard work of the KC Idol Committee. Finally, thank you to the KC Idol Sponsors - Tasti, 180 Degrees, Scarlett & Greene, Car-fe, Glory League, Sky City and Snowplanet who provided amazing prizes for KC Idol competitors.
- Claudia Williams and Kate Gatfield-Jeffries