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‘Forever thankful’ for top places in Maori Television’s 5 Minutes of Fame

Gisborne scored a double-act win with both the Amazing Graces and Amy Maynard taking out top places in Maori Television's 5 Minutes of Fame last night.

The final episode saw eight contestants competing head-to-head before the top four — a teen, a female, a male and a group — then faced off in song to win the overall title.

Amazing Graces won the group category singing Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth and Amy Maynard from the group took out top female vocalist singing When We Were Young by Adele.

Then Amy — who is from Gisborne but based in Hamilton — went up against Pereri King from Hawke's Bay for the supreme winner award.

The pair sang Torea as a duet before Pereri was named the competition's supreme winner.

The category winners and overall title winner shared a prize pool of $15,000.

Amy said the singing was easy. It was everything beforehand that was hard.

“It was the mental preparation of being in such a competitive environment against people who you grew to love. It was hard moving forward and watching others go.

“The lights and cameras faded into the background for me as soon as I opened my mouth to sing.”

Amy said the world came flooding back once it was time to hear the judges' critiques.

“I owe a lot of my love for singing to being raised in a musical family on both sides,” said Amy.

“My grandfather David Thompson used to run the Gisborne Country Music Club when I was growing up, and it was my music teacher at high school, Jane Egan, who convinced me to study music when I left school.”

On Facebook Amy thanked her friends.

“To everyone who has supported me on this crazy journey, I can't thank you enough. I wouldn't have been able to do this without your support so I will forever be thankful.

“I did what I set out to do, I proved to myself that I could sing every song that I was ever afraid of.

“I proved that I could silence my inner saboteur long enough to be on that stage completely alone and hold an audience captive, surrounded by cameras and people in an incredibly unfamiliar and foreign environment, and I not only held my own but I thrived up there on that stage.”

Amy Maynard and her partner Aaron Gott perform as the band Looking for Alaska who released their self-titled album in 2016.

DOUBLE ACT: Maureen Maynard, Jasmine Taare and Amy Maynard took out top places in Maori Television's 5 Minutes of Fame last night winning in both the group and female vocalist categories. Picture supplied