Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Katie Thompson to Open for Elton in Dunedin
Singer-songwriter Katie Thompson won the opportunity to open for John at his only New Zealand show this year, to be held at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium in November.
"It's pretty big. I'm very very excited," she said.
The 24-year-old beat 50 entrants to take out the Open 4 Elton promotion, giving her the chance to play for up to 40 minutes in front of more than 30,000 people.
A panel of judges narrowed the entrants down to four finalists before opening the competition to online votes last month.
"It's great - just the support I've got has been awesome," Thompson said.
The country singer has released two albums and has been nominated for the Horizon and female artist of the year awards at this year's National Country Music Awards.
She hoped to undertake a national tour soon, and believed opening for Elton John would give her an "amazing boost".
"He's an amazing musician, so I don't know what's more exciting - getting to open for him or meet him or watching his show."
Thompson's prize also included airfares and accommodation for the performance and $5000 cash.
After 4 weeks, 50 entrants and over 70,000 online votes, a winner has been found for the huge "Open 4 Elton" promotion.
The winner is singer/songwriter Katie Thompson who hails from Hokitika and has already started notching up some impressive accomplishments including two albums and has been nominated for the Horizon Award at the National Country Music awards in Hamilton this year.
Radio ClassicHits broke the news to Katie live on-air at 2.30pm today.
Her first words where "you've made my day.you made my career so far."
Promoters for the Elton John concert in Dunedin on November 25, Capital C: Concerts have been knocked out by the response to this promotion which will give a massive boost to furthering the singer’s career opportunities.
Company CEO Phil Sprey says, "Any one of the top entrants could have been up to the event, we are excited that the public selected Katie and are sure that the big audience will warm to her considerable talent."
- The Press/ Voxy