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McDonald's Young Entertainers - 1999 Grand Final

Television (Full Length) – 1999

Hosted by Jason Gunn, this popular late 90s teen talent quest became a pop culture marker for young Kiwis of the era. In this 1999 grand final at Te Papa’s marae, judges King Kapisi and Stacey Morrison assess the year's finalists. They include 11-year-old Hayley Westenra performing ‘The Mists of Islay’, which Westenra would later record after finding global fame as a classical crossover singer. The international guest is another young prodigy: violinist Vanessa Mae. Future Sticky TV/C4 presenter Drew Neemia was one of the members of house troupe The Super Troopers.

You’re the most confident 11-year-old that I’ve met … I think you have a very long career ahead of you in music
– King Kapisi reviews Hayley Westenra's performance of 'The Mists of Islay'

Key Cast & Crew

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Bill Urale (aka King Kapisi)

Judge

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Jason Gunn

Presenter

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Stacey Morrison (née Daniels)

Judge

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Jim Curry

Director, Producer

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Kevin Hastings

Producer

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Michael Walmsley

Super Trooper

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Produced by

Denis Spencer Productions

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