‘Porirua’ as sung by Leonard Cohen

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This morning NZGT judge and all round good dude Chris Judd swung by to see us. But first he had to tolerate our festive song (‘We wish you a merry Chris Judd) which he told us was ‘Awesome, I’ve never had a song written about me.’  Clearly he was just being nice.

There are many performers who shouldn’t get near the stage in NZGT. Luckily, as a judge, Chris seems insightful, honest and actually cares. He also says what we all think. ‘To be a teacher and mentor,’ he told us. ‘You must have empathy for everybody and guide the next generation. As a judge, I’ve got the best seat in the house.’

Awkward interview moment? When I suggested how much I enjoyed 10-year-old Oceania Olsen singing ‘Porirua’ by Leonard Cohen. (Jokes. It was a beautiful version of ‘Hallelujah’ sung in Maori, but I secretly wished someone finally wrote a song about poor old P-Town.)

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