Competition thriller for rising Cairns star
A LOVE of Michael Jackson's music and nerves of steel helped Yorkeys Knob youngster Dean Brady take out the junior prize at the Cairns Has Got Talent competition.
The nine-year-old impressed judges with his rendition of Jackson's hit Got to be There backed by his dad Troy on guitar during the finals at Cairns Central on Saturday.
"I've been singing since I could talk and I'm Michael Jackson's biggest fan," the Yorkeys Knob State School student said.
Mr Brady said he was impressed by his son's performance.
"We've got a Michael Jackson CD in the car that we play all the time, but he sings along to anything. He just loves music," he said.
Local hip-hop trio New Era Crew were named senior winners, capping off a successful final day of competition which also included a live performance by local musician and guest judge Emma Louise.
Judge and former Australia's Got Talent entrant James Elmer said he was impressed with the high quality of entrants this year.
"There has been some fresh dance crews and some amazing vocalists," he said.
"The level of talent in Cairns is very high." The competition raised more than $3000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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On his way: Dean Brady takes out the junior prize at the Cairns Has Got Talent competition. Pictures: MIKE WATT