Te Puke High School Performing Arts produced yet another successful Lip Synch Challenge for 2018. The Lip Synch Challenge which was established in 1997 has become a highlight of the School calendar and this year it did not fail to entertain to packed audiences both nights. The acts ranged from year 9 students who entered for the first time to seasoned senior acts.
The Junior People’s Choice Award which is voted by the audience on the first night was awarded to the ‘Black Widows’ – year 10 students Pippa Harvey, Ellen Emerson and Hollie Tucker who’s rendition of the Cell Block Tango from Chicago was captivating. The Senior People’s Choice Award went to ‘Death By Copyright’ – year 12 students Jonique Boyle, Shayla Thompson and Macey Riddle had the audience laughing as they synched to a medley of Queen and Michael Jackson.
The second night was the Judges Night Awards which are voted by a panel of three external judges – Dianne Leach, Wayne Flanagan and past TPHS pupil Josh Hunt. Best Lip Syncher went to year 10 student Joshua Lord-Bark who was part of the act ‘Nun Ya Business’. The judges found his focus and synching ability outstanding. Third equal overall was shared by acts ‘Nun Ya Business’ – year 10 students Joshua Lord-Bark, Olivia Gourlay and Chris-tell Nel who performed a sassy version of the song Respect and ‘#MeToo’ – year 13 students Tori Kahotea, Anmol Gill, Chloe Priebe, Cerese Winter, Kiran Kaur and Zak Proctor who’s song This Is Me was transformed by a powerful and emotional storyline supporting the worldwide human rights movement. Second place overall went to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ – year 12 students Badal Gill and Zara Dowling who’s use of the stage and choreography took us on safari with the song Roar. First place overall all went to ‘Death by Copyright’ also the winners of the Senior People’s Choice Award. Jonique Boyle, Shayla Thompson and Macey Riddle devised a story bringing the dead legends Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe back to life. Their slick lip-synching, use of the stage and costuming stood out giving them the win for the second year in a row! Last year Jonique and Shayla were won with their act King an Elvis Presley Medley.