Idol in­spires idea for heart and soul show

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By ADEN MILES

Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties will have the chance to be cen­tre stage in a com­pe­ti­tion next month.

In­spired by New Zealand Idol, Toko­roa Ac­tiv­ity Day will be held on Novem­ber 6 from 10am to noon at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Or­gan­iser Mar­lene Fisher plans to hold the com­pe­ti­tion an­nu­ally in Toko­roa af­ter run­ning it in Waihi for five years.

‘‘They don’t just have to sing. They can just play in­stru­ments and dance.

‘‘They can dress up in mu­si­cal cos­tumes. I don’t care what they do, it is all about par­tic­i­pa­tion.’’

Ms Fisher said the com­pe­ti­tion is ded­i­cated to in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abili-

Fishe’r – Mar­lene ties.

‘‘I have clients com­ing along who have no arms but they might tap an elec­tric key­board with their el­bows.

‘‘They will be judged on their heart and soul. It is the fact that they want to par­tic­i­pate and that peo­ple choose to lis­ten,’’ she said.

‘‘I try to do it close to when Idol com­pe­ti­tions are on be­cause peo­ple get ex­cited about the singers.’’

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