- Wednesday 11 November 2009
It was standing room only at the Caloundra RSL on 7 November when a capacity crowd of over 1,000 people crammed in to cheer on finalists and enjoy the diverse range of talent on show at the 2009 Senior Superstar Grand Final.
Judges had the difficult task of choosing a winner from the field of 13 finalists including singers from a variety of musical genres, a skit involving a comedian dressed up as a horse and two troupes of tap dancers.
Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder Councillor Jenny McKay congratulated all participants and thanked supporters for making this year’s series the biggest yet to be held on the Coast.
“Senior Superstar is proof that we have a huge number of talented seniors on the Coast who are not shy about sharing their talents,” Cr McKay said.
“And audiences have loved it, with this year’s competition attracting record-breaking crowds.
“I congratulate all participants, particularly the finalists and this year’s winner, and thank them for putting on a great show.”
In third place was 87-year-old Ann Finch from Birtinya. Three was a lucky number for Ann, with this being the third year she has entered. Playing a “Waltzing Matilda” and “Danny Boy” medley on the harmonica, Ann impressed judges, particularly special guest judge John Wood, and had the crowd singing along.
Johhny Bee, 68 from Currimundi, came in second place and looked spectacular in a suit he made himself as he rocked the house singing the Johnny O’Keefe classic “She’s My Baby”.
The winner of the 2009 Senior Superstar crown was the comedic duo “The Likely Lads” who sang the song “Working where the sun don’t shine”. The duo, Brian Williams, 62 from Buddina and Geoffrey Harrod-Eagles, 58 from Minyama, dressed in surgery outfits and sang an amusing song about the pitfalls of being a “below the waist” surgeon.
The judges - performer and producer Paul Dellit, Sunshine FM Radio Station Manager Ken O’Flaherty and Gold Logie winner John Wood – paid tribute to the high calibre of talent shown by all finalists.
Plans are now underway to form two finalist troupes to put on free shows at retirement villages on the Coast.
The 2009 Senior Superstar competition was supported by Living Choice, Queensland Government Department of Communities, The Public Trustee, Sunshine FM 104.9, Sunshine Coast Daily, Channel 7, National Seniors Australia, TravelTrain Holidays and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.