Young stars reach talent quest final

TALENTED TRIO: Ruby Cuelho, Zaya Saltoun and Cassandra Perez were the three junior contestants to reach the final of the talent search.

TALENTED TRIO: Ruby Cuelho, Zaya Saltoun and Cassandra Perez were the three junior contestants to reach the final of the talent search.

THE Hills could have found its next Delta Goodrem after young singers wowed judges at the recent ZESTQuest talent search.

Local performers battled it out at a heat held at Rouse Hill Town Centre, with judges having a tough time choosing the deserving finalists.

The participants performed in front of a live audience and three judges, including The Hills Council deputy mayor Robyn Preston, singer-songwriter Lara Parker Kent and Rouse Hill Town Centre marketing manager Kate Stone.

Ruby Cuelho, Zaya Saltoun and Cassandra Perez made the junior division final, Cora Ledwith, Jacqueline Attard and Kiara Valeriano were given the nod of approval by judges to move to the next round in the intermediate range, and Sofya Chalk, Danika Rojas and Jazmyn Gillies successfully progressed to the finals in the seniors division.

Mayor Yvonne Keane said she is looking forward to seeing the finalists perform at the Orange Blossom Festival’s ZESTFest on Sunday, August 27 at Bella Vista Farm from 10am to 7pm.

“We have such a talented shire,” Cr Keane said. “If it’s anything like last year’s spectacular performances, I can’t wait to see what these brilliant and very capable entertainers have install for ZESTFest attendees this year.”

The singers may follow the footsteps of Goodrem, who grew up in The Hills and has gone on to forge an amazing career in the music industry.

Country music great Lee Kernaghan will be the headline act at ZESTFest.