Up-and-coming star Nobel Lakaev, aged just 16, is into the grand final of Australia’s Got Talent after giving yet another spectacular performance in his semi-final.
The Lismore-born Nobel who attended the Spaghetti Circus in Mullumbimby, had Australians fixed in their seats as he danced with grace and skill to ‘Blackbird’, a symbolic rendition of his life, from childhood illness to ‘learning to fly’.
Nobel used the props of a hat and stick to create a dance that was unique and distinctive.
The majority of the choreography was done by himself along with input from his dance tutors Dianne Talbot and Debbie Landel from the Gold Coast.
Nobel received a standing ovation as he completed his dance and the judges had only positive things to say.
Tom Burlinson said: “Nobel, I’ll put it this simply, I think you are one of the great discoveries of Australia’s Got Talent.”
The fact that Nobel had choreographed the dance mostly himself was even more impressive, with Burlinson adding ‘well, then we just appreciate even more the depth of your talent. I think you’ve got a huge future.’
Red Symons gave his thumbs-up and Dannii Minogue was delighted.
Dannii said: “Nobel, you just have something that is so special. I love what you’ve done with the costume, combining with the music, the performance, love seeing you smile. We’ve discovered something special here on Australia’s Got Talent. It makes us proud to be here.”
In the end, Nobel became the ‘Judges Choice’ for that night’s semi-final, hence getting through to the grand final.
Dannii Minogue said the performers on the night had been ‘brilliant’. “It’s the highest standard of talent we’ve ever had on the show,” she said.
Nobel is very tight-lipped about what he plans on performing, only saying that it will be a ‘shimmering performance’ fully choreographed and wardrobed by himself.
He said he wanted to ‘give a piece of his heart to Australia’.
Friend Carli McConkey, whose three children are Nobel’s god-children (Sebastian, 7, Jacob , 4 and Hamish, 18 months), said she was amazed.
“I don’t think Nobel realises the magnitude of what he has achieved at 16 years of age,” she said.
“Nobel stands out because he simply goes out there as himself and gives a raw, natural product that requires no props.
“Nobel is a humble, honest boy with high integrity who really wants to show what he has to offer without anything else boosting his performances. I truly believe it will set him apart from the rest.”
Nobel was born at Lismore Base Hospital and was educated in the Steiner system in his early years and spent all his weekends in the Byron Bay area surfing and enjoying the alternative, creative and open-minded arty lifestyle.
He also attended the Spaghetti Circus in Mullumbimby.
Nobel’s family own a certified organic farming property which he attributes to his physical health and agility.
With his talent and personality, Nobel has a more than even chance of winning Australia’s hearts and fulfilling his dreams of becoming a world-class performer on the stages of Broadway, West End or his most ardent dream of performing with the Sydney Dance Company.
Nobel’s long-term goals are set firm with a view to attaining Silver Screen status.
Nobel says: “I am really excited at having the opportunity to compete in Australia’s Got Talent. It is like nothing I have ever participated in. The experience has been amazing and I can’t wait until the grand final.”
Nobel, who has been dancing since he was two years old, feels honoured to be performing on such a national level, performing with such a high caliber of entertainers and representing Australia’s talent.
He is overjoyed at the opportunity to entertain such a broad Australian audience and believes that Australia’s talent needs to stay within the confines of our culture and is worthy of international recognition.
Nobel is a true amateur performer, discovered from within Australia’s ranks, having never earned money professionally, with only ever being involved in school concerts before this.
This makes Nobel a stand-out entertainer that has not been seasoned in the national or international public eye before, which probably accounts for his genuine down-to-earth approach to his sudden notoriety.
Nobel will be performing in the grand final on Channel Seven at 7.30pm, Wednesday, 15th April 2009.
Voting commences at 8.30pm on the 15th April and closes at noon on Friday, 17th April 2009.
There is no Judge’s Choice for the grand final – there is only the audience voting.
So fans will have to watch the show to gain voting details for texting, telephoning and emailing your votes.
Nobel is very excited and has asked everyone to vote as Australia’s Got Talent highlights Australia’s talent.
PICTURE: Nobel with Dannii Minogue.