City teen in talent final

2012-10-18 00:00

MARITZBURG’S talented dancer, Nhlanhla Luke Greyling-Nxele, will be flying the flag for KwaZulu-Natal in the finals of SA’s Got Talent (SAGT) on tonight.

Fifteen-year-old Luke is the only act from the province who made it through to the finals of the reality show, and now hopes he can win the R250 000 prize.

He will be competing with the singing PJ Twins (19) from Cape Town; 11-year-old poet Bothlale from Mafikeng; the New Edition Gospel Group from Cape Town; ballroom dancers Cameron Lombard and Donlynn Fischer from Cape Town; and Pretoria-based Xandre and her dog Finn.

Despite having spinal muscular atrophy, which means he is unable to use his legs, the teenager wowed the SAGT judges Ian von Memerty, Shado Twala and Kabelo Mabalane with his dancing ability and the millions of viewers at home with his talent.

Luke, who is inspired by the achievements of Oscar Pistorius, has been dancing for the last five years.

A passionate sportsman — he’s a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Club — Luke entered SAGT because he wanted to show the world that anyone can do anything if they believe in it.

Speaking to The Witness, he said: “I’m stunned but I’m happy to have made it this far. The final is going to be very tough.”

Luke added that performing live had been a challenge.

• Catch Luke in tonight’s SAGT final at 7.30 pm on and the results show at 9 pm.

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