28 year old Victorian performer Mike Snell has won TEN’s talent quest I Will Survive, scoring a $250,000 cash prize plus agent representation in the US and a showcase opportunity on Broadway.
Snell defeated finalists Tom Sharah and former Hi-5 member Nathan Foley.
“This is by far the most exhilarating, proudest moment of my life. I feel like a new performer. I feel like a new person. I’ve got this power and this belief in my own creative skills,” he said.
Despite the whopping cash prize, he misses out on a chance to play the role of Tick on stage with the Broadway cast -the prize was withdrawn after the New York season ended, before an episode had ever hit the screen.
The finale saw performances of the title tune Le Poisson Rouge nightclub, clad in drag outfits designed by Tim Chappel for Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.
After Nathan Foley was eliminated Tom and Mike were given 24 hours to put together a four minute solo piece at Broadway’s historic Hudson Theatre, before Stephan Elliott, Jason Donovan and guest judge Paula Abdul.
Mike performed Peter Allen’s Not The Boy Next Door combined with Man In The Mirror, while Tom sang Let Me Be Your Star from Smash with a segue into I’ve Got The Music In Me.
Mike Snell is currently starring as Kyle, the UPS guy, in Legally Blonde at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.
I Will Survive almost didn’t live up to its name for TEN, with disastrous ratings making it an expensive exercise. TEN Chief Programmer Beverley McGarvey confirmed it would not be returning.