Contestants, from left to right, Bree Shaw, Tyla Routhan, Devon Millan, Casey Dixon and Madison Hamlin in the 2021 Gore Country Music Queen competition. Millan was the winner and Routhan was the finalist.
Devon Millan says being crowned Gore Country Music Queen is “a huge honor”.
“My mom asked me yesterday who was going to win the competition yesterday and I honestly thought it could have been any of us. Everyone was very capable. ”
Millan was one of five young women who attended the event and will be attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2022 as the official representative of the Gore Country Music Club.
The crowning glory was one of more than 30 events at the week-long Tussock Country Music Festival to be held in Gore this week, which culminates in the MLT New Zealand Gold Guitar Award Senior Final on Sunday evening.
Candidates were required to give a three-minute speech on a given topic. Hers was the New Zealand Gold Guitar Award, an event she had attended before.
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“I was going to register this year too, but I thought it would be a bit too much. Now I can still get back on that stage and present the prizes to the winners. ”
Born in Gore, she works as a beautician and has been involved in a theater restaurant and started a local event called “Gore Unlocked” where she is looking for local singers to sing on stage.
Real estate agent Tyla Routhan, who previously worked as a digital account manager at Thing, was named a finalist.