A founding member of British reggae band UB40, the country's most famous model and the front man for local rock group OpShop have been named as judges for New Zealand's Got Talent.

UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell, Rachel Hunter and Jason Kerrison have today been revealed as the judges for the upcoming TVNZ talent show.

Campbell - who said he had been coming to New Zealand for years - said he was looking forward to seeing what sort of talent the show would reveal, while Hunter will be relocating from Los Angeles for the filming of the show, which will start next month.

Kerrison said there was an "enormous" amount of talent in New Zealand.


"The New Zealand's Got Talent format is a great platform for artists and entertainers of all kinds to have a crack at a significant prize, which is a huge boost for anyone's career," he says.

More than 5000 acts have auditioned to take part in the New Zealand's Got Talent heats which will be filmed in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland.

See tomorrow's Weekend Herald for an exclusive interview with Ali Campbell.