Votes have been counted and ten young performers are one step closer to singing with RnB and soul superstar Aaradhna.

The ten finalists of Iwi Idol, a competition launched by the Ngapuhi Festival which is being held in Whangarei next year, have been announced.

Singers 25 and under were encouraged to record and submit a one minute video of themselves singing to win a chance to perform with New Zealand singer Aaradhna at the festival.

The profiles of all 20 contestants, which included a YouTube link to a video of them singing, were uploaded to Facebook for voting which closed on Wednesday.


The top 10 entrants with the most votes are now finalists.

Event manager Tio Taiaki has been "blown away" by the popularity of the competition.

"It is awesome to see friends, whanau and communities get behind their rangatahi to support their progression and the recognition of their talent. The competition reached over 100,000 people on Facebook and attracted 4500 votes in total."

Entries came from as far as Christchurch and the youngest entrant was only 8-years-old.

A judging panel comprising Whangarei's own 'bird man' Luke Bird, international opera singer Kawiti Waetford, nationally acclaimed Tui recipient Reo Dunn and accomplished actor and singer Lee Morunga will decide the ultimate Iwi Idol winner to perform with Aaradhna next year.

Here are the finalists.

Briana Rudolph-Karena, 17, from North Shore

Kahla Green, 10, from Whangarei

Kasey Carr, 18, Waipu

Khyla Rupapera, 16, Kawakawa

Madison Huntley, 8, Whangarei

Tane Mahuta Pakeha-Heke, 12, Christchurch

Te Akaraupo Pakeha-Heke, 12, Christchurch

Monique Henare-Urwin, 14, Auckland

Princesse Harrison-Cooper, 12, Hikurangi

Jaelin Stuart and Tikaro Henare (TJ Up&Ova), both 14, Whangarei