Local singer Charlie Fittler was among 10 grand finalists in Toyota Star Maker at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Tuesday night.
He played two songs in front of thousands of fans, and the judges.
His first performance was a song, Gypsy Soul, then for his second song of the evening, Charlie performed an uptempo original called Buckin' Luck.
Both songs were co-written by Charlie with country artist and producer Bill Chambers, the father of country music great Kasey Chambers.
After an impressive performance at the 42nd grand final concert, Max Jackson from Newcastle caught the eye of judges with a captivating performance of her songs Life of the Party and Runnin'.
Toyota Star Maker producer Barry Harley gave Jackson a massive congratulations.
"A very big congratulations to Max, our 2022 Toyota Star Maker winner," he said.
"Toyota Star Maker has been a launch pad for some of Australia's biggest country stars including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, Travis Collins, Sam McClymont, Lyn Bowtell, Kirsty Lee Akers, Blake O'Connor and Brad Cox and I have no doubt this is just the beginning for Max."
It was a tough job for judges like Star Maker coordinator Cheryl Brown, who said, "in all honesty it was a particularly difficult year with all 10 finalists worthy of being here".
She takes the crown from singer-songwriter Sammy White, who was unable to attend as she is in isolation at her Queensland home.
Country legend Lee Kernaghan surprised fans on the night with a performance of The Outback Club and Boys from the Bush, marking 40 years since his Star Maker win in 1982.
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