Greymouth’s Jackie Thomas has been crowned the winner of the first season of The X Factor New Zealand. More than 6000 hopefuls had auditioned to be in the running to win the title, a record contract with Sony and a car.
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The 63-year-old bearded fireplug of a man erupted in tears, pulled a white handkerchief from his back pocket, carefully unfolded it and pressed it into his eyes, pulled it away, pressed it again to his eyes, this time with more force, pulled it away again just long enough to take a sip of water, then rubbed them again. “I’ve never won a gift before,” Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told reporters.