Melbourne schoolgirl wins $250,000 in TV talent quest

A Melbourne Mt Lilydale Mercy College student, Bonnie Anderson has won $250,000 on a Channel 7 talent show - despite being reduced to tears by unforgiving judge Red Symons.

Star News Group reports that viewers across Australia recently voted the singing dynamo winner of Channel 7's national talent show Australia's Got Talent.

Last week, life was returning to normal for the Mt Lilydale Mercy College student who says she finds herself in a "sort of funny" situation of returning to school $250,000 richer.

"I haven't really thought about the money too much," Bonnie said. "I was just so happy to win, not just to get the money, just to be there and have such an amazing experience."

Most of it will be put in a trust fund and will undoubtedly be a great backstop as Bonnie pursues her dream of becoming an actress and singer.

But before that happens, Bonnie will be making a couple of donations to causes she said are close to her heart.

"I chose the Asthma Foundation because of Jake (Hindhaugh - a Yarra Glen Primary School friend who died tragically of an asthma attack last month), and to the Child's Arthritis Foundation because my cousin Maddison Lee has arthritis."

"Red (Symons) is actually a really nice guy back stage," Bonnie concluded, saying she forgave him long ago for his original cutting critique.

Bonnie basking in talent show glory (Star News Group, 8//07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Red Symons (Wikipedia)
Australia's Got Talent blog
Australia's Got Talent
Mt Lilydale Mercy College

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9 May 2007