Contestants warm up for Wagga Takes 2

POPULAR VOTE: Real estate agent Kelly Lane won the audience choice award in 2016 for her mash-up performance. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

POPULAR VOTE: Real estate agent Kelly Lane won the audience choice award in 2016 for her mash-up performance. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Everyday Wagga residents are warming their vocal cords for the biggest performance of their lives at Wagga Takes 2. 

A batch of 12 contestants will take to the stage on Thursday after months of fundraising and preparation. 

Organiser Narelle Potts said the contestants have been rehearsing hard in their final weeks, combining the added pressure and excitement of the band. 

On Tuesday contestants will head to the venue to put their final touches in place under the bright lights. 

“We are just focusing on calming the nerves of the night’s celebrities and getting everything organised," Ms Potts said. 

“Everyone is getting very excited.” 

The iconic event has been raising funds for local charities for more than a decade, with some of this year’s funds headed to services like Country Hope and Riverina Cancer Care Centre. 

The three-day event will kick off slightly earlier this year, at 7pm, on April 20 at Kildare Catholic College. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Wagga’s Civic Theatre. 

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