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Popstars Panellists Confirmed

17th December 2020

Musician and Zed frontman Nathan King, along with artist and music producer Vince Harder will join Kimbra on the Popstars panel, when the talent show returns to TVNZ 2 in 2021.

Multi-award-winning musician Nathan King is no stranger to the New Zealand music scene. Honing his craft as a songwriter from an early age, King formed Zed in 1996 and the band signed to Universal in 2000. Zed’s two albums both hit Number One in the charts, spawned ten Top 20 hits, sold over five times platinum, and collected three Tui’s at the NZMAs, including Best Male Vocalist.

The band exploded back onto the live NZ music scene in 2019, reforming to take their feel-good pop anthems to a new generation of music fans.

“Popstars is going to be an incredible musical adventure for all of us here in New Zealand,” says King. “I’m excited to be teaming up with Kimbra and Vince to discover what I know will be some mind-blowing new talent over the coming months.”

Pop and R&B recording artist and producer Vince Harder brings a wealth of experience to the esteemed panel. A talented performer and multi-instrumentalist, Harder featured on and co-wrote P-Money's hit single ‘Everything’ which reached Number One in New Zealand, and has toured extensively, sharing the stage with international artists such as Kanye West, Nas and Fat Boy Slim.

Harder’s latest collaboration is with his wife, singer-songwriter Abby Lee, with the couple having just released their debut single, ‘Closer’.

“I’m stoked to be a part of this iconic show that paved the way for so many and working with Kimbra and ‘The Bro’ Nathan will be epic! Bring it on Aotearoa, excited to see your talent shine,” says Harder.

TVNZ’s Director of Content, Cate Slater says “we are very excited to announce Vince and Nathan will be joining Kimbra as Popstars panellists. It’s fantastic to have such a strong line-up to share their knowledge of the music industry with our contestants, to help them on their way and contribute to making Popstars such great television.”

Starting with the must-see auditions, the soloists, duos and groups who make the cut will have a unique opportunity to work on their music, beats, and performance with the panellists as well as a select stream of music industry stalwarts. 

Who will impress Popstars panellists Kimbra, Nathan King and Vince Harder to take home the $100,000 prize and embark on the road to achieving their musical ambition?

Auditions take place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in early 2021.