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Kids Division:
Kade Goncalves, 9
Ayva McKim, 10 (Audience Wildcard winner)
Ehryn Bala, 10
Blaire Shaw, 11
Lucy Beveridge, 12
Olivia Mcguire, 12
Charlotte Page, 12
Charlotte MacPhail, 11
Opens Division
Sophie Goodwin, 13
Diya Baduvanda, 14
Jade Warburton, 14 (Audience Wildcard winner)
Mia Hansen, 14
Michaela Lambeck, 14
Zarley Maddox, 15
Mia Cross, 15
Sunrise Michelle, 15
Stella Hannagan, 15
Callum Hobson, 15
Sybella  McKay, 17
Lauren Thuaux, 17
Alana Robinson, 18
Ella Sandeman, 18
Riley Lovell, 19
Ewan Kirk, 19
Katelin  Divall, 22
Jack Collett, 23

Discovered Wildcard Voting is open

The Discovered heats are now complete with participants from the 'Kids' and 'Opens' divisions being invited back by our judges to compete in the semi finals!

It’s now up to our audience to determine who else will be heading to the semis via our Audience Wildcard Voting! Check out their entries below and then fill out the form below to vote for your favourite performer from each division. Hurry – Wildcard Voting closes on Sunday 28 February!

Wildcard Voting

Kids Division

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Wildcard Voting - Kids Division. Ayva McKim, 10

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Wildcard Voting - Kids Division. Starr Michelle, 12

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Wildcard Voting - Kids Division. Lily Ianssen, 10

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Open Division

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Wildcard Voting - Open Division. Adam Jansen, 19

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Wildcard Voting - Open Division. Jade Warburton, 14

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Join The Discovered Journey


Are you a young singer or singer/songwriter who lives on the Central Coast? Do you want to develop your skills, connect with the music industry and show off your talents for the chance to win amazing prizes including studio recording time?

Discovered is back and is open to young Coasties aged 7 to 24 years. This vocal program includes an exciting competition series, a professional development program and performance opportunities that allow young people to hone their singing and song writing skills.

The Discovered program is supported by Central Coast music industry personalities and entities including Gina Jeffreys, Rod McCormack and Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) and Linda Wareham (International Award-winning Music Director).


How to apply

We are excited to welcome back young singers to the stage this year, to perform in front of a live audience at the Hub Erina Youth Entertainment Venue.  

The Discovered competition allows participants to compete for their share of an impressive prize pool, including recording studio time, a vocal scholarship and professional development opportunities.

The competition is comprised of three rounds which include three heats taking place from May to June 2022, two semi-finals in July and August 2022, and one a grand final event in September 2022. To enter, simply click on the button below, follow the instructions and wait to receive your registration letter via email.  

Participants can compete in one of two divisions:

• ‘Kids’ – singers aged 7 to 12 years
• ‘Opens’ – singers aged 13 to 24 years

Heat dates:

Heat 1: Friday 13 May (cancelled) 

Heat 2: Friday 10 June 

Heat 3: Friday 24 June 

Register now. The last date to register has been extended to Monday 20 June 2022, to be included in the final heat. For full details including competition dates, read our competition guidelines.

Entry to each of the heats will be assessed by a judging panel and an online WILDCARD vote open to the public. 

12 finalists will be chosen throughout the heats and semi-final events to perform in the Discovered Grand Final event on Friday 9 September 2022.

Live audiences are also welcomed back this year, however must register to attend. Those at home can also get involved by livestreaming each of the events from the comfort of their home.



Macron music vouchers

Valued up to $2,500

Sponsored by Central Coast Council

Recording studio time

Valued up to $4,000

Sponsored by Rod McCormack

Vocal Scholarship

Valued at $1,000

Sponsored by Gina Jeffreys Workshops

Personal coaching session

Valued at $500

Sponsored by Central Coast Council

Song writing workshops

Valued at 1,200

Sponsored by Central Coast Council

Music industry conference ticket

Valued at $300

Sponsored by MMAD

Recording studio time

Valued up to $250

Sponsored by MMAD

Music pathways program

To support development, networks, strengthen the live and local music scene, experience opportunities, increase exposure and audience base.



With two places open in the semi-finals and two places in the grand final event, you can nominate your favourite performer for a place with the online WILDCARD vote. 
Round one: online voting opens following the third heat from 12pm on Monday 27 June 2022 to 11.59PM on Sunday 3 July 2022.
Round two: online voting opens following the semi-finals from 12pm on Monday 15 August to 11.59PM on Sunday 21 August 2022.
To vote - a link will be made available on this webpage once voting is live.

Professional Development

The Discovered vocal professional development program supports young musicians to develop their experience, increase exposure and broaden their audience base while also providing performance opportunities.

Young people living, studying or working on the Central Coast are invited to participate in our free Professional Development opportunities as part of Discovered:

Discovered Voices Youth Choir: running weekly from now until September 2022 – register now

Discovered Development Workshops: will take place with all 2022 Discovered competition entrants at dates to be advised

Learn More About Discovered

Want to find out more about Discovered, how to apply and the opportunities available? We’re here to help!
Email Jennifer Dias, Youth Development Officer at Jennifer.Dias@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au or contact The Hub Erina Youth Entertainment Venue on 4304 7071 to learn more.

Stay in the loop

Want to find out more about Discovered, as well as future professional development opportunities and programs run by Central Coast Council’s Youth Services? Simply complete the form below to stay in the loop.


Key Dates, Judging and Wildcards


Heats for Discovered 2020/21 are now complete.  

For full details, read our competition guidelines.



24 participants will make it into the two semi-finals, live at The Hub Erina on 12 and 26 March 2021.Two semi-finalists will be voted in by our online audience in Round One of the Wildcard Audience Vote.

  • Round One WILDCARD Audience Voting - Open 22 February – 28 February



12 finalists will be selected to perform at The Hub Erina on Friday 23 April 2021 in the Discovered Grand Final. Two finalists will be voted in by our online audience in Round Two of the Wildcard Audience Vote.

  • Round Two WILDCARD Audience Voting - Open 9 March – 4 April


All semi-final and grand-final events will be live streamed. Register HERE to become a member of our online audience!


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance at live events is by invitation only.

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5 Nov

Online Activities

  • 5 Nov - 10 Nov

    Check out our program of water related activities for the kids to enjoy! Kids can learn to draw a jelly fish or dolphin, make an origami shark, crab, or sea horse, and learn about the deep blue ocean through science. There are fun activities for every kid to enjoy!

  • Online

  • FREE

5 Nov


  • A variety of delicious food trucks will be popping up across our waterways for the 10 days of The Lakes Festival! Feel like something sweet or savory keep an eye on The Lakes Festival Facebook Page or Listen to Star104.5 to find out what food truck will be at what location every day. Grab yourself, family and friends some takeaway, or enjoy a picnic across on our waterways!

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5 Nov

SUP Yoga & Pilates

  • 5 Nov - 12 Nov

    Have you ever wanted to try SUP pilates or yoga? Lakes Festival is the perfect opportunity for you to get out and give it a go!

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6 Nov

Kayaking & Paddle to Pedal

  • 6 Nov - 8 Nov

    1. Enjoy a kayak paddle on our beautiful Tuggerah Lakes. Learn about saltmarsh, our unique birdlife, seagrass, the endangered Little Tern and how we can all help to care for our lakes.

    2. Enjoy a leisurely kayak paddle into Lake Munmorah followed by a bike ride along Budgewoi Lake. Learn about the estuary and its biodiversity from local experts.

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10 Nov

Tour De Tuggerah

  • 10 Nov - 11 Nov

    Join a leisurely, guided bike ride around the shore of Tuggerah Lake. Learn about Tuggerah Lakes estuary and it’s biodiversity from local experts and see amazing wildlife up close.

  • The Entrance

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13 Nov

Surfing for Everyone

  • 13 Nov - 14 Nov

    Join us at Toowoon Bay or Avoca Beach for this exciting new offering as part of Lakes Festival! Sign up and learn to surf safely at some of our local beaches with Central Coast Surf Academy. A great way to enhance your physical and mental health and connect with members of your community.

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Discovered was such an amazing experience I had when I was younger. It really did open up amazing opportunities for me and I am truly grateful for the support I received for my music and to further my career.

Kelly Griffith / Elaskia

Discovered Winner 2014

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The advice from the mentors is a priceless experience...Winning Discovered 2015 allowed me to release my first single, learn the ropes of recording songs and buy the equipment I needed to progress as a musician.

Brandon Duff

Discovered Winner 2015

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I love to sing and want to get better at performing, so I joined Discovered to have experience performing in front of people. I also received feedback from the judges, who are all very experienced in the music industry. They were all so kind and encouraging. I learnt a lot!

Erin Bala

Aged 10

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The feedback and support that I received from the amazing judges really helped me to believe in myself and develop my song writing skills.. I have now gone on to successfully release my own music and have performed in some amazing venues and festivals.

Niamh Watson

Discovered Winner 2019