Following the public announcement of the 2019 carnival concerts on Saturday 12 October, we mistakenly awarded one of the special cups to an act who wasn’t eligible to win it.
The Bert Snook Rose Bowl is annually presented to the best front of curtain act, as deemed by our judges, who are under 17 years old. Unfortunately as part of the official results, the cup was awarded to Sam Howes, who had turned 17 years old in the Summer and therefore wasn’t eligible to win the cup (in line with the carnival concert competition rules).
As soon as we discovered the oversight we contacted both Sam, and the act who should have been announced as the winners (Fox King Dance Academy), and we have since met up with them to explain what had happened and how the mistake occurred.
The result has now been corrected, and Fox King Dance Academy are the winners of the Bert Snook Rose Bowl for 2019.
We would like to take this opportunity to unreservedly apologise to both Sam and Fox King Dance Academy for our unfortunate oversight and for any distress it has caused them. We appreciate this will be a disappointment to Sam but it was a genuine mistake.
Over the next few months we will be undertaking a full review of our processes and procedures regarding how the concert results are collated and announced, and this will ensure a reoccurrence does not occur in the future.
Of course, we would also like to congratulate Sam for winning the Judges Cup for being the best single vocalist at the 2019 carnival concerts, Fox King Dance Academy for winning the Bert Snook Rose Bowl and all of the other concert winners.