Victorian triple threat Michael Snell took out the top title last night in the final of Channel Ten’s first ever musical theatre reality series I Will Survive.
Snell, who says he is still shocked and still letting the win sink in, competed against 12 other contestants in the show over spanned 14 weeks, and won $250,000, a 12-month contract with New York’s ICM management, as well as a four week stay in New York.
The openly gay Snell is no stranger to the Australian stage, having worked in some of the biggest show touring nationally including Miss Saigon, Wicked, The Boy From Oz, Hairspray and more recently Legally Blonde.
He is also no stranger to Melbourne’s gay scene, dancing and singing in some of the big productions at the GH.
“Thank you all so much for your love and support,” he wrote.
“All of your love is so overwhelming I could just burst.”
Snell says his Broadway ambitions still burn bright and that he is determined to ‘make it’ but all that will be on hold till he completes the national Legally Blonde tour and he has secured a Green card.
“I’m very determined to make it. I said everyday that I’d make it to New York and I did,” he told the thethrong.com.au
“I feel most comfortable in front of a live audience, I come to life and love a roomful of people love to perform to any audience. I also loved the final performance where I went on to prove I was a triple threat in theatre. We had $1000 for the challenge that saw us have to come up in 24 hours with a show, I was proud of that.”