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Kirsten Kettler, back home Monday watching her taped TV appearance, demonstrates her talent with apples.

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She put her heart -- and head -- into it, but Kirsten Kettler got beat by a girl bouncing on her butt.

The 18-year-old Winnipegger appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday as one of four finalists on the Ellen's Hidden Talent Winner contest.

There was US$10,000 on the line.

Kettler's bizarre talent? She places her index finger on an apple and then smashes it with her forehead. Miraculously, the apple gets sliced in two.

But there's a big difference between pulling it off at parties and getting one shot to get it right in front of one of the world's biggest celebrities, a live studio audience and millions of TV viewers.

"I was really nervous. I usually just crack apples for fun, and sometimes I miss. But the producer said I had one shot to make it work," Kettler admitted Monday, minutes after watching the show at home with some family and friends.

The show was taped last Thursday in Los Angeles. Until the episode aired, she was sworn to secrecy and had to sign a confidentiality agreement to guarantee her silence.

"It was so funny because they had a huge bowl of apples on the table, but I had to break one on the first hit," she recalled. "I'm just glad it worked!"

Kettler's funny fruit bit did, indeed, work to perfection. The head-to-finger combination chopped the apple in half, generating a big grin from Ellen and a loud ovation from the audience, too.

Alas, the grand-prize winner was a young woman named April -- a fellow Canadian, actually -- who skipped rope while sitting on the floor and bouncing.

Some really fast-talking dude from Chicago and the Kentucky woman who stacked coins in the indent of her throat didn't win, either.

But Kettler, a University of Winnipeg student, wasn't too disappointed.

She was told thousands of viewers sent in tapes of wacky talents, so cracking the final four was a huge thrill.

"It was all really exciting," she said. "Just going to L.A. was a prize in itself. I'm a big fan of Ellen. She is such an amazing person, so it was an honour to meet her.

"I'll remember it forever."

Earlier this month, Kettler told the Free Press she first learned how to crack an apple in half with her head during a moment of boredom. "I went to a student-exchange program in Quebec, and they always had apples to eat. About four or five of us got really good at it."

Kettler didn't leave empty-handed. The three runners-up all received $1,500 gift cards for Target.

jason.bell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 21, 2013 A2

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Updated on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:45 AM CDT: replaces photo

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