KUCHING: It was certainly a hard time for the StarQuest semifinal judges to select the eight contestants for the final round that is slated to be held on this coming 28 September at the Kuching Civic Centre, here.
The talent search’s semifinal round held at On Top Lounge located in the city’s so-called Golden Triangle last Saturday night was judged by a panel of experienced judges who are also artistes in their own disciplines namely renown saxophonist Stephen Adam, multiple international awards winner who is also popular AF star Stanley Meringgai David Impi and veteran recording artiste as well as AMD 2010 award winner Senah Ukong.
This talent search by Dayak Musicians and Artistes Association (DAMA) is also to scout for new talents among the Dayak community involving participants from the different ethnic groups namely the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu aged between 16 and 28 years with singing talent.
“Through this talent search, DAMA wants to promote the Dayak Music Industry. Although it is a new event, this event needs the support of all parties involved directly or indirectly with the music industry,” said Organising Committee Chairman Brown Sang Lagan when speaking to New Sarawak Tribune last Saturday evening at the show’s venue.
Right from the start of the semifinal round that was emceed by popular CATS FM deejays Ivy Ubang and Freddy, the participants were in their elements. Some chose to dramatise their presentations by taking a partner from the opposite gender in a simulation of sorts. These might not get extra points from the judges but went well with the audience in their thirst for something new.
Those selected for the finals are Isbel Valarie Coron, Indinina Jering Jenan, Adeline Betty, Olivia Baha, Jesper Nimoi, Franky Wilson anak Ahem, Alexander anak Chelum and Morris anak Thomas. Coincidentally, they comprise four female and male singers though this is an open contest with no gender category.
Lucrative prizes are up for grabs in this debutant contest with the champion to take home RM3,000 cash, a certificate and a chance to record his or her album under a recording company registered with DAMA. First and second runner-ups will take home RM2,000 and RM1,000 cash, a trophy and certificate each respectively. The other five finalists take home RM300 cash. Artiste winning the Best Performance Award will take home a cash prize of RM500.
DAMA chief who is also Balai Ringin State Assemblyman, Snowdan Lawan who came together with his wife lent extra boost to the participants’ enthusiasm and so were the presence of other DAMA main committee members. Also present was Carlsberg’s Area Sales Manager Bernard Gan who came to show his support to the event as his company is also one of the co-sponsors.
Also featured in last Saturday’s show was popular new artiste Leez Zwita who belted her own popular number Bajik Tuai.
Malaysia’s famous singer/composer Ajai will be present to lead the judging panel in the final round.
Carlsberg is the main sponsor for the this event whereas the official media are New Sarawak Tribune, Utusan Sarawak and CATS FM, and the cosponsors for the venues are Kuching Sentral and On Top Lounge and Restaurant.
Be at the Kuching Civic Centre for the finals on 28 Sept starting 7.30pm.