29 April by Esperanza Ng CM –
Who’s got talent?? Well, the finalists at this year’s “Who’s Got Talent 3” sure do! After a preliminary round, 10 acts were chosen to compete in the grand finale for a prize of RM2000 and a recording of one song with Pulseworks Studio in first place, RM1000 in second place, and RM500 in third place. Additionally, the audience was given the chance to vote 2 wildcard participants back into the competition at the beginning of the show.
To start off the night, Kimberly Sng, a finalist from “Who’s Got Talent 1,” beat boxed her way into the audience’s inner jive and got them pumped up for a full night of performances.
One after another, the contestants made their way to the stage and impressed the members of the floor with some incredible talent. From rock bands to solo vocalists, various musical instrumentalists, and even an acapella group, each act delivered a unique blend of originality and style.
There to spice up the evening even more was a panel of celebrity judges! Multiple Award Winning violinist, Joanne Yeoh, acclaimed singer and songwriter, Juwita Suwito, and Malaysian singer/composer, Geoffrey Woo, were there to offer their expert opinions and constructive criticism to the contestants, as well as choose the winners of the competition.
Each of the judges also graced the stage with performances of their own. Geoffrey Woo sang his very own “Ayisha” with the participation of a rather enthusiastic audience, Joanne Yeoh, together with Suzanne Adams and Yeoh Pei Ann, presented a beautiful rendition of Felix Mendelsohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, and Juwita Suwito serenaded the audience with her latest single, “Belle of the Ball.”
While the judges were coming up with the final results, the audience was entertained by some special performances, first, by the youngest contestant of the entire competition, eight-year-old soloist, Reia Enora, followed by a guitar performance by Goh Xi Wen, and finally to end the night with a bang, an exhilarating number by Checkpoint Dance Crew!
The judges then returned with their decision. Before announcing the winners, Juwita Suwito addressed all the contestants by saying that “Music is a combination of skill and soul. Tonight was a good mix. Some of you have more soul than skill, and some of you have more skill than soul. Our decision was made based on the participants we think are most ready for the professional stage.”
With that, beat boxing team, BeatNation was pronounced the winner, drummer, Mark Chuah, who happened to be one of the wildcard contestants, came in second, and pianist, Samuel George was given third place!
“I think it’s a very good platform for outreach and for the church to find talent as well as to encourage the young people,” a member of the audience commented. Saxophonist, Daniel Tan passionately declared, “When I play… I love playing it! I’m not here to win, but to show that God is beautiful by giving each one of us a talent.”
What we wanted to do was to connect with the community,” Dr. Peter Ng, the chairman of First Baptist Church said, “and we found that the best way to do that is through performing arts. There is a lot of energy and talent out there. Having this kind of show brings everybody together, wherever they come from. Those who come love it, and they come back every time!”
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