Catch Asia’s Got Talent on AXN starting March 12, 2015 at 8:05pm on Singapore, Malaysia and Philippine time. The franchise of Got Talent which was created by Simon Cowell will be shown in 20 countries, including South East Asia, Hong Kong , South Korea and Taiwan. We had Pilipinas Got Talent franchise where we’ve seen singers, dancers, acrobats, magicians, and every kind of performers. Now it’s time to see how our talents will fare in a bigger scale.
The competitors will be judged by David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu. We all know who David is. It’s a good thing that the franchise included the Grammy-award winner in the line up. He definitely brings experience and a global perspective as far as performing is concerned. Melanie C is part of the UK pop sensation Spice Girl. Bringing the Asian perspective as far as performance is concerned are Anggun and Van Ness Wu.
I have to admit that I don’t know who Anggun is. Apparently, she’s an Indonesian and is considered to be a rock icon. Anggun has been singing at the age of 7 and successful in breaking through the international arena. Her single “Snow on the Sahara” was released in 33 countries back in 1997 and topped the music charts of Italy and Indonesia. Anggun’s hit single “Mimpi” was recognized by the Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time.” She is also a recipient of the “Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ from the French government is alsoa judge on “X Factor Indonesia” and “Indonesia’s Got Talent” TV franchises.
Of course, I know Van Ness Wu. Who wouldn’t? He’s part of the phenomenal F4 in the Taiwanese series Meteor Garden. He’s actually an American and went solo releasing his debut solo album in 2002. He went on to release other studio albums and singles and also dabbled in acting. He starred in TV series such as “Autumn Concerto”, “Material Queen” and “Peach Girl”, as well as movies “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon” and “Kung Fu Chefs”.
Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “We have put together a superb panel of judges for ‘Asia’s Got Talent’. This is definitely our most ambitious original series to date and is very much in line with the type of smart, high-quality local programming that audiences have come to expect from AXN.”
Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Asia said, “We’re proud to say that ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ will be the largest version ever of the Got Talent franchise, and our judges bring a depth and breadth of experience and talent worthy of this show.”
Asia’s Got Talent is billed as the biggest talent competition in the world. I can’t agree more as the competitors are not just from one country. And I’d say it’s the most exciting too. Being able to watch some of the region’s most incredible performing artists compete to take home the title will be an awesome experience.
From thousands of applicants, the four judges must select Asia’s most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and breathtaking performances. Those who move on to the semi- finals will face an even more intimidating judge, the AXN audience at home who will ultimately determine who wins the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, with the winner awarded a contract to return and perform live at Asia’s leading entertainment destination.
Initially, I wondered why the show has no Filipino artist on the judging panel of Asia’s Got Talent. I’m pretty sure we have very capable artist to join the roster. But learning that Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez will be hosting the show settled me down. The duo conquered Amazing Race Asia before and I think they’re the most fitting to host a reality talent show this time. It’ll be fun watching them. Don’t forget to visit the show’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/asiasgottalent to get regular updates.