‘The Voice’ con­tes­tants al­lowed to sing in dif­fer­ent lan­guages

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

MM2 En­ter­tain­ment, the pro­ducer of The Voice in Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia, said the com­ing show’s con­tes­tants would be al­lowed to per­form songs of dif­fer­ent lan­guages that show­case their best tal­ents, and were only ex­cluded from per­form­ing Chi­nese di­alect songs, in com­pli­ance with Sin­ga­pore’s broad­cast­ing rules.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the com­pany said: “While we are heart­ened by the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of The Voice, we have also re­ceived feed­back ask­ing about flu­ency in Man­darin as a re­quire­ment.

“In ac­quir­ing the for­mat li­cence, each mar­ket needs to de­ter­mine the spe­cific lan­guage that will be used, and we an­nounced a few months ago that we ac­quired the for­mat li­cence to pro­duce it in Man­darin.

“Ac­cord­ingly, the abil­ity of the con­tes­tants to com­mu­ni­cate in Man­darin is a ne­ces­sity for the pro­duc­tion, as con­tes­tants are re­quired to en­gage the judges ex­ten­sively, in­clud­ing dur­ing the coach­ing ses­sions which are in­te­gral to the show.”

MM2 thanked Malaysians and Sin­ga­pore­ans for their sup­port and feed­back, and hoped to see many tal­ented singers join­ing it, even though Man­darin may not be their most pro­fi­cient lan­guage.

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