Record num­ber of semi-fi­nal­ists for BTA 2017

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Peter Boon re­porters@the­bor­neo­

The BTA is into its sev­enth year and this year, we have the high­est num­ber of en­tries for the semi-fi­nals to be held at Sibu Civic Cen­tre.

SIBU: The Bor­neo Tal­ent Award (BTA) 2017 has achieved a record of sorts for hav­ing the most num­ber of en­tries for its semi-fi­nals on Nov 24, with 54 semi-fi nal­ists.

Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ing chair­per­son Wong Hie Ping, Kuch­ing has 13 en­tries, fol­lowed by Sibu (12), Miri and Kota Kinabalu (10 each) and Bin­tulu (nine).

“The BTA is into its sev­enth year and this year, we have the high­est num­ber of en­tries for the semi-fi nals to be held at Sibu Civic Cen­tre,” she told The Bor­neo Post re­cently.

Ow­ing to the big num­ber of semi­fi­nal­ists, Wong said the semi-fi­nals will start at 5pm in­stead of 7pm as orig­i­nally planned.

Judges will be from Sibu, Kuch­ing, Miri, Bin­tulu and Sabah with one from as far as China.

“BTA also helps to draw tourists to Sibu,” she pointed out, as par­tic­i­pants usu­ally bring along their fam­ily mem­bers or friends.

“In fact for many par­tic­i­pants this will be their first trip to Sibu. Dur­ing our au­di­tion in Kuch­ing, we had par­tic­i­pants not only from Kuch­ing but also from Kuala Lumpur and Penang who also booked tick­ets to the semi-fi­nals.”

Mean­while, the fi­nal will be held on Nov 25, also at Sibu Civic Cen­tre.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion in singing, danc­ing, play­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, magic show, mim­ick­ing pan­tomime and ac­ro­bat­ics of­fers at­trac­tive prizes for Tal­ent Star of the Year, the Most Pop­u­lar Tal­ent Star Award, the Most En­ter­tain­ing Tal­ent Star Award, the Most Cre­ative Tal­ent Star Award, Spe­cial Tal­ent Star Award and Su­per­star of the Year.

Wong Hie Ping, or­gan­is­ing chair­per­son

The Amaz­ing X – a team of semi-fi­nal­ists.

Wong Hie Ping

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