Myan­mar Idol sea­son 2 to open au­di­tions

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - MYO SATT myosatt@mm­times.com

AF­TER the wild suc­cess of sea­son one and the de­but al­bum, ‘Idol Acous­tica’, Myan­mar Idol does not skip a beat. Myan­mar TV Net­work is gear­ing up to air sea­son two of the pop­u­lar singing com­pe­ti­tion.

Now, Myan­mar Idol will reach far and wide to all as­pir­ing singers who wish to have their voices heard (and judged). Au­di­tions will be held in five of Myan­mar’s big­gest cities in­clud­ing the cap­i­tal, Nay Pyi Taw (Septem­ber 17-18), Man­dalay (Septem­ber 24-25), Taung­gyi (Oc­to­ber 1-2), Hpa-an (Oc­to­ber 8-9), and fi­nally Yangon (Oc­to­ber 15-16).

A true con­sumer-run democ­racy, Myan­mar Idol plans to al­low view­ers to cast their votes by us­ing their mo­bile phones in 15 smaller cities that sit just out­side of the five ma­jor ones.

“Last time, we re­ceived feed­back from view­ers that it is dif­fi­cult for some peo­ple to get to the au­di­tion lo­ca­tions. They asked us to hold au­di­tions in a few of the smaller cities. Now, we will al­low mo­bile cast­ing in Taun­goo, Py­in­mana and Meik­tila…” Myan­mar Idol’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ko Andy Aung said, nam­ing just a few of the fif­teen new lo­ca­tions.

Mo­bile cast­ing will also be avail­able in Pyin Oo Lwyin, Sa­gaing, Kalaw, Shwe Nyaung, Ho­pone, Mawlamyine, Tha­ton, Pathein, Magwe, Pyay, Bago, and Than­lyin town­ships.

This sea­son, renowned Myan­mar pop star, May Sweet will re­turn to judge along with two new­com­ers—U Thein Tan, who has worked in the mu­sic in­dus­try for more than 40 years, and Tin Zar Maw, one of the most fa­mous fe­male singers in Myan­mar. Sea­son one judges Ye Lay and Chan Chan, how­ever, will not be re­turn­ing for sea­son two.

“I’m very ex­cited and proud to be a part of this jour­ney,” Tin Zar Maw said, “I will try my best to se­lect the per­son who be­come Myan­mar’s next su­per­star.”

Af­ter the most tal­ented and promis­ing singers are cho­sen on Thurs­days, a se­lect 10 of them will have the chance to per­form live on Fri­day evenings. Au­di­tions in ma­jor cities will broad­cast on air on Myan­mar Net­work TV.

So, do you have what it takes to be­come the next Saw Lar Htaw War?

If you can belt, sing vi­brato, or bring tears of joy to a judge’s eyes, you can pick up a free ap­pli­ca­tion form in any of the Skynet RSP of­fices and sub­mit it all the way up un­til the first day of au­di­tions. Don’t worry if you miss an au­di­tion in your home­town – you can try out your arias or beat box in any of the cities Myan­mar Idol is hold­ing au­di­tions.

Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

New guest judges Thin Zar Maw (far left) and U Thein Tan (sec­ond from left) will join re­turn­ing host Kyaw Htet Aung (third from left) for sea­son two of Myan­mar Idol.

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