Ma­gi­cians, ac­ro­bats, and a 68-year-old rap­per on Asia’s Got Tal­ent Sea­son 2

Business World - - ARTS & LEISURE - Michelle Anne P. Soli­man

A MYR­IAD of mes­mer­iz­ing voices, breath­tak­ing magic tricks, un­be­liev­able dance moves, and more ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mances by con­tes­tants were high­lighted in the pre­miere episode of Asia’s

Got Tal­ent Sea­son 2 on Oct. 12. Dur­ing an spe­cial screen­ing of the pre­miere the day be­fore at House Manila in Re­sorts World Manila, Coun­try direc­tor and Busi­ness head of AXN Net­works Philip­pines, Inc. Armi Malaluan re­vealed new ex­pec­ta­tions for this sea­son, “It’s re­ally [about] the va­ri­ety of acts — the amaz­ing tal­ent from around 15 coun­tries that will be rep­re­sented; the fact that we have a new judge, Jay Park. It will be more youth­ful, [and] more fun. David [Fos­ter] and Ang­gun as still there. So, when it comes to the skills of the judges, it’s all there. [And] the hosts are funny. They’re witty. They have a good sense of hu­mor. [And] they’re re­ally very good with the au­di­ence.”

The show — Filipino shadow play group El Gamma Penum­bra won in the first sea­son — comes back with its new sea­son hosted by new­com­ers Alan Wong and Justin Brat­ton. It will fea­ture 165 acts from 15 Asian coun­tries. Mr. Fos­ter — a 16-time Grammy Award win­ner and mu­sic pro­ducer — and in­ter­na­tional singer Ang­gun re­turn as judges. Join­ing them is multi-plat­inum artist Jay Park. This sea­son, con­tes­tants have the op­por­tu­nity to earn a fourth golden buzzer which will be given by the two hosts.

The show’s world­wide pre­miere aired on Oct. 12.

Con­tes­tants en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion through a va­ri­ety of ways. “In the Philip­pines, we had an on-ground audition last May... [ we] also have on­line au­di­tions that’s be­ing done re­gion­ally. Con­tes­tants all over Asia can send their two-minute per­for­mance video,” Ms. Malaluan said.

The first episode show­cased 23 acts in­clud­ing The Sis­ters, a clas­si­cal singing duo from Sin­ga­pore, ma­gi­cian An­drew Lee, and aerial pole dancer Jay Tjung, both from In­done­sia, to name a few. Three acts from the Philip­pines — DMX Con­va­leños, an all-male break danc­ing group; D’In­ten­sity Break­ers, an acro­bat and stunts act; and Mer­ci­fulete Vi­ola, a 68-year-old rap­per — all got through the first round. The episode con­cluded with an elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance by the Adem Dance Crew which earned the golden buzzer ap­proval from Mr. Park.

“You will be re­ally amazed and ex­cited in terms of the va­ri­ety from magic to dance, to stunts, to singing, to comic acts. It’s def­i­nitely will be more ex­cit­ing and big­ger this year,” Ms. Malaluan said.

Asia’s Got Tal­ent Sea­son 2 airs ev­ery Thurs­day, 8:30 p.m., on AXN. AXN is avail­able on Cablelink Chan­nel 38, Cig­nal Chan­nel 121, Des­tiny Ca­ble Chan­nel 61, Dream Satel­lite TV Chan­nel 20, G Sat Chan­nel 51, and SkyCable Chan­nel 49. AXN HD is avail­able on SkyCable Chan­nel 247. —

JAY PARK (L) joins singer Ang­gun and mu­sic pro­ducer David Fos­ter (R) at the judges ta­bles in this sea­son of Asia’s Got Tal­ent.

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