KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2017 – It was the ultimate gathering of Malaysia’s performing arts community today as AXN held the Asia’s Got Talent open auditions in search of the next regional superstar.
Hundreds of aspiring hopefuls filled the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre at Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur, for their chance to perform in front of AXN’s executive producers. Due to the overwhelming response, the dazzling display of Malaysian talent did not end until well into the evening.
“Today’s open auditions proved that Malaysians are super talented and we’ve been so thrilled with the quality and diversity of acts on display. I would like to thank our official destination partner, Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur, for hosting the open auditions and for supporting AXN in amplifying Malaysian talent to the world,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.
Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, said, “We are excited to be the official destination partner and host of the Asia’s Got Talent Open Auditions. Sunway City was born out of a vision, and perseverance, that saw its transformation from a wasteland to wonderland. I am pleased to see so many amazing talents show up today in Sunway City, a place where people come to turn their dreams into reality.”
Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, Asia’s Got Talent welcomed individual and group acts of all ages and all talents, who took to the stage with dreams of making it through to the next round and ultimately winning USD$100,000 in cash.
Amongst those queuing to audition, were some amazing acts including a choir comprising 38 medical students, a 49 year old belly dancer, an opera singer, three diabolo performers, a four year old girl who can rap and dance, and a Michael Jackson impersonator who started queuing at 7am; as well as countless vocalists, dancers and cultural performances from all over Malaysia.
In addition to Malaysia, open auditions are being held in Manila (May 21), Taipei (May 27) and Bangkok (May 28). Budding stars can also log on to www.axn-asia.com/AsiasGotTalent for more details and to apply online.
Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur is the official destination partner of Asia’s Got Talent Open Auditions, Malaysia.
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Asia’s Got Talent is slated to premiere in the second half of 2017, first and exclusively on AXN.
New Ratings Records in Asia
Season one of Asia’s Got Talent set new ratings records for the English general entertainment (GE) genre during its run, taking AXN to the number one spot in its timeslot among all regional pay-TV channels collectively across Southeast Asia and Taiwan.2
In Malaysia, Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated entertainment series on English language channels on Astro in the past two years. In the Philippines, the Grand Final Results episode of Asia’s Got Talent was the highest rated pay-TV program in the country since 2008, and commanded a 96 percent share among 22 English GE channels. 3
Got Talent Globally
The Got Talent franchise was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced and owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia. It is entered in the Guinness World Records as the Most Successful Reality Television Format in history with 70 local versions produced across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle-East, Africa and the Americas. Around the world, the Got Talent format airs in a total of 186 countries.
AXN: A leader in original productions
AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including five seasons of the international Emmy-nominated The Amazing Race Asia; the Asian Television Award-winning Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and the Asian Television Award-nominated Cyril: Simply Magic.