04/05/2012 12:59 PM
Vietnamese youth say: “I am Talented!” in one-of-a-kind new TV game show
Vietnam is braced for a new type of talent show hitting TV screens from 29 April (10 to 11 a.m) on VTV6 till mid September with prizes worth 1.7bn VND.
Called “I am Talented”, the aim is to encourage confidence among students and a holistic approach to education. Students are judged on a range of disciplines including speaking English, general knowledge, the arts and even sports.
The show was created by British Council Vietnam alongside VTV 6 and Viet Ba Media and specifically targetted Vietnamese high school students with a wide array of talents – hence the title!
The winner will receive a scholarship to enrol in historicRuthinSchool– one of the oldest public schools in theUnited Kingdomfor a two-year A-level program. Other prizes include a summer English course atBellerbys College,UKfor six weeks and scholarships for courses at the British Council. All prizes are worth 1.7 billion dong.
A total of 100 best candidates were chosen for a regional audition from all parts ofVietnamthrough a series on online selections. Regional rounds were held inHanoi,Da NangandHo Chi Minh Citywith three judges: Miss Overseas Vietnam Ngo Phuong Lan, TV favourite/journalist Dang Diem Quynh and newcomer to Vietnamese TV screens London-born Loz Whitaker – an English teacher at British Council and long-termVietnamresident.
Candidates choose what to perform for the judges with their choices including singing, dancing, drawing, playing musical instruments and even sports. In the end the discovered talent came from all acrossVietnam, with representatives from smaller cities including Bac Giang,Hue, Danang, Lam Dong, and Gia Lai.
Diem Quynh commented: “This competition is not merely a talent show but also has the added ingredient of a knowledge contest. Even more interestingly, ‘I am Talented’ features an English speaking section and showcases a lot of diversity and fresh ideas with every single talent offering something new.
Meanwhile, Ngo Phuong Lan is pleasantly surprised by the amount of talent in the show: “It’s overwhelming to see so many students who are truly talented. I am also amazed by the contestants’ depth of knowledge and confidence which goes well beyond their young age. The difference between success and failure can be down to confidence alone but after being involved in this show I can see that a large section of our young people have real belief in themselves and so they should do considering their many and varied talents”
British Council Vietnam Robin Rickard explained: “Organisers and judges have been overwhelmed by the talent and the interest in the show. From our point of view, it’s incredible to see the quality of participants’ English and the huge interest there is in studying in theUK.
“These young people represent their country so strongly and the talent showcased is a fantastic indicator of the diversity of their knowledge and skills. Their schools, families and teachers should be very proud of them.”
The 45-minute “I’m Talented” show will first broadcast on VTV 6 weekly starting Sunday April 29 at 10am until mid-September when a winner is found. The finale will feature the four most talented young people chosen from 12 contestants in the previous semi-final round. Each contestant will have a total of five minutes to convince the judges that they deserve the valuable top prizes.
More information on “I’m Talented” contest can be found at the show’s website at: www.toitainang.com.vn