SINGAPORE, 16 March 2012 - Seventeen finalists have been selected to compete at the Stomp MMSing Talent Contest 2012 at the Woodlands Regional Library auditorium on March 18.
They were shortlisted from 91 entries in the fourth season of the talent contest, in which contestants submitted videos of themselves singing a song through their smartphones.
The finalists -- 11 in the senior category (15 years old and above) and six in the junior category (below 15 years old) -- were chosen by public votes and a panel of judges.
The winners will be picked for excellence in vocal quality, presentation, creativity in song interpretation and style by the judges, singer-turned-91.3FM DJ Cheryl Miles, popular local band Jack and Rai and choir conductor Sheila Ong.
Prizes worth over $12,000, including a Macbook Air, a Sony Vaio laptop, Samsung Omnia smartphones and Sony digital cameras, will be given out to the winners.
This season of the MMSing Talent Contest saw a total of 125 entries and over 2.6 million votes, a testament to the popularity of the competition.
The MMSing Talent Contest has helped to further the singing careers of previous contestants. Season 1 champion Tay Kewei recently launched her second Mandarin album, while last season's champion Amni Musfirah, performed at the closing ceremony of the 2009 Asian Youth Games.
Said Mr Azhar Kasman, editor of STOMP, said: “The STOMP MMSing Talent Contest is all about discovering talent in Singapore. I'm truly impressed by the quality of the contestants year in, year out. This year's finalists will definitely rock the house at the Woodlands Regional Library on March 18."
Details of Stomp's MMSing Contest 2012:
Date: Sunday, 18 March 2012
Time: 3pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Woodlands Regional Library auditorium
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