A JAPANESE electronic music dancer, an Indonesian comb musician, and a 16-year-old contortionist from India each took their turn onstage. Their entrance and short introduction sparked curiosity, but when the music played, they all astounded the audience.
The third season of Asia’s Got Talent returns to AXN featuring talent from 17 countries. Returning as the show’s judges are 16-time Grammy award winner and music producer David Foster, French-Indonesian singer Anggun, and Korean multi-platinum recording artist Jay Park.
During a media preview of the third season’s first episode, three Filipino acts advanced to the next round: HK Sisters, a duo who sang their rendition of “Think of Me” from The Phantom of the Opera; Zeexhie, a father-daughter dance duo who performed with impressive stunts; and the 15-member dance crew Junior Good Vibes who wowed the judges with their synchronized routine.
Since the first season, the show has been a platform for Filipinos to showcase their talents to a wider audience. “It serves as a good platform for aspiring performers to be seen. Asia’s Got Talent serves as the opportunity for them to realize their dream. Just to be able to perform is already a win or success for them,” Armi Malaluan, Sony Pictures Philippines director and business head, told BusinessWorld shortly after last week’s preview in Shangri-La The Fort in BGC, Taguig City.
As in the first episode of the second season, Jay Park was the first judge to reward his golden buzzer. TK Jiang, a digital magician from Singapore, scored his chance at a slot in the semifinals after performing a magic trick where images of round fruits appear in 3D from a black tube after projecting them from a tablet.
“Asia’s Got Talent continues to be the region’s favorite entertainment reality series on TV and in the social sphere. It provides a powerful platform for aspiring performers to launch their careers, and we’re thrilled that many previous contestants have toured internationally as a result of Asia’s Got Talent, including season one winner, El Gamma Penumbra and last season’s winner, The Sacred Riana,” Virginia Lim, senior vice-president and general manager of Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia was quoted as saying in a press release.
“Asia’s Got Talent isn’t just about performing, it’s about the storytelling of diverse cultures that all unite on the region’s biggest stage in pursuit of one dream,” she added.
The show’s champion will win $100,000.
Asia’s Got Talent airs every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on AXN. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman