It is never too late

By Patricia Hului

IF I WERE  to pick a poster child for an above-40 singing sensation, Susan Boyle would be my choice.


Boyle’s performance in Britain’s Got Talent went viral on Youtube in 2008, paving the way for older talents to break into the singing industry.


Here in Malaysia, our middle-aged singing talents got the chance to show off their talents in ‘Kilauan Emas’, a reality show devoting to search singing talents who are 40 and above. It is also a programme showcasing classic and evergreen songs.


This year, the show returns for its fourth season with bigger and better prizes. The champion will walk home with a cash price of RM100,000 and a Toyota Camry 2.0.


The Sarawak Zone auditions were held at The Hills Shopping Mall on 15 and 16 Feb and saw almost 200 hopefuls come from all over Sarawak singing their hearts out in for the judges.


WAITING: Participants waiting for their turns on the first day of audition.

WAITING: Participants waiting for their turns on the first day of audition.


The show is divided into 6 zones and each zone will have its Top 10 contestants. Out of the 60 candidates from all of these zones, finalists will be chosen to perform in the final live show in Kuala Lumpur this April.


TOP 10: The Top 10 contestants from ‘Kilauan Emas’s Sarawak Zone Audition.

TOP 10: The Top 10 contestants from ‘Kilauan Emas’s Sarawak Zone Audition.

Then it will be up for the judges and votes from the viewers through SMS to determine the winner.


(From left) Siti Hajar, Ayai Ilusi and Datuk Seri Wirama Adnan Abu Hassan make up this year’s panel of judges.


Auditions are held in 6 locations; Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuantan, Johor Bahru, Penang and Shah Alam.


The Borneo Post SEEDS caught up with some of the Top 10 contestants from the Sarawak Zone audition:


Jumilah Haji Ayub, 48, Housewife

Jumilah Haji Ayub, 48, housewife

“I’m excited. This is my first time joining the competition,” said Jumilah who sang “What’s up?”, originally sung by 4 Non Blondes for her Top 10 performance. This single mother of 4 flew all the way from Miri to join the audition.















Mohamad Zuzy Abdul Sani, 41, teacher

“I am a fan of Kilauan Emas because this is a program that gives a chance to those who are older,” Zuzy said. He continued, “I have been joining singing competitions since I was young, but as you get older, you focus on your family.”

Hailing from Sri Aman, Zuzy shared that this was the first time he’d joined a singing competition after 10 years.














Kelana bin Ayu, 45, Operator for Machinery and Forklift

Kelana Ayu, 45, forklift and machinery operator

Kelana is not new to reality TV. He was among Akademi Fantasia Season 7’s Top 20 before. Currently, he is working with Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd as a forklift and machinery operator. He said he would be grateful if he made it to Kuala Lumpur for the final show.
















Paula Robert, 43, Housewife

Paula Robert, 43, housewife

Paula, a mother of 3, from Kota Samarahan sang Stacy’s ‘Pelangi Dunia’ in the final stage. Paula said she was proud to be the only Iban to make it into the Top 10 for Sarawak’s audition.
















Sharifah Jabidah, 54, housewife.

This mother of 5 sons has been singing since 1975. Joining the ‘Kilauan Emas’ audition has brought back back a lot of memories as she reunited with her old friend, Paula.

Sharifah sang ‘Kau racun Hidupku’ by Sharifah Aini.
















 Zamari bin Bujang aka Ejump, 42, Cultural Artist

Zamari Bujang, also known as ‘Ejump’, 42, cultural artist

Joy and excitement was all over Ejump’s face when we caught with him, saying: “I am happy to be in the Top 10 singers.”

He is currently working as a Cultural Artist at the Department of Information Sarawak.

















Jokepli bin Hamdi, 49, Office Assistant

Jokepli Hamdi, 49, office assistant

Jokepli from Kampung Siniawan, Bau, said that even if he didn’t make it to this year’s final show in Kuala Lumpur he would try again next year quoting Kilauan Emas’ tagline, “Otai Masih Berbisa”.

















Azlan Golie, 52, Operation Operator

Azlan Golie, 52, operations

Azlan made it to last year’s top 10 of Sarawak Zone’s auditions but didn’t make it to the final live show. He was not discouraged, as this year he auditioned again and once again made it to top 10.
















Take it from these people; it is never too late to pursue your dreams. You might be working a day job far from your dream today, but never stop dreaming.
Don’t forget to catch Kilauan Emas Season 4 at Astro Prima Channel 105 this coming April.

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