AF 2015 hopefuls show off their vocals in insta-auditions
By Jude Toyat
AKADEMI FANTASIA 2015 is redefining fast-track auditions with its first ‘Uji Bakat Insta AF 2015 Bersama Hotlink’ held at CityONE Megamall April 26.
Organised by Astro in collaboration with Hotlink, the insta-audition is unlike the traditional audition process which sees hopeful singers performing before a panel of judges. Instead, they go into a recording room and record their audition to video to be uploaded to their Instagram accounts with the hashtags #HotlinkAF2015, #BakatAF2015 and @AKADEMIFANTASIA.
Participants who were Hotlink users got placed in the Hotlink Zone to receive benefits that included make-up services, styling, and tips from AF4 contestant Velvet Lawrence Aduk.
“I am happy to be here to witness the new edition of auditions from Akademi Fantasia 2015 and to be able to share some useful tips and proper singing skills that suit the participant’s voice,” said the busy mother of three who still has an active singing career and looks forward to producing more songs in future.
With the closing date of the insta audition on April 26, participants will be shortlisted for a fast lane audition to be held at selected locations. The decision will be notified through Instagram.
Shortlisted participants will continue their journey directly to the second stage of Akademi Fantasia 2015 audition to be held in Penang, Sabah, Johor and Kuala Lumpur, starting this May 2.
Velvet, who made it to fifth place of the singing competition advised aspiring singers to never give up.
“Even if they fail to be selected as one of the contestants in Akademi Fantasia 2015, there is still a chance for them somewhere else in singing. Don’t give up on your dreams because failure only leads to success.”
Participants aged between 18 to 35 had to choose one audition song from a pre-selected set.
For male participants, they were required to sing one of the compulsory songs which included Hafiz’s ‘Matahari’, Akim & The Majistret’s ‘Mewangi’, Mark Adam’s ‘Pencuri’, Search’s ‘Pelesit Kota’, Anuar Zain’s ‘Sedetik Lebih’, Ahmad Jais’ ‘Umpan Jinak Di Air Tenang’, Cakra Khan’s ‘Harus Terpisah’, and John Legend’s ‘All of Me’.
Meanwhile, the female participants’ choice of compulsory songs included Stacy’s ‘Gilalah’, Dayang Nurfaizah’s ‘Di Pintu Syurga’, Alyah’s ‘Sesal Separuh Nyawa’, Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza’s ‘Ya Maulai’, Ziana Zain’s ‘Madah Berhelah’, Amelina’s ‘Rindu’, Rossa’s ‘Hati Ku Yang Kau Sakiti’, and Sia’s ‘Chandelier’.
For further information on AF 2015, visit www.af.com.my or follow the official social media accounts on Instagram (Akademi Fantasia), Facebook (AkademiFantasia) and Twitter (@AkademiFantasia).