Little stars to shine onstage this weekend at state-level Bintang Kecil 2016
By Jude Toyat
Six contestants will be singing their hearts out this Saturday (Sept 24) at the 2016 Bintang Kecil Sarawak Zone singing competition to be held at Auditorium P.Ramlee, RTM Kuching.
The six young contestants are 10-year-old Camaiellya Edward from Sarikei, Noor Fazreena Shahdan (11, Kuching), Nur Ain Nadzirah Ahmad Safrie (10, Kuching), Siti Marziatul Iqma Abdul Khalid (11, Kuching), Shairul Rafizi Azari (11, Lundu), and 10-year-old Siti Nur Aisyah Mat from Saratok.
They will have to outdo one another with two songs each. The top three finalists will advance to the national-level competition to be held in December.
The additional highlight of the evening will be 2015 Bintang Kecil national-level champion Abdul Halim Hisamudin and Faithful Music recording artiste Hanie Soraya, known for her popular hits ‘Rasa Sayang’, ‘Pantas’ and ‘Hujung Dunia’.
RTM Sarawak broadcasting deputy director Jamel Seman said this year’s Bintang Kecil Sarawak Zone saw more than 100 children participate in the auditions held simultaneously with auditions for 16th Bintang P.Ramlee in nine locations of Sejiwa Senada programme and at Waterfront Kuching in conjunction with the Malaysian National Digital Inclusion (Minda) programme by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) from Jan 16 to April 8.
“Out of 100 hopeful candidates, we have chosen six with hope that they will showcase their amazing talents and not only do their best in the state level competition, but to eventually reign as champion for the national level competition and shine in the entertainment industry,” said Jamel, adding that the response received by members of the public towards the singing competition is still high.
Among the music professionals who judged the participants during the auditions were Eugene Clifford, Roland Suboh, Safri Mostapha, Rudy Husaini and Yap Yen.
This is the 30th Bintang Kecil competition since it started in 1986 and is open to children aged seven to 11.
“To mark the 30th year of the competition, we will also be coming up with a special book where we will include details of the competition, participants etc. and there will be an announcement made at a later date to officially launched the book,” he added.
“Prior to the grand final, the finalists will also be participating in the ‘Berambeh’ event where they will be staying together in a designated venue to be announced at a later date for several weeks, to practice their singing and performance as well as to be provided with opportunities for them to perform charitable activities at various charitable homes,” said BK2016 producer Erma Kartika.
The top three best performers will each receive RM2, 000, trophy and certificate of participation.
There will be three consolation prizes of RM1, 000, a trophy and certificate of participation.
Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education and Family Development Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed is expected to attend the state-level singing competition.
Also present were RTM Sarawak head of entertainment Zainorin Suut, radio section principal assistant director Faridah Sulong, and news and current affairs (BES) acting assistant director Marrill Chunggat.
The programme scheduled to start at 8.30pm will be broadcast live on SARAWAKfm and online radio at www.rtmsarawak.gov.my/SARAWAKfm.
It will also be broadcast on television on November 26 at 4pm, before the national-level competition to be held in December.