Ipoh Parade had once again witnessed the rise of the untapped talents at its annual #1Min2Fame talent competition. Held for the second consecutive year, the contest saw over 40 young individuals of various backgrounds showcasing their burning passion for dancing, singing, acrobatics and more.
A variety show that celebrated diversity and inclusivity, #1Min2Fame allowed participants to flaunt their hidden talents within one minute. While participants could opt to perform solo or in a group of not more than eight persons within the maximum time of four minutes, the judges had the right to completely halt a performance if it didn’t impress them within one minute.
“Overall, we are truly impressed with the participants’ performances and showmanship,” panel Judge Axel Lee commented, noting that most of the entrants who signed up for the #1Min2Fame talent competition were amateur performers. “I’m glad that the performers have stepped out of their comfort zones to showcase their talent on stage; I hope this competition will serve as a launching pad to those who wish to pursue their career in the performing arts.”
Snagging the Champion title for this year #1Min2Fame in the category 13 years old and above was Pertubuhan Kembara Anak Seni Selangor (PKAS), who took home RM2,000 worth of cash and prizes. The seven all-girl group aged about 18 years won the judges’ hearts with their outstanding traditional Inang-Joget dance choreography and synchronised moves.
Their performance garnered high marks from the judges based on the criteria of entertainment value, creativity or originality, showmanship, the difficulty of technique and overall presentation. Inang-Joget is a lively coordinated dance movement accompanied by a fast and upbeat tempo.
“Traditional dances are one of the most prominent cultural heritage passed through generations. We hope our performance will inspire others to appreciate the profound beauty of various cultures in Malaysia,” said PKAS dance instructor Muhammad Ridzuan bin Malik, who also expressed gratitude to the mall for organising the competition.
“It is indeed an honour to have our performance acknowledged by the panel judges. We appreciate the judges’ comments and will definitely work on the areas of improvement. Above all, we will continue to make traditional dance known to the community,” added Muhammad Ridzuan.
Other winners who won in the similar category included first-runner up Peter Au Young, who performed juggling and balancing acrobatic acts; while second-runner up went to Flirtatious who put on a fascinating hip hop dance. They received RM1,000 and RM500 worth of cash and prizes, respectively.
Also at the contest was Alan Cheah, a visually impaired 18-year-old student who performed a Mandopop cover originally sung by Taiwanese singer Jay Chou. “My disability has never been a hindrance for me to do the things that I love. As long as we are persistent and determined, we can definitely achieve our dreams,” said Alan, whose music performance received rousing applause from the audience.
Meanwhile, Ipoh Parade Advertising and Promotions Assistant Manager Lim Huey Tyng was glad that the competition was a success. “We are in our second year of hosting the #1Min2Fame talent competition and it is always nice to see the rise of the young, untapped talents not only in Ipoh but those from other states as well,” said Lim.
The contest winners and prizes were as follows:-
Category A (Aged 13-21 years)
Champion: PKAS (Dancing)
First Runner-Up: Peter Au Young (Acrobatics)
Second Runner-Up: Flirtatious (Dancing)
Consolation prize winners
The Red Dessert: (Contemporary Dancing)
Elsa Yong (Dancing)
Category B (Aged 12 years and below)
Champion: Starlight (Dancing)
First Runner-Up: The Monster (Dancing)
Second Runner-Up: Raja Dayana Umayma (Singing)
Consolation prize winners
Lai Fong Teng (Dancing)
The Sparkles Group (Dancing)
B&G Girls (Dancing)
Venue: Ipoh Parade Shopping Mall
Date: 15th Dec, 2019
Time: from 1pm