Singapore/ Malaysia edition for The Voice

Popular international singing contest The Voice, the China version of which recently saw Singapore's Nathan Hartono emerge second, will have a Singapore/Malaysia edition.

The televised contest, which has established stars mentoring up-and-coming singers, will air in both countries next year. This was announced in a statement yesterday by mm2 Entertainment, the company behind the hit army movie franchise, Ah Boys To Men.

The firm acquired the rights to produce and broadcast The Voice from media company Talpa Global, which owns the rights to the show.

Mr Melvin Ang, chief executive officer of mm2 Asia, mm2 Entertainment's parent company, said: "Given the strong historical and cultural bond between the two countries, the Singapore/Malaysia version is a great way to extend this iconic format to this part of the world. Through the show, we're also looking to unearth fresh acting and singing talents for our diverse range of movies and entertainment platforms."

The Voice, which first aired in the Netherlands in 2010, is airing in more than 180 countries.

Details, including the mentors, for the Singapore/ Malaysia edition, have not been revealed.

The 11th season of the American edition premiered last month, featuring singing stars Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys as mentors.

The Voice Of China ran for four seasons under the same franchise, but changed its format and name to Sing! China this year. Singapore singer Hartono came in second in Sing! China and was coached by Mandopop superstar Jay Chou.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore/ Malaysia edition for The Voice'. Print Edition | Subscribe