More than 100 young performers are vying for spots in the line-up of this year's ChildAid, an annual charity concert jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times.
Yesterday, on the first of two days of auditions, many talented children impressed as they sang, danced, acted and played musicat the Kids Performing Academy of the Arts at Suntec City Mall.
Hong Konger Yumi Chung, 10, stood out for her composure as she sang two songs. She had flown in yesterday with her mother, after finding out about the auditions from Facebook ads and making it through the first round, which was based on video clips.
"I was actually excited before the audition and I'm quite confident of making it to the next round," she said.
Emily Ho, 11, from Methodist Girls' School, had got the auditions rolling with a routine of emceeing, singing and dancing.
"I was so nervous before I went in but when I started, I just told myself that I had to focus on the dance," she said.
She was one of the more nervous hopefuls who faced seven judges, including singer-songwriter Dick Lee and the first Campus Superstar winner Ng Chee Yang.
The concert benefits ST's School Pocket Money Fund, which gives an allowance to children from low-income families, and BT's Budding Artists Fund, which gives financially disadvantaged children opportunities to explore the arts.
Lee will direct and produce this 13th edition of the annual concert.
He said: "I'm quite pleasantly surprised by some of the auditionees; there were some kids with great personalities."
Results will be known on July 30.
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10-year-old Yumi Chung auditions for ChildAid. http://str.sg/4EWf