Kids dazzle on first day of ChildAid auditions

Madam Jenny Chan (centre) giving her son, Ryan Phuan, and his friend, Kion Chew (left), both nine, moral support and encouragement before their piano duet audition yesterday.
Madam Jenny Chan (centre) giving her son, Ryan Phuan, and his friend, Kion Chew (left), both nine, moral support and encouragement before their piano duet audition yesterday.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

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.

Dancer Emily Ho from Methodist Girls' School gave a five-minute performance before a panel of judges at the Kids Performing Academy of the Arts in Suntec City yesterday. The 11-year-old danced and sang along to Electricity, a piece from the musical B
Young talents jump at chance to join ChildAid: Dancer Emily Ho from Methodist Girls' School gave a five-minute performance before a panel of judges at the Kids Performing Academy of the Arts in Suntec City yesterday. The 11-year-old danced and sang along to Electricity, a piece from the musical Billy Elliot. Emily was one of the 60-plus young talents vying for spots on the first day of auditions for this year's ChildAid charity concert. The young talents were shortlisted after submitting a short video clip of themselves singing, dancing, acting or playing an instrument of their choice. The charity concert is an annual joint collaboration between The Straits Times and The Business Times to raise funds for ST's School Pocket Money Fund and BT's Budding Artists Fund. With the theme An Amazing, Awesome Asian Adventure, this year's extravaganza will be directed by local singer-songwriter Dick Lee and held at Resorts World Sentosa on Nov 24 and 25. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

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

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Kids dazzle on first day of ChildAid auditions'. Print Edition | Subscribe