SINGAPORE - More than 100 young talented performers are vying for a spot in this year's ChildAid, an annual charity concert held jointly by The Straits Times and The Business Times.
In front of a seven-member judging panel, many young people impressed as they sang, danced, acted and performed instrumental pieces of their own choosing on the first day of the auditions for ChildAid on Friday (June 23).
Held at the Kids Performing Academy of the Arts in Suntec City Mall, the auditions will continue on Saturday.
Emily Ho, 11, a young dancer from Methodist Girls' School, was the first performer of the day. She performed a five-minute routine where she tried her hand at emceeing, singing and dancing to Electricity, a piece from the musical, Billy Elliot.
"I was just focused on the dance during the performance…and I never would have thought that I made it through the first round and got shortlisted," she added gleefully after her audition.
Facing a judging panel which included the likes of the acclaimed local singer-songwriter Dick Lee and the first Campus Superstar winner Ng Chee Yang, some audition hopefuls were beset with nerves.
"I was a bit nervous, I didn't know Dick Lee would be here," said Ng Jiu Lin, 11, who performed an emcee routine for his audition.
Still, one of the contestants, Yumi Chung, 10, stood out for her composure and quiet confidence.
"I was actually excited before the audition and I'm quite confident of making it into the next round," the Hong Kong native added.
The ChildAid charity concert benefits The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund, which provides pocket money to children from low-income families, and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, where children from financially disadvantaged families are given opportunities to explore the arts.
The 13th edition of the annual charity concert will be directed and produced by Lee and his team. Themed An Amazing, Awesome Asian Adventure, the concert will take the form of a musical and feature many well-known Asian songs.