Sunday, July 27

Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2014 4th Season Is Back!

Media launch on 23rd July 2014 at Moretune is done and now...

The search for the next golden voice is back in town and this year the champion will walk away with RM 12,000 at the Grand Finale champion.This popular talent search competition in East Malaysia is back for its fourth installment and will be looking to unearth more talented singers from two Borneo states (namely Sabah and Sarawak). The singing competition aimed at discovering new talents and providing these budding young singers a platform to be heard and perform before a panel of internationally renowned professional judges.

Emcee during the launch, Rica.

Launch has been officiated 

This year cash prizes for the competition are valued at more than RM 30,000 including a cash prize of RM 12,000 for the Grand Finale champion. There will be four auditions that will be held in Kota Kinabalu,Sandakan, Miri and Kuching. 

Mark and block the date on your calender :D

Participants are to perform two songs, either in English, Bahasa Melayu or any Chinese dialect. Only 12 selected participant will compete at the respective Area Final. Each Area Final will be offered prizes as following::::

Champion: RM 1,000 + trophy
1st Runner-up: RM 600 + trophy
2nd Runner-up: RM 300 + trophy
3rd & 4th Runner-up: RM 150 + trophy

Judging criteria for Area Final and Grand Final will include:

i. Voice: Quality, Tone (5/25)
ii. Pronunciation: Clarity, Enunciation, Style of Enunciation (5/25)
iii. Timing: Pace, Synchronized with Music (5/25)
iv. Stage Presence: Confidence and Attires (5/25)
v. Overall Impact: Judge's Overall Impression of Contestant's Performance (5/25)

Top 3 of each Area Final will advance to the Grand Finale, which will be held on 2nd November 2014. To prepare for the Grand Finale, participants are require to attend the Diamond Idol Camp at Kota Kinabalu for three days, where they will be involve in team building activities, dance lessons, practice sessions for theme songs as well as video shooting. Purpose of this camp introduced first in CDI 2012 is for grooming and boosting confidence of the grand finalists.

This year Grand Finale judges are:
1. Zchen - Who is a Malaysian singer/ song writer, famous in Asia especially Taiwan & Hong Kong.
2. Marsha Milan Londoh - A Malaysian singer/ actress and 3rd runner up for Akademi Fantasia Season 3
3. Jonathan Tse - Malaysian singer/song writer &Music Producer

There will also be judges during the Area Final which are Gina Mojina, a jazz singer and trust me her singing is good :) and also Stephen Lim.

Judges that attend the media launch on 23rd July
(From left: Stephen Lim, Jonathan Tse and Gina Mojina)

Prizes offered for the Grand Finale:
Champion: RM 12,000 + trophy + certificate
1st Runner-up: RM 5,000 + trophy + certificate
2nd Runner-up: RM 2,000 + trophy + certificate
3rd & 4th Runner-up: RM 1,000 + trophy + certificate
Most popular award: RM 500 + trophy

Together with judges and all partners from Bandwith Magazine, Sparks, 
Visit Sabah Malaysian Borneo, Degree Photographer and 
Hair and Make-up (Audio & Studio). 

The launch invited last year champion and 1st runner up of Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2013 to perform two songs for the guests. 

1st Runner-up of Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2013

Champion of Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2013

Crowd during the launch

It has been an honored to be invited and able to witness this launch on that night. To those who are interested, don't be shy to join, and you can register online at Carlsberg Diamond Idol. Take note that this competition is open to all non-Muslim residents at Malaysia, aged 18-30 only. Most important, read the Terms and Conditions before apply :) Good luck guys!!

Yours truly,