“Clash of the Choirs,” a Swedish reality show whose format has been purchased in 14 countries around the world has just come to Vietnam under the name “Hop Ca Tranh Tai.”
From left: singer Ngoc Anh, My Le, Duc Tuan, Siu Black, Phuong Thanh and Khanh Linh, the team leaders of “Clash of the Choirs” 2012, Photo: Tuoitre
The show, held by Vietnam Television and BHD Multimedia Company, sees the participation of top Vietnamese singers including Siu Black, Phuong Thanh, My Le, Phan Dinh Tung, Duc Tuan, Ngoc Anh, and Khanh Linh, who lead seven 16-18-piece choirs formed by talented voices chosen from the artists’ hometowns. The singers themselves will select members and train their teams for the 4 month long competition.
Different from other reality shows, “Clash of the Choirs” will not have a panel of judges. Instead, the audience will decide the result.
The highest prize, VND500million in cash, together with all the money that audiences use to vote for their favorite choir, will be donated to charity activities to be completed by the winning team.
Musician Nguyen Hai Phong, director of the show, shares that he’s interested in “Clash of the Choir” because of its emphasis on teamwork.
“Almost all other singing contests in Vietnam focus on individualism. This competition requires the whole team to work together both practicing singing and dancing,” he added.
The participating artists said they’re involved because of the love of their motherland.
“I’m excited to introduce audiences across the country to unique voices from my hometown, the northern province of Thanh Hoa,” rock voice Phuong Thanh shared.
“There have been many beautiful voices from Quang Ninh. Still, many talents are thwarted since the place lacks an environment that allows them to shine. I think this show is a good chance to nurture the pretty voices of my land,” pop singer Ngoc Anh said.
Duc Tuan, the sweet voice from the northern city of Long Xuyen, said the show is also an opportunity for him to discovery his ability to do things besides singing.
“I want to be closer to the fans in my motherland,” he added.
However, the contest’s team leaders also shared their difficulties. Finding voices that can work together or convincing the team’s members to set aside their work and school for the contest are hard tasks .
Moreover, the audience of “Clash of the Choirs” will be shared with other recent Vietnamese reality singing shows including “Vietnam’s Got Talent,” “Vietnam Idol,” and “The Voice.”
The show will be broadcast live on VTV3 every Friday from February 24.
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