Brimming with talent

KUALA LUMPUR: The second Berjaya TeenStar Challenge 2017 was yet another resounding success with some amazingly talented teenagers coming to the fore.

Open to Malaysian teenagers from Form 1 to Form 6, the competition comprised a series of auditions over a period of four months, culminating in the grand finals at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre on Saturday where finalists vied for the top three spots in four categories: solo singing, modern dancing, cultural dancing, and band.

In the band category, AfterGlow from SM Sri KDU, consisting of Nik Mohamed Shaqeel Nik Arif Reza, Justin Tong Jee Yeung, Ng Faye, Ang Yuet Wen and Jaseindran Ravindran, brought the house down with a solid performance to bag the top prize of RM5,000 in cash and in kind.

In the cultural dancing event, Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah bagged RM5,000 in cash and kind with a dazzling show.

Another standout performance came in the modern dancing finals where team Xcalate from Sri Emas International School emerged champions, ahead of second placed Caliber from SM Sri KDU and third placed Groove and Move from Sekolah Sri Kuala Lumpur.

The solo singing finals saw 16 singers from various schools sing their hearts out. Ell Havila Emilcah Jinorin from SMK Bandar Sri Damansara picked up the top prize of RM2,000 for her stunning version of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's duet When you believe.

"We are proud to have discovered so many talented teenagers around the country for the second year. The immense dedication showed by the participants was amazing," Berjaya Corporation Berhad senior general manager of group corporate communications Judy Tan said.

Other awards went to Aloysius Ho Juin Rong from Xcalate (best dancer), K. K. dance crew from Sekolah Seni Malaysia (best creativity) and Darren Ong Guan Wen from Sekolah Sri K.L (best showmanship).