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Tuesday January 8, 2008

Bands audition for reality show

AUDITIONS for the second season of TV3’s reality show Gang Starz have begun, with Penang as the first venue in the hunt for the best vocal group in the region. 

Once again, the grand prize is US$100,000 (RM331,400) and a recording contract. 

This time around, however, Ma-laysian groups will not only have to compete with rivals from Indo- nesia and Singapore like last year, they will also come up against groups from Thailand and the Philippines. 

Gang Starz producer Sufian Isa said on Saturday that publicity for the show began about two weeks ago, and the show was scheduled to begin airing in mid-April. 

Hopefuls:Frenz,comprising(left to right)Asyraf,Mohd Izzuan and Riduan,singing their hearts out during the audition.
Sufian said he did not expect a large crowd at the Penang auditions as there were not many vocal groups within Malaysia. 

“We only expect about 20 to 25 teams during the two-day audition in Penang, but we can expect about 60 groups when the auditions are held in Kuala Lumpur next month,” he said. 

Last year, 15 teams turned up for the Penang auditions but only one team made it through to the next round. 

As of 3pm on Saturday, five teams had turned up for the first day of the auditions. 

The first group to arrive at 10.30am was Frenz, a three-member team formed four months ago comprising trader Izzuan Haron, 22, college student Asyraf Alies, 21, and hotel employee W.M. Riduan W. Sahak, 18. 

For the audition, groups are required to sing a number a cappella, and have several other songs ready to sing with music accompaniment and some appropriate dance moves.  


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