INITIALLY, Raj Dylan could not hide his nervousness when he walked in front of the crowd when his name was called out for the Sunway Lagoon Club Junior Idol recently.
However, the moment he grabbed the microphone and started singing You're Beautiful by James Blunt, his confidence returned.
By the time he hit the chorus, he seemed oblivious to the crowd.
Moving to the beat, he even managed some eye contact with the audience while delivering his song.
Everybody knew that he was the winner when he walked around the hall, distributing the red roses to the judges, the press, the elderly and mothers. He not only won the audiences' hearts but also the judges'.
So it was no surprise when he was announced the winner, beating a dozen other competitors in his category.
He walked away with a guitar worth RM300 from Guitar Collection and a hamper.
The second place went to Tan Yan while the third place went to Diana Ramayee.
The competition, organised for the first time, was part of Sunway Lagoon Club's activities for members. It was aimed at providing a fun and healthy activity for members and their families. Other activities include art competitions and sports events.
The talent competition was divided into two categories - those aged between seven and nine years old (category A) and those aged between 10 and 13 (category B) - and attracted 24 contestants.
Category A saw Celine Tay winning the first prize with Dylan Chew and Cheryl Abyramo in second and third places, respectively.
The club's member-relations manager Kanchana Balasingam said the contest was organised and tailored specially for junior members.
“Everybody wants to win but for some of them, it's just to give their children a chance to take part in the competition.
“It provides a good training ground for the children.
“This competition is a way for them to go out and gain stage confidence,” she said, adding that the club was considering turning the event into an annual affair.
Guests to the event were also treated to performances by a local band calling themselves Forensics. They also enjoyed a guitar performance by 10-year-old Lee Yuet Shuang.