Pilih Kasih 2 winner shuffles between studies and acting

KUCHING: Livonia Ricky Guing never knew that she had what it took to be a champion until she won a recent reality show Pilih Kasih 2 organised by RTM’s TV2.

“It was a university friend of mine who suggested that we go for the audition. At first I was reluctant but after being persuaded we went for it. It was held at the Boulevard Shopping Mall in Kuching.

“So many hopefuls came to audition and I did not have the confidence of being among 16 participants selected from all over the country,” said Livonia in an interview with Star Sarawak.

Livonia was the only participant selected from the state.

After being informed by the organisers that she was selected for the reality show, she became anxious for fear of being scolded by their father. She thought that he would not like it.

However, she eventually told him, and that the show would be in Kuala Lumpur.

She recalled that he did not know whether to let her go or not. In the end, he allowed her to go to Kuala Lumpur on Nov 28 last year.

She remembered that during the first episode she was confident that she could proceed to the next episode. But in the 10th episode she became worried because she was third from the bottom.

“Fortunately, that week Rosyam Nor, our principal, decided not to eliminate any one of us. That enabled me to reach the final,” she said.

As such she was happy just to be in the final, and without expecting to win any title, she decided to do her best.

“The title was not important for me then, but thank God I won. It was my best birthday present,” said Livonia who celebrated her birthday a day before the final show.

She defeated six finalists with judging based on 50% marks from the professional judges and 50% from the public through the short message service (SMS).

The teaching staff involved in the reality show were Erma Fatima (theatre director), Hamzah Tahir (monologue director) and Aziz M. Osman (drama director).

Livonia started acting when she joined her university’s theatre club.

Following her win, she will sign a contract with Erma Fatima’s film production company.

The contract signing ceremony will take place at Lagend Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on March 4.

Livonia is also expected to sign a contract to act in a 13-series musical drama to be produced by Rosyam Nor’s Suhan Movies in collaboration with RTM.

The 20-year-old Bidayuh lass from Kampung Giam at Jalan Puncak Borneo said she hoped to follow in the footsteps of two successful Bidayuh actors, Tony Eusoff from Siburan and Zack from Kampung Benuk.

However, the second-year student who is majoring in tourism and hospitality at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Kota Samarahan here said she would still continue with her studies.

The third of five siblings said she would divide her time between acting and studying. She believes she could manage it.

Since December last year she has been taking the semester off and will continue her studies in July.

She said she would try to apply to continue her studies at UiTM Shah Alam to enable her to venture into acting and at the same time finish her studies.

Livonia was crowned Miss Borneo Heritage in 2009.

Last night, Bung Bratak Heritage Association chairman Datuk Peter Minos hosted a dinner to celebrate her achievements.

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