Greetings and salutations, fellow star gazers! This is May Seah, your Showbiz Sista, taking a break from bona fide star gazing to do a little possible-future-star gazing. That’s because, with auditions for MediaCorp TV Channel 5’s upcoming reality talent competition show OMG—that’s One Moment of Glory—coming up next weekend, anyone could be a star.
So, start practising! Tap dancing, lion taming, squirting milk out of your eye—as long as it’s a talent, you could be the winner of $50,000.
Showbiz Sista was overwhelmed with curiosity and wanted to see just what kind of talented people were out there. We’ve put together a video just for you! But first, meet the suspects.
Bellydancer Wang Hai Qing, stage name “Jamila”, is a 34-year-old professional bellydance teacher, choreographer and performer from Beijing. “Bellydancing doesn’t require any dance background. And it’s good exercise. You can burn a lot of calories,” Jamila said. “And also, I think it can show women’s femininity. Some people have the misunderstanding that this dance is too sexy and shows too much skin, and it’s entertainment for men. It’s not. It allows women to enjoy our own lives. Like a sisterhood. At class, you can meet a lot of friends who have the same passion.”
22-year-old Adeline Ng is a “magic juggler” who trains under J.C. Sum and Magic Babe Ning. What’s a magic juggler? For example, Adeline said, “In one of my acts, I juggle rings. While I’m juggling, they change colours. It’s a kind of juggling technique, but to the audience, it’s actually magic as well. I juggle blindfolded. That’s not seen anywhere else as well. It’s not just juggling. It’s more multi-dimensional. I am doing illusions as well, with juggling infused. I’m actually working on an act that involves fake eggs that look real, and frying pans!” She added, “For me, a philosophy of life is to believe in magic. That is actually the portal to an optimistic outlook in life–believing that something can happen and you will make it happen.”
Derek Seong, 29, is part of a group martial arts routine fused with elements of dance. He’s an instructor who runs his own studio, Rhythm N Moves. His motivation for being on the show is that “we want more people to join our family. We want more youngsters and more passionate people to come in. We want to perform in big things like the National Day Parade. I think that’s another form of contributing to society and promoting the culture of arts.”
25-year-old Jack Yeo has a day job—or should we say a night job–as a pastry chef at 2am Dessert Bar. But he’s also a semi-professional magician who’s been performing at events and shows for six years. “I’m looking for a way to combine magic with my current profession—putting in desserts or cooking with magic,” he said. “There are a lot of celebrity chefs. There are a lot of professional magicians. But there are no professional magicians-cum-chefs who can do magic while cooking, or a combination. Previously I worked in an Italian restaurant. My boss always asked me, “Can you show the guests an empty oven and then make a pizza appear?” I could, but you’d need to invest in a more customised oven and kitchen!”
See for yourself what they can do!
Auditions for OMG will be held on June 19 and 20 at Jurong Point. If you want to sign up, visit xinmsn.com/omg. OMG will premiere on Aug 9, right after the national day parade, on MediaCorp TV Channel 5. Showbiz Sista, signing out. Live long and pop corn!
Photos by Sim Yi Jin. Video by Hedirman Supian. Showbiz Sista sez “Thank you!”