KUALA LUMPUR: If you have The Voice and can hit the Right Note, then you’re just the talent Malaysia’s Jazz Queen Datuk Sheila Majid is looking for.
“I will definitely look for the talent with a voice. This is a singing competition. If you have your own composition, it will be a bonus, and how you are on stage. But the main criteria will be the voice,” Sheila, who is the Strepsils brand and campaign ambassador told Bernama Lifestyle and Youth last week.
On April 15, Strepsils launched its nationwide singing contest in support of World Voice Day which is held annually on April 16 devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice.
Unlike reality talent shows, aspiring singers will not be based on votes via the short messaging service (SMS).
The legendary singer who has been in the music industry for over two decades, will lead the panel judging for this year’s competition.
“For singers like myself, it is very important to ensure a strong and healthy voice condition. In fact, singing is a communication tool in my daily life that I cannot imagine functioning without,” she told a press conference. Also present Red Box Marketing Manager, Malaysia and Singapore, William Villiers-Tuthill.
“I look forward to unearthing more young and local talents through their entries this year,” said Sheila.
According to Strepsils, the competition, which is also open to bands of up to a maximum of five members, seeks to address the importance and need for a healthy voice among all Malaysians while supporting the goals and dreams of budding singers looking to make it to the top.
Contestants can look forward to over RM30,000 worth of prizes. This include cash prizes up to RM14,000, Red Box vouchers worth RM6,200 as well as a three-month residency stint with popular live music bar, The Timbre Goup.
Last year’s inaugural singing competition received an overwhelming response from the public, with over 500 entries and over 50k views of the contestant videos in the span of a month.
Red Box General Manager for Malaysia and Singapore, Hina Nagarajan said: “We are excited to bring ‘The Right Note’ back with a bigger bang, as Malaysia has hidden talents aplenty waiting for the chance to shine.
THE NEXT SHEILA MAJID
“With an added emphasis on the vocal performance skills, contestants hoping to clinch the title of winner of ‘The Right Note’ will have to ensure their throats are in perfect working order,” she added.
Red Box Malaysia Marketing Manager Caryn Teo said, as the official partner for the competition, “We encourage people with hidden musical talents to participate and allow us to discover as many talents as possible. Who knows, we just might discover the next Datuk Sheila Majid.”
To participate in The Right Note singing competition, contestants will have to record and upload their entries to http://strepsils.com.my/therightnote between April 16 and May 28, 2015 to vie for the top five finalist spots.
Determined by a combination of votes from the judges and the public, the top five finalists will be selected to compete for the top spot during the finals on June 13, 2015.
The venue for the grand final will be announced after the call for submission ends.