It’s time again to celebrate the talents and culture of the Kingdom of Wonder as Cambodia’s Got Talent opens the curtains for its second season.
The 13-episode season of the talent-reality show will premiere at the NABA Theatre at Naga2 today, June 26, with more than 100 Cambodians set to show off what they’ve got.
During yesterday’s press conference, Sean Kneale, the executive consultant of the Got Talent Worldwide, shared how the talent show in Cambodia has become a special part of the Got Talent family since it first aired in November 2014.
“I love Got Talent. It’s my favourite reality show. Why do I love Got Talent? Because this isn’t just a talent show. For us, it’s a celebration of the Cambodian people, their culture. It’s a big celebration of that,” said Mr Kneale.
Attracting more than 750 million viewers worldwide, Got Talent is a certified title holder of the Guinness World Records’ most successful reality TV franchise.
To officially launch the show’s second season, Mr Kneale, along with NagaWorld’s Chief Marketing Officer Mr Mike Ngai and Hang Meas Head of Producer Mr Ear Vanna, pulled down the golden bar and brought forth a rain of confetti at the center of Cambodia’s Got Talent stage.
“We are truly honoured to have NABA Theatre as the official venue for the latest season of Cambodia’s Got Talent. As the region’s premier entertainment centre, we always look forward to exciting collaborations such as this, that provide great opportunities for Cambodians and home-grown talents to shine internationally,” expressed Mr Ngai.
A series of six audition rounds, which starts today, will be held at NABA Theatre daily. Hang Meas HDTV will be broadcasting the auditions, live semi-finals and finals shows every Sunday, starting August 12 at 8pm.
Returning at the judges’ table are celebrity singers Preap Sovath and Khat Sokhim, and TV comic Neay Koy. To make the show more exciting and entertaining, the show is adding famous funnyman Neay Krem as the fourth judge.
“Got Talent is a celebration of everybody. You can showcase whatever talent you have, be it funny or about singing or dancing. Anything. There’s really no specific criterion on the talent. To be honest, we want good talents to win. But in here, we also look at the characters, the backstories and the journey of the contestants. That’s what the show is all about. Beyond talents, we want to show characters that represent the elements of that country,” said Mr Kneale, emphasising that Cambodia’s Got Talent’s main objective is to create a family show for all Cambodian households.
Singer Preap Sovath, for his part, shared that he wants to see new sets of Cambodian talents – regardless of age and gender.
“The talents of the Cambodians are something we really should be proud of. We want to share it to the world through this show, and to make it as great as the Got Talent shows in other countries.”
Aside from saying ‘yes’ to Cambodians showing enormous talents, the judges will also each be given the chance to press the most coveted golden buzzer to send a contestant right into the finals.
Starting today until July 1, NABA Theatre is offering a total of 2,000 free seats for audience members who want to witness the live auditions and play a huge part in discovering real Cambodian talents. Audition is from 1pm to 9pm, theatre entrance is located at Level 2 of Naga2.
“This talent show, Cambodia’s Got Talent, is not really just about the contestants performing up on stage. Since the first season, this has become a way for judges and hosts to bond, to create a meaningful friendship and also have the audience be involved in the process of selecting amazing contestants. It has created a family,” Mr Kneale shared.
Chea Vibol and San Visal, serving as this season’s hosts, are also expected to bring more fun, more laughter and more charm to the show.
The overall winner of Cambodia’s Got Talent will be bringing home a cash prize of 100 million Riel plus a professional entertainment contract with Hang Meas Group.