From the Grand Finale: Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2014
The auditions and area finals for Carlsberg Diamond Idol (CDI) 2014 culminated into the Grand Finale, , which took place at The B.E.D, Waterfront, KK on the night of November 2, 2014. 12 finalists gave their all to get the Champion title. The cheery atmosphere fill up the club as the event was about to start, but that cannot hide the intensity and the battle spirit from the faces of the finalists.
Event started off with the 12 finalists performing CDI theme song, later the spectators are entertained with area finalists group performance.
The competition really gets in gear in Duo Singing round, where two finalist are paired and battle with another pair to get to the next round. Top 8 finalists will be chosen from the duo battle round, Its go big or go home, this is where the finalists showcase their talent to its full potential to win the judges heart.
And the Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2014 Champion title goes to…Tai Chun Leong! This area finalist from Kota Kinabalu who emerged victorious, swept away the competitions with his strong and raspy voice. Rachel Wesley Pai, also Kota Kinabalu area finalist and experienced in joining singing competitions, earned first runner-up, while second runner-up goes to Vivian Wong Tzuu Hsien, area finalist from Miri. The third and fourth runner goes to Esther Au Ying Ling, Sandakan and Christina Huang Zhi Ching, Miri respectively.
The panel judges this year was made up of prominent celebrities including homegrown well-known singer/songwriter, Z-Chen, who has gained fame in Taiwan and Hong Kong; Marsha Milan Londoh, the third runner-up of Akademi Fantasia Season 3; and singer/songwriter and music producer, Jonathan Tse. Judging criteria for the Grand Finale includes voice, pronunciation, timing, stage presence and overall impact.
Mr. Teoh Nar Teik, Regional Sales Manager of Carlsberg Malaysia, congratulates the finalists for giving their best and put forward a great entertaining show in the Grand Finale. He added that the Diamond Idol Camp improved the finalists skills in terms of vocal, dance skills and overall showmanship.
The Diamond Idol Camp held in Kota Kinabalu was organized to groom, train and build the confidence of the grand finalists through a series of workshops, so to better prepare them in the Grand Finale performance. The camp was led by Professor Dr. Fred Chin as the motivational trainer, whilst Skyler Liew was the dance instructor.
Running its fourth consecutive years, the talent singing competition presented by Carlsberg, the country’s most loved beer brand, attracted over 100 aspiring singers or music lovers at auditions that were held Miri, Sandakan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu respectively. For the record, here are the past Champions list since Carlsberg Diamond Idol debuted;
- Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2011 – Chong Vun Jien, Miri
- Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2012 – Esther Thian Eik Cher, Kuching
- Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2013 – Sylvester Lee, Kota Kinabalu
This year’s CDI took a great leap in presentation and event flow, from elaborate stage setup, big LED display and entertaining performances from the finalists. A big congratulations to all winners and the finalists who gave their best in the competition. Cheers!
More photos on CDI 2014 Grand Finale night can be seen on my Facebook page, The Rungitom.
See you in Carlsberg Diamond Idol 2015!