I know so many of you have been waiting for the Talent Round! So wait no longer, because it's finally here! If you haven't seen my vlog, you can watch it here! I always enjoy the talent round because it's a chance for the finalists to show their individuality as well as showcase their unique talents. This year, it was held at West Mall instead of the usual OneKM mall like in previous years. This venue was outdoor but thank goodness for the shade! Also, it did attract a lot of audience that were passing by which was great exposure for the ladies!
Opening dance by the contestants, choreographed by Ms Singapore Chinatown 2017: Christina Cai!
If you watched the vlog, you would have noticed that it was the same choreography that they did during their charity day, so if you'd like to watch the full dance, you can watch that vlog here. The sportswear they wore were all generously sponsored by FABlife!
Now, let's meet the contestants once again!
Contestant No. 1: Winnie Tay
Winnie's item was a Korean folk dance which I thought was quite unique, I must say, I was amazed by her spotting technique, I watched that clip quite a few times because it was just great fun to watch! She was full of energy and had a very lively expression through the performance, it's no wonder she was at the very front during the group item!
Contestant No. 2: Melanis Tai
Melanis's item consisted for two things: Dance and Yoga! This was a first for me to witness. I don't know about you guys, but I've never head of the two being incorporated together. I was definitely intrigued! I personally felt she could have worn black socks so it would blend with her costume better, but in general, the costume was pretty cool! I'd want a pretty black leotard like that too!
Contestant No. 3: Gabriella Lim
Gabriella did a cover of a Kpop song. Unfortunately, I wasn't sure about which song it was though. Her costume definitely reminded me of the days when I used to do kpop in Poly! Overall, it was a fun performance to watch!
Contestant No. 4: Joey Wan
Jowy did a contemporary piece which she choreographed. I enjoyed her performance very much! I did wished her costume had something sparkly or maybe some form of shimmer to it because she had so many fluid movements, so imagine how fun that would be. I thought she was a very strong dancer and I did enjoy her floorwork!
Contestant No. 5: Esther Leong
Esther had an interesting item for us, a monologue. I think it was a shame that I couldn't understand most of it because it was in mandarin, but the judges had great feedback for her so I'm assuming she did pretty amazing! I did appreciate that she showcased singing and dancing in her act as well.
Contestant No. 7: Amanda Chan
Amanda performed a dance item for us, but not just any dance item, it was burlesque inspired! Well, particularly, Moulin Rouge. It was quite a 'sensual' performance, as the judges concluded, and I'm sure everyone else did too! I did think she could have used dance heels to amp up her costume a little bit, though!
Contestant No. 8: Tiara Lim
Tiara did a dance for us, contemporary and kpop! I actually liked both her costumes, I thought her contemporary skirt was very flow-y and it photographed pretty well. I did wish it was a wrap skirt more than an elastic-waist kind of number, it would have made her costume change more seamless. I wasn't sure which kpop song she was dancing to (I'm so outdated, oh no!), but it was an energetic performance, though I personally would have stuck to just one genre~ But I'm guessing the change in costume does make the item more interesting.
Contestant No. 9: Toh Xin Pei
Did you think you'd have a talent round without any belly dancing? Nope! Xin Pei did a belly dance performance with wings, and it was quite mesmerising. I thought her costume was so stunning and it photographed very well. Honestly, you can't really go wrong with good props like the wings!
Contestant No. 10: Crystal Huang
Crystal did something I've never seen on the MSBP stage before: Opera. When I heard she was doing an opera item, I was just so excited! It reminded me of the days when I used to perform with the Siong Leng Musical Association, though I didn't do opera and Siong Leng's repertoire is Hokkien/Minnan dialect and Crystal's item was in Teo Chew. It was just nice to see someone so young indulge in the traditional arts too.
I thought her performance was so unique and I was so engaged because the costume was so different from the rest. At first she was lip syncing, but later on, she did sing a bit for us and that just made everything even more amazing!
Contestant No. 11: Janet Goh
Janet performed a dance for us, the fan made the entire performance very mesmerising! I do appreciate a good prop during the performances, and I felt that Janet's choice of prop was very smart! We also found out that she hasn't really danced before, so it was definitely a good choice to have the fan as it paints a very fluid picture on the stage.