The first of the four finals of Sao Mai took place last night, with twelve artists securing their place in the next show in one weeks time.
Vietnam’s search for their entrant for the ABU Song Contest 2019 is now underway. Last night saw the first of four finales held, with fifteen artists across three categories taking to the stage.
The format of Sao Mai has undergone changes this year to provide a more dramatic viewing experience. The first show last night saw each of the fifteen singers performing songs that stretched their vocal ability. The singers knew that they had to perform their best, with one singer from each category being sent home at the end of the show.
Three artists were knocked out of the competition, they were:
- Ngo The Hung – Opera
- Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram – Folk music
- Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nhung – Pop Music
The twelve artists progressing to the next show are:
- Dieu Thuy – Opera
- Ha Giang – Folk
- Hai Yen – Opera
- Hoang Quy – Opera
- Linh Chi – Opera
- Mai Thy – Folk
- Nguyen Thi Quy – Folk
- Nguyen Thi Quynh – Pop
- Phuong Mai – Pop
- Quynh Anh – Folk
- Thanh Tam – Pop
- Thuy Duong – Pop
You can rewatch the show from last night below:
The winner of Sao Mai will represent Vietnam at the ABU Song Contest 2019. The way in which the Vietnamese song for the competition will be selected has not yet been revealed. Sao Mai will be broadcast by VTV6.
VTV has participated in the ABU TV Song Festival annually since it was first held in 2012. The broadcaster also hosted the 2013 edition in Hanoi, and is one of just a handful of broadcasters to have taken part in every edition. The Vietnamese national broadcaster has also taken part in the ABU Radio Song Festival and the ABU International Dance Festival.
Source: Bao Mai