Vietnam’s version of “Sing If You Can” on air next month

The Vietnamese version of a British game show will air on Ho Chi Minh City Television early next month, featuring numerous episodes with unpredictable and exciting challenges. "Ai Dam Hat" (Who Dares to Sing), the Vietnamese format of British game show "Sing If You Can," jointly produced by BHD Cinema and the HCMC Television station, will be aired at 9:30 pm on HTV7 every Wednesday from June 4. Each episode showcases the competition between two teams, each of which comprises two well-known Vietnamese artists who have to perform a solo or duet whilst various attempts are made to disrupt their performances. The team receiving the most votes from the jury and studio audiences will enter the final round, "Victorious Rotation," which requires them to maintain balance and avoid falling from a spinning stage while keep singing a song. Vietnamese singer Ngo Kien Huy will host the show while the jury includes famous artists such as master of ceremonies Tran Thanh, actor Duc Hai, and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 10

Early 20th century glass paintings of HN on displayAs many as 60 coloured photos printed on glass by French photographer Leon Busy, featuring Ha Noi from 1914-17, will be displayed tonight at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street. Titled "Ha Noi Colours 1914-17", the exhibition is divided into two themes, "Daily Life - Handicrafts and Society" and "Environment and Beliefs."The exhibition was created by historian Emmanuel Poisson from Paris Diderot University and ethnologist Dinh Trong Hieu from France's National Science Research Centre.During the exhibition, ten black and white documentaries about Ha Noi during the same period will be screened. The exhibition will run until January 4, 2014. UK-style singing competition to hit TV screensThe Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can will go on air at the end of this month.BHD Company and Vietnam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it will offer TV audiences "a new musical experience".The company … [Read more...]

UK-style singing competition to hit TV screens

The Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can will go on air at the end of this month. Sao Mai singing contest announces final round 3,500 singers join Quan Ho folk singing contest K-POP singing contest to be launched in Vietnam BHD Company and Vietnam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it will offer TV audiences "a new musical experience". The company said in a press release that Do Ai Hat Duoc will show "celebrities 'forced' to sing wholeheartedly and overcome harsh challenges with courage and strength". Comedian Thai Hoa and singer Thu Minh will be two of three judges at the show. Thai Hoa has won a devoted fan following with his performances in comedies like De Mai Tinh (Deal with It Tomorrow), and Long Ruoi (Long the Fly). Thu Minh is famous as a singer who dares to surprise the audience when she sings. She has been a judge with several music competitions on TV including The Voice and Vietnam Idol 2013. The first episode of Do Ai … [Read more...]

Singing competition to hit TV screens

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Vietnamese version of the world-famous British game show Sing If You Can, will go on air at the end of this month. BHD Company and Viet Nam Television, producers of the reality contest, said it would offer TV audiences "a new musical experience". The company said in a press release that Do Ai Hat Duoc will show "celebrities 'forced' to sing wholeheartedly and overcome harsh challenges with courage and strength". Comedian Thai Hoa and singer Thu Minh will be two of three judges at the show. Thai Hoa has won a devoted fan following with his performances in comedies like De Mai Tinh (Deal with It Tomorrow), and Long Ruoi (Long the Fly). Thu Minh is famous as a singer who dares to surprise the audience when she sings. She has been a judge with several music competitions on TV including The Voice and Vietnam Idol 2013. The first episode of Do Ai Hat Duoc will be aired on the channel VTV3 on December 28.— VNS … [Read more...]

Vietnam newspapers, television stations release special editions to celebrate Tet

The Lunar New Year, or Tet in Vietnamese, is about three weeks away and the Vietnamese media have their own ways of celebrating it: publishing special editions as for newspapers and broadcasting Tet programs in the case of TV. Tet falls on February 19 this year, with festive preparations beginning around one week before the date and the celebratory atmosphere lingering another week after that. The Lunar New Year is very special in Vietnamese culture as it is an occasion when people get together with their family after a lunar year studying or working away from one another. During those days, apart from going out, visiting their relatives or joining get-togethers with friends, many skim through the Tet editions of local newspapers or relish in joyful TV programs over sumptuous meals during family unions. Tet newspapers Unlike their counterparts in many other countries, almost all Vietnamese newspapers release their Xuan (Spring) editions around two weeks ahead of the … [Read more...]

Spring festival held for naval soldiers

PANO – Ho Chi Minh City’s Youth Culture House, the Tuoi Tre Newspaper, Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City, and Ho Chi Minh City Television on the afternoon of January 23rd co-organized the 4th festival, themed "Spring on the islands". The festival was attended by former Vice President Truong My Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City’s Deputy Secretary Nguyen Thi Thu Ha. An artist signing on the card. The festival attracted thousands of students, artists, naval soldiers, coast guards, and locals, in various activities such as displaying the models of Vietnam seas and islands and sovereignty landmarks, making new-year e-greeting cards to island soldiers, etc. Especially, at the festival, the participants also signed on a big card, called "Spring flowers from the mainland to national seas and islands", as a special gift to troops on islands. The organizing panel presenting gifts to children of needy troops. On this occasion, the organizing panel also presented 30 new-year gifts, … [Read more...]

Additional VND55 bil raised for poor children

Nearly VND55 billion (US$ 2,572,798) was contributed to the musical program " Mua xuan cho em" ( Spring for children) held by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Vietnam Children Supporting Fund live broadcast on Vietnam Television on January 24. 14,000 participants in the annual Lawrence Sting Walk on January 24 in the Phu My Hung urban center in District 7 to raise funds to help the poor of Ho Chi Minh City enjoy the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival (Photo: SGGP) With the aim to bring happy Lunar New Year to disadvantaged children across the country, the program had been launched and a musical performance will be broadcast on Vietnam Television tonight. In addition to giving gifts to needy children, the program organizer will honor kind hearts to unlucky children in the musical program in Cultural Houses in Ba Dinh district with the participation of famous singers and bands. The fund for supporting children expects to receive more donations through sending text … [Read more...]

Conventional Vietnamese television challenged by Internet boom

Vietnamese TV program producers are facing immense challenges regarding the ratings and ad revenue posed by the Internet boom and myriad alternative media channels. Many viewers, particularly those aged from 15 to 50, these days no longer eagerly await their favorite programs on TV. The sight of families gathering around a TV set is almost a thing of the past. Nowadays, people choose to watch their favorite TV programs or video clips on computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. A family of three or four can thus enjoy different programs to their own liking on different devices. Fed up with watching TV? Nguyen Thi Ha, 39, an office worker at Tan Tao Industrial Park in Ho Chi Minh City, said she has not watched TV over the past three years. "I generally go out with my family and friends in the evening, and watch TV programs and films online only in my free time. Enjoying the programs on the Internet saves me considerable time and trouble waiting. Unlike TVs, where we … [Read more...]

Gender impersonation in kids’ show arouses concerns in Vietnam

The high frequency of kids masquerading, or seeing their partners act, as celebrities of the opposite sex in the first Vietnamese season of "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" as well as several other entertainment programs has created unease among many parents, viewers, and educators. The season is an adaptation of the Portuguese reality TV show for children. It requires contestants to disguise themselves as celebrated singers regarding their appearance and voice and airs on national television channel VTV3 at 9:00 pm every Friday, starting October 3. Six kid contestants, aged from nine to 15, team up with six adult contenders from the first and second series of "Your Face Sounds Familiar" to perform in duos, masquerading as iconic musical performers of different eras. The six adult contenders, who mentor their young partners from all along, include Kyo York – an American who speaks impeccable Vietnamese and has worked in Vietnam as an English teacher, singer, and actor … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/12

HCM City hosts 10th CD/DVD fair The 10th fair for audio and video CDs and DVDs will be held at the Labor Cultural Center at District 1's 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10. The event aims to promote consumption of original, copyrighted products at an affordable price. The fair features more than 3,000 disks in various genres of music, movies, and education software, offering 10-50 percent discount for all products. The fair is organized by Phuong Nam Cultural Corporation with participation of the country's major recording companies including Saigon Vafaco, Ben Thanh Audio-Video, Viet Tan, Youth Studio, Ho Chi Minh City Television, Bach Viet, Tuan Trinh, Dem Sai Gon, Lang Van, Samcom ect.... Institute for Applied Arts opens in HCM City The Viet Nam Institute for Applied Arts opened in HCM City, offering courses in graphic design, interior decoration, fashion design and more subjects. Director Tran Ngoc Danh said the institute will take in about 100 … [Read more...]

HCM City hosts 10th CD/DVD fair

The 10th fair for audio and video CDs and DVDs will be held at the Labor Cultural Center at District 1’s 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10. The event aims to promote consumption of original, copyrighted products at an affordable price. The fair features more than 3,000 disks in various genres of music, movies, and education software, offering 10-50 percent discount for all products. The fair is organized by Phuong Nam Cultural Corporation with participation of the country’s major recording companies including Saigon Vafaco, Ben Thanh Audio-Video, Viet Tan, Youth Studio, Ho Chi Minh City Television, Bach Viet, Tuan Trinh, Dem Sai Gon, Lang Van, Samcom ect.... … [Read more...]

Dubbing films, TV shows to solve voice, sound problems in Vietnam

While many other countries have long recorded sounds on the spot for their films and shows, most Vietnamese films are still dubbed because of actors’/actresses’ voice weaknesses and film sites’ sound defects. Out of the 15 new TV dramas currently aired on local channels, only one film – "Toi Yeu Co Don" (I Love Loneliness) – has its sounds and actors’/actresses’ lines recorded on site. Ho Chi Minh City – the country’s entertainment hub – is currently home to around ten dubbing groups, including such established troupes as Xuan Tam, Phuoc Trang, Bao Chau, and Mong Van. Meanwhile, Hanoi has around five to seven groups, according to veteran actor/director Tran Luc. However, a small number of voice artists are in charge of the main roles in different films, which has resulted in repetition and lack of novelty. The head of a local dubbing group said they are paid around 6-7 million (US$282-329) for each episode. … [Read more...]

Concert features Truong Sa soldiers

The Ho Chi Minh City Television will broadcast a music show on December 3 featuring soldiers stationed on the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago. The show, called Bien Oi Hay Len Tieng (The Voice of the Seas), will include contemporary music composed by talented musicians like Hong Dang and Quynh Hop. More than 30 artists will join the event. Young singers Ha Thuy Anh and Y Jang Tuyn, and the girl band Hoa Nang (Sunflower) will sing songs about Truong Sa composed by Ho Chi Minh City Music Conservatory's musicians after their fact-finding stay with the soldiers on the archipelago. "We want to send our love to Truong Sa soldiers," said singer Y Jang Tuyn of the Banar ethnic minority group in Dak Lac province. The show will be broadcast at 9pm on December 3 on HCM City Television's HTV9 channel.-VNA … [Read more...]

Cycling Tournament to pay gratitude to revolutionary contributors

PANO – 15 domestic teams and two international teams from Laos and Cambodia with 300 cyclists will go through 12 stages in the Across-Vietnam Cycling Tournament–the Vietnam Defence Cup 2014 from December 2nd to 16th. This was officially announced by the organizing panel at a press conference on November 25th in Hanoi. Accordingly, main stages in Ca Mau on December 2nd, in Ho Chi Minh City on December 4th, in Hanoi on December 13th and in Cao Bang on December 16th will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television Channel, Ho Chi Minh City Television and Vietnam Defence Television Channel. Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper (standing) speaking at the press conference. This year’s event, the winning team will receive Cup, flag and VND 60 million in cash, while the best cyclist will be granted with Cup, flag and VND 50 million in cash. Addressing the press conference, Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-Chief of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam version of Top Chef to debut this month

The first Vietnamese season of Top Chef, an American cooking TV show, will begin airing later this month, the organizer announced at a press conference on Wednesday. The show will be broadcast on Ho Chi Minh City TV station channel HTV7 at 8:00 pm every Sunday, starting November 23. Unlike MasterChef, another cooking reality show of British origin that features non-professional cooks, 16 established professionals will bring out their knives as they battle it out for the Top Chef title and an award of VND500 million (US$23,534). The jury includes American chef Robert Danhi with a doctorate in Southeast Asian gastronomy, Anh Le who is the director of the LeLe restaurant chain in Copenhagen, and expat Vietnamese chef Alain Nguyen. The TV show will be hosted by Thuy Hanh, a former Vietnamese model. According to Wikipedia, Top Chef is a cooking show on cable television network Bravo, which first aired in 2006. The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same … [Read more...]

Live TV program honoring Uncle Ho’s soldiers to be aired

PANO - The glorious history of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA) with resounding feats of arms since its establishment will be reappeared in a live television program on December 12th. The meeting on broadcasting the live television program At a meeting on October 29th, the Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) announced that the program will start at 17:30 linking five places namely Tran Hung Dao forest (Tam Kim commune, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang province), the Ba Dinh Square (Hanoi), the Marine Square (Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province), Momorial site for the Central Office for South Vietnam (Dong Nai province) and the Reunification Palace's Hall (Ho Chi Minh City). The program will highlight VPA's formation, development, glorious combats, missions and challenges as well as the role models of the armed forces, and achievements gained during the building of whole-people defence posture at all levels over the past 25 years. Three-chapter program namely "Being formed by the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ finals to feature more foreign choreographers

More than half of the dance routines to be performed in the final round of the third Vietnamese season of American reality show "So You Think You Can Dance" will be constructed by foreign choreographers, the show organizer announced Wednesday in a press conference. Up to 60 percent of the contending performances in the show's final round will be directed by foreign choreographers, including the two previous seasons' fixtures such as Hani Abaza, to enhance the contestants' skills and the dances' quality, said Nguyen Hai, the show's production director. The new choreographers are mostly those who have established their names during the different seasons of the original show. At the Wednesday press conference in Ho Chi Minh City, American dancers Kathryn McCormick and Robert Roldan, who placed third in the sixth and seventh seasons of the American show respectively, expressed their admiration for the young Vietnamese contestants' passion for dancing and support for one another. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/9

Photo contest promotes VN landscapes, daily life The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the online newspaper Vnexpress will promote Vietnam's beauty with a contest focusing on landscapes and slices of daily life, said deputy minister Vuong Duy Bien. Vietnamese people living locally or overseas can enter the contest, which ends on October 27. Participants can submit photo entries in two categories: landscapes or daily life. Photos capturing precious moments among Vietnamese people anywhere will be accepted. "The photo contest coincides with a Ministry of Culture programme to promote the country's image to the world. This is the first time the ministry has coordinated with Vietnam's leading online newspaper to hold this contest," Bien said at the launching ceremony in Hanoi on September 29. A panel of foreign jurors will judge entries based on creativity and professionalism. They will award two first-place prizes, two second-places and two third-places for each category. The … [Read more...]

YouTube sensation wins Vietnamese version of ‘The Winner Is’

A Vietnamese student who caused quite a stir two years ago with her cover of a foreign hit on YouTube has won the second season of the local version of American singing show "The Winner Is." Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Tuoi Tre" /> Lan Anh, a student at Ho Chi Minh City Foreign Trade University, beat Nam Huong, a strong opponent, in the September 28 finale to be crowned the champion. The finale, which took place at Maximart Cong Hoa Stadium, saw the fiery battles between four finalists, Lan Anh, Nam Huong and two established singers/actors Phuong Trinh and Truong The Vinh. Phuong Trinh is the winner of the 2006 "Ngoi Sao Tieng Hat Truyen Hinh" (Project Superstar) singing contest, which is organized annually by Ho Chi Minh City Television. According to expert opinions, Nam Huong has a more striking singing voice and better techniques than Lan Anh. With her cover of "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" posted on YouTube on March 27, 2012 and a catchy … [Read more...]

HCM City’s actor wins 2014 Cai Luong Singing Contest

Nguyen Minh Truong from Tran Huu Trang Cai Luong Theater in Ho Chi Minh City won the 2014 Cai Luong Singing Contest called Chuong Vang (Golden Bell) Vong Co which ended at Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater on September 25. Nguyen Minh Truong (C) from Tran Huu Trang Cai Luong Theater in Ho Chi Minh City won the 2014 Cai Luong Singing Contest called Chuong Vang (Golden Bell) Vong Co. (Photo: Sggp) The winner of the Golden Bell Award also took home the Audience Choice Awards. Nguyen Thi Linh Phuong got the Silver Bell Award and the Press Choice Award. The Bronze Bell Award went to Nguyen Thi Ly of the Vietnam National Cai Luong Theater in Hanoi. Launched three months ago, the 2014 Cai Luong Singing Contest is organized by Ho Chi Minh City Television. The jury narrowed down from hundreds of contestants to just three in the final round which took place at the HTV Theater in HCMC on September 25. Besides discovering young talent, the annual competition also aims at keeping alive the … [Read more...]