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...]

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...]

Comedy stars sought after by Vietnam reality shows

Beloved comedians are being featured more often in reality shows in Vietnam, particularly the local versions of foreign reality TV programs, as organizers hope to increase ratings and lure commercials, which have fallen recently. >> Reality shows inundate Vietnam showbiz but lose appeal More than 50 reality shows have now been aired on television channels across the country, with most broadcast on national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) and Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV). Since the 2007 debut of "Vietnam Idol," the Vietnamese version of "American Idol," reality shows have expanded 'out of control.' The TV programs come in a wide variety of styles, ranging from singing, dancing, cooking, and modeling to fashion design, interior design, and travel. The shows are often purchased from entertainment groups based in the U.S., the UK, the Netherlands, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. Among the reality shows 'imported' into Vietnam, talent-seeking programs account for … [Read more...]

An art exchange held in Ho Chi Minh City

PANO - The Ho Chi Minh City Television in coordination with the Traditional Club of Youth Union Members of the Central Office for South Vietnam on September 20th held an art exchange "Youth's forever bright flame ". A delegate (C) sharing his memories at the exchange. Photo: htv.com.vn Through the witnesses' stories, the program lively retraced the spirit of outstanding youths representing more than tens of thousands of young people who had left the hometowns for the Southern front with the determination fight for the national independence and freedom at the cost of their own lives. On this occasion, the organizing panel also aired a 19-episode documentary entitled "Youths in R - code name of the office" by director Nguyen Minh Tri which tells about the lives of young people of the Central Office for South Vietnam during the anti-American resistance war. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Viettel, HTV to co-ordinate on UEFA match broadcast

Nhan Dan/ VNA - Viettel Television Company, which has the rights to broadcast the UEFA European 2016 qualifying stage in Vietnam, will co-ordinate with Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) to exploit the opportunity. Around 120 matches will be broadcast live on HTV9 and the Vietnam National Defence Television channel from September 7 till November next year. The qualifying round, in which a record 53 nations will participate, will have nine groups of five or six teams that will compete in fixtures at home and abroad. The nine group winners and runners-up and the best team in third place will qualify for the final tournament. The eight teams in third place will compete in play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the finals. For the first time, 24 teams including the host team, France will contest the event's final round, instead of 16 teams. … [Read more...]

Asian Food Channel to air Vietnam cuisine, tourism series next month

The English version of a TV series on Vietnamese cuisine and tourism, hosted by renowned Chinese American chef Martin Yan, will start airing on Asian Food Channel (AFC) in October. Tuoi Tre"> "Martin Yan-Taste of Vietnam," a 26-episode series, is set to air on AFC, an international channel specializing in lifestyle - including cuisine and tourism - at 8:00 pm every Thursday, starting October 16. This is the first locally made TV show to be broadcast on AFC. Martin Yan said at the Wednesday series launch in Ho Chi Minh City that the English version is different from the Vietnamese original in that it enhances the content about Vietnamese culture and introduces local chefs in greater detail. "I wish I would be reborn in Vietnam, as I'm infatuated with its landscape, people, and gastronomy," Yan said. Launched in Vietnam in mid-2013, the series features Yan traveling to 15 provinces and cities across the country: Hanoi, Lao Cai, and Ninh Binh in the north; Da Nang, Hue, and … [Read more...]

Documentary on youths in resistance war to be aired

PANO - The first episode of the documentary film on young generations of the Central Office for South Vietnam (R for short) in the anti-American resistance war will be aired at 12:30 on September 8th on HTV9 Channel. A scene in the film. Photo: tfs.com.vn The documentary will be on at the same time every day except Sundays. Titled "Youths in R", this 19-episode documentary tells the lives of outstanding youths representing more than ten thousand youths who had left the home towns for the Southern front with the determination to fight till the last breath to liberate the South and reunite the country. This film, by director Nguyen Minh Tri, is jointly made by the Ho Chi Minh City Television and the Traditional Club of Youth Union Members of the Central Office for South Vietnam. Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...]

Charity reality shows help the poor in Vietnam

Unlike talent-seeking or reality shows that are purely for entertainment; charity reality shows in Vietnam, though less glittery, are more "real" and loaded with love and compassion, as they offer immense monetary assistance and mental support to disadvantaged people in remote, rural areas. >> Vietnam reality shows rife with fights, dashed dreams More charity reality shows have appeared in recent years, though they are not usually aired during peak viewing hours. Compared to talent-seeking programs, which are usually the local versions of foreign shows - such as "Vietnam Idol," "The Voice of Vietnam," and "So You Think You Can Dance" - and purely entertainment reality shows including "Big Brother Vietnam," "Odd One In," and "The X Factor," charity reality shows are considerably more interactive, as they typically portray needy people, and provide close-ups of their daily lives and financial difficulties. Showbiz glitterati, including singers, actors and models, also appear in … [Read more...]

Trade union organisation marks 85th anniversary

A series of activities will be held nationwide to mark the 85th founding anniversary of the national trade union organisation - the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) (July 28, 1929-July 28, 2014). The VGCL's Vice President Nguyen Van Ngang said a workshop is scheduled to be held on July 22 to review the operations of the VGCL during the past 85 years and the role it plays in the national construction and defence. Lessons will be drawn for the trade union organisation to improve its work in the current period. Also on the occasion, the VGCL will coordinate with the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to organise a seminar on female workers from July 24-27, with the aim of sharing information and experience regarding the protection of legitimate rights and interests for the female workforce. At the same time, the event is expected to contribute to enhancing the cooperation between the VGCL and the WFTU as well as its member organisations. On July 27, outstanding … [Read more...]

Vietnam cuisine tourism series to air in US

The English version of a series on Vietnamese cuisine and tourism, hosted by famed Chinese American chef Martin Yan, will air on American television starting September 2014. "Martin Yan--Taste of Vietnam," a 26-episode series, is set to air on KQED, PBS and APT on more than 300 stations across the US starting Sept 6. The show is airing after a 2-year negotiation process. It aims to promote Vietnamese culinary delights and destinations to the world. Launched in Vietnam in mid-2013, the show features Yan travelling to 15 provinces and cities across the country: Hanoi, Lao Cai, and Ninh Binh in the north; Da Nang, Hue, and Nha Trang in the central region; and Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang and Can Tho in the south. Yan explores and features particular places of interest, intriguing cuisine and culture. The show has been broadcast on the Asian Food Channel (AFC) in addition to local TV networks. The renowned chef and his companion, Miss Vietnam 2010 runner-up Hoang My, join … [Read more...]

Vietnam should sue China for ‘stealing’ Paracels, violating human rights: French filmmaker

Editor's Note: Speaking with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, French filmmaker André Menras says Vietnam should sue China for seizing Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and violating human rights with the recent seizure of Vietnamese fishermen. According to the Vietnamese Embassy in China, 13 Vietnamese fishermen were released on Tuesday after they had been illegally detained by Chinese vessels over the past three weeks. André Menras also talks about his new movie, which focuses on Vietnamese law enforcement and fishermen in the East Vietnam Sea. >> Vietnam premier demands China not repeat sovereignty violations after rig moving >> China moves illegal oil rig out of Vietnam's waters after oil exploration Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper interviewed André Menras, who also holds Vietnamese citizenship under the name Ho Cuong Quyet, in Vietnamese on Tuesday aboard Vietnam Coast Guard ship CBS 8003 that was operating in the waters off Hoang Sa. Here is the interview translated into English … [Read more...]

Nearly 50,000 scholarships to ethnic students in the past five years

Representatives from enterprises signed agreement to acompany with the scholarship at the press briefing. (Source: baohaiquan.vn) Over the past five years, the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund has presented nearly 50,000 scholarships to ethnic students nationwide. The fund has also helped to build eight schools, including two primary schools in Truong Sa Lon island and Sinh Ton island which belong to the Truong Sa archipelago; ten bridges and 35 gratitude houses for poor people. On June 19, Truong My Hoa, former Vice State President and president of Vu A Dinh scholarship fund presided over a press briefing on the programme to mark the 15th founding anniversary of the foundation and the 65th death anniversary of hero and fallen soldier Vu A Dinh. The programme will be held at 8:30pm on June 21 in Ho Chi Minh city and will be broadcast live on HTV9 channel of Ho Chi Minh city Television. The scholarship fund also implemented several educational projects to help ethnic students in … [Read more...]