Boy oh boy do MMU students have talent! I refer of course to the I Got Talent event that took place on the night of 20th December. Organised by the International Students' Society, I Got Talent is seeing its 3rd successful year ever since its birth back in 2015.
One thing the ISS got going for themselves from the get go is the whiff of aristocracy surrounding the event. From the deco and attire worn by the crew to the professionalism in the event execution, it certainly was a top notch event. From an audience point of view, the event ran like clockwork albeit for the odd delay here and there but that is unsurprising for any Malaysian event. Credit where it’s due, the ISS know how to pull off a professional event.
As the crowd spilled in and took to the seats, the judging table stood dead center facing the stage, just behind the row designated for the VIP's, filled with the 3 appointed judges for the night. At exactly 10 minutes past 8 the emcees took to the stage and warmed up the crowd followed by the welcoming of the VIP's. The VIP list included the VP of Academics, Manager of Staff, the Advisor of ISS, the President of SRC and the Director of IGot Talent.
With the obligatory speeches over, the emcee's introduced the first of the 17 performers of the night. The general consensus was made up of Singers, Dancers, Bands and a Stand Up Comic. Not being a cultured or rather artistic person myself, I won’t judge the performances in any way. I will however say that they were magnificent in their own rights.
One band paid homage to the Beetles by playing 3 of the legendary bands hits. It was fantastic to know that even in this era, the music of old has sparked passion in the soul of upcoming musicians. Some of the singers displayed such levels of emotion that captivated the entire crowd while others earned themselves standing ovations and cheers with their vocals skills and tone control.
One dance duo that stood out even had me put down my pen and notebook to applaud! It was 2 guys performing a Robot dance routine which ended with a perfectly executed Moon Walk by one of them. Michael Jackson would have been proud.
Cultural diversity shined through that night when one of the performance was an Indian girl singing a Mandarin song. Mind you she was flawless at it. As was TJ, THE RAP GOD, who took my breath away with an insanely long rap verse that he rapped in Bahasa Malaysia.
One by one the performers stepped up and offered up their talents to the audience. Expressing their skills and emotions to be judged by the end of the night. Once every participant had performed, the emcees played a fun Poison Balloon game while the judged tattered up the scores. Despite the fun nature, tension was building among the performers as they anxiously awaited the results. Even I was anxious and resorted to the free orange juice provided for members of the audience. By 10.30pm, the judges had come to a very difficult but definitive top 5 winners list. They are as follows;
1st Place: Hashmita Selvam
2nd Place: Liana
3rd Place: Vira
4th Place: TH The Rap God
5th Place: Zaifah & Abdul
The winners were called up respectively and given their prize by the VIP's. Last but not least was an encore by the winner, thanks to the crowd's demand for an encore.
That night, the Main Hall saw the gathering of some of the most talented people from our campus. No, not just our campus, talented people, full stop! The sheer passion and happiness they expressed through each of their performance left me jaw dropped. Goes to show that when you indulge in your passion, you truly are a winner. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
By Y. Dharmeswaran