“Asia’s Got Talent” is back!

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The record-breaking series returns to AXN Asia in October this year, entertaining viewers with 10 episodes comprising 5 judges’ auditions, 3 semi-finals, the finale, and the results show where the winner will be revealed, and awarded a cash prize of USD 100,000 from Traveloka.

At the press conference yesterday (Thursday, 27th July) at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, Traveloka announced its participation in the second season of “Asia’s Got Talent”. As the presenting sponsor of the program, they expressed their excitement at being a part of the most anticipated talent show in the region.

For this season of “Asia’s Got Talent”, Traveloka will also be presenting the Traveloka Awards, Traveloka’s initiative to give an award for selected winner who has the most inspiring story across region. The most inspiring story will be selected based on the uniqueness of participant’s talent and their connection story with family and friends. Each week, during the first 5 episodes, 2 acts will be highlighted and their stories will be published online. At the end of episode 5, the audience can vote for the most inspiring act, and that act will receive a major prize from Traveloka.

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Along with the announcement, AXN Asia also introduced their new hosts Alan Wu and Justin Bratton, and revealed the “Asia’s Got Talent” judges – musician extraordinaire David Foster, Indonesian songstress Anggun, and Korean superstar Jay Park (박재범)!

When asked about the addition of Korean superstar Jay Park to the “Asia’s Got Talent” panel of judges and how it will contribute to the dynamic, David Foster said, “I can’t wait to argue with him! I mean, don’t you just love the concept that they are so many years in between us and yet we share this commonality in music. Whether it’s rap or R&B, or the music that I do, we will have this common ground, but we’re going to disagree a lot.”

“Because the thing is singers, they don’t know how to pick stars, I don’t believe. I haven’t told him that yet! They just don’t, I mean, think about it. Singers need producers, singers need people like me to help them with their careers. So we might battle over that a little,” David added.

We also got to speak to Jay Park exclusively after the press conference and picked his brain a little on his new role. “To be honest, I have to witness it and see what my reaction is firsthand. I’ve never done this before, you know, I’ve done different shows where I judge dancing or rapping, I’ve never judged talent. I’m gonna have to see what kind of judge I am. I don’t think I’m going to be that easy though because my standards are pretty high, because I’ve seen a lot of different types of talent. I think I might be a tough judge, but we’ll see,” Jay Park revealed.

And that’s not all!

Unlike the previous years, this season of “Asia’s Got Talent” boasts a different format. The debut season of “Asia’s Got Talent” was helmed by FremantleMedia Asia back in 2015, and AXN Asia (under Sony Pictures Television Asia) was only a broadcaster. The newly announced 2nd season, however, will be fully produced by AXN Asia.

“Asia’s Got Talent” 2017, will feature acts from 27 countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, just to name a few. Production is currently underway as we speak and the season is expected to air in October his year.

Safe to say that there will be exciting times ahead! Can’t wait 😉

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