Show business veteran Jack Neo is looking for the next big star from Singapore and Malaysia with a total worth of S$198,000 (RM602,000) cash and prizes up for grabs, and you can be a part of the talent search right in the comfort of your own home!
The acclaimed Singaporean actor, host, and director, who is best known for his portrayal of Liang Po Po and Liang Xi Mei in the long-running comedy variety show Comedy Nite, recently joined Asia Momentum Media (AMM) as the company’s CEO and is leading his first major company project, a virtual cross-country talent competition called “Show Off Show” (coined “放马过来” in Mandarin).
“I am looking for multi-talented individuals who are passionate in singing, acting, hosting, dancing and live-streaming,” he shares during the press conference. “We have created an exciting and interactive entertainment platform for people to unleash their talent and reach our fans in Singapore, Malaysia and beyond.”
Grooming new all-rounder talents
Together with his team of entertainment veterans, personalities, and digital influencers who are equally as passionate about priming new talents to help kick-start their career in the ever-changing entertainment landscape, Neo says he is excited to start the virtual talent search journey.
“The show business landscape today is vastly different than what it was twenty, thirty years ago. Back then, we were required to sing, act, dance, and host well, but now the demand for any artiste to be an all-rounder is even greater – you have to be able to do live-stream like a champ and sell your products well,” he contends.
Live content is the new king
A prolific filmmaker, Neo has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry since 1975 and his success with “Ah Boys to Men” has catapulted a group of young individuals, including Tosh Zhang and Noah Yap, into stardom overnight, so there’s no doubt he has the know-how to groom the next big entertainer that comes out of the contest.
Neo has also been enthusiastic about live shows right from the beginning of his entertainment career and has seen the growing demand for various forms of live content in the recent digital social era. “The show will provide a new space for every passionate and talented individual from Singapore and Malaysia to showcase their talent and versatility to a wider pool of audiences across boundaries,” Neo says.
“I believe that the virtual world has no barriers, and live content will be key in connecting and bringing new forms of entertainment to viewers. It is an area that has room for growth and exploration and I hope to take this trend to new heights with talents scouted from the search.”
A reality-based live show
Held in both English and Mandarin, Neo says the “Show Off Show” is a ten-week programme that will be filled with fun, social experiments, and entertainment. Contestants will be taking on tasks posed by the hosts as well as renowned judges during the weekly live streams to challenge their ability to think on their feet and out of the box.
Selected contestants will get the chance to attend masterclass conducted by veteran actors such as Neo himself and Andie Chen as well as digital entertainment experts like Dee Kosh and Michiyo Ho to gain more knowledge, skills and insights to the digital entertainment world.
In conjunction with the talent search, AMM is also planing to launch a live entertainment app soon, which will bring all the entertainment and interactivity of the live shows together.
Hosted by Ben Logan, Wang Lei, Noah Yap, and Gurmit Singh, the talent show will be held for both English and Mandarin speaking individuals. The winner for each category will walk away with S$20,000 (RM60,000) as well as a potential contract with AMM for their original productions.
Registration and submission of entries are free and open from now until 2 August 2020. Interested applicants will need to upload a 30-second video on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or TikTok that best represents their talent – hosting, acting, and selling, among others, with the hashtag #ShowOffShow (English category) or #放马过来 (Chinese category) on their own account that must be made public.
Depending on the platform you choose for your submission, you must tag AMM’s social media pages, Facebook and Instagram (@ammtv.sg for Singapore and @ammtv.my for Malaysia), in order for your post to be considered as a valid entry. The contest is open to contestants of any age, race and gender residing in Singapore and Malaysia.