Astro Vaanavil has officially launched the 13th edition of Vaanavil Super Star (VSS) with an all-new format.
The new season of VSS will be mentor-driven, with 16 contestants undergoing vocal training under James Vasanthan, who will take on the role of mentor.
He will be commissioned with the crucial but exciting task of guiding the contestants towards the coveted title of VSS Grand Champion.
James, who is also the follow-up judge from last year’s ‘Maaperum Isai Yuttham’ is looking forward to this year’s competition as he gets to spend valuable one-to-one time with the finalists before they step onto the battle ground.
VSS has become a household name on the back of its tremendous success last year.
This year, Vaanavil will identify and crown a singer-cum-performer as the new musical sensation who will carry the Astro Vaanavil brand.
Dr. Rajamani, the Senior Vice President of Content Group at Astro, marveled at VSS 2013 and praised the local talent from the show who have gone on to earn international recognition.
“I’m very glad to inform that we are in the 13th edition of this singing competition. We introduced this competition in 2001 to nurture local Malaysian singing talents.
“We are honoured to announce that we produce more than 10 singers and performers yearly to the Malaysian Indian entertainment industry. On top of that, this competition has introduced many Malaysian talents to the International arena.
“Charumathe has performed in the final round on a programme in Jaya TV and a few other singers performed on the Edison Awards. Shantesh won the best performer in the Super Star Asia Challenge 2012 in Singapore and many more singers have been critically praised.”
Malindo Air, the newly-launched Malaysian hybrid airline will be associated with VSS 2013.
Malindo Air CEO, Mr Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline was glad to play a part in this season's competition.
“Malindo Air is proud to be associated with Vaanavil Super Star which is very popular among the Indian community in Malaysia, especially with the involvement of renowned music personalities from India.
"It is definitely an exciting platform for these talented singers, bringing it to the next level and to showcase their music knowledge and ability.”
For the very first time in this competition, the audition was done via online application. Malaysian youth between 18 and 35 years old had to record their voice track and upload it on the website.
This was done to accommodate the technological enhancement in the lifestyle of today's youth and to make it a simple process so that contestants don’t need to attend the audition in person.
The finest 16 contestants were selected for the preliminary round out of more than 300 applications.
The mentor will select the best 12 contestants from the preliminary round to compete weekly. After going through 7 weeks of battle, only 5 contestants will progress to the Grand Final.
Judges will select the best contestants based on their pitch, beat, quality of vocal, showmanship and pronunciation.
The Grand Finale will take place on September 28, 2013 at 8pm, ‘LIVE’ from Studio 1, Astro.
Each contestant has to really work hard to win the title of ‘Champion’ and to walk away with the cash prize of RM40,000 and a brand new car.
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