KTV the Remix Season III; Singers to take on Disco
KTV, the Remix is back tonight at the Bliss and you can expect lots of surprises, plenty fun and laughter. So far you have heard different genres of music, this week the talent will take us down memory lane with their choice of disco songs of the 1970’s. So pull out the platform shoes, don the afro and get in the mood to boogie because the auditorium will be rocking. KTV the Remix Season 3 is making it burn baby burn! Five contestants tackle the genre which was the preeminent form of music decades ago, but very much enjoyed to date. Here is Duane Moody with a look at what to expect tonight.
Duane Moody, Reporting
And it’s down to five. We’re halfway there to finding out who will be the lucky singer to walk away with ten thousand dollars cash and prizes in season three of KTV the Remix. A total of six singers took the stage last week with their renditions of popular country songs. Tonight, after one participant is cut, five will continue on with disco, as chosen by lead performer last Tuesday, Stephanie Darker. But the journey will only get tougher as the competition winds down because only the best of the best will prevail.
Marlyn Vansen, Judge, KTV the Remix Season III
“This year I think the talent is amazing. I think this is one of the best years that I have ever actually seen. Normally you have like one or two really good singers, but I think that this group is really full of all talented, really great singers so I think it is a really good year and I am excited.”
Marlyn Vansen has been chosen as a judge for this season and rightly so. She is no stranger to the performing arts, having done presentations on national and international stages. Marlyn also competed and was a finalist on several of the entertainment shows right here on Channel Five and partook for years in our annual Summer Fest. She says it is sometimes nerve-racking being in front of a packed auditorium, but practicing is key.
“This year is a little different from when I was on. When I was on, we practically only had to prepare for one song. But this year, there is the ending challenge where they do the duet. And so every week, they have to prepare two songs and I understand, I know how hard that must be to learn two songs and the genre is different. So the advice I would have for you guys would literally be to practice, practice a lot. Practice; it really helps your body and your mind and your lips and your voice to get use to what you’ve been practicing so when you go on stage you just want to enjoy and your body is gonna do pretty much what you have been practicing; what it remembers. You have to make the time for it. I believe you came into the competition for a reason, so you want to make it a priority and really put your best foot forward. I’ve been doing this for some years now and I still get nervous. One thing I can definitely tell you that help you with the nervousness is practicing. I cannot stress enough, practice guys; it is the best thing that you can do for yourself. It really does take away a little bit of the nervousness because you know exactly what you are going to do. So even if you are going on the stage and you’re going to be singing and you know there is an instrumental break here and you want to say something, you practice exactly what you are going to say so that you can get used to it.”
To win the competition, you gotta be strategic with marketing yourself and getting the Belizean people to support and vote for you. So how do you get those votes?
“One thing that I did when I was on the show back in the day, I took use of all the media stations so I went on every single radio station I could get access to. And sometimes they probably don’t want you to go on, but you have to push yourself and push the effort. There’s YouTube, there’s twitter; the internet is totally free guys. So make use of it…make a video. And you know what else you can do, you could also maybe sing the song that you did the week so that if you made a mistake, you could show people that “Yo, I could really sing.” But sometimes the nervousness gets the best of you.”
Marlyn also spoke about the social media commentary.
“One thing I wanna say, there is always going to be critiques, both positive and negative. And you can either look at the negative comments—cause sometimes they are not even really constructive criticisms coming; it’s just negativity—you can either take it and try to see the positive in it or you can just ignore it. Something that I do, I don’t even go and read it; it is not necessary. When people want to give you good or bad criticism, if people really genuinely care about you to give you that….well you can work on this, they are going to reach out to you.”
Duane Moody for News Five.
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