Reported by Carmen Chong

The long-waited IMU’s Got Talent was finally held on 10th of March 2016. It was organized by IMU Ball Committee 2016: Ethereal with the objectives of promoting and finding talented performers for the IMU Ball, according to Lim Hui Jane, (President of IMU Ball Committee) and Jonathan Chua (event organizer/secretary of IMU Ball Committee).

The oh-so-witty Serene Kho and bubbly Venetia Chan were the hosts for the night alongside four experienced judges: Lim Hui Jane, Kimberly Loh Zou Chiat, Alexandra Tham and Julius Ng. There was a combination of 10 individual and group performances, comprised of singing, dancing, rapping, band performance and instrument-playing. Though the organizing committee faced some technical difficulties at the beginning, they managed to overcome it and made the rest of the event flawless. The atmosphere was very lively and the audience cheered on for their friends as well as their favourite performers. The organizing committee received some wonderful feedback from the audience, saying that it was better than last year as the performances were more diverse, and that it was worth attending.

During the intermission, an interactive session with the audience kept the flow of the event going. Several members of the audience showcased their talents on stage. Even some of the participants joined in as well. As the saying goes, ‘the more the merrier’. One of our judges, Julius, also performed a short dance under the limelight. This truly reflects that IMU students are sporting and talented at the same time!

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After many ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­jaw-dropping performances, it was finally time for the prize giving ceremony. There were two second runner-ups for the night. Jackie, one of the winners, performed a four-song mash-up comprised of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘Firework’, ‘Love Me Like You Do’ and ‘Ronda Alla Turca’ on the piano skillfully. Not to forget the other second runner-up, Jolene and Lizzy, who performed a duet of Jessie J’s ‘Flashlight’ on the piano and violin. First runner-up went to the group, ZSC, who sang ‘When We Were Young’ by Adele, with piano accompaniment. And last but not least, the one we’ve all been waiting for! Black Diamond – Ng Min Yee, Ng Kai Ling and Michelle Anne – grabbed the title of champion with their astounding dance performance. In addition, six consolation prizes were given to other passionate participants.

Before the event started, Jonathan and Jane could foresee that the winner of the night would definitely be the ones who would capture the crowd’s attention the most. True enough, Black Diamond wooed the crowd and won the competition. The dance crew were extremely flattered when they were announced as the winner because it was their first time competing in this event and they fell that they did not rehearse enough. When interviewed, they said that they were unclear about the requirements for the competition but they went full force and just did their best.

Who says there’s a limit for talent?

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Photographs by Immanuel Tan and Wong Yao Han

For more photos of this talent showcase, visit the album on our Facebook page! Grab your IMU Ball 2016 tickets by the booth in front of the library on the 3rd floor and don’t miss all the glitz and glam!

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