You’ve seen her perform live during service, now catch 18-year-old Carmen Ang (pictured) vying for the top prize at the Stardust singing competition, where she will compete against other finalists from all over the island, like Singapore Management University, Tampines Polytechnic, National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, North Vista Secondary School, and Republic Polytechnic.
Eight bands and ten vocalists are in the finals lineup, and prizes will be awarded to the top three of both categories. They have gone through the auditions and semi-finals, which was at *SCAPE where they pitted themselves against 32 vocalists and 15 bands.
Judges include Terence, a vocal coach who has understudied five-time Grammy award winner Bruce Swedien; Don Richmond from Music Lab; vocal coach Sherlyn Chia; Amanda Ling (keyboardist from the local band Electrico); singer-songwriter Inch Chua; and owner of TAB, Keith Tan. Guest performers featured include 53A, Tay Kewei, Stellastory and Deon & Band. Participants compete both on judges’ score and number of votes.
Stardust is an annual nationwide talent-search competition organized by the National University of Singapore Student’s Business Club (also known as the NUS Bizad Club). It is a school-based event which intends to donate its net profits to the Make A Wish Foundation.
Since its inception in 1990, Stardust has been a flagship project for the NUS Bizad Club. What began as a singing competition based within the faculty has, over the years, grown steadily into a nationwide talent search competition.
The Stardust finals is on June 11, 6 p.m. at the University Cultural Centre (50 Kent Ridge Crescent, NUS Centre for Arts, Singapore 119279). Tickets at S$15 (S$18 at the door) from www.stardust2011.com. Log on for more additional information.