Local artists to shine in Yu Em Khax first semi-finals

Digicel Play’s local smash hit Yu Em Khax is making a comeback this Saturday January 14, when the first semi-final airs on TVWAN Life at 7pm.

The locally-produced show is a first of its kind talent show profiling Papua New Guinea’s most talented, unique and brightest entertainers.

Live auditions for the show took place around the country in November and December, 2016 and saw hundreds of people turn up to try out for a spot on the coveted show. 

Six singers, four dancers, three magicians, three comedians, one beat box group and one theatrical artist impressed the judges in Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen and Kokopo made it through to the televised heats late last year.

Digicel Play CEO, Nico Meyer, said 18 contestants have made it through to the two semi-final rounds, beginning this Saturday night.

“The first nine contestants will take to the stage this weekend to show the judges their unique talents and are vying for bragging rights to be PNG’s ultimate Khax,” he said.

“Since the heats finished in December, the contestants have polished up their acts and are set to blow the judges and viewers at home away with their talents.

“Some of the most outstanding acts set to showcase their talents this Saturday include Hannah Hola from the Port Moresby auditions, Jack Spade from the Lae auditions, the wild card Ian Whitey and many more.

“Next Saturday, the final nine will compete in the second semi-final, which is set to be another exhilarating episode.”

Meyer said Yu Em Khax has uncovered a wealth of hidden talent across the country.

“Digicel Play is committed to growing the local entertainment industry and this show in particular has provided a platform for local people to showcase their talents,” he said.

“Last year we tried to give as many people as possible the opportunity to compete for the title of PNG’s most talented and it’s getting more exciting as we get closer to choosing that person.”

Hosts for the show include former radio personality Kenny Havora, Olivia Rondeau,  Steven Tau and Serah Palek.

The winner of the show will receive K20,000, while the runner-up will win K10,000 and the third place act will be awarded K5,000.

To ensure people can tune into the first semi-final on Saturday night, Digicel Play is encouraging them to make sure their Digicel Play TV plans are up to date ahead of time.

To subscribe, customers can simply visit selected Digicel stores, dial *515# or call 180 1515 to speak with a member of the Digicel Play customer care team.

The live grand-finale show of Yu EM Khax will air on Saturday, January 28, 2017.