talent show

Check out Jack Spade’s performance tonight!

He says trying out for the auditions in the Lae heat was just for fun.

But his story tells us otherwise, because he had to travel 265km from Popondetta in Northern Province to Lae, in Morobe Province, for the auditions.

And this time, it’s 143km from Popondetta to the capital city, Port Moresby, for semi-final 1, where he will be competing with eight other acts.

Judges of the show say the semi-finals will be tough and Jack Spade has come a long way to turn back now.

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

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.

Lae auditions set higher platform

Compared to Port Moresby, Ailyn says there are a variety of talents and each came prepared for the auditions.

“What we did not see in Port Moresby, we are seeing it here. Port Moresby gave us the more usual acts like singing and dancing, Lae on the other hand has a drama group, two or three magicians, a few comedians, rapping, beat-boxing.

“We did not expect this much and the youngest who auditioned on Saturday was about 4 or 5 years old. Most who auditioned are mostly teens and in their early twenties, with sereral elderly people,” she said.