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Thailand finally gets talent
- Published: 4 Mar 2011 at 10.14
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Britain’s Got Talent. America’s Got Talent. Even Indonesia’s Got Talent. Now, thanks to Channel 3, it’s Thailand’s turn.
Susan Boyle, an unknown singer who fascinated people throughout the world. Notice how the video editing played a big part in the success of the performance.
Certainly one of the most memorable performances of Britain’s Got Talent came in 2009 from an unknown singer named Susan Boyle who surprised everyone with her beautiful and powerful voice. You can still see that performance here: http://youtu.be/RxPZh4AnWyk .
As you watch, pay attention to the editing – how the various scenes were combined into one. It is one of the best jobs of editing you will ever see. Watch this Sunday to see if the Thai version of the show uses similar techniques.
Thailand’s talented take the stage
Britain’s Got Talent. America’s Got Talent. Even Indonesia’s Got Talent. Now it’s Thailand’s turn.
This Sunday evening, Channel 3 will host Thailand’s version of a show that has fascinated viewers in 42 other countries.
The talent show welcomes contestants of any age with any kind of act – it even allows cats and dogs on stage – to try for overnight fame and fortune and, perhaps, the chance to become the next Susan Boyle.
Thailand’s Got Talent (TGT) will take the domestic television industry to new heights, promises its executive producer, Chayan Chantawongsatorn, who is working with FremantleMedia to produce the programme.
Conceived by TV icon Simon Cowell, Britain's Got Talent was launched in June, 2007. FremantleMedia franchises the format and sends a team to oversee production of the show in order to ensure that the standards are maintained and TV stations stick to the original concept.
Chayan will have a say, however, when it comes to modifying the format in order to take Thai cultural sensibilities into account and generally make the programme more appealing to local viewers.
TGT has certainly had no problem in attracting wannabe stars. Already almost 10,000 people – and animals – have auditioned for the show.
The youngest TGT applicant was a four-year-old girl, who showed off some nimble traditional Thai dance steps, while the oldest was a 75-year-old wannabe singer. Another senior citizen sang a song while doing a yoga-like headstand. Then there was the young disabled man who played the guitar very well using only one hand. Four-legged performers were also accepted for auditions, with one particularly acrobatic dog strutting its stuff on a ladder.
Chayan said he was especially impressed with the editing of the first part of the programme, which will feature a selection of the best acts chosen from the almost 10,000 contestants.
Prawit Maleenont, managing director of Bangkok Entertainment, had Channel 3 revise its schedule and give Thailand's Got Talent a prime-time slot so that families could enjoy watching the show together. The first of 13 shows will air this Sunday from 5:45 to 7:15pm.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Kanokporn Chanasongkram. You can read the full, much longer story, here: http://bit.ly/ew4Iir
memorable – likely to be remembered or worth remembering ซึ่งมีค่าน่าจดจำ, โดดเด่น
performance – the act of carrying out some time of entertainment or sport การแสดง
talent – a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught ความสามารถพิเศษ
talented – having a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught ซึ่งมีพรสวรรค์
edit – to prepare a text, tape or film for use by correcting mistakes and deciding what will be removed and what will be kept in, etc. ตัดตอ
combined – mixed or put together รวมกัน
technique – a method of doing something using a special skill that you have developed เทคนิค, กลวิธี (เฉพาะด้าน)
fascinate – to interest someone a lot ทำให้ลุ่มหลง
stage – a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, etc. perform เวที
turn – the time when are allowed to do something ตา
host – to provide what is necessary to carry out a special event จัดงาน
contestant – someone who competes in a contest ผู้แข่งขัน
overnight – suddenly or quickly อย่างรวดเร็ว
fame – the state of being famous or very well known ชื่อเสียง
fortune – a large amount of money เงินมากมาย
domestic – relating to a person's own country ภายในประเทศ
heights – a better or greater level of something; a situation where something is very good จุดสุดยอด
producer – a person who makes the practical and financial arrangements needed to make a film, play, television or radio programme ผู้อำนวยการสร้างภาพยนต์, ผู้ผลิต
conceive – to form an idea, a plan, etc. in your mind; to imagine something มีความคิด, เกิดขึ้นในใจ
icon – someone who is very famous and who people think represents a particular idea ดาราหรือบุคคลผู้มีชื่อเสียงที่เป็นตัวแทนของสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง
launch – to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
franchise – a formal agreement for someone to sell a company’s products or services in a particular place การขายระบบแฟรนไชนส์ คือมีสาขาของร้านค้า เช่น 7-eleven
format – the arrangement, design or organisation of something รูปแบบ
oversee – to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly คุมงาน,ควบคุม
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done รับรอง ให้ความมั่นใจ
standards – a level of quality that is normal or acceptable for a particular person or in a particular situation มาตรฐาน, บรรทัดฐาน, กรอบ
maintain – to keep รักษา
stick to – to make sure that something isn’t changed ยึดมั่น
original – existing at the beginning เดิม, ซึ่งเป็นแบบฉบับ
concept – an idea for something new ความคิด, กรอบความคิด
have a say – to have the right to influence something by giving your opinion before a decision is made มีสิทธิในการแสดงความเห็น
modify – to change something slightly, especially in order to improve it ดัดแปลง, เปลี่ยนแปลง
take into account – to consider; to think carefully about the various factors involved before making a decision or developing an opinion พิจารณา, คิดอย่างละเอียด
sensibilities – a person's feelings, especially when the person is easily offended or influenced by something อารมณ์,ความรู้สึกเจ็บใจได้
appeal to – to cause someone to like or want something ดึงดูดใจ ทำให้สนใจ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
wannabe – a person who wants to be famous or successful like someone else they admire คนที่ปรารถนาจะเป็นแบบผู้อื่น
audition – to give a short performance so that somebody can decide whether they are suitable to act in a play, sing in a concert, etc ทดสอบการแสดง, ทดลองแสดง
applicant – someone who applies for something ผู้สมัคร
nimble – able to move quickly and easily ว่องไว, คล่องแคล่ว
senior citizen – someone who is more than 60 years old ผู้สูงอายุ, ผู้อาวุโส
headstand – a position in which a person has their head on the ground and their feet straight up in the air การทรงตัวในแนวตั้งที่ใช้ศีรษะและมือทั้งสองข้างดันพื้นเพื่อรับน้ำหนักตัวแทนขา
disabled – having a condition, especially a physical one, that limits your activities in some way พิการ
acrobatic – involving balancing, jumping, or turning your body with great skill การแสดงความแข็งแรงและยืดหยุ่นของร่างกายโดยการเล่นห้อยโหนโยนตัวเป็นต้น
strut your stuff – to show what you can do in a confident and expressive way อวด, แสดงออก,
ladder – a piece of equipment for reaching high places that consists of two long pieces of wood or metal joined by smaller pieces called rungs บันได
impressed – admiring someone or something very much because of an unusually good quality or achievement ประทับใจ
feature – to include someone or something as an important part มีบทบาทสำคัญใน
selection – a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group ผู้ที่ได้รับการคัดเลือก, สิ่งที่ถูกเลือก
revise – to change, improve, or make additions to something แก้ไข
schedule – a list showing the times at which particular events will happen ตารางเวลา
prime-time – the time when the greatest number of people are watching television or listening to the radio ช่วงเวลาที่มีผู้ชมโทรทัศน์มากที่สุด
slot – a time for somebody/something in a list, a programme of events or a series of broadcasts เวลาซึ่งกำหนดในตาราง
air – to broadcast; to send out a programme on television or radio กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว