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The first season of Thailand's Got Talent ended on Sunday with 13-year-old Maneepatsorn Myra Molloy singing her way the grand prize. Remember that name. You are going to hear it a lot in the future.
TGT’s 13-year-old winner, Maneepatsorn ‘‘Myra’’ Molloy.
Thailand’s top talent
Few people can disagree that Thai fans across the country chose the most talented individual performer as the winner of the first season of the Thailand's Got Talent contest.
She is 13-year-old Maneepatsorn ‘‘Myra’’ Molloy, a half-Thai-half American singer with a voice that had handle opera and Broadway classics with ease. She did a little of both in the final and walked away with the grand prize – five million baht in cash, a car and a luxury condo.
Myra is a big fan of musicals like Phantom of the Opera and Mulan and her big ambition is to become a Broadway performer one day, a very definite possibility. In addition to her vocal abilities, she can also play the piano, violin, viola, guitar and ukulele.
Somtow Sucharitkul, artistic director of the Bangkok Opera, was especially excited to hear of Myra's success, since he has seen her develop and blossom as an artist over the past few years.
"Myra joined us in 2006 as a member of the Ayodhya Children's Group," he said, "and has been quite active as a participant in many productions. She has recently been working with Bruce Gaston on the opera A Boy and a Tiger, in which she has a big role. We've seen her grow as an artist and for some time now I've been planning to create a special part for her in an opera."
It is fun to imagine what lies ahead for young Myra. One viewer of the youtube video of her contest-winning performance wrote this:
“I have worked in opera for almost 30 years and have never seen talent equal to this girl. The clarity of her voice is breathtaking and her musicianship is remarkable. Thailand should be proud to have such an outstanding talent to show the world. She is destined to become one of the greatest performers of all times!!!”
Adapted from a story in today's 'Life' section of the Bangkok Post.
More Myra songs: (1) When she was 12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xfscU05bPk and (2) when she was 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKb_y7G_pFA&f
talent – a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught ความสามารถพิเศษ
individual – relating to or involving a single, separate person or thing แต่ละบุคคล
performer – a person who performs for an audience in a show, concert, etc นักแสดง, ผู้แสดง
classic – a book, film/movie or song which is well known and considered to be of very high quality งานทางศิลปะแบบคลาสสิค
with ease – easily อย่างง่ายดาย
grand prize – the first and biggest prize for the winner of a contest
cash – money เงินสด
luxury – the best and most expensive of something ที่หรูหรา
musical – a play or a film/movie in which part or all of the story is told using songs and often dancing ละครเพลง
ambition – the desire or determination to be successful, rich, powerful, etc; something that you want to do or achieve very much ความทะเยอทะยาน, ความปรารถนาอันแรงกล้า
definite – clearly decided and specific, certain แน่นอน, แน่ชัด, แจ่มแจ้ง
vocal – connected with the voice, especially singing เกี่ยวกับเสียงร้องในเพลง
blossom – to become more healthy, confident or successful พัฒนา, เติบโต
participant – someone who takes part in something ผู้เข้าร่วม
production – a film/movie, a play or a broadcast that is prepared for the public; the act of preparing a film or a play, etc ละครหรือภาพยนตร์ที่มีคนจำนวนมากร้องเพลง/เต้นรำ
role – an actor's part in a film, play or opera บทละคร
imagine – to form a picture of something or someone in your mind นึกคิด, จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน
performance – the act of carrying out some time of entertainment or sport การแสดง
clarity – the ability to be easily seen, heard or understood ความชัดเจน
breathtaking – extremely impressive or beautiful งดงามตระการตา
musicianship – skill in performing or writing music ความสามารถทางดนตรี
remarkable - unusual or special and therefore surprising and worth mentioning ไม่ธรรมดา
outstanding – clearly very much better than what is usual ยอดเยี่ยม, ดีเด่น
destined – certain to do something,or certain to happen in the future ซึ่งมุ่งหน้าไปทาง, ซึ่งถูกกำหนดไว้ล่วงหน้าแล้ว