The Hanoitimes - Vietnam’s 218 Dance Crew qualified for Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 last Saturday, with the qualifying round airing at 8pm on national channel HTV3 - DreamsTV.
To qualify for the show, the crew produced a performance combining the traditional and contemporary, receiving praise from the audience and judges. The show was filmed at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel.
Vietnam’s 218 Dance Crew.
The crew was praised for directly taking three judges and the audience to Việt Nam through its dancing performance with LED lights on the background of Trống Cơm (rice drum, a traditional bongo-shaped Vietnamese drum) music.
The Ao Dai (traditional long dress), Ao Ba Ba (Vietnamese silk ensemble garment), conical hat, boatman, Cau Ho (Huế chantey) were introduced by the crew, with its fully made combination of music and dance move.
Anggun Cipta Sasmi, an Indonesian and French singer-songwriter, one of the three judges, said it was an impressive and unique performance, with every move performed well.
According to, David Foster, Canadian musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, and arranger who has won 16 Grammy Awards and one Emmy, the second judge, you have shown us a bit of flavour of Vietnam with a modern style, a style of 2017 and I am really into this performance.
In addition, according to Jay Park, the former of 2PM – famous South Korea band and the last judge, American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, record producer, entrepreneur and actor, was dazzled by the performance, he love the way you show Vietnamese culture through the popular images of conical hat, boatman and others. It was so awesome and I like it so much!.
Lead dancer of the crew, Nguyen Chan Tin, said they were flattered to be chosen by the judges to bring Vietnamese culture to an international competition, “We hope Vietnamese audience will share this victory with us!”
Asia's Got Talent (AGT) is the regional version of the Got Talent franchise that is airing on AXN Asia. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for a prize of USD100,000 and an opportunity to perform at the Marina Bay Sands.
It started airing on March 12, 2015 across 15 countries in Asia, culminating to a grand final airing nine weeks later on May 14, 2015.
The show is hosted by Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez; while the judges are Anggun, David Foster, Melanie C, and Vanness Wu for the first season. Melanie C is the third member of the Spice Girls to become a Got Talent judge (after Mel B and Geri Halliwell), while Anggun is judging on a second Got Talent franchise after sitting in the panel in the second season of Indonesia's Got Talent. This show is also co-hosted by Singaporean Youtuber and Power98FM DJ's Dee Kosh for sneak previews, highlights, recaps, and behind the scenes.
In the second season, it was announced that Foster and Anggun have returned as judges, while Jay Park is tapped as the new judge. Alan Wong and Justin Bratton were also announced as the new hosts for this season.