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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 22, 2020




A NEW INTERNATIONAL singing competition called “Asian Dream” will be launched on August 6, Thursday, 7:25 PM. This is presented by Subaru Asia in partnership with music icon Michael Bolton. Six talented singers from across Asia will compete for a spot in Bolton’s Asian Dream concert tour and as a Subaru ambassador.

The chosen six contestants are Karl Zarate from the Philippines, Becky Yeung from Hongkong, Linh Tran from Vietnman, Sasha Ka from Thailand, Poova Sri Rama from Malaysia and Tyen Rasif from Singapore.

Over the course of seven episodes, the contestants will be mentored, coached and pushed to the limits by Michael Bolton, and his co-host, singing sensation Morrisette Amon, along with celebrity guest experts.

Across the progressive elimination format, the singers face a wide range of physical and mental challenges that will make or break them, until the final showdown. The winner will perform in the Asian Dream concert tour with Michael Bolton next year.

Motor Image, distributor of Subaru cars in the region and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong International Limited, is committed to developing Asian talents who have passion, tenacity and drive. Motor Image previously sponsored programme favourite Asia’s Next Top Model and commissioned Bolt of Talent.

“We are proud to provide a unique platform and opportunity for aspiring singers to pursue their dreams. They are mentored individually by industry veterans, hone their skills through a series of challenges and improve their performance. Through this experience, as they grow as performers, I hope Asian Dream will serve as a launchpad for their future success,” said Mr Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director, Tan Chong International Limited.

Mr Tan also appears on the show as a guest judge. The show will premiere on AXN, a regional channel that redefines the entertainment experience for discerning audiences through world-class TV programmes.

“As a platform that has been home to captivating reality competitions such as “The Amazing Race Asia” and “Asia's Got Talent”, we are proud to partner with Subaru to launch this highly-anticipated show, and are always on the lookout to work with strategic partners and brands that reflect our values and vision of bringing quality content to viewers”, said Ms. Avani Bhanchawat, Vice President, Affiliate, Media & Sponsorship Sales, KC Global Media Asia, which owns AXN.

Multi-Grammy award winner Michael Bolton, who is one of the creators of the show, appears as a resident judge on Asian Dream. He has sold more than 65 million records worldwide, including nine #1 singles, ten Top Ten albums, and over two dozen songwriting awards.

He became a viral internet sensation in the Saturday Night Live “Jack Sparrow” video, garnering over 200 million YouTube views.

Speaking about his involvement in Asian Dream, Michael said, “I am thrilled to be partnering with Subaru Asia to find some of the best and brightest stars in the region, and helping them rise to their full potential. Although I was signed at the age of 16, it took me eighteen years to breakthrough, so I feel I can relate to these young artists’ aspirations.

"It takes more than just a great voice or an x-factor to make it in the music business; it also takes commitment and drive, values which we share with my friend and collaborator Glenn Tan.”

Alongside Michael Bolton, Asian Dream boasts a veritable line-up of established Asian entertainers. Filipina singer and actress Morissette Amon is the other resident judge of the show. Since joining the world of show business at the age of 14, she has gone on to win more than 30 awards, including Artist of the Year and Pop Song of the Year.

Together with Michael Bolton, she guides the contestants as they rise to the challenge of becoming well-rounded, versatile and captivating performers.

The resident judges are joined by guest celebrities from across Asia, including Fashion Photographer Yu Tsai (United States of America), Actress Tan Kheng Hua (Singapore), Singer Sara Wee (Singapore), Choreographer Alif Archo (Singapore), Singer and Subaru Ambassador Mild Nawin (Thailand),

Singer and actress Janine Weigel (Thailand), Musician Thanh Bui (Vietnam), Singer and actress Ho Ngoc Ha (Vietnam), Asia’s Next Top Model Season 6 winner and Subaru Ambassador Dana Slosar (Thailand) and Asia’s Next Top Model Season 6 runner-up Mia Sabathy (Taiwan).

“Asian Dream” is produced by Refinery Media in association with Passion Films and will premiere across Asia on Thursday 6 August at 7.25pm, exclusively on AXN. The episodes are also available online thereafter at www.subaru.asia/asiandream.

AXN is available in the Philippines on Cignal Channel 121, SKYcable HD Channel 247, SKYcable SD Channel 49, GSAT Channel 57, and various provincial cable operators nationwide.