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Feb 19, 2002

Karaoke competition begins tonight

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It was last year’s surprise hit, capturing the attention of a viewing public hungry for local entertainment. And with the peculiar institution known as karaoke still as popular as ever, Karaoke Television is back for an encore.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

Tonight, KTV 2002 starts on Channel 5. Over the next thirteen weeks, sixty contestants will try to win the hearts of judges and a national television audience. Back as host for the crowd pleasing show is William Neal.

William Neal, Host, KTV

“Well Jackie this is the second year of Karaoke Television, and last year was a blast, but I think this year will be even more hype. We’re definitely incorporating the fun element, that’s in built, but we’re also looking at showcasing talent as well, as a part of the show. Not just karaoke-wise, but other talents as well, so that will be a new feature. And of course it’s still family oriented and it’s all about, fun, fun, fun, come out an have a good time.”

KTV producer, Mary Rhaburn has been supervising auditions and believes that there are surges out there who have not yet signed up, but are capable of walking away with the karaoke championship.

Mary Rhaburn, Producer, KTV

“So far in the auditions we’ve had some really good people entering. Of course, you’re not going to see everybody that has entered, tonight. We will be contacting those that I haven’t been able to as yet, because we’ve been busy working on this first show. I’m asking that people who are interested in entering the competition, to enter in our next auditions, we will be promoting on Channel 5, letting you know the dates and where we are going to be. There are a lot of people out there that can sing. I think maybe they have a little cold feet because it’s on TV, because if you go around to the different karaoke bars, you see people singing and you want to know why they don’t come and enter. Come on down, join in the fun, enter the competition. We have a lot of big prizes and they could be that lucky winner to walk away with it.”

Tonight’s contestants hail from Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio. Here’s a preview of what they’ve got to offer.

(Contestants singing)

The show gets underway at 9:00. If you can’t make it out to Club Calypso watch it live right here on Channel 5. Jacqueline Woods reporting for News 5.

Those planning to see the show tonight at Calypso are reminded that admission is free, but that only those eighteen and over will be admitted. Please come early to ensure a good seat.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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