Dear A.S.S. Editor
Celebrity judges of the first Singapore Malaysia edition of the reality singing show The Voice agreed that the show should consider lifting their ridiculous Mandarin-speaking requirement, seeing that the show takes place in the melting pot of culture that is Singapore and Malaysia.
The show had come under fire from the public for their requirements that the participants need to be fluent in Mandarin and are able to perform mandarin songs. The producers of the show had reiterated when the uproar first broke that they had acquire the format licence to produce the show in Mandarin based on the assessment that it was the most commercially viable.
The four judges for the show has been named as Malaysian singer Gary Chaw, Singapore singer-songwriter Hanjin Tan, China’s Della Ding and Taiwanese veteran Sky Wu. The Voice started life as a Dutch show in 2010, and the popular American version has been running for 12 seasons now.
And the local Voice competition being entirely Mandarin based has really robbed Singapore and Malaysia of the uniqueness of the two countries’ multi racial society. Why not just produce the show in China, and invite Singapore and Malaysian Mandarin contestants over? At least then, there would be no uproar.