I am Talented to debut on VTV6

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Vietnam is bracing itself for a new kind of talent show.

I Am Talented will feature Vietnamese students vying for a chance to study in England.

A press release issued by the British Council Vietnam described the show as an effort to encourage a more holistic approach to education. Students will be judged on a range of disciplines, including general knowledge, the arts and sports.

"From our point of view, it's incredible to see the quality of participants' English and the huge interest there is in studying in the UK," said the British Council Vietnam's director, Robin Rickard. "These young people represent their country so strongly and the talent showcased is a fantastic indicator of the diversity of their knowledge and skills."

The show represents a collaborative effort between the Council, VTV6 and VietBa Media. It is set to air from April 29 (10 to 11 a.m.) until mid-September.

The winner will receive a scholarship to the historic Ruthin School one of the oldest public schools in the United Kingdom for a two-year A-level program. Other prizes will include a summer English course at Bellerbys College and scholarships for courses at the British Council.

The show's 100 contestants were chosen from auditions held in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. The competitors came from all over Vietnam and include representatives from the provinces of Bac Giang, Lam Dong and Gia Lai.

They chose to sing, dance, draw and play musical instruments. Some submitted highlight reels of their sporting ability.

Miss International Vietnam Ngo Phuong Lan, TV favorite Dang Diem Quynh and London-born Loz Whitaker (an English teacher at the British Council and long-term Vietnam resident) comprised the panel of judges.

"This competition is not merely a talent show, but also has the added ingredient of a quiz show," said Judge Diem Quynh. I am Talented features an English-speaking portion and showcases a lot of diversity and fresh ideas."

Meanwhile, judge Phuong Lan said she was pleasantly surprised by the amount of talent in the show: "It's overwhelming to see so many students who are truly talented. I am also amazed by the contestants' depth of knowledge and confidence, which goes well beyond their young age."

The finale will select the four winners from a pool of 12 contestants in the previous semi-final round.

Each finalist will have a total of five minutes to convince the judges that they deserve the top prize.

More information on I am Talented can be found at the show's website at: www.toitainang.com.vn.

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