Auditions for ZMM’s Zion Got Talent to commence this June

Gangtok, 14 May;

After a grand success of the Voice of Zion, Zion Music Ministries [ZMM] has now announced to organise Zion Got Talent, a solo song and solo dance competition, under the banner of India Evangelistic Crusade in Sikkim [IECS]. The competition will be open for contestants from Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Mirik, Dooars and Siliguri. The registration for the competition has already been started and the auditions are likely to start from last week of June.

Addressing a press conference here today, ZMM Director, John Bhutia, stated that Voice of Zion was a state-level solo song competition and had been a grand success. Jennifer Lohagun was the winner of Voice of Zion and received cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a music album contract with ZMM. It is informed that total cash prize of Rs 3.35 lakhs were given to top 15 contestants of the competition last year.

“On the public demand, this year we have also included solo dance in the competition along with solo song and it is open for contestants even from neighbouring North Bengal areas,” he said.

There is no any age bar for the competition and it is open for all but contestants need to sing or dance in Christian songs. The organisers have decided to start district-level audition at all four districts from end of June and then the jury members will be travelling to different areas of North Bengal to conduct auditions. The organisers have fixed the registration fee of Rs 300 for the competition.

Mr Bhutia mentioned that the first three rounds of the competition will be held on the basis of 70% talent and 30% voting of the shortlisted candidates in the auditions. He mentioned that the shortlisted candidates will be groomed under expert dancers and singers to further polish their talent.

Zion Got Talent carries cash prizes of Rs 2 lakhs to the winner and Rs 1 lakh to runner-up along with an opportunity to be a part of ZMM music album with other talented contestants of the competition.

“The main objective of the event is to provide a better platform to talented singers and dancers of the region and to further polish their talents to take to higher levels. Music plays a vital role in human life so the competition is targeted to motivate youths towards the creative and productive path,” Mr Bhutia said.

IECS secretary, Pastor Zebulon Lepcha, mentioned that IECS has been working on the vision to support and lead young generation on a productive path.

“We liked the vision of ZMM to work for young generation so we have come forward