The organising board of the annual 2012 Sao Mai Diem Hen singing contest says that they will ban contestants from wearing skimpy or over provocative clothing and accessories.
Ha Linh was eliminated in Sao Mai 2008
The rules this year require that contestants have no tattoos, piercings on the face, arm or ‘abnormal’ dyed hair colours. They must also refrain from wearing revealing clothes or those with brand logos. Private bands and special instruments have also been banned unless approved by the board.
According to the organisers, the rules have been made stricter because of the large number of violations in the past. One of the more famous cases was that of Ha Linh in 2008. This contestant in the pop category, was disqualified for changing music’s arrangement on the night of the performance.
According to the board, the rules are meant to eliminate those whose lifestyles are ‘inconsistent with Vietnamese custom’. Also, those whose statements or actions are considered harmful to the show will not only be eliminated, but may even have to make compensation.
Even the audition rounds, to be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, will have some stricter guidelines. Contestants who act in a disorderly way, such as trying to perform before their turn will be turned away.
Winner and runners-up from previous seasons in the pop category will be allowed to go straight to the live streaming round. If they do not wish to do so, the organising board can hand pick contestants from the auditions or from previous season to take these slots.
Sao Mai Singing Contest 2012 will officially broadcasted on VTV3 from June 24.
Winners of last years pop category: Le Viet Anh, Doan Thi Thuy Trang, Nguyen Huy Quyet (from left to right)