Disney’s “My School Rocks!” 2012 Sabah auditions

Update 27-Aug-12: Congratulations to La Salle Secondary School, Tanjung Aru, Sabah, for being the grand prize winner of My School Rocks 2012! Have fun at Hong Kong Disneyland!

Update 14-Aug-12: Photos taken of “My School Rocks” Sabah 2012 can be found in my Flickr page.

Yes, I went. And yes, it was actually loads of fun! But first, the folks at Disney wanted me to share this little bit of info to my blog readers:-

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Kota Kinabalu, 1 July 2012: Auditions for “My School Rocks!” 2012 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah have concluded and soon it will be timefor you to vote for your favourite teams! Catch the top ten finalists’ performances on Disney Channel (ASTRO Channel 615) and on the Disney Channel website, www.disneychannel-asia.com/MSR! The cast your vote online from 28 July to 12 August 2012!

A total of ten teams – one each from a Primary and Secondary school from each state audition (Perak, Johor, Sabah and Kuala Lumpur/Selangor) and the online auditions 0 will make it to this final stage, selected by the judging panel including celebrity judges Linda Jasmine and Sazzy Falak.

When the public voting stage commences, one Primary and one Secondary school team will win the grand prize of an all-expenses-paid, 3-day 2-night stay in Hong Kong Disneyland!

Show your support by voting for your favourite team between 28 July to 12 August 2012 – remember, public votes count for 50% of their final score! The remaining 50% will be awarded by the judging panel based on choreography; showmanship; props and costumes; teamwork and sportsmanship; and dance concept. The Grand prize winners will be announced on 25 August 2012 on Disney Channel (ASTRO Channel 615) so stay tuned!

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families though original series and movies. Disney Channel is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.

Now that that’s out of the way…

Somehow, most of the events that Dinoza gets involved in this year have more than piqued my interest. This Disney event is no different, even though he has no direct involvement in it. I’m all for PG entertainment, and the more my kids can get involved in or enjoy, the better.

I brought my own “homeboys” sans baby Edry to the first half of the audition day, which consists of participants from the primary school levels. My homeboys only lasted about an hour and a half before they started fussing about going to the loo, etc etc, so I had to send them home. But My School Rocks definitely left enough impression on them to be still talking about the event until today.

I managed to convince my eldest son, Eric, to join me for the second half of the audition that afternoon (“Either escape with me or be your dad’s errand boy at home… you know what he’ll ask you to do. Everything.”) Both of us enjoyed the splendid show brought on by our very own local teens in the secondary school level, with both myself and Eric taking pictures of the event as much as we could.

Of course I have my favourites. I love the dance styles of All Saints, MSR 2010 winner, and the female dancers were especially excellent. Coincidentally, I spotted one girl who was also in the YES Hip-Hop Academy recently.

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(My apologies for the abyssmal shot – that was the only snapshot I took of All Saints group B)

It was no wonder that SMK Bahang won last year – their facial expressions were fantastic, and their dance was exactly what you would look for in a high school dance – playful, synched, energetic.

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Other noted performances are from La Salle Secondary School, SMK Tebobon, SMK Bundu Tuhan, SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin (donning a Jabberwocky-type costume), SMK Tamparuli, and SMK Kolombong. Actually, all of them were fantastic, so I was having a hard time predicting who the top winner was going to be.

For the primary school level, it was St James, Likas.
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For the coveted prize, the Secondary level winner, who will be going for the national finals to win a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland, is La Salle!
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Congrats to all winners, and all the best in the nationals. To everyone else, don’t forget to vote for your favourite MSR team. VOTE NOW!