Hong Kong's got talent!

Hong Kong's got talent!

There was no shortage of star power when local students downed their books and donned costumes for an annual variety show

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The champions B-FABB after their victory
The champions B-FABB after their victory
Photos: Jonathan Wong/SCMP
If you think Hong Kong students spend all their time studying, think again. For many of the city's talented youngsters turned out this week for Sparkles, the all-singing, all-dancing variety show.

Sparkles is organised by the Kowloon Senior Student Association to give secondary students the chance to strut their stuff on stage, and hopefully help them on the way to stardom.

Among more than 300 acts that entered the competition, 12 - including bands, dance groups, singers and a beatboxer - were chosen to showcase their talents in the grand finale in front of the judges and 900 enthusiastic fans at the Emax Star Hall on Wednesday night.

The final involved two rounds of performances.

The judges and the audience picked the six acts that went on to the second round.

The top three places were determined by the judging panel, consisting of musicians Adam Tam, Winki, Jove Cheng, Jesper Chan and dancing great Mr Yiu, from Infinity Dancing Studio and Chi Kin@Deck.

Canto-pop singers Sugar Club, Supper Moment, Endy Chow, Jason Chen, Venus Yiu, Alterdudes and last year's Sparkles champion, Telex, made guest appearances.

Dance group B-FABB rocked the show and grooved away with the top prize.

The 11 performers of the dazzling ensemble are classmates from the Studiodanz dance school. Dressed in flashy gold and black outfits, the group amazed the audience with their powerful hip-hop moves.

"We got the inspiration for our costume from the movie Step Up Three," B-FABB member Derek Yip says.

"We chose to choreograph the routine we did for the final. The competition has helped strengthen the bond among our members, and we also got to meet many other people who enjoy performing."

Members of the group come from different schools and backgrounds, meaning that it is hard to stay together as a team.

But the win has inspired them to give it a try and they're not done performing just yet.

B-FABB will go on to compete in the finals of the Best Dance Crew, one of the most prestigious contests of local dance scene.

First runner-up SWAY dazzled the audience with two Lady Gaga songs. "Our hard work has paid off," lead singer Jenny Tsang says.


First runner-up Jenny Tsang of SWAY

"We are from different groups and this band was assembled only for Sparkles. But now we look forward to performing together again."

Second runner-up, 14 in 1, is a dance group that enjoys street dancing.

Last year, 14 in 1 made it as far as the Sparkles grand final, but did not receive an award.

Group member Lee Hiu-ching thinks the group's success this year was a validation of street dancing. "Most of the parents of the members were against us doing this because they think it is dangerous," she said. "Our achievement at Sparkles demonstrates that street dance can make it onto the big stage.

"We do our own choreography. We love to perform and we enjoy every second of being on the stage."

Hopefully we will be seeing more of them and the other acts in future.


Second runners-up 14 in 1

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