My Experience As A Judge @ McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017
If you have not read my previous writeup on this year's McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017, go read it here now. Just when I thought my weekends were going to be dull, there I was again at another live audition of McDonald’s Storytelling Contest 2017. This time it was the one held at McDonald’s Titiwangsa. Mind blown, I did not know children as young as 6 years old could articulate themselves so well in the English language. Too cute!
|From the Judges' table - Live Audition McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017|
With prizes worth up to RM100,000 and a grand prize of 4pax family trip to Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea, the stakes are pretty high. Each of the participants had only 5 minutes to tell their story. What took me by surprise this round was the amount of effort their parents took in getting their costumes and props done up.
It was an honour to be invited as a judge, alongside celebrity Datuk Aznil, and fellow lifestyle blogger, Rane Chin. I’ve had some experience in judging the contest, hence I was less nervous about the whole affair.
|Don't forget Ronald McDonald!|
By virtue of them being here, we know the kids are already of certain calibre, good at being up front and speaking in front of a crowd. So fluent, so colourful, it was a joy watching them! There are a few live auditions nationwide, where a total of 157 shortlisted candidates will be accessed. From there on, only 15 will reach the grand finals.
|This kid is cute! Contestant #1|
|From what I heard, this cutie is only 6 years of age!|
Compared to my previous McDonald's Storytelling Contest which I attended and judged, this one was truly different. In fact, it was different up to the extent that some props could not be brought into the judging stage area until it was their turn, due to the size of it! I love how each of the children had such loving dotting parents making sure the final preparations were done.
|Check out their costumes!|
|Bright, and very active running around the stage, Contestant #2|
|She's both a fox and a crow, contestant #5|
That morning, it was a good day, where time passed way too fast. Each of the participants were judged on various criteria, from how they present the story, to the fluidity of storyline, words, speech and many more aspects of how we got ‘wow’ed.
|The Monkey and the Crocodile - Contestant #7|
|Bawang Putih & Bawang Merah - Contestant #8, complete with own props|
|Now here's a really good cute little girl, lots of expression and actions, contestant #4|
This round, nearly all were presented in the English language, perfect pronunciation and intonation. I find it hard to believe a child as young as 6 years old can present a story and capture our attention so well!
|I bet the kids had so much fun as well, judging from their expressions|
For more information on the story telling contest, do check out the McDonald’s Storytelling Contest website at: https://www.mcdonalds.com.my/storytellingcontest . The Grand Finale will be held soon with details on time and venue to be announced later.