Youngsters line up to perform at the RPG K-POP Cover Dance Contest 2013 in Pattaya
Proving that Thais can move every bit as well as their Korean counterparts, energetic dance team Realize from Bangkok won the hearts of the judges at the “RPG K-POP Cover Dance Contest 2013” held recently at the Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya with their exacting Big Bang cover performance.
The five youngsters, who beat 40 teams to be crowned the champions, went home with Bt10,000 in cash.
“We have a passion for dancing and when we discovered we also liked the same artists, styles and music, it made sense to join up. Our aim is to put on an exciting show that will entertain the audience and we’re really thrilled to have won,” said lead dancer Tachakorn Tangarun.
The first runner-up, Lollipop CZ team, also performed a Big Bang number and went home with Bt8,000. In third place with Bt5,000 was the Inspirit team who covered Infinite.
The Stage Popular Award and Bt3,000 in cash went to A-Delfi covering “Sistar”. “Shadowz, also covering “Shinee” won the Facebook Popular Vote and Bt3,000.
“To do a cover dance, you need to understand the artists. I know some adults think what we are doing is nonsense but I think it brings honour to the country,” said Chalermchai Lekboomtam of Rayong team Lollipop CZ.
“We just love to dance. By loving the same thing, the team becomes a family. We’re proud of what we are doing,” said Kanticha Thitithada of the local Inspirit team.
Royal Garden Plaza’s vice president Pattaya Somporn Naksuetrong was full of praise for the competitors and happy that an increasing number of young people were showing interest in cover dance.
“We at Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya are determined to support and encourage Thai youth to show their abilities,” he said.
Kris Jeeramongkol, an adviser to the Mayor of Pattaya City, also enjoyed the performances and said afterwards that he was surprised at the quality of the shows.
“The hard work and dedication really shine though. I would like to emphasise to all adults that this activity is a great way to show our kids’ abilities and keep them away from drugs,” he said.