Friday, September 29, 2017

McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017 @ McDonald's Juru, Penang

Henry Tan | 5:38 PM | |
McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017 returns with RM100,000 worth of prizes to be won this year! Thanks to the invitation from McDonald's Malaysia, I was given the chance to be one of the 3 judges again for the live audition at McDonald's Juru, Penang. 

McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017




As usual, the event started with the registration of the selected contestants. FYI, to participate in the McDonald's Storytelling Contest, the participants need to upload a 60 seconds video of themselves telling a story on Instagram, hashtag #McDStorytelling2017 and complete the registration form online at www.mcdonalds.com.my/storytellingcontest/. Selected contestants will then be notified to attend the live audition. 




While waiting for the live audition to start, the Ronald McDonald was there to entertain the contestants. This year, I was being assigned to judge for the 12 contestants' live audition together with another two invited judges. 




Same old same old, the contestants were nervous right before the live audition starts. Thankfully, Ronald McDonald to the rescue! Rightfully as the Chief Happiness Officer of McDonald's, he was able to put a smile on their face right away. Bravo Ronald! 




This year, McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2017 offers bigger and better prizes up for grab which include the grand prize of 4 pax family trip to Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea; 1st prize of 4 pax family trip to Hong Kong Disneyland & Ocean Park; 2nd prize of 4 pax family trip to Shanghai Disney Resort; 3rd prize of 4 pax family trip to Thailand Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark as well as 11 consolation prizes worth RM2,000 each!




Similar to last year McDonald's Storytelling Contest 2016, the super friendly emcee Kevin, was there to host the live audition too. He explained some simple rules and regulations, as well as the 5-minute time limit given to each contestants to complete their storytelling. The time-keeper Joe would reminds the contestant by showing the signboard when there is one minute left. 




Personally, I think the contestants are getting more and more competitive each year. All of the contestants certainly wowed the judges as well as the audiences with their stage presence. Almost all of the participants came well prepared with their self-made props to better illustrate their story. I am deeply impressed with their talent at such a young age! 👍👍👍




Some of the contestants amazed me with their stage presence, voice tone as well as their body language. They could be shy and quiet just a minute before the storytelling, but once they start, they do what they are best at, like they were born to be a superstar on stage! I was like witnessing the born of the future actors and actresses. 👏😂




After all the 12 contestants completed their 5-minutes storytelling, it was entertainment time for Ronald McDonald to do the storytelling together with all the participants.





All the 12 contestants were also given souvenirs as well as participation certificates. After the audition, the shortlisted contestants will then move on to the grand finals with other selected contestants from other states in Malaysia.




Overall, it was a successful event with joyful moment, especially the bonding time between the contestants and their parents. Nowadays, both the parents in a family would usually be busy with work, so McDonald's Storytelling Contest is a good chance for them to bond and understand each other better. The storytelling contest certainly is a great way to bring families together and help young kids showcase their talent.


Till then!
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56 comments:

  1. Ronald mcdonald.
    since I watched IT pennywise , i cannot look at the clowns the same way ever again.
    But hey the kids look sooooo adorable

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    1. hahaha how can you relate the clown in IT to ronald! hahaha

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  2. Eager to see who will win the contest. I attended last year and hope to be part of this contest again.

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    1. me too! last year the champion was from Penang!

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  3. Looking at the pictures of the well themed dress up story tellers, I must say its tough being one of the judges. I could never be a judge, I'll make them all winners haha

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  4. I used to join storytelling competitions when I was schooling too but the prices were much smaller those days. hehe.

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    1. haha me too, school one usually just few hundred ringgit.

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  5. Wow... This is really interesting. Dont Know McDonald has this kind of competition.

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    1. me too until last year. but it's good for the kids to get some exposure!

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    1. betul, lain kali if you ada anak, boleh hantar mereka pi participate jugak!

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  7. I wasnt aware of this event! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. me too in the beginning, but it's good for kids! :D

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  8. A very lovely event for the kids. Thank you for covering it

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  9. The little one dressed as Robin Hood was absolutely adorable. I hope you enjoyed the contest as much as I enjoyed reading about it.

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  10. This is awesome! Such a great opportunity for the children. And awesome costumes by everyone! Thank you for sharing! :D

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    1. yes you are right, great opportunity for the children.

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  11. Good to see such events for kids. Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures.

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  12. This is such a great idea for children! I would love to see all McDonald's doing this! But I have to agree with the one of the comments above about it reminding me of Pennywise. I know it's bad haha, but clows are kind of scary now.

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    1. hahaha you know for McD, they called him the Chief Happiness Officer, so he cannot be scary!

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  13. wah...bestnyer,budak2 mesti suka kan....mcdonalds memang terbaik lah...

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    1. haha lain kali you can hantar your kids to participate too!

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  14. I think this project will up mcdonald image. Mc still fun

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    1. yup that's for sure. part of their CSR i believe.

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    1. yes nowadays the kids are so talented!

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  16. Great event to enjoy. McDonald's Storytelling Contest are awesome. Important to support the kids this way :)

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    1. yes you are right, let them try whatever they like!

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  17. Interesting. Should do every year to encourage them talk to public. Good job mcdonald.

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    1. yes this is an annual event! I was the judge for last year too!

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  18. Wah the children so creative...good job mc donalds for this competition

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    1. haha I think the parents help them a lot too!

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  19. Like to see those talented kids perform. Good exposure for them.

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    1. yes good exposure for them at such a young age!

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  20. Wow.So cute the kids. I love story telling and kids that have a such talent should be develop to be the best story teller. Great event for the kids.

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    1. yes they can do anything when they grew up!

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    1. hahaha yeahhh next time hantar your kids to join too!

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  22. kids love to met Ronald and story. make them happy and laughing..

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    1. YES you are right!! But Ronald is good at what he does too - making people happy!

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  23. Bagus McDonalds buat aktiviti mcm ni, memberi keyakinan pada anak2 untuk berani berdepan dengan orang ramai. Dalam masa yang sama mereka mesti happy dapat hadiah menarik

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  24. Story telling memang bagus dalam membina self esteem kanak-kanak. Good job mcdonalds!

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    1. yes you are right, self-esteem very important. in future they memang will shine bright like a diamond! hehe

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  25. Nampak budak2 macam nervous je sebelum start...

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    1. haha mesti lah nervous, they so young. unless yang veteran too tak nervous je.

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  26. kids yang join story telling ni mesti semuanya brave! boleh berdepan dengan crowd yang ramai.. auntie berdiri depan orang ramai pon dah berpeluh..hahaha..

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    1. hahaha auntie mesti tak pernah join story telling contest dulu kan? haha

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  27. Terbaik la McDonalds.. Baru tau ada contest begini dri McD. Contest sebegini patut sering dijalankan. Bukan saja bakat kanak-kanak dapat ditonjolkan/diasah tapi hubungan ibubapa dengan anak-anak akan lebih berharga..

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    1. yesss i agree! bonding time tu yang penting especially nowadays semua ibu bapa busy kerja.

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