The channel of Sony Pictures Televisions Networks, Asia, GEM, will premiere the popular series ‘I Can Sing in Japanese!’ at the same time as in Japan from 13 May at 6pm (5pm JKT/BKK).

Hosted by multi-talented celebrity/artiste Nakai Masahiro and TV announcer Yukari Nishio, ‘I Can Sing in Japanese!’ spotlights aspiring non-native Japanese singers with a passion for singing Japanese songs.

I Can Sing in Japanese! Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Televisions Networks, Asia

This season’s contestants will be assessed by a panel of celebrity judges comprising R&B and pop singer May J, singer-songwriter Tatsuya Ishii and famed musician Tetsuya Komuro, one of the most influential figures in the Japanese music industry.

As an added bonus to this season’s premiere of ‘I Can Sing in Japanese!’, GEM will also broadcast a TV special just one hour prior at 5pm (4pm JKT/BKK), which features the shortlisted finalists selected from GEM’s inaugural Southeast Asia auditions held in Singapore. Filipina singing sensation, Krissha Viaje, won the hearts of the judges on the day, and was chosen as a finalist to represent Southeast Asia in Tokyo.

I Can Sing in Japanese! Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Televisions Networks, Asia