Chiang Mai celebrated a second countdown of 2004 on
Wednesday at 5.30 p.m., as the first episode of CBN’s exciting new
children’s TV show “Kids Only” was broadcast throughout Thailand on TV
Channel 11 for the first time.
Cheers erupted at 5.30 p.m. from the balloon filled CBN
office as the catchy theme tune filled the ears of kids and adults alike who
joined together to welcome the new show at the special premiere party.
left: Tan, Pun Pun, Nan, Sara and Champ.
I, an English teacher at Varee Chiang Mai School and
privileged guest at the premiere, was there to capture the magic of the
moment for the CBN team, as years of hard work finally paid off.
The premiere proved to be an entertaining and fun filled
affair, in which producers, presenters, friends and school kids joined
together with the help of Kids’ Corner to enjoy live singing and dancing
from the remarkably talented Kids Only crew.
Everyone watched in delight and amusement as Nan, Sara,
Tan, Champ, and Pun Pun burst onto the screen in their brightly coloured
outfits with smiling faces. The show was an instant success according to the
young faces in the audience who instantly lit up with laughter as the kids
performed on the screen.
Even a “farang” like me who only understands enough
Thai to order a bowl of noodles and direct a tuk-tuk driver home, was enrapt
by the astute humour and colourful ambiance of Kids Only which is sure to
keep youngsters all over Thailand glued to the screen every Wednesday after
Producer Somporn Moolsan told me, “Kids Only is unlike
any other kids’ show in Thailand because it is motivated completely by
kids’ creativity. We have designed the show in 5 special segments to
highlight the amazing skills and talents of the 5 young presenters. We want
to encourage an interactive approach, by getting kids involved throughout
Thailand through our Kids Club fan club and tour.”
Kids Club provides not only fun entertainment, but it
also teaches good values and hopes to encourage independent thinking for
kids everywhere. Somporn said, “I am so thankful to TV Channel 11 for
giving us this prime slot to air our show. I am confident that our kids will
woo audiences through the TV set with their energy and fun loving
personalities. Everything they speak, sing and act comes from the heart. I
am very proud of them.”
Kids Only is presented by 5 of the most gifted youngsters
in Thailand whose unusual talents are celebrated in this sparkling new show.
It is hoped that the young presenters will become role models for kids
Battling through fiercely competitive auditions to be
part of CBN’s production, the five Kids Only presenters were thrilled to
see themselves on the TV together for the first time after months of hard
work and dedication. As 10-year-old presenter Pun Pun exclaimed, “I am
very excited to be on the TV!”
Ecstatic 18-year-old Nan said, “I would like to be on
TV all over the world!” With her energetic personality, Nan teaches kids
how to make fun things in the show every week, exercising her artistic
talent. 17-year-old presenter Tan, with the help of his magic microwave,
teaches moral lessons in a fun and creative way.
The youngest presenter Pun Pun, endowed with the most
extraordinary vocal chords, leads the Kids’ karaoke section of the show in
which a new song will be written especially for her to sing each week.
17-year-old Champ, whose ambition is to become a musical composer,
demonstrates his social skills in his section of the show titled Kids on the
Road. Footage from all over the world is shown to give Kids Only an
Indeed, CBN hopes that Kids Only, the first of its kind
in Thailand, will prove to be so popular that Kids Only mania will spread
throughout Asia and even the world!
Last but certainly not least is the talented Sara. Known
at CBN as “the funny one”, Sara is already nearing her dream of becoming
the Thai Britney Spears.
She has signed a record deal with Bangkok based label RS
promotions in Bangkok as a result of her amazing voice and fantastic dance
moves. Sara told me, “I love being a role model for the kids in Thailand.
I am so excited about being part of this show.”
Director Saijai Chaiyaste who choreographs the dances in
the show told me, “Kids Only has been an enjoyable and challenging
project. I work closely with the kids to develop their dance moves with the
help of a professional dancer called Johnson. It is difficult because the
kids have such different interests, and Sara is the only one with any
background in dance. However, we try out different moves and always go with
whichever the kids feel most comfortable with. We want to bring out the
kids’ characters through the dance moves.”
To experience the fun and games of the talented Kids Only crew, be sure
to tune into Kids Only every Wednesday on TV Channel 11 at 5.30 p.m. To join
the fan club and for details of upcoming Kids Only tours log onto