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Group Photo – Previous MCOPA Event

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 June 2021 – MATME Management is back on its quest to find and select the best performing talents to represent Team Malaysia to compete in the Global Event, the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2021, in Las Vegas this November. The selection of representatives from Team Malaysia will commence through the regional competition, Malaysia Championship of Performing Arts  (MCOPA)  2021, supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC). Amongst the notable celebrities who were past winners of MCOPA were popular talents such as Yazmin Aziz, Nurul Aina, Iqwal Hafiz, Sarah Qistina Lim, Dewi Seriestha, Aloysius C. Susek, etc, and the competition will continue to develop powerful talents alike this year.

Yazmin Aziz receiving her WCOPA medal from YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC)

As the country works together to curb the pandemic, the MCOPA will be held virtually in collaboration with the online streaming platform, Uplive Malaysia, allowing the prestigious competition to be streamed live (for free), by up to 200mil people in Asia. Uplive also provides the opportunity for viewers to engage with the contestants by allowing them to interactively vote for their favorite performers. 

Angela Lee, Country CEO of Uplive Malaysia said, “I am truly excited about this collaboration with MCOPA and being able to help these enthusiastic and talented performers expose themselves to audiences all across Asia. Here at Uplive, we are always ready to help aspiring talents grow, and we have worked hard to bring the best content in Asia, to keep viewers entertained, especially for those cooped up at home during this pandemic.” 

Suhaili Micheline and Naim (Aswara Duet), in their pose to win the Grand Champion for the World of Dance

The MCOPA selections are narrowed to 6 categories – Vocal, Dance, Instrumental, Modelling, Acting, and Variety Act. The competition is divided into two age groups, juniors (5 – 15 years old) and seniors (16 & above); contestants can also choose to participate in solo, duet, or group performances. The MCOPA is open to everyone who resides in Malaysia, be it a local citizen or an expatriate. 

The MCOPA live auditions will take place from 15 to 17 June 2021 on the Uplive app.  The audition will be hosted by the sensational Yazmin Aziz, who herself is a Gold medalist in WCOPA.  The live auditions will be judged by two Worldstar artists who are Gold medalists that have represented Team Malaysia for several years and fully understand the requirements to be a World Champion. The audition will feature performers from as young as 8-years-old to adults over 40 years of age in Vocal, Dance, Modelling, and Acting from all over Malaysia.

Yazmin Aziz, the MCOPA Live Audition Host

Qualified contestants are required to undergo a Worldstars talent training course and an artist development program, as well as a comprehensive class to be a Celebrity/KOL, before they can compete in the MCOPA Live Finals. The selected winners of the MCOPA will then experience a month of intensive training before they move on to compete as Team Malaysia in the WCOPA in Las Vegas.

Kindly refer to the schedule below so that you don’t miss out on the exclusive performances on Uplive Malaysia:

Live Auditions 15 – 18 June (8 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Voting period 15 June 2021 – 26 June 2021 
Audition results 
MCOPA Finals (OnLine)
Voting Period
Results for Team Malaysia
27 June 2021
 9 July, 2021
9 – 28 July, 2021
31 July 2021
Training session8 – 9 August 2021
Live Concert (Showcase)21 August 2021
MCOPA 2021

The top contestants of MCOPA will go on to represent Team Malaysia in the International competition, WCOPA, at the Westgate Hotel, Las Vegas, which was once the theatre for Elvis Presley, and now, for the renowned artiste, Barry Manilow. Cited as the “Olympics” for aspiring performers, the WCOPA will take place from 20 to 28 November 2021, where over 75,000 contestants from about 60 countries have competed for a spot. There, Team Malaysia representatives will be attending the Worldstars Bootcamp, containing a series of seminars and workshops conducted by celebrities from Hollywood and New York.

Below are the Grand Prizes for the winners of MCOPA 2021, provided by MATME Management, the organizer:

  1. Best Overall Performer – Scholarship Worth RM14,500 (USD3,500) (To Compete in 5 competition styles in WCOPA )
  2. Grand Champion of Each Category – Scholarship Worth RM2,100 (USD500) each

    *In addition, more than RM2mil is also up for grabs from various sponsors in WCOPA for further training and career development in the US.

Romli Bidin, MCOPA Program Director said, “This is a golden opportunity for all aspiring entertainers and performers to not only learn and perform in front of top producers, directors, and celebrities from the US but also to showcase their talent to the world. The MCOPA provides the platform and training to prepare contestants for the global stage and enabling them to network with entertainers from across the globe, allowing them international recognition.”

For more information, visit the MCOPA’s Facebook page @worldstars.malaysia or send your inquiries to: or +60173101288.

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