Mr. Orarik Khunsith, 27, a Masters graduate from Hua Hin has been awarded 10 million THB in a singing contest, ‘The Winner Is’, recently broadcasted by Channel 3 Thailand. Mr. Orarik, said in the singing contest all participants had to sing English songs and was divided into 6 rounds. In each round participants were paired in a knock-out singing contest. The winners could walk away with the money they gained from each round. However, if going on for the final round, only one winner was awarded the prize and losers went home empty handed.
The prize winner added that all the contestants were stressed at the final round and he did not do well when he sang, ‘This Love’, a song by ‘Maroon 5’. However he progressed to the final round and won the highest prize. Mr. Orarik said that, before taking part, he asked for spiritual support at many Buddhist temples in Hua Hin, namely Wat Klai Kangwon and Wat Hua Hin. The money he won will be used for advanced training in singing and future expenses as his parents would like him to continue his education towards a Doctorate. After completing his elementary education, Mr. Orarik went to Phetchaburi for his secondary education at Benchamathep U-Thit High School. He graduated a bachelor degree from Kasetsart University’s Nakhon Pathom campus and a with a Master Degree in mass communication from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Singing is one his favorite pastimes and he has practiced singing since he was very young. He can sing both classic and modern Thai songs.
Before participating in ‘The Winner Is’, he took part in a Hua Hin Singing Contest held by Hua Hin Municipality. As a graduate in mass communication, Mr. Orarik said he would like be a D.J. or P.R. staff more than a police officer, soldier or politician. He said some companies had offered him a job already. He is now working with a music company that nominated him for the contest. He is glad to visit his hometown in Hua Hin and really grateful for the warm welcome the municipality gave him. Mr. Orarik was invited by Chomchuen Narongrit to a congratulations dinner banquet where he gave a musical performance and donated some of the money to the Hua Hin Red Cross.