Fourteen Vietnamese expatriates living across Europe demonstrated their vocal prowess in the final round of Sao Mai (Morning Star) television singing festival that wrapped up in the German capital Berlin on July 20.

The event, held for the first time in the continent, eventually singled out seven finalists from the Czech Republic , Germany , France and Russia to compete for the very top prize in Vietnam in August.

During the show, audiences were treated to performances by singers known from previous national festivals, including Trong Tan, Ngoc Anh, Le Anh Dung and comedians Xuan Hinh and Thanh Thanh Hien.
Earlier qualifying rounds took place in Praha , Berlin and Munich. The semi-final round in Berlin on July 19 brought 29 contestants on stage.

Since 1997, the biennial festival has become a prestigious event and a scouting ground for young music talent. It has now spread out across the world to allow overseas Vietnamese to become closer to their homeland.-VNA