With over three million judges tuning in to select the winner of the Serbian equivalent to American Idol, singer Darko Lazic turned to AKG’s industry leading vocal system to help him stand out as the Grand Star of Zvezde Granda. The final night of competition, which was held on June 20th at Belgrade Arena in front of a live audience of 18,000, was sponsored by production vendor Studio Berar and fully stocked with AKG’s rugged sound systems.
Auditions for Zvezde Granda began in September, with judges and producers visiting locations throughout all of Serbia. By June, the TV audience had narrowed the competition to seven contestants, all of who competed for the grand finale using AKG WMS 450 wireless microphones. The WMS 450 is a highly flexible wireless system that features perfect audio transmission. It provides cost effective, high-performance solutions for situations where several radio microphones will be used simultaneously, which was exactly the case for the show’s grand finale.
“This year, they had the highest watched show in Serbia on Saturday nights” said Alfred Reinprecht, AKG’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “With an audience like that, their sound system had to be better than good; it had to be the best, and it was.“
In addition to the WMS 450, Studio Berar also used AKG’s WMS 40 Pro Flexx. The WMS 40 Pro Flexx comes with a rugged handheld transmitter and is extremely easy to use. It fulfills the highest esthetic requirements and comes with transmitters that operate for 30 hours off a single AA size battery, which is great for conserving battery power and limiting replacement costs.
Zvezde Granda is organized by the Grand Production record label and broadcast live on commercial television throughout the Balkans. Regional production service vendor Studio Berar, which is responsible for full production on the final night, also provides additional lighting and video for the show throughout the season. In addition to providing production assistance, Studio Berar is the sole contributor of all AKG pro audio equipment that is awarded to the contestants as final prizes.