Connect with us


A Phuket Star is born



PHUKET: Phuket-born Jaruwat “Dome” Cheawaram has won the eighth season of the nationally televised singing talent quest The Star.

The 21-year-old law student at Thammasat University, Thailand’s premier law school, was a surprise win in the show’s season finale held at the Impact Muang Thong Thani stadium, better known simply as the “Impact Arena”, on the outskirts of Bangkok last night.

Dome’s win flies in the face of many people posting comments on The Star 8 Facebook fan page saying that Thanathat “Kangsom” Chai-ut would win because of his additional good looks.

Dome tearfully accepted his award with his mother and father, wheelchair bound since suffering a stroke, joining him on stage.

“Many people teased me that I would never make it, but I never gave up. Actually, it inspired me to try even harder. And my family always supported me,” he said.

“All my life I have been dreaming of this, but I have been insulted [because of his looks]. I never gave up. I would like to thank everyone who helped me – my family, my vocal trainer and the producer of the show for giving me the opportunity to join the contest,” Dome added.

Dome’s mother thanked Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha as her words were broadcast across the country.

“I would like to thank the Governor of Phuket, Tri Augkaradacha, for the support he has shown for our family,” she said. (Click here to see a video of the acceptance and thanks speech.)

Foreigners not familiar with the sheer scale of the popularity show enjoys across Thailand are probably more familiar with Dome’s face gracing a billboard opposite Central Festival Phuket with a message of support from the province.

He is also a former student of Phuket Wittayalai School in Phuket Town.

Dome’s victory last night follows Phuket’s Pavida “Silvy” Morigg making the final six last year.

Silvy, 15 years old at the time, was still studying at Kajonkietsuksa School while competing in the contest.

Wichayanee “Gam” Pearklin, now known as “Gam the Star”, won the talent show in 2008 while finishing Year 12 at Phuket Satree School.

— Kom Chad Luek


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Video14 mins ago


Transport28 mins ago

Disruptive Phuket-bound passenger thrown off flight in Karachi

Tourism1 hour ago

Air Canada’s Vancouver-Bangkok flight touches down Thailand

Sponsored1 day ago

Marketing in Thailand as a Foreigner: Volume #3 The Marketing Noises

Bangkok Travel17 hours ago

Ari All Link is a must-attend skill-up workshop for Ari people

Cannabis News19 hours ago

Anutin responds to photo of cannabis smoking kids on Pattaya Beach

Education19 hours ago

Thai student allegedly raped by Hyderabad U professor

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism20 hours ago

Phuket welcomes 6,730 flights in December

Tourism21 hours ago

Thailand tourism predicted at 80% of pre-Covid in 2023

Transport22 hours ago

Bangkok airport expansion prepares for bidding war

Crime23 hours ago

Child Protection Foundation leader faces child labour charges

Road deaths23 hours ago

Red-Bull hit-and-run prosecutor dismissed

Transport24 hours ago

Phuket flight cancellation due to earlier cancelled flight, runway maintenance

Election24 hours ago

Pheu Thai Party under fire as Tuhao-Shinawatra connection exposed

Video1 day ago

THAIGER PODCAST | Ep.14 Saving Thai cats one paw at a time

Tourism1 day ago

Bullets-in-bag Israeli given 18 months in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11