VUDE Queen Laisa Vulakoro will have a firm hand in nurturing PNG's next generation of musicians when she takes over as head judge of their Vocal Fusion show this week.
Vocal Fusion is a show similar to the local M.I.C show and is hosted by Fiji TV's sister station EMTV for PNG audiences.
"I'm very honoured to have them recognise what I can contribute to the PNG music industry," Vulakoro said.
"That shows that our Fiji music industry is thriving and is alive and for a big country like PNG to recognise me to become a head judge is an achievement for our music industry."
Vulakoro was scouted during her performances at the Melanesian Arts Festival and so impressed that she was asked to begin immediately.
"I went for the interview and they liked it and said 'OK, so when can you start?"
"I said I can't start right now because I'm here to do a job. I'm here to do a task with the Fiji delegation so they asked that I come back straight after my return to Fiji.
"And the very same day of my interview, I went back in and did my promos for the show."
"I've always mentored young people here in Fiji and to me, it's always about what I can do just because I have an opportunity to help others."