|Birth name||Nuntita Khampiranon
December 20, 1983 |
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
|Occupation(s)||Singer, entertainer, actress|
|Labels||Sony BMG Thailand|
|Associated acts||Thailand's Got Talent
Venus Flytrap (group)
Nuntita Khampiranon (Thai: นันทิตา ฆัมภิรานนท์; rtgs: Nanthita Khamphiranon; born December 20, 1983), or nickname Art (อาร์ต), stage name Bell (เบลล์) and usually known as Bell Nuntita, is a Thai transgender actress, singer, entertainer, and radio DJ. Nuntita was part of a TV show called Venus Flytrap Search for the Missing Puzzle in 2007. As one of twelve contestants, she competed to take the place of two former cast members. Nuntita and another contestant named Mew won the competition and became part of the Kathoey band Venus Flytrap. She became popular after a performance during her audition on Thailand's Got Talent and became a YouTube hit when she first performed singing as a girl, and the crowd was amazed when she switched to a masculine voice.
Although transsexuality is something more common in Thailand than in other countries, life as Bell was not exactly easy. In a Thai TV interview, she said it was very difficult to explain her gender identity to her family. As the only son of a military father, she faced many challenges to be accepted. However, today her family has accepted her and she is happy.
Thailand's Got Talent
Nuntita was convinced to audition for Thailand's Got Talent by Anucha "Chi" Lanprasert, a talent scout. It was Nuntita's idea to surprise the crowd by first singing in a middleweight contralto voice before switching to a masculine baritone midway through the audition. In an April episode of the show, the judges picked Nuntita to be one of 48 semifinalists. She received the second most votes in the semifinal round, and was thus subject to the three judges' determining votes. She passed to the final round by receiving "yes" votes from two of the three judges. Her first remixed song on the show's audition stage was a combination of "Yahk Roo Tae Mai Yahk Taam" by Calories Blah Blah and "Unlovable" by MILD, two popular Thai tunes. The three-minute song displayed Nuntita's choice of song style, mixing different genres and vocal ranges. After Nuntita's audition video appeared on YouTube and other sites, the video quickly went viral. She sometimes dubbed as Thailand's version of Scottish singer Susan Boyle.
Nuntita appeared on multiple Thai talk shows and had many nationally televised performances. She has appeared in TV shows such as Mum Show hosted by Petchtai Wongkamlao where she spoke of her gender transition. She said she participated in the army conscription lottery but did not draw the commission to enlist in Thailand's army. Nuntita also performed the full versions of "Yahk Roo Tae Mai Yahk Taam" and "Unloveable" at a promotional event for Miss Tiffany Universe, Thailand's transsexual beauty pageant. TV shows and other publicity outlets commonly interviewed her about her reaction to the sudden fame. Bell was also featured on the front cover of Who Weekly Magazine. In July 2011, she held a one-night concert to her fans in Singapore.
|2012||Belle Nuntita (Thai: เบลล์ นันทิตา ชุด เบลล์ นันทิตา)||Sony BMG Thailand & iTunes|
|2012||Karaoke DVD: Bell Nuntita (Thai: คาราโอเกะ DVD: เบลล์ นันทิตา)||Sony BMG Thailand|
|2011||Siang Tee Bplian (Thai: เสียงที่เปลี่ยน; rtgs: Siang Thi Plian)||Sony BMG Thailand|
|2012||Paradise||Sony BMG Thailand|
|2012||Rak Khon Ror (Thai: รักคนรอ; rtgs: Rak Khon Ro)||Sony BMG Thailand|
|2011||It Gets Better OST : Mai Dai Kor Hai Maa Rak (Thai: ไม่ได้ขอให้มารัก; rtgs: Mai Dai Kho Hai Ma Rak)||Sony BMG Thailand|
|2011||It Gets Better||Tonlew|
|2012||Dark Flight 407|
|2014||Love is simple|
|2015||How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)|
- "Thai transgender talent show shocker = YouTube gold". Global Post. March 16, 2011.
- "Bell Nuntita – Thailand's Susan Boyle". Life is really beautiful.com. March 17, 2011.
- "Thai transsexual singer due to perform in Singapore". AsiaOne News. July 12, 2011.
- "Bell to be transgender role model". Bangkok Post. December 19, 2012.