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Nine Faces Of Channel 5

12 May

SINGAPORE : Here’s a quick pop quiz: What do Gurmit Singh, Adrian Pang, Fiona Xie, Michelles Chia and Chong, Andrea Fonseka, Utt, Aaron Aziz and Jas Arora have in common?

If you don’t know, you’re obviously not watching enough TV. Suffice it to say, these are the nine faces of Channel 5 who are tasked with spearheading the channel’s latest re-branding exercise, which aims to put more home-grown talent on air.

Their faces certainly are familiar enough: Gurmit is a 13-year Channel 5 stalwart; you could say that Adrian has been in almost every drama, variety, comedy and game show; Andrea became TV’s “it” girl just after one season on Deal Or No Deal; Fiona and Michelle Chia have successfully crossed over from Channel 8; Michelle Chong is known for her comic turns on TV; Utt’s perennial hosting duties have given him a wider demographic; while Aaron and Jas had impressive outings on Heartlanders and Achar!, respectively.

So why then?

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Beijing Olympics Qualifier / Hockey: Minnows Italy Give Malaysia A Scare

7 Apr

Shahrun Nabil scored Malaysia's first and last goals in their match against Italy in the Olympic Qualifier yesterday.
Shahrun Nabil scored Malaysia’s first and last goals in their match against Italy in the Olympic Qualifier yesterday.

MALAYSIA were held to an embarrassing draw against minnows Italy in a nerve-jangling Olympic Qualifier at the Green Stadium yesterday.

With just seconds to go, Italy were leading 4-3 when the Malaysians equalised to remain in the running for a place in the final.

Nothing went right for the Malaysians yesterday as they bungled a handful of sitters and were always fighting to equalise. From only four attempts at goal the entire match, the Italians scored on each occasion.

Compared to their earlier matches, Malaysia played like novices yesterday and were punished in the 23rd minute from Italy’s first penalty corner when Alessandro Nanni flicked high into the net.

Italy had taken the lead much to the dismay of favourites Malaysia. Coach Sarjit Singh and his assistant Gurmit Singh look on in total disbelief. Malaysia are ranked 14th while Italy a distant 37th in the world.

It was sunny for yesterday’s earlier matches but one could feel the shivers going the spines of the entire Malaysian bench and officials watching from the stands.

Second penalty corner flicker Amin Rahim had a chance to put things right but his first try hit the post, his second was palmed away by the Italy goalkeeper while the third lacked any power.

The forwards were blunt and were only saved in the 35th minute when Shahrun Nabil equalised with a brilliant reverse stick shot. Malaysia emerged from the dressing room and tried to make things right but another surprise awaited them.

Italy scored their second goal!

This time skipper Jacopo Lunetta slotted in a penalty corner rebound in the 45th minute, and Malaysia were left trailing again. More embarrassment.

However, a few quick forays into the Italian semi-circle won them a 46th minute penalty stroke which Amin duly tucked in to make it 2-2.

Malaysia took the lead for the first time in the 58th minute when Jiwa scored a direct penalty corner push only for the Italians to equalise in the 64th minute through Daniele Malta, and then take the lead again courtesy of a Massimo Lanzano strike just two minutes later.

With time running out quickly, Shahrun saved Malaysia the blushes when he connected home just as the final horn sounded.

“This is the worst performance from my players since I took over as coach,” said an infuriated Sarjit.

“I have no immediate answers to what happened today (yesterday), but our campaign has not ended. It has just become tougher as we now need to win all the remaining matches.”


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This Is For My Ex-Wife

11 Dec

SINGAPORE: Huang Yiliang did it again – made another controversial speech involving former wife Lin Meijiao.

At Sunday night’s Star Awards, which were held at the St James Power Station for the first time, Yiliang won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in the drama Women of Times.

When he went on stage to accept the award, he said he wanted to give the award to Meijiao. In the same speech, he also thanked his current wife. It was a speech that raised eyebrows, not least due to the little-known fact that he has remarried.

In 2003, when he won the same award, Yiliang mentioned Meijiao in his thank-you speech, comparing her to a giraffe and saying her neck had grown from yearning for an award.

Meijiao was not present at Sunday night’s show.

Backstage, Yiliang lost his cool when quizzed him about the speech.

“Meijiao is more talented than me but she doesn’t have my luck,” he said. “I’ve always wanted her to win something so I’d like to give this award to her.”

He claimed he was simply voicing the wish of his daughter with Meijiao. He has been married for three years to Lily Liu.

“When I made that speech in 2003, I only had good intentions. I regret that it’s a joke that fell flat, I shouldn’t have made it.”

Visibly annoyed, he added: “Do you know how influential the media is? If you write bad stuff about me, that’s the end of me. Please spare me. I don’t have any bad intentions.”

Meanwhile, the Best Actor and Actress Awards were won by Li Nanxing and Ivy Lee, respectively, while Hong Huifang nabbed the Best Supporting Actress Award. Bryan Wong won Best Variety Show Host, while Kelvin Tan won Most Popular Newcomer.

The top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes were: Christopher Lee, Gurmit Singh, Tay Ping Hui, Vincent Ng, Edmund Chen, Qi Yuwu, Mark Lee, Kelvin Tan, Elvin Ng and Bryan Wong.

As for the women, the top 10 were Kym Ng, Huang Biren, Xiang Yun, Rui En, Michelle Chia, Jeanette Aw, Felicia Chin, Fiona Xie, Quan Yifeng and Jesseca Liu. – TODAY

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Singaporeans Divided Over Foreign Talents

22 Aug

SINGAPORE: Some are willing to lay out the welcome mat while others want to brandish the “Do Not Enter'”signs.

And between the contrasting responses, it seems there is a clear line to distinguish how and why Singaporeans differ on the issue of immigration.

One camp welcomes a specific category of immigrants – the talented ones.

The other camp worries that a different group – lower down the value chain – will eat into their space and add to competition without lifting the quality.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted immigration as one of three key policies to alleviate Singapore’s lack of population growth and urged Singaporeans to be “big-hearted” in welcoming those born outside Singapore’s shores.

For its recent National Day issue, TODAY did a survey of 201 Singaporeans on, among other things, the issue of migration.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most welcoming toward those who are willing to sink roots here – and not just remain as permanent residents – we reported the average score was 6.02, or slightly above average in the welcome factor.

Going beyond the numbers to examine why Singaporeans felt that way, some trends stand out.

The most common message to emerge across all age groups is that the level of support for immigration depends, by far, on the “quality” and contribution of adopted citizens.

“Only if they are an asset to Singapore,” said a 65-year-old.

Added a 16-year-old: “Not just any foreigners. Only those who are talented or can make a positive difference in our lives or both.”

Both respondents welcomed new citizens with a score of eight.

Many respondents were less keen to embrace “low-end” immigrants. Others raised the fear of more competition in what is “an already stressful rat race”.

“To get any Tom, Dick or Harry to fill up lower-level jobs is totally pointless and damaging to our society,” said financial services consultant Henry Chow, 26.

Likewise, while many Singaporeans may welcome the skilled immigrant citizen, some disapprove of immigration for other purposes.

“It’s not right if foreigners are allowed to take up full citizenship just so the majority race can remain the majority,” said editorial assistant Lim Wei Yi, 26.

One group of respondents felt the focus should be on the value of the Singapore citizenship – and not on the “value” of the immigrant professional.

“If foreigners are accepted based solely on their ability to contribute to the country, that worries me – it dilutes the meaning of being Singaporean. But if the foreigners we accept as citizens truly feel a sense of ownership and belonging here, then it doesn’t matter where they were born or what colour their skin is,” said Mr Kok Tse Wei, 25, who works in the arts industry.

Or as IT and media resources manager Jerry Siah said: “We should welcome foreigners seeking to build a better home on our shores and not just for economic purposes.”

Those who strongly welcome foreigners to take up citizenship see this as a “pledge” and a sign of “loyalty” and “commitment” to Singapore. Those who are more cautious ask whether immigrants treat Singapore as a home or as a stepping stone to earn money.

“Welcoming foreigners would mean that we become unmistakeably rojak (mixed). That’s okay. We just don’t want foreigners who don’t want to be part of the rojak but who simply want to be here to enjoy the good life at genuine stakeholders’ expense,” said project manager Gurmit Singh Kullar, 31.

Many more respondents, though, were more concerned about Singapore’s cultural space. They wanted to expand it – not restrict it – to make it richer, believing that diversity is better.

“This whole ‘this is my country, get the hell out’ mindset is childish,” said 17-year-old Arhshath Kaleni. “Open your doors, don’t build this wall around you.”

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MediaCorp-RTM Mega-Show To Feature Big Names

14 Apr

SINGAPORE: It’s going to be a duet between two countries, two major broadcasters and two rising stars who were crowned Idols in their home countries.

Singapore’s MediaCorp TV 12’s Suria and Malaysia’s RTM TV1 are organising a mega-show which will feature Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah and his Malaysian counterpart Jaclyn Victor.

Artistes like Suhaimi Yusof and veteran Ramli Sarip as well as regional sensation Siti Nurhaliza will also perform in the show.

The show, titled Muzika Ekstravaganza, will be aired on Suria and RTM TV1 at 8:30pm on 23 April.

Besides the Malays, the show also hopes to reach a non-Malay and younger audience.

So, personalities like Gurmit Singh – who plays the iconic Phua Chu Kang – and four Singapore Idol finalists including Christopher Lee and Jeassea Thyidor will also be on the stage.

Suria’s programming director, Mohamed Ali, said: “I think this is a fantastic opportunity for talents to meet, and when talents meet wonderful things happen. I think this Music Ekstravaganza will be one such platform.”

“We’re certainly hoping for an annual television event and it’s our hope that our partners will host us next year in Malaysia. It is my personal wish that this will become a tradition between Suria and RTM,” he added.

This is not the first time the two stations are collaborating.

Some Singaporeans and Malaysians may remember Rampaisari, the former annual show co-produced by the two broadcasting stations.

It was last held some eight years ago.

Producers promise that Muzika Ekstravaganza will be a much more elaborate and colourful show.

Suhaimi Jais, controller of EagleVision, said: “We’ve decided to import a lot of influence from Morocco, the Mediterranean, Bollywood, Hollywood as well as Singapore and Malaysia, so that we can improvise these elements.”

Rap band Triple Noize will also be meeting their Malaysian counterparts Ruffedge during the two-hour show. – CNA/ir

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