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Do They Have WHAT IT TAKES?

3 Apr

Do they have WHAT IT TAKES?
With Jesseca Liu due to leave in May, the Seven Princesses of local TV may be a thing of the past. KWOK KAR PENG gazes into her crystal ball to see who has the potential to be the New Princess
April 03, 2010
 
 

PAMELYN CHEE

STARTED OFF:

Playing a soldier stranded on a haunted island in the Okto movie Pulau Hantu in October 2008.

BRAGGING RIGHTS:

Marrying Qi Yuwu in The Little Nyonya.

BEST REMEMBERED FOR:

Being on the cover of a men’s magazine.

SHE’S THE NEXT:

Adrian Pang. Both are educated overseas and versatile on TV and on stage. In an interview last month, the Fly Entertainment artiste, 27, said: ‘I actually like to play something a little bit more on the fringe of society.’

PEIXUAN, 29

STARTED OFF:

Playing the character Rou Gu Mei in The Golden Path in 2007.

BRAGGING RIGHTS:

A Best Supporting Actress nomination in last year’s Star Awards for her role in The Golden Path. She was also the winner of Malaysia Star Search 2003.

BEST REMEMBERED FOR:

Playing the ditzy and timid Aimei in the 180-episode drama Your Hand In Mine.

SHE’S THE NEXT:

Chen Liping. Look at those chubby cheeks and innocent peepers, she’s practically Aiyoyo in the making.

The 29-year-old said: ‘I won’t hold any expectations on whether I’ll be groomed or if I’ll be the next big thing because it’s not something that I can decide.

‘It’s up to the company.’

ZHOU YING, 24

STARTED OFF:

As one of the Top 10 female finalists in Star Search 2007.

BRAGGING RIGHTS :

Having hottie Dai Yangtian as her housemate in Singapore.

BEST REMEMBERED FOR:

Her unusual name Kola, which was what she was known as when she joined Star Search. She’s since dropped the name.

SHE’S THE NEXT:

Big Thing. Pretty, eloquent, has good acting skills and can handle both soft and strong characters equally well.

In an earlier interview with an online entertainment news website, the 24-year-old said: ‘I’m very happy that some people think I could replace one of the Seven Princesses. But I don’t think so much.

‘I just want to do my job well and receive recognition from the viewers. Their criticism and praise will help me to improve. That, to me, is the most precious.’

KOH YAH HWEE, 23

STARTED OFF:

As one of the Top 10 female finalists in Star Search 2007.

BRAGGING RIGHTS:

Winner of the Ms Telegenic Award at the competition and snagging an acting contract immediately after.

BEST REMEMBERED FOR:

Breaking out of her goody-two-shoes image by playing a mean and competitive table tennis player in last year’s Channel 8 drama Table of Glory.

SHE’S THE NEXT:

Dawn Yeoh. Her youth and pleasant-but-unspectacular roles remind us of Yeoh.

Said the 23-year-old: ‘It’s my third year as an actress. I still love acting a lot and it’s a passion that will keep burning. I’ve been given a chance to act in different roles and I’m hosting a variety show now too. So it’s unpredictable where my career is heading.

‘The job still excites me because being the imaginative kind, I make each performance different from the previous portrayals.’

EELYN KOK, 31

STARTED OFF:

As one of the finalists in MediaWorks’ talent search Route To Glamour in 2001.

BRAGGING RIGHTS:

Being the only young actress with so many unlikablebaddie roles in her career.

BEST REMEMBERED FOR:

Taking over Fiona Xie’s role in last year’s drama Together after the latter suddenly dropped out.

SHE’S THE NEXT:

Fiona Xie – you’d love to hate her.

The 31-year-old said in an earlier interview with The New Paper: ‘I wanted to be one of the Seven Princesses initially. When everyone regards you as a princess, it means that you are already in the league and will get more work. I didn’t have much work at that time.’

PAIGE CHUA, 28

STARTED OFF:

Playing Fiona Xie’s spoilt younger sister in the 2008 drama Just In Singapore.

BRAGGING RIGHTS:

Being tall and pretty.

BEST REMEMBERED FOR:

Being the poster girl for Fisherman’s Friend.

SHE’S THE NEXT:

Rui En – independent, cool and in the limelight only to promote her dramas. In an entry on her blog titled A Salute to Local Showbiz, the 28-year-old wrote: ‘I am fortunate to be in an industry where I can be involved in the making of stories.’

JOEY FENG, 25

STARTED OFF:

As Miss Photogenic and first runner-up of Miss Singapore Universe 2007 pageant.

BRAGGING RIGHTS:

Having a slightly more illustrious showbiz career than the pageant winner Jessica Tan.

BEST REMEMBERED FOR:

Going to bed with and getting killed by her adoptive brother, played by Tay Ping Hui in The Golden Path.

SHE’S THE NEXT:

Joanne Peh. Said the 25-year-old: ‘It doesn’t bother me that I get small roles that the audience may not remember. Every step gets me nearer. I hope to be half, or even a quarter, of how good Meryl Streep is.’

 

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Mary, The Guitar Granny

3 Apr

Mary, the Guitar Granny
Foreign Minister George Yeo’s mum-in-law, 74, plays Santana
April 03, 2010
 
 

REPORT:YAW MIN JIE
yminjie@sph.com.sg
GIVE HER A HAND: Grandma Mary with grandson Bert and music teacher Spencer Goh performing at the Singapore Coucil of Women’s Organisations 30th anniversary gala dinner. TNP PICTURE: GARY GOH

SAMBA Pa Ti by Santana is not a song you would expect a grandmother to know, much less play effortlessly on the electric guitar.

But the rock classic inspired Madam Mary Ho, 74, who has seven grandchildren, to pick up the guitar.

She said that when she told her guitar teacher, Mr Spencer Goh, she wanted to learn the song, Mr Goh said: ‘If you can’t walk, you are not going to run.’

Madam Ho, who also happens to be the mother-in-law of Foreign Minister George Yeo, eventually overcame her minimal musical knowledge to master the instrument in a year and a half.

On Wednesday night, she and her grandson, Bert Peh, 19, performed at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations 30th anniversary gala dinner.

The event, held at Shangri-La Hotel, was attended by First Lady Mrs S R Nathan and Madam Lim Hwee Hua, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Transport.

Madam Ho, whose eldest daughter is married to Mr Yeo, said: ‘My passion and love for the guitar and the song was so great that I had to learn it.’

Affectionately known as Grandma Mary, she said she persevered in learning the guitar until she had blisters on her fingers.

The Santana and Latin rock fan has even uploaded videos of herself playing the guitar to YouTube.

She said she had loved the guitar since she was a teenager but couldn’t fulfil her dreams. ‘Guitars were very expensive then,’ she said.

Now she owns 18 guitars ranging from electric Fenders to acoustic ones.

She has also performed at various events such as the National Arts Council-Exxo Mobile Concert in the Park at Sembawang Park last Sunday as well as the KK Hospital Alumni Dinner & Dance three years ago.

She practises the guitar for about two hours daily.

She also keeps herself busy with dance classes, mahjong and ‘makan’ sessions.

‘Our grandchildren and children may not be able to take us out as they are busy with other commitments,’ she said.

‘We should not wait for them, but do what we like and not sit at home and wait to die.’

Madam Ho, who has two daughters, lives with Mr Yeo and his family.

Fun

Her eyes twinkled when she spoke about her family. ‘My grandchildren, especially Bert, followed in my footsteps and picked up learning musical instruments.

‘Bert gives me courage when he performs with me. He always tells me to relax and just have fun.’

Bert, a student at the Singapore American School, is her second daughter’s son.

The bond is evident as Bert said: ‘Grandma is my inspiration too. Without her, I would never have picked up playing the guitar.

‘When I was younger, my cousins and I would stay over at each other’s homes.

‘Grandma would watch us, but before we fell asleep, we could hear her practising Samba Pa Ti on the guitar. It was always the same song.’

 

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Auto-Tune OUT?

2 Apr

Auto-Tune OUT?
Singers who use software Auto-Tune draw backlash from listeners and critics
By Charlene Chua
April 01, 2010
 
 

TWO weeks ago, pop singer Kesha appeared on an American Idol results show to belt out two hits from her massively successful album Animal.

But it was a performance that has landed the 23-year-old in a pot of controversy.

Netizens were inflamed with Kesha’s synthesised vocals, the result of a software called Auto-Tune, and called for its ban.

Created in 1997, it is primarily used to correct pitch. But lately, pop and hip-hop singers have taken it a step further – using it to distort the human voice and produce a catchy electro-vocal effect.

The irony wasn’t lost that Kesha’s live act was on a reality TV show that aims to find real talent.

But Kesha isn’t alone.

Other artistes such as Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and Lady Gaga have also used Auto-Tune.

It was even featured on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show last year, where singer-rapper T-Pain introduced his latest gadget – an iPhone application that acts as a portable version of the software.

But its use has resulted in a backlash among listeners and music critics who complain that it makes singers sound alike and is even akin to cheating.

Billboard magazine’s Monica Herrera said the excessive use of Auto-Tune on Kesha’s Animal made it difficult to tell if she actually had vocal capabilities and ‘how easily individuality can get lost in a sea of Auto-Tune’.

Another critic, James Reed of the Boston Globe, said Auto-Tune made Kesha’s personality ‘completely missing from (the songs)’, resulting in her sounding ‘vapid and faceless’.

Some artistes have even openly spoken out against the use of Auto-Tune.

On his album The Blueprint 3, which was released last year, rap star Jay-Z wrote the song D.O.A (Death Of Auto-Tune).

He said in an interview with Chicago radio station WGCI: ‘It was cool in the beginning. Some people made great music with it. I just think in hip-hop, when a trend becomes a gimmick, it’s time to move on.’

It has ‘completely destroyed music’

And at last year’s Grammy Awards, indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie wore blue ribbons to protest the use of Auto-Tune in the music industry.

The anti-Auto-Tune issue came up again last month when singer-rappers T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Akon used it for their vocals in the We Are The World remake.

Netizens were upset and left comments such as ‘they have ruined a great song’.

Ironically, Wyclef Jean, who also sang on that song, released Mr Autotune – a collaboration with Mariah Carey’s husband Nick Cannon – last year.

The parody song featured the hook, ‘I’m Mr Autotune… For a small fee, I can make you a celebrity’.

But does Auto-Tune spell the end of musical creativity?

Dan Nosowitz, a writer for gadget guide Gizmodo, believes so.

He wrote that ‘to use Auto-Tune indiscriminately can absolutely kill honest emotion’.

Musician Dave Tan, the frontman of local band Electrico, believes it has ‘completely destroyed music’.

He told The New Paper: ‘Nine out of 10 songs use Auto-Tune so much so that the nature of the music industry has become all about cut-and-paste.

‘Michael Jackson came up with the ‘hee hee’ but it’s unique to him. If everyone else followed suit, it becomes completely unoriginal.’

He added that Electrico has never used the electro-vocal effect in its albums or live performances.

But it hasn’t always been bad press for the controversial software.

When it debuted in Cher’s 1998 smash hit Believe, music lovers all over the world couldn’t get enough of the refreshing, electronic sound which was dubbed the ‘Cher effect’.

Believe became one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.

While singers like Gigi D’Agostino (La Passion) and Janet Jackson (All For You) jumped on the ‘Cher effect’ bandwagon, the craze eventually died down.

It was revived only in the mid-2000s by T-Pain, who made it his trademark sound.

And there’s no denying that it sells.

Kesha’s single Tik Tok, which features a heavy dose of the Auto-Tune effect, is a No 1 hit in 11countries.

And in 2007, T-Pain pushed four songs into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 song list in just two weeks.

Some celebrities, including Mary J Blige and Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am, have come forward in defence of Auto-Tune.

Said US deejay-producer DJ Webstar on the RealTalkNY website: ‘Jay-Z said that people don’t want to hear Auto-Tune anymore. The biggest records of the year all had Auto-Tune – who are you to say people don’t want to hear it?’

Auto-Tune fans

Auto-Tune has some local fans too.

Deejay Chris Ho told The New Paper that although he wasn’t fond of hip-hop and R&B music, he preferred this ‘nonsensical sound’ to the power ballads of yesteryear.

‘Musicians tend to be purists about everything but I’m open to different kinds of music.

‘All artistes have the licence to experiment; it’s their choice. Pop music has always been uniform anyway, it’s just whether you find success or not.’

Local music producer and Hype Records boss Ken Lim also believes that Auto-Tune hasn’t ruined music but rather, ‘changed the way music is produced’.

‘If it works for a song, I don’t see any concerns. I believe the idea is to think of such vocal tones as effects rather than a camouflage tool to hide vocal incompetence.’

So what do local music fans think?

Mr Jansen Toh, a 22-year-old student, said: ‘There’s no denying that it’s very catchy, I think that’s its appeal… and I hope it’s here to stay.’

Added computer engineer Kay Tan, 39: ‘I think the current use of Auto-Tune in music is fine but if it becomes overdone, then people will get sick of it.’

How Auto-Tune was born

Like most great inventions, the Auto-Tune that you hear on radio today started out as something completely different.

The technology behind it, in fact, was first used in the oil industry.

A man named Dr Andy Hildebrand invented a technique in 1976 that sent soundwaves into the ground to record their reflections. This helped oil companies to more accurately map out potential sites to drill for oil.

He saved money for the oil companies and made himself rich enough to retire at age 40.

In 1996, he took that same technology to create a box that allowed people to sing in tune – after he was dared to do so by a guest at a party.

And Auto-Tune was born.

Dr Hildebrand, incidentally, has probably never heard a T-Pain song. He doesn’t listen to the radio and prefers flute music.

 

The NewPaper

Style Takes Flight At Awards

31 Mar

The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards
Style takes flight at awards
By Germaine Lim
March 31, 2010
 
 

THEY aren’t your average girls, but they received the loudest catcalls.

EYE-CATCHING: Ivan Heng and Glen Goei of The Importance Of Being Earnest. TNP PICTURE: GARY GOH

Yesterday afternoon, stage directors Glen Goei and Ivan Heng turned up at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards as Singapore Airlines stewardesses.

It took two hours to put on their beehive wigs, heavy make-up, and heaps of padding to transform their male physiques into svelte, curvaceous kebaya-clad SIA girls.

The glamour pusses strutted and pouted at every photo opportunity.

‘You touch’, offered Glen, and he promptly took my hand to feel his padded bottom.

‘Very hard, right? It’s all cushion. I can sit longer more comfortably,’ he said.

Glen was nominated for Best Director for The Importance Of Being Earnest, an all-male adaptation of the 1895 Oscar Wilde play.

In that play, Best Supporting Actor nominee Ivan Heng played a woman.

Glen said: ‘We decided to dress as SIA girls to follow through the cross-dressing theme in the production.’

Raise eyebrows

The pair weren’t the only ones to raise eyebrows at the annual event, which honours the best in the local theatre scene.

Costume designer Moe Kasim and hairdresser Ashley Lim appeared in an all-black ensemble, save for Moe’s fire-engine red mohawk.

Inspired by titular detective Sherlock Holmes, Moe wore a deconstructed double-breasted jacket while Ashley had hairpieces for shoulder pads but he said he had no idea why he did that.

Then there was local designer Frederick Lee, who won Best Costume Design for The Importance Of Being Earnest.

He didn’t have a name for his pants-skirt-culottes bottom which he had made himself, but admitted it was ‘obviously very salah’ (wrong in Malay).

Frederick said: ‘I think it’s rather Japanese and looks like coolie trousers at the same time.’

During the two-hour ceremony, onstage couple Adrian Pang and Wendy Kweh, took home Best Actor and Best Actress respectively for Much Ado About Nothing.

They played sparring lovers in the Shakespearean comedy.

The afternoon’s top prize, Production of the Year, went to The Importance Of Being Earnest.

Taking the stage, Glen stayed firmly in character.

He said: ‘Glen and Ivan aren’t here. But I have to put these (glasses) on to read his acceptance speech.’

Now into its 10th year, the event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.

Mr Lee Suan Hiang, an executive director at the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts and Nominated Member of Parliament Audrey Wong also attended the event.

 

The NewPaper

Don't Call Me BABE

30 Mar

Don’t call me BABE
Christy Yow says she’s just a shy girl
March 30, 2010
 
 

MALAYSIAN actress Christy Yow may be famous for her curvaceous figure and ample assets.

But don’t stereotype her.

While the 24-year-old has no qualms striking sexy, sultry poses in front of the cameras, she says she is actually conservative by nature.

‘I’m not as liberal as a lot of people think I am,’ said Christy.

‘When I started out on the entertainment scene, I was shy, an introvert. I didn’t like talking to strangers.

‘However, as I became more familiar with the intricacies of this industry, I realised that artistes inevitably have to co-operate with the media to secure publicity.’

While her voluptuousness has made her the favourite poster girl of lad mags such as FHM, she politely declined to go into details of how she achieved her enviable 36C cup size.

Instead, she preferred to talk about her favourite pastimes.

‘I love beaches, sun-tanning and swimming,’ said Christy.

‘But the weather has been super hot recently. I haven’t swum in a while.’

This wasn’t the case when she was a kid growing up in Ipoh.

Every day, she and her younger brother would hit the swimming pool, rain or shine.

She recalled: ‘Once when my swimsuit was still in the washing machine, I couldn’t resist the temptation to go swimming, so I ‘stole’ my mum’s swimsuit!’

It was too large for Christy’s then thin, tiny frame.

‘I swam a few rounds and started feeling uncomfortable wearing it. After a while, I just had to give up.’

So, has she ever skinny-dipped?

‘Oh, never ever!’ she said with a chuckle, looking slightly embarrassed.

‘If I own a house with a private pool, I might consider doing it.’

Christy, who is currently filming the movie Ge Ai (literally translated as Cut Love) with veteran MediaCorp actress Zoe Tay, will play the lead role in director Eric Khoo’s The Charming Rose in June.

But the curvy girl admitted she wasn’t always confident about her body shape.

‘Years ago, before I started modelling, I didn’t dare to wear bikinis in public,’ she said.

‘Back then, whenever I went sun-tanning, I would wear a sarong over my bikini and remove it only when I reached my destination.

‘Now that I’ve loosened up, no more sarongs! Instead, I wear shorts or put a beach dress over my bikini.’

Like most actresses, Christy takes great pains to make sure she looks good. One of her monthly routines is to go for a Brazilian wax.

She said: ‘The first time I did it, the sensation was painful beyond words. I felt like I had to hit someone to release the pain!’

This article was translated from the latest issue of U-Weekly.

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Jaden's Got The Acting Chops

30 Mar

KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2010
Jaden’s got the acting chops
Will Smith’s son shows off moves with Karate Kid co-star Jackie Chan
March 30, 2010
 
 

TRUST the son of action superstar Will Smith to steal the thunder from Jackie Chan.

Never mind that he’s only 11.

At Saturday’s Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, Jaden Smith showed off some karate moves, proving that his gruelling seven months of training has paid off.

The boy, who also presented at the show, showed some major flexibility when he demonstrated the classic ‘crane kick’.

In June, Jaden will be starring with Jackie in a new Karate Kid movie.

Jackie takes on the role of the sage MrHan, who will teach Jaden’s Dre a thing or two about martial arts and life.

He told The Los Angeles Times that he had reservations about working with Jaden.

Jackie said in a red carpet interview just before the awards: ‘I was nervous. He is Will Smith’s son and might be snobbish after all, but actually he was not.

‘He’d learn whatever he could and he’s so humble he’d learn everything. That’s why I taught him everything.’

Then Jackie added jokingly: ‘And now, I want to adopt him. Can I adopt him?’

His mother Jada and sister Willow also turned up in a show of support.

Slime dunk

The awards quickly got down and dirty.

The slime flew and singer Katy Perry blew her nose.

Each year the programme includes green ‘slime’ that shoots into the air and rains down on the audience and Hollywood stars.

Perry and fellow presenter Jonah Hill were ‘arguing’ over who was going to open the box containing the name of the Favourite Movie Actress when Perry took a powerful shot of the green stuff in her face.

She spent the next minute blowing her nose to get the goo out.

Perry looked genuinely surprised, probably at the timing.

And her priceless reaction overshadowed the fact that Miley Cyrus won the award.

‘I can’t see anything,’ Perry said as she chased Cyrus around the stage, threatening to share the goo with the teen actress/singer. ‘Why does it taste like boogers?’

The awards are given by the Nickelodeon television network and voted on by young viewers and families who watch it.

Exercise

But for 2010, Nickelodeon turned a more serious eye on the problem of childhood obesity and acknowledged the work of US first lady Michelle Obama. Her ‘Let’s Move’ programme aims to reduce the number of overweight kids by getting them to exercise.

Mrs Obama, appearing via satellite and holding the Nickelodeon blimp trophy in her hands, encouraged children and young teenagers to exercise, eat smart and get an education, reported Reuters.

‘You guys have to make smart and healthy choices in your own lives that will give you the focus to do better in school and the energy to play all day long,’ said the first lady, who has two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Sixteen-year-old pop sensation Justin Bieber performed his song Baby, Rihanna sang a medley of her tunes and, as usual, thick slime got dumped on everyone including host Kevin James and actors Tina Fey and Steve Carell, who together received the ‘slimetime achievement award’.

The awards handed out were based on some 115 million votes.

Taylor Lautner earned best movie actor for his role as a werewolf in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

‘I have to admit, I have always dreamt of winning one of these orange blimps, seriously,’ Lautner told the crowd of screaming young fans.

WHO WON WHAT

Favourite Film Actor: Taylor Lautner (New Moon)
Favourite Film Actress: Miley Cyrus (The Hannah Montana Movie)
Favourite Voice From An Animated Movie: Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol)
Favourite Animated Movie: Up
Cutest Movie Couple: Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart (New Moon)
Favourite TV Show: iCarly
Favourite TV Actress: Selena Gomez
Favourite TV Actor: Dylan Sprouse
Favourite Male Artist: Jay-Z
Favourite Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Favourite Song: You Belong With Me (Taylor Swift)
 

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Dance Fever Hits Singapore And It's Time To Groove And Move

29 Mar

Dance fever hits Singapore and it’s time to groove and move
March 29, 2010
 
 

POPPING, locking and krumping.

These are just some of the dance moves that you will see at the Singapore Dance Delight Vol 1.

Dance Delight, which originates from Japan, is being held here for the first time.

Its preliminary rounds took place yesterday at Ngee Ann City and the finals will be at ‘SCAPE – The Warehouse on 18 Apr.

The competition will see different dance groups battle it out with various forms of street dancing.

When all-girl dance group Epic Crew heard that Dance Delight was coming to Singapore, they were determined to be a part of the action, said member Jasmine Lee.

The group has come a long way. Four years after meeting at Temasek Polytechnic, the quintet is still dancing and competing together.

Said Ms Lee: ‘It’s not really about winning, it’s for the experience.

‘Also, it is a big event, the first step to raising the standards of the dance scene locally. People from other countries will be able to see us (perform).’

The girls also paid tribute to their dance instructors, Mr Ryan Tan and Ms Lam Gin Chia, or Gin, for short.

Said another member, 23-year-old Ler Mei Qi: ‘They really boosted my self-esteem. Many people think that big-sized people can’t dance. But they showed me that I could.

‘They were also the ones who encouraged me not to give up (dancing).

‘Now I hope to be an inspiration to people out there.’

Another group, Joyce and the Boys, is also excited about the competition.

The team of eight started choreographing moves for the dance competition two months ago.

They met at Ngee Ann Polytechnic four years ago, and have been competing as a team since.

Much time is spent perfecting moves and making sure that they are synchronised.

As some members work during the day, the group practises in the evenings until late into the night.

‘Sometimes, we are so tired that muscle memory just kicks in, so we’d be dancing but thinking of something else,’ said MsJoyce Tan, 22.

Injuries are also common. But the dancers shrug these off as part and parcel of doing something they love.

‘When it is something you are passionate about, you will work hard for it,’ said full-time national serviceman Terence Then, 22.

In the past four years, Joyce and the Boys have won several dance competitions.

In one of the competitions, the group won a trip to Las Vegas to participate in the World Hip Hop Championship, which allowed them to compete against some of the best dance groups in the world.

It was fun, but stressful.

‘We didn’t want to end up as one of the bottom few. It would have looked bad as we were representing Singapore,’ said Ms Tan.

But their hard work paid off when they came in third in the competition.

Success would not have come without support, especially from their parents.

Said Ms Tan: ‘My mother comes to all my competitions.’

She said she doesn’t get preferential treatment from the boys, being the only girl in the crew.

‘They treat me like a guy,’ she said.

Winners will represent Singapore in Japan while supporters and dance fans can participate in contests to win prizes

EFFERVESCENCE and fun.

F&N Sparkling Drinks have always been associated with both.

And now, F&N hopes to inject some of that fun and effervescence into the local dance scene by bringing the best known street dance competition in the world, Dance Delight, to Singapore for the first time.

The inaugural competition, Singapore Dance Delight Vol1, is presented by F&N and produced by O School.

The winner of the event will represent Singapore in Dance Delight Vol 17 in Japan on 21 Aug.

As the presenting sponsor, F&N hopes Singapore Dance Delight will grow to be a flagship event for local dance enthusiasts, as well as a platform for F&N to connect with and support local youth in creativity and expression.

Dance Delight sees dancers from all over the world battling for the most prestigious and professional prize in street dancing.

Street dance today has evolved from its origins in the US. Once a fringe activity for youths in the Bronx in New York, it is now a highly regarded dance genre professionally offered at dance studios worldwide.

One of those schools is O School, a pioneering street dance school in Singapore.

EMPOWERING

Its creative director, Mr Ryan Tan, said: ‘Street dance can be an empowering medium for our youth to exercise their creativity.

‘Singapore Dance Delight Vol 1 is not only a chance for our best dancers to take part and showcase their talent, it is also an opportunity to inspire our youth with this powerful genre of dance that has taken the world by storm.’

The winners of Singapore Dance Delight will have to be the embodiment of technical ability and bold creativity.

They will have to pull out all the stops to impress the four-man judging panel from Singapore and Japan, who have a combined 50 years of street dance experience among them.

Participants will be judged on their technical ability, showmanship, musicality, originality and professionalism.

But dancers are not the only ones who can ride the dance wave. F&N has prepared a series of activities to ensure that non-dancers will not be left out.

Leading up to the finals of Singapore Dance Delight Vol 1, street dance fans and supporters can groove to a host of activities and contests.

These include a Dance Off Challenge, hosted on F&N’s Facebook Fan Page, an F&N Guess-The-Winner contest and an F&N ‘Snap & Win’ contest.

More details on the various challenges and contests can be found on the websites http://www.dancedelight.sg and http://www.fnn.com.sg.

Promotional and ticketing details for the final on 18 Apr will also be available.

WATCH IT AND WIN

The preliminaries to Singapore Dance Delight Vol 1 were held last night at Ngee Ann City. But don’t fret if you missed it, there’s another chance to catch Singapore’s finest street dance talents in action, at the finals of the event.

Singapore Dance Delight Vol1 Finals

WHEN: Sunday 18 Apr, 7:30pm

WHERE: ‘SCAPE — The Warehouse

ADMISSION: Tickets $20 till 11 Apr and $25 after that. Visit http://www.dancedelight.sg for more information.

Not dancing? No matter. Here are other ways you can join in the fun:

F&N Dance Battle on Facebook

From 1 Apr to 14 Apr, post a solo dance video on F&N’s Facebook fan page. The dance video with the most ‘likes’ by the end of the competition period will win a prize.

F&N ‘Snap & Win’ contest

Spot the F&N party van driving around Singapore from 1 Apr till the finals on 18Apr. Take a picture of yourself with it and send it to F&N to win a prize.

F&N Guess-the-Winner contest

Hosted on Stomp. Pick the team that you think will win the competition, and you stand to win a prize.

F&N Taste It Share It promo

From next month till the end of May, buy an F&N sparkling drink product, and you will qualify for a lucky draw. You stand a chance to win an HTC phone daily, or the grand prize of a 3D2N trip to Osaka to watch Dance Delight Vol 17 with three others.

Visit http://www.fnn.com.sg and http://www.facebook.com/FnNFun for more details about these activities.

 

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