The nominations for this year’s Star Awards online Favourite categories have been released, with an eclectic mix of established veterans and young up-and-comers making the list, and with soccer drama World at Your Feet dominating with six mentions across the three categories.
Landing his first online nods is Zhang Zhen Huan, whose role as talented footballer Gao Guo Tian in World at Your Feet scored him nominations for Favourite Male Character, as well as Favourite Onscreen Couple with co-star Jeanette Aw. Last year, the Sichuan-born heartthrob was inducted into the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes list for the first time.
Zhen Huan, who was celebrating his 31st birthday with friends (and joked about feeling giddy from alcohol) when we reached him for a phone interview last night, called his nominations a breakthrough and, given the good timing of the news coinciding with the special occasion, a form of “double happiness”.
When asked to rate his own chances of walking home triumphant when the victors are announced that evening, Zhen Huan, who made his acting debut in 2008, modestly confessed that he considers himself a newbie. “I really don’t know how high my chances are, but I think it won’t be easy to win.” That said, he’ll still do his part by appealing to fans on social media to vote for him.
His “prediction” applies to his pairing with Jeanette for Favourite Onscreen Couple, although he can see why TV viewers are rooting for the duo. “Our characters went through a lot of ups and downs in their relationship in the show, and that’s probably why audiences can appreciate the chemistry between them,” he mused.
Even if he’s left empty-handed at the end of the day, he hopes that at least one of his fellow nominated 8 Dukes will nab the prizes on behalf of the octet. Aloysius Pang and Xu Bin are also up for Favourite Male Character, Ian Fang has a nod for Favourite Onscreen Couple with Kimberly Chia, and Romeo Tan in the running for both Favourite Male Character and Favourite Onscreen Couple with Rebecca Lim.
Kimberly Chia doesn’t want fans to feel stressed about helping her win
Kimberly’s reaction as we read out the names of her fellow Favourite Female Character nominees wasn’t unexpected: “Wow. Wow. (Brief silence)” The 19-year-old, who is nominated for her role as Ye Xiao Feng in World at Your Feet, is going up against Rui En, Jeanette Aw, Rebecca Lim and Felicia Chin.
“Of course I would like to have hope (but) I think Rui En has a very high chance of winning,” she said. The previous two times Kimberly was up for the same award in 2012 and 2013, it was the two-time Best Actress winner who came out on top.
Nevertheless, Kimberly expressed that she is excited and also relieved to garner the mentions, as World at Your Feet is her last Channel 8 drama. “Even though I didn’t have any shows after that, I’m glad the last one I did left an impression!” she said.
While this marks her third nomination for Favourite Female Character, Kimberly’s entry for Favourite Onscreen Couple with World at Your Feet co-star Ian (who texted her with the good news) is her very first. “Our chemistry was good, but we didn’t expect our pairing to receive so much love to the point that fans were suggesting couple names for us!” she chuckled.
Although she has yet to have the chance to accept a trophy on a Star Awards stage, Kimberly remains grateful for the support from her devotees. “I know a lot of my fans voted very hard for me last time, and that alone is a good thing,” she said. “I don’t want them to be disappointed if I don’t win because I’m afraid they will blame themselves – I don’t want them to feel stressed about it!”
But don’t take that as a sign of passiveness from the starlet herself. “I’ll definitely try to get fans to vote for me, maybe together with Ian (for Favourite Onscreen Couple),” she revealed. “I’ll probably ask my friends too, but I won’t be too pushy about it. (laughs)”
Also vying for Favourite Onscreen Couple with Zhen Huan & Jeanette and Kimberly & Ian are Li Nan Xing & Rui En in C.L.I.F. 3, Romeo Tan & Rebecca Lim in Yes We Can!, and real-life married couple (and parents-to-be) Qi Yu Wu & Joanne Peh in C.L.I.F. 3.
With such strong fan bases behind this year’s nominees, we can only foresee a neck and neck race over the next couple of months before the victors are announced at Star Awards 2015 Show 1 on April 19, so remember to keep the votes for your choices coming in!
Online voting for Favourite Male Character, Favourite Female Character and Favourite Onscreen Couple (Drama) takes place from February 25 at 12am to April 19 at 9pm. For more information on the Star Awards, visit our microsite, and stay tuned to xinmsn for more!
Check out the full nominations list for the Star Awards 2015 Favourites categories below:
Favourite Male Character
Aloysius Pang as Fang Yang Min (World at Your Feet)
Elvin Ng as Wu Wei Xiong (World at Your Feet)
Romeo Tan as Zhang Yan (The Journey: Tumultuous Times)
Xu Bin as Guo Jing Cheng/Cartoon (Against the Tide)
Zhang Zhen Huan as Gao Guo Tian (World at Your Feet)
Favourite Female Character
Felicia Chin as Pan Xiao Min (In The Name of Love)
Jeanette Aw as Hong Ming Hui (The Journey: Tumultuous Times)
Kimberly Chia as Ye Xiao Feng (World at Your Feet)
Rebecca Lim as Zhang Xue Qin (Yes We Can)
Rui En as Qiu Xue Qing (Against the Tide)
Favourite Onscreen Couple (Drama)
Ian Fang & Kimberly Chia as Hong Dehai & Ye Xiaofeng (World at Your Feet)
Li Nan Xing & Rui En as Wei Lan Tian & Huang Zhi Jie (C.L.I.F. 3)
Qi Yu Wu & Joanne Peh as Tang Yao Jia & Liao Xin Yi (C.L.I.F. 3)
Romeo Tan & Rebecca Lim as Liu Jun Wei & Zhang Xue Qin (Yes We Can)
Zhang Zhen Huan & Jeanette Aw as Gao Guo Tian & Mo Yu Qing (World at Your Feet)
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