Seeing double: Twin stars in showbiz

With Jayesslee coming to town to perform in January, we look at twin siblings in the entertainment industry

Seeing double: Twin stars in showbiz
Seeing double: Twin stars in showbiz
11 Mar 2015

Seeing double: Twin stars in showbiz

Heads up, fans of Australia’s number one YouTubers Janice and Sonia Lee (or, as they’re more widely known, Jayesslee) – come January 2015, the duo will be returning to town for their Asia Tour 2015.

In just a few years after they opened their video-posting account, the new mums have gone from crooning in their bedrooms to performing live in front of thousands on stages all over the world. Those who spend enough time on the video site have probably stumbled across their viral covers of tracks like Tamia’s ‘Officially Missing You’, PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ and Maroon 5’s ‘Payphone’.

These no-frills acoustic performances, although simple in their presentation, have catapulted the sisters to international fame and popularity, particularly in Asia – in less than 24 hours, tickets for their January 16 show here in Singapore were sold out, prompting the addition of a second gig on January 17.

Janice and Sonia aren’t the one duo that have us seeing double in the showbiz realm. Click through our gallery as we look at more famous twins:

The JAYESSLEE ASIA TOUR 2015 – SINGAPORE is happening on 16 and 17 January 2015 (Thursday) at 8pm at the Kallang Theatre. Tickets are priced from $38 to $118 (VIP Ticket includes a meet and greet pass, autographed poster and photography session with Jayesslee) and are available at SISTIC.

2moro (Antony Kuo & Angus Kuo)
2moro (Antony Kuo & Angus Kuo)
11 Mar 2015

2moro (Antony Kuo & Angus Kuo)

Good-looking bros Antony and Angus were discovered when they were picked to star in a sportswear commercial that required two lookalikes (the creators really struck gold with twins). After that, Antony appeared in Taiwanese drama Reaching for the Stars with Selina, Hebe and Ella of S.H.E, while Angus worked with our very own Jeanette Aw and Julian Hee in 2005 MediaCorp production Rainbow Connections.

Twin star power: 6/10. Since releasing their only two records in 2006 (their debut self-titled EP and full-length album 2 More Loves), there didn’t seem to be much buzz from the boys until they flaunted their hosting chops on variety show Super Taste and, most recently, Champion Mission, which is nominated for Best General Entertainment Programme as this year’s Asian Television Awards.

Catch the twins on Champion Mission on STAR Chinese Channel (SingTel mio TV Ch. 507, StarHub TV Ch. 822) on Sundays at 8pm and on Fridays at 9pm.

Zony & Yony
Zony & Yony
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Zony & Yony

Zony and Yony – a.k.a. Zuo Zuo and You You, which literally mean “Left Left” and “Right Right” in Chinese – first shot to fame early this year when their dance cover of Crayon Pop’s ‘Bar Bar Bar’ (you know, the one with the music video full of helmets and hopping) went viral on YouTube, catching the eye of renowned web scourer Ellen DeGeneres, who then invited them as guests on her show.

Twin star power: 8/10. Not many six-year-olds get to walk down the red carpet of a prestigious awards ceremony and present an accolade at said event, but Taiwanese twin sisters Zony and Yony got to do just that at the Golden Bell Awards in October (while capturing plenty of hearts along the way with their adorableness).

Strawberry Milk (ChoA & Way)
Strawberry Milk (ChoA & Way)
11 Mar 2015

Strawberry Milk (ChoA & Way)

Crayon Pop, whose single helped propel Zony and Yony to fame, house a couple of twins of their own. In October, ChoA and Way debuted as the band’s first subunit under the saccharine sweet title Strawberry Milk. Unsurprisingly, their single ‘OK’ is accompanied by a music video that is saturated in the colour pink and has the girls (who are 24, by the way) dressed as drink cartons, strawberries and overgrown kindergarteners at a sleepover.

Twin star power: 4/10. They may not be the biggest fish in the vast Hallyu ocean, but the fact that there aren’t many K-pop siblings in the same group – let alone twins in a subunit – makes them stand out. Plus, who else has made fans show up at concerts wearing giant milk boxes and straws of their own?

JYJ’s Junsu and Junho
JYJ’s Junsu and Junho
11 Mar 2015

JYJ’s Junsu and Junho

Younger brother (by one minute) Junsu isn’t the only musical one in the family. The JYJ – and former TVXQ – member’s fraternal twin Junho has also debuted in China (as ZUNO) and Japan (as JUNO), and recently joined Junsu under C-JeS Entertainment while changing his name to Kim Moo-young.

Twin star power: 1/10. This is one of those cases where one star sibling is a lot more well-known than the other, but we think fans would love to see the two work together in a drama or on an album, especially now that they’re under the same agency.

Boyfriend’s Youngmin & Kwangmin
Boyfriend’s Youngmin & Kwangmin
11 Mar 2015

Boyfriend’s Youngmin & Kwangmin

The doe-eyed brothers attracted attention for being rare twins in the industry and for their slight resemblance to Kim Hyun Joong when the band debuted in 2011. Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered how to tell them apart when their hairstyles are the same, their group mates have offered some tips: Youngmin, the older brother by six minutes, has softer, more feminine facial features than Kwangmin, who has a sharper jawline.

Twin star power: 3/10. The duo may be beloved and look like a more recognisable – albeit scandal-ridden at the moment – senior, but they need the rest of Boyfriend to form a stronger unit.

Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen
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Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen

The girls have come a long way since their days of taking turns to play the adorable Michelle Tanner on Full House. Since then, they’ve made rich lists, become the first twins to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, been nominated for a Daytime Emmy (well, Mary-Kate, at least) and launched several successful clothing lines (including The Row, which produced a $39,000 alligator skin backpack that sold like overpriced hotcakes).

Twin star power: 8/10. They may have stepped out of the acting limelight but they continue to be one of the most influential and recognisable figures in entertainment and fashion, especially when they’re joined at the hip.

The Madden Brothers (Joel Madden & Benji Madden)
The Madden Brothers (Joel Madden & Benji Madden)
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The Madden Brothers (Joel Madden & Benji Madden)

The tough-looking, tattooed twins started working on The Madden Brothers, which officially launched this year, back in 2011. While their album Greetings from California fared well, they will always be better known for being the founders of rock outfit Good Charlotte (and, er, for Joel being married to Nicole Richie and Benji dating Cameron Diaz).

Twin star power: 7/10. From building their very own band to continuing to go strong with side projects, they’re an identical force in music to be reckoned with.

Jayley Woo & Hayley Woo
Jayley Woo & Hayley Woo
11 Mar 2015

Jayley Woo & Hayley Woo

The bloggers-turned-actresses are two of our few local showbiz siblings. Younger-by-five-minutes Jayley was the first to step into the industry when she landed a part on Channel U’s Jump! Skip With Us, after emerging as a finalist in a modelling competition. Hayley soon followed suite with a role in Malaysian series Dive Into Love before joining her sister in musical comedy That Girl in Pinafore last year.

Twin star power: 2/10. Besides that one collaboration, the girls have been doing their own thing and climbing the ladder of popularity and success at their own pace.

By2 (Miko Bai & Yumi Bai)
By2 (Miko Bai & Yumi Bai)
11 Mar 2015

By2 (Miko Bai & Yumi Bai)

Don’t let their Japanese-sounding first names and Taiwanese address fool you: they are Singapore born-and-bred Yio Chu Kang Secondary School dropouts. While quitting school doesn’t sound like a recipe for success (especially to traditional parents), the girls defied the odds and made it big in the Mandopop scene after clinching a 10-year record deal with Ocean Butterflies Music.

Twin star power: 5/10. Kudos to them for establishing themselves outside of their hometown, but points taken for not really making an impact on local soil (especially if you compare to other Singa-land exports like JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun).

Special mention: Gillian Chung & Charlene Choi
Special mention: Gillian Chung & Charlene Choi
11 Mar 2015

Special mention: Gillian Chung & Charlene Choi

Okay, so they may not be blood-related, but Gillian and Charlene are certainly the most famous “Twins” in Cantopop. Plus, they even look alike, so the title isn’t that incredulous.

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