Live TV boo-boos we hope to never see at Star Awards

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Live TV boo-boos we hope to never see at Star Awards
15 Mar 2017

Live TV boo-boos we hope to never see at Star Awards

Ah… live broadcasts. Two words that strike the most fear in the hearts of celebrities and production crew alike.

Will the lights go on in time? What if the microphones malfunction? Can the host remember which award is up next? Is the teleprompter functioning? How do the celebrities ensure that they enter at the right times and prevent themselves from taking a tumble?

With the recent high-profile upset at the 2017 Oscars, where La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Best Picture award instead of Moonlight, the spotlight has been cast once again on the perils of live broadcasts, and the mistakes that accompany it. Thankfully, Singapore’s very own annual awards show, the glitzy Star Awards is relatively blemish-free when it comes to major mistakes a la the Oscars 2017 boo-boo, something that we hope will not change in the years to come.

Read on as we recap the most embarrassing live TV mistakes (we wish will never happen at the upcoming Star Awards).

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Oscars 2017
15 Mar 2017

Oscars 2017

The mistake: La La Land was announced as the winner of the Best Picture Award instead of rightful winner Moonlight.

What happened: After presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner of the Best Picture award, midway through the team’s acceptance speeches, La La Land’s producer announced that the winner was actually Moonlight, to the surprise of everyone.

The aftermath: The biggest ‘he said, she said’ fiasco this year. Warren said he was given the envelope announcing the Best Actress winner (which Emma Stone had won for her role in La La Land earlier) while Emma said she was holding on to the incriminating envelope the whole time. A few days later, the accountants behind the mix-up said there were actually two sets of envelopes, clearing up the duplicate envelope mystery.

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2016 Times Square’s New Year’s Eve Countdown
15 Mar 2017

2016 Times Square’s New Year’s Eve Countdown

The mistake: Mariah Carey lost her bearings during a live performance and couldn’t sing along to her own songs.

What happened: Oh Mimi… what do we do with you? The singer put on a truly awkward live performance at the annual Times Square party to usher in the new year, where she was heard audibly uttering instructions to her dancers (“Walk me down, just walk me down”), missing the cue to sing along to her own song, and finally, just giving up and blaming her faltering performance on the fact that she didn’t manage to rehearse that particular song.

The aftermath: Yet another “he said, she said” affair, in which both Mariah’s management and the production company behind the event tried to blame each other for the outcome. Mariah’s management alleged that the producers knowingly sent Mariah out with a malfunctioning earpiece, while the production company, which has been doing the Times Square countdown for many years, stated that they “would never intentionally compromise the success of any artist."

Photos: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS

Golden Bell Awards 2016
15 Mar 2017

Golden Bell Awards 2016

The mistake: A video announcing the nominees for the Best Children’s TV Programme Host played instead of the nomination video for the Best Children’s TV Programme.

What happened: This is a tad confusing, but bear with us. At last year’s Golden Bell Awards, the presenters went on stage to present the Best Children’s TV Programme awards. However, the technical staff played the wrong video. So, when Little O News (unofficial translation) was announced as the winner, the host of the show, who happened to be nominated for the Best Children’s TV Programme Host award as well, thought he’d won, and walked up to collect his award instead of the producer of the show.

The aftermath: The awards show only admitted their mistake after the show, and attempted to edit the entire segment out of their replay telecasts. After pressure from the producers of Little O News, the Golden Bell Awards committee uploaded the  unaired video announcing the nominees for the Best Children’s TV Programme on their official social media sites, ensuring that all nominees got their turn in the sun.

Photo: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS

2016 CCTV Lantern Festival Gala
15 Mar 2017

2016 CCTV Lantern Festival Gala

The mistake: Sa Ding Ding held her microphone upside down while singing.

What happened: The flamboyant singer put on a visually stunning performance at the festival, which was broadcasted live across China. However, Sa Ding Ding was so engrossed in her performance, she accidentally held the microphone upside down whilst singing her lines, exposing the fact that she was lipsynching, instead of singing live.

The aftermath: While the singer was alert enough to quickly turn the microphone around, the damage was already done, in no part thanks to the video cameras surrounding her. Ding Ding later took to Weibo to poke fun at herself and promised to “brush up on her acting skills.” However, she took down the post as soon as the furore died.

Photos: People's Daily/Youtube

Miss Universe 2015
15 Mar 2017

Miss Universe 2015

The mistake: Host of the annual pageant, Steve Harvey, announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of Miss Philippines.

What happened: Steve Harvey, who had received an envelope with the names of the winner and the two runner-ups, somehow managed to mix the names up and announced the wrong winner. To his credit, he did realise his mistake a short while later and announced the rightful winner right there and then.

The aftermath: Steve Harvey later admitted his mistake shortly after the show when speaking with the press, explaining that he had mistakenly said ”Miss Universe” instead of “first-runner-up”. He also tweeted an apology out to both contestants, though he did misspell Colombia as Columbia and Philippines as Philippians in his initial tweet. Awkward…

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MTV Video Music Awards 2009
15 Mar 2017

MTV Video Music Awards 2009

The mistake: Kanye West barged on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for the Best Female Video Award.

What happened: Now, this list wouldn’t be complete without, arguably the most well-remembered live television boo-boo in pop culture. Back in 2009, Kanye ran up on stage in the middle of pop starlet Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, declaring, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time…one of the best videos of all time!”

The aftermath: It’s been eight years since this happened, but the incident is still fresh on everyone’s minds, no thanks to the recent brouhaha that happened when Kanye referenced the incident in his song, ‘Famous,’ with Taylor taking offence to his mention of her.

Photo: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS

Asian Television Awards 2008
15 Mar 2017

Asian Television Awards 2008

The mistake: Quan Yi Fong received a trophy with fellow nominee Guo Liang’s name on it, instead of hers.

What happened: Yep, we’ve had our very own “oops, wrong winner” moment right here on our sunny shores as well. Back in 2008, local artiste Yi Fong was crowned the winner of the Best Entertainment Presenter. Yi Fong then went up on stage, accepted her trophy and gave her acceptance speech, which went by without a glitch. Later at night, Yi Fong took a closer look at the trophy, only to realise that Guo Liang’s name was etched on it instead.

The aftermath: After a few hours of confusion, the organisers confirmed that Yi Fong and Guo Liang were actually tied for the top honour, and announced the duo as joint winners. All’s well that ends well, we think, save for the fact that Guo Liang never did get his moment in the spotlight for that win.

2008 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation
15 Mar 2017

2008 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation

The mistake: Jade Kwan misheard the announcer and went on stage to accept fellow singer’s Susanne Kwan’s prize

What happened: Now this is a mistake that most of us can empathise with, especially when you have Kwan too many singers with the same surnames. Cantopop singer-actress and award presenter Susanne was up on stage to present the award when she opened the envelope and announced herself as the winner. As the celebrity audience burst into applause, Susanne reached out to take her award, only to be intercepted by fellow singer Jade Kwan, who happily hugged Susanne, and took the award for herself.

The aftermath: As a beaming Jade grinned obliviously at the hosts, everyone slowly realised that Jade had misheard Susanne’s announcement and thought that she had won instead. After an awkward pause, the hosts quickly cleared up the matter, breaking the news to Jade and restoring peace to the ceremony.

Photos: Jack Tan/Youtube

Special mention: The overenthusiastic smoke machine at the Star Awards 2016
15 Mar 2017

Special mention: The overenthusiastic smoke machine at the Star Awards 2016

The mistake: Local singer JJ Lin being covered by smoke during his performance at the awards show last year.

What happened: While this wasn’t a mistake per se, it certainly was an eye-catching, er, cover-up. After all, the bizarre sight of local singer JJ Lin being slowly “eaten up” by smoke during his live performance last year is definitely hard to forget. May we put in a suggestion for less smoke machines this year, pretty please?

The aftermath: All in good fun, JJ posted a video of the whole incident on his social media accounts, poking fun at the bizarre sight. What a good sport!

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