Rebecca Lim, Paige Chua take delight in the act of giving

Be prepared to be entertained by ‘veteran’ performers Rebecca Lim and Paige Chua and first-timer such as Richie Koh and Joel Choo at this year’s President’s Star Charity 2017

Rebecca Lim, Paige Chua take delight in the act of giving
Rebecca Lim, Paige Chua take delight in the act of giving
21 Nov 2017

Rebecca Lim, Paige Chua take delight in the act of giving

It’s that time of the year again as preparations for the next President’s Star Charity show go into full swing. Last year’s show raised a total of S$7.37 million for charity, and this year, artistes will once again be giving their all to raise funds for a total of 52 beneficiaries.

This year’s theme, ‘It takes all of us’, hopes to convey the message that no kindness is wasted and no contribution is too small when it comes to opening your heart to help others, and this will be expressed during the two-hour show, which will be hosted by Gurmit Singh, Glenda Chong, Paul Foster and Kimberly Wang. This will also be President Halimah Yacob’s first appearance as the Guest-of-Honour at the President’s Star Challenge.

A press conference was held yesterday (November 20) ahead of the live show on December 10, where Mediacorp artistes Rebecca Lim, Paige Chua, Joel Choo, Richie Koh, Chen Yixi, Denise Camillia Tan and Desmond Ng gave us a peek at their respective performances, and confessed that practice isn’t going as well as they’d hoped – but more on that later.

Rebecca and Paige, who are in their third and second years of the PSC respectively, told us about the social work that they’ve been doing behind the scenes (though they don’t really talk about it much), and how they’d want to challenge themselves in future President’s Star Charity shows.

Read on for more.

Why Rebecca Lim’s nervousness hit the roof after yesterday’s press conference
Why Rebecca Lim’s nervousness hit the roof after yesterday’s press conference
21 Nov 2017

Why Rebecca Lim’s nervousness hit the roof after yesterday’s press conference

Becks is no stranger to playing the piano, and this year, she’ll be putting her best foot forward once again in a collaboration stage with The TENG Ensemble, a group of music educators, scholars and award-winning instrumentalists.

“I’ve practiced with them, but they were always downplaying their skills and trying to get me comfortable,” she quipped in an interview with Toggle after the press conference ended. “But after I watched them perform today, I’m like a 10 out of 10 in terms of nervousness – they’re so good, and this is the first time I’ve ever watched them perform live. They’re just, wow.”

She let on that in past shows, she’d have a maximum of “two, or at most three” pages of scores to have to play, but this time around, she has five or six, which is daunting in itself. “I try to put in at least half an hour of practice when I’m at home, but I’m filming Eat Already? 4 five or six days a week, and on days that I don’t have any scenes, I go for my Hokkien ‘tuition’, so I really don’t have time!” she confessed.

“By the time I start playing, it’s usually at night and I have to step on the silent pedal so that I don’t end up disturbing my neighbours,” she added.

A firm advocate of doing her part for charity, Becks added that she usually checks her schedule ahead of time to see if PSC rehearsals are part of her year-end schedule, and jokingly chuckled that she’d “bang table” if she doesn’t see it there.

(Continued on next slide: Becks’ belief in leading by example, especially towards her fans)

Becks’ belief in leading by example, especially towards her fans
Becks’ belief in leading by example, especially towards her fans
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Becks’ belief in leading by example, especially towards her fans

What you might not have known about Rebecca is that she and The Beckers Team spent an entire day giving back to society on November 18 – and for good reason.

“For the past few years, I’ve had annual get-togethers with my fans, and we’d usually get a nice café and catch up with one another,” she shared. “This year, I wanted to do something different, which is why we decided to give away around 300 care packs to the residents in the Chin Swee area.”

“Most people think that they’d need stuff like canned food and all that, but for some of them who live on their own, they don’t really need that. What we gave them was what they really need on a day-to-day basis, which was towels, crackers, bar soap – stuff like that,” she continued.

“As you grow older and you gain so much from the world and the environment around you, you feel that you really need to give back. I really want my fan club members to grow alongside me and even for some fans that I don’t really see smiling very often, they were beaming by the end of the day, and they said it was the happiest days of their lives.”

These initiatives won’t just be a once-off happening, and Rebecca let on that they already have something in the pipeline in time for the Chinese New Year, and that the 30 or so members who joined in the first time will likely be joined by other members who have expressed their intention to participate in the upcoming event.

Photo: Rebecca Lim/Instagram

(Continued on next slide: Paige Chua wants to take on the guzheng and dizi in future performances)

Paige Chua wants to take on the guzheng and dizi in future performances
Paige Chua wants to take on the guzheng and dizi in future performances
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Paige Chua wants to take on the guzheng and dizi in future performances

This year, Paige Chua will be joined by Glenda Chong, Pierre Png and Paul Foster for a song and dance item that will see them collaborating with the Gunong Sayang Association to serve up kueh kuehs to the audience as part of their routine.

Paige confessed with a grin that she’s actually “less nervous this year” because the dance moves aren’t that complicated, and that her primary concern is doing it well in the kebaya that she will be donning during the show.

What we didn’t know was that Pierre is, in her words, “really good at shaking his booty,” something she was surprised that nobody knew about. Unfortunately, the man of the hour was unable to make it to the press conference yesterday, so we’ll have to wait for the actual show to find out.

Even with this year’s President’s Star Charity yet to conclude, Paige is already looking forward to future President’s Star Charity shows, letting on that she’s been very interested in Chinese Orchestra instruments in recent years.

“I’ve been taking lessons on the guzheng and dizi for about two and a half years now,” she shared. “Perhaps because I have a background in piano, the guzheng is easier for me to pick up, especially since I have my left and right hand coordination quite in sync. As for the dizi, I don’t have enough lung power to play it well, but I’d definitely want to try using one or both of these instruments for performances in the future, if possible.”

(Continued on next slide: The young ones on their maiden PSC performance)

The young ones on their maiden PSC performance
The young ones on their maiden PSC performance
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The young ones on their maiden PSC performance

Having their initiation into the President’s Star Charity family this year are Joel, Richie, Yixi, Denise and Desmond, who will be pairing up with Jayley Woo and Bonnie Loo, along with beneficiaries from the Down Syndrome Association to perform a song and dance item.

Joel and Yixi, who declared that they have “zero background” in dance, exclaimed in mock horror that they originally thought that their segment would be a minute-long performance where all they had to do was to coordinate a neon-glove routine. Alas, that wasn’t the case as they received the full dance routine video, which is a two-minute long routine that includes “super-fast dance moves”.

All five of them pointed out that Jayley and Bonnie (who couldn’t make it to the press conference) are the best at dancing, and grinned that they’d probably have to take to dancing in front of the mirror back home in order to get up to speed in time for the show, which takes place in under three weeks.

As for their contingency plan in case anything goes wrong (fingers crossed that it won’t, of course) Richie and Desmond chuckled that they’ll just “smile and pretend that it’s all part of the routine, and nobody will be able to guess otherwise, right?”

Click on for more photos at the President’s Star Challenge press conference!

Hearts all around from the artistes and performers yesterday
Hearts all around from the artistes and performers yesterday
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Hearts all around from the artistes and performers yesterday

Veteran artiste Rahimah Rahim
Veteran artiste Rahimah Rahim
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Veteran artiste Rahimah Rahim

She will be opening the show, accompanied by the Orkestra Melayu Singapura, who she has worked with on multiple occasions.

The TENG Ensemble
The TENG Ensemble
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The TENG Ensemble

Representatives from the Gunong Sayang Association were also in attendance
Representatives from the Gunong Sayang Association were also in attendance
21 Nov 2017

Representatives from the Gunong Sayang Association were also in attendance

They shared more about the three kinds of kueh kueh they will be preparing for the show.

Vasantham Star 2017 winners Swathi and Nandhitha
Vasantham Star 2017 winners Swathi and Nandhitha
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Vasantham Star 2017 winners Swathi and Nandhitha

The duo will be joined by Flame of the Forest, an instrumental world fusion music group in their performance of the song 'Train to Euston'.

Joel Choo, Richie Koh, Chen Yixi, Denise Tan and Desmond Ng
Joel Choo, Richie Koh, Chen Yixi, Denise Tan and Desmond Ng
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Joel Choo, Richie Koh, Chen Yixi, Denise Tan and Desmond Ng

They were joined on stage by representatives from the Down Syndrome Association, who the artistes declared are "the ones who are actually teaching us the dance moves".

Telepoll hotlines 1900-112-8821 (for S$10 donation), 1900-112-8822 (for $50 donation) and 1900-112-8823 (for $100 donation) are now open. You can also donate on www.giving.sg/psc2017, or through the mobile app Dash.

The President’s Star Charity 2017 will be broadcast LIVE, December 10, on Channel 5 and Toggle from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The encore telecast will be on Channel 5 on Saturday, December 16, 4pm. Catchup will also be available on Toggle from December 16.

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