SA2016: Top 10 loss leaves Romeo Tan “disappointed but touched”

The duke was planning to dedicate his award as a Mother’s Day present to his mum

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
25 Apr 2016

Romeo Tan

For every single week since voting began, Romeo Tan has successfully found himself in the weekly Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes rankings, which gave us enough confidence to place him in our prediction feature’s “shoo-in” section.

This is why we – and many others – were shocked when the beloved duke failed to take home a trophy last night.

In an interview during the Star Awards Post Show Party, Romeo was candid about his disappointment. “Since I knew I wouldn’t win Best Actor, I placed my hope in the Top 10, so to not win makes me feel quite sad,” he admitted.

His loss is made even more painful by the fact that Romeo had planned to dedicate his award as a Mother’s Day present to his mum. “I won’t say anything when I go home, I’ll wait for my next chance (to give an acceptance speech),” he said.

However, a silver lining came in the form of the overwhelming support from his fellow artistes, who rushed to comfort him. All-Time Favourite Artiste Qi Yuwu and his wife Joanne Peh, who is next to graduate after winning her tenth Top 10 trophy last week, told him not to worry as they have also experienced losing in this category.

“Tonight, I’m disappointed but touched at the same time,” he said, before paying tribute to his loyal supporters (who must be pretty upset right now). “My heart hurts when I think about my fans who have worked hard to vote for me, and I’m very thankful to them.”

Other hopefuls who failed to get into the Top 10 include Pornsak and Shaun Chen, who both won last year.

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Elvin Ng
Elvin Ng
25 Apr 2016

Elvin Ng

Romeo’s good friend Elvin Ng, however, has much to celebrate about, as he will finally join the ranks of the All-Time Favourite Artistes with his tenth Top 10 win.

“I feel like a load has been taken off my shoulders, and my fans don’t have to keep voting for me anymore,” he said. “I also feel a bit sad because I wish Romeo and Pornsak could have gone up with me because they’re both very popular as well. But if you look at it logically, it’s better that I get my last award to get it over and done with, then they can play the game!”

He did make sure to check up on Romeo when they met each other backstage. “I asked him if he’s okay and I told him, ‘It’s a game lah.’”

When asked if he worked extra hard to ensure his inclusion in the Top 10, Elvin revealed that he made ten calls for himself as a way of self-encouragement – not that he would have needed it anyway, given the proven tenacity and dedication of his fan club.

“In the past ten years, the overwhelming love from the audience has been exceptional,” he gushed. “The reason I said ‘thank you for loving the imperfect me’ on stage is because I’m not the most typical artiste, I dare to be raw and unpolished, so thank you for accepting me.”

To celebrate, Elvin prepared roses and chocolates for his fan club. “Last week they gave me 99 roses, and I was like, ‘Shouldn’t I be the one giving you flowers?’”

Read on for more quotes from this year’s Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes:

The Star Awards 2016 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes
The Star Awards 2016 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes
25 Apr 2016

The Star Awards 2016 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes

Dennis Chew, Shane Pow, Zhang Zhen Huan, Zheng Ge Ping, Jeffrey Xu, Zhang Yao Dong, Xu Bin, Aloysius Pang and Elvin Ng.

Aloysius Pang
Aloysius Pang
25 Apr 2016

Aloysius Pang

Aloy’s first nomination also became his first win, and he finally got his wish of accepting an award with his good friend and Noon Talk label-mate Xu Bin, who got his first nomination two years earlier than him.

“This is Xu Bin’s third trophy, and I hope to be able to accompany him to accept the remaining seven,” he said.

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
25 Apr 2016

Xu Bin

Xu Bin, who also won Favourite Male Character, said that to treat his Noon Talk boss-slash-mentor Dasmond Koh to a meal would not be enough. “I don’t think we (him and Aloysius) would be able to repay what Dasmond has done for us in our lifetime!” he said.

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
25 Apr 2016

Shane Pow

Upon finding out that the Top 10 would receive their awards from singing superstar JJ Lin, Shane prepared a speech that incorporated titles from two of JJ’s songs, but he was worried that no one would get it. Nevertheless, he went with it anyway, but was so shy that he did not dare to look at the audience’s reaction. Well, at least JJ looked pretty amused!

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
25 Apr 2016

Jeffrey Xu

In a previous press conference, Jeffrey promised that if he made it into the Top 10, he would kiss Felicia Chin.

However, when he did win last night, all Felicia got was a hug before Jeffrey went on stage. We finally got him to fulfil his promise at the Post Show Party, where we also grilled them on their rumoured relationship. Click here to see the full story.

Zhang Zhen Huan
Zhang Zhen Huan
25 Apr 2016

Zhang Zhen Huan

It was a double dose of happiness for Zhen Huan, who won his second Top 10 award in addition to his earlier Best Supporting Actor win. When asked if he brought any good luck charms with him, he joked that his house, which he shares with fellow winners Jeffrey Xu and Zhang Yao Dong, has good feng shui, and that Ian Fang, who was not even nominated for the Top 10, should come and stay over before next year’s Star Awards season kicks off.

Pornsak (left) and Lee Teng
Pornsak (left) and Lee Teng
25 Apr 2016

Pornsak (left) and Lee Teng

Top 10 and Best Host winner Lee Teng said that instead of celebrating his victory with a hearty meal, he’ll just be going home to rest to prepare for work tomorrow. Plus, he’s trying to lose weight at the moment, so a late night snack would not be the best of ideas. “It’s difficult for me to lose weight, so I shouldn’t simply eat!” he lamented.

His fellow Left Profile artiste Pornsak, who did not win, joked about not being able to sleep tonight. “Of course I’m disappointed, because my fans worked so hard to vote for me, and yet I did not win,” he said. Although he lost, Pornsak still plans on treating his supporters to a meal.

Dennis Chew
Dennis Chew
25 Apr 2016

Dennis Chew

The LOVE 97.2FM DJ was showered with smooches from bestie Rui En and Belinda Lee when his name was announced as a Top 10 winner (which led him to deliver his acceptance speech with a face full of lipstick marks). In our interview, he dedicated his award to his co-DJ Marcus Chin, who is “very popular, but did not make it” into the Top 10.

Zhang Yao Dong
Zhang Yao Dong
25 Apr 2016

Zhang Yao Dong

Yao Dong returned to Mediacorp last year after leaving the company in 2012, hence enabling him to participate in the Top 10 again. And he certainly made his return known by picking up a gong last night.

When asked to share his thoughts on his friend and fellow Malaysian Shaun Chen not winning, he said, "He is young and handsome, he will still have a chance."

Zheng Ge Ping
Zheng Ge Ping
25 Apr 2016

Zheng Ge Ping

The "hunkle" won his seventh Top 10 trophy last night after failing to do so last year. "I don't have much time - I still have three more years to win before I graduate, so give me a chance," he stated as a message to Romeo, Pornsak and Shaun. "You all are still young and have lots of chances, so don't worry!"

More features and information can be found on the Star Awards 2016 official website.

WATCH Toggle Interviews:
Best Supporting Actress winner Julie Tan dreams of winning an Oscar
Zhang Zhen Huan: Winning an acting award is like a dream
Damien Teo feels pressured to perform better after winning twice in a row
Romeo Tan disappointed he didn't have a chance to thank parents on stage
How did Lee Teng console Pornsak who lost out for the Top 10 award?
Elvin Ng: I feel a huge load off my shoulders
Jeffrey Xu admits that he likes Felicia Chin
Aloysius Pang & Xu Bin: I doubt we can repay our gratitude to Dasmond Koh
Ian reveals information about his appearance on China’s TV!
Jeanette Aw: I hope Qi Yuwu and I have a happy ending the next time we work together
Pan Lingling: JJ Lin used to say that he is my fan!
What dirty trick did Ya Hui use to drive Sora Ma out of the changing room?

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Jeffrey Xu: I like Felicia Chin
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