07 Mar 2018
What to look forward to in GeTai Challenge Season 2
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Remember back in 2015, when Desmond Ng came out tops in GeTai Challenge – The Ultimate Battle? Three years after taking the crown in the first season of the show, Desmond will return to GeTai Challenge Season 2, this time as the show’s host. Together with Pornsak, Desmond will be a familiar face to viewers come April 20, when the programme debuts its pilot episode.
Fans of the show will also be happy to hear that Wang Lei and Liu Ling Ling will be making their return as judges, and shared with Toggle that they will be extremely particular about certain aspects of each and every contestant’s performance (more on that later).
New personalities on the show are the Kacang Puteh Man (played by Dennis Chew) and the Kiam Sng Tee Aunty (played by Ms Mo), with the pair in charge of bringing across important messages and learning points to the elderly.
Also, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – Jaspers Lai and Ryan Lian are among the 20 contestants that will vie for the top spot this year – although the pair chuckled that they don’t quite have the confidence to go all the way to the finals, they let on that they will be taking the contest one performance at a time.
For all that and more, click on to read on what you can expect to see in GeTai Challenge Season 2.
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Pornsak and Desmond Ng hosting in dialect for the first time
With the bulk of the show being in dialect, Pornsak (who will be hosting in Teochew) and Desmond (who will be hosting in Hokkien) shared that there’s both a challenge and a fun factor for them this time around.
“In the 10 years that I’ve been hosting, this is the first time that my dad can actually understand me!” Pornsak declared in an interview with Toggle. “I usually think about my lines in English or Mandarin, depending on which language I’m hosting in, but this time around I’ll have to think of it in Teochew, so it’s definitely going to be a different experience for me.”
Desmond, who is taking on a vastly different role from the previous season, shared that he too, has his fair share of worries. “In the past, I only had to focus on my own performance, but this time around, I have to ensure that the entire flow of the show is smooth, so it’s definitely something that I’ll have to work hard on.”
While the pair will be hosting in different dialects, they shared that they do understand each other, but will have to make a conscious effort in order to not mix up their dialects when they hold conversations on stage.
(Continued on next slide: Jaspers Lai, Ryan Lian go up against getai veterans for the crown)
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Jaspers Lai, Ryan Lian going up against getai veterans for the crown
You might be taken aback when you see actors Jaspers Lai and Ryan Lian on stage this time around, but your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – the pair are challenging themselves to bring a different sort of charm to the stage, as they told us in separate interviews.
“I think everyone is used to the vibrant, happy-go-lucky me,” Jaspers laughed. “For the first recording, this is the kind of style I’ll be going for, but if I’m able to make it to the next round, I might try a more serious, emotional song. You haven’t seen me when I’m serious, right? It’s something to look forward to.”
With the wealth of experience that some of the other contestants have, Jaspers confessed that he doesn’t hold high hopes of making it to the finals, but mused, “Their strength is that they’ve been doing getai for over a decade, but for me, my songs will have influences from Chinese Pop, English Pop and even Korean Pop (…) I was shocked when I saw them rehearsing yesterday, because they’re really that good, but I’ll just do my best and see what the judges have to say.”
Ryan will be taking on a different approach to the show, with the 33-year-old sharing that he likes “emo” songs, and instead of focusing on how he compares to the other contestants, that he will “focus on my own performance – as long as I do well, it’s alright. It doesn’t matter what the others do on stage because that’s out of my control!”
(Continued on next slide: Wang Lei and Liu Ling Ling playing bad cop, bad cop on stage)
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Wang Lei and Liu Ling Ling playing bad cop, bad cop on stage
Those familiar with Wang Lei’s acting works will likely be used to the actor’s comedic side – but don’t expect to see that in this season of GeTai Challenge as the actor will be playing bad cop as a judge.
“I’ve been hearing people say that they’re in trouble because I’m a judge this time around, and that their Hokkien songs will have to performed up to my standard because I’m here,” Wang Lei laughed. “I’m very particular about pronunciation and intonation, and I’ll be able to catch every single mistake that people make on stage, so they really have to watch out for that.”
He added that many Hokkien getai songs are adapted from Japanese songs, and that contestants will have to pay close attention to giving due respect to the original songs, so as to convey the meaning that the songwriter and lyricist meant to convey.
“Be it their outfits, their makeup, their performance and so on, what I’m looking for is creativity. You also need to know how to sing according to where the song originated, and not just however you like it,” he added.
Ling Ling, however, has been asked if having her younger sister, Angie Lau, 50, on the show will mean that she will be partial to her – a thought she quashed immediately. “I know that some people have wondered if I’ll be lenient towards my sister because of who she is, but my answer is no. In fact, I feel that I might become extra strict with her just because she’s my sister, and people might assume that I’m giving her a chance just because of that, so she might be on the losing end,” she chuckled.
Sharing that she hopes that contestants will be able to leave their nerves in the dressing room before they step on stage, she added that that nervous energy is likely to spread to everyone around them if they don’t manage to contain it well, affecting the singer’s performance.
(Continued on next slide: Dennis Chew and Ms Mo adding their dose of fun into the fray)
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Dennis Chew and Ms Mo adding their dose of fun into the fray
For those hoping to see Dennis Chew or Ms Mo try their hand at getai, you might have to wait until next time for your wishes to be fulfilled. The duo chuckled that while they too, would want to try it out, their place in this season of the programme is off-stage, where they will be sharing important messages that the government wants to convey to the elderly.
With GeTai Challenge Season 2 taking on the 11.30am slot that was previously occupied by dialect programmes Eat Already? and Happy Can Already!, the Ministry of Communications and Information, along with Mediacorp, decided that having these messages being shared through this popular source of heartland entertainment could serve as a good way to reach certain audiences that might not have tuned in previously.
Dennis and Ms Mo will be taking on the important roles of communicating with these audiences during the cross-talk segments and skits, and will help seniors keep abreast of important government initiatives and support schemes.
“We won’t be spending any time on stage at all,” they said with a mock sigh. “But it’s hard to say whether we’ll start singing off-stage or not – it all depends on what the audience wants!
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GeTai Challenge contestants from the current and past season gathered for the lensing ceremony
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Marcus Chin, a contestant on the previous season, was also in attendance
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Liu Ling Ling led the prayer session ahead of the programme's first recording