Yays and nays from #SA2016SG

The hits and misses of Star Awards 2016 Part 1 and 2

All the hugs and kisses seen at #SA2016SG
All the hugs and kisses seen at #SA2016SG
26 Apr 2016

All the hugs and kisses seen at #SA2016SG

Photos: Lee Lay Na, Don Lee

Now that the dust has settled after two weekends of Star Awards (Part 1 and 2), it’s time for us to take stock of what worked, what didn’t, and what can be done better at the annual awards ceremony which celebrates the crème de la crop of show business. Everyone loved the little intimate and off-cam moments which celebrated love, friendship and victories, but what about the on-stage performances and superfluous video montages? Here’s what we really think of it. 

YAY: Qi Yuwu’s inspiring Best Actor speech and his hopes to see the industry mature and evolve
YAY: Qi Yuwu’s inspiring Best Actor speech and his hopes to see the industry mature and evolve
26 Apr 2016

YAY: Qi Yuwu’s inspiring Best Actor speech and his hopes to see the industry mature and evolve

Two Sundays ago, the 2016 All-Time Favourite graduate gave thanks and likened himself to that of a sapling that has taken root in Singapore, and impressed everyone with his witty acceptance speech on stage. Last Sunday, Ah Wu gave a stirring speech in hopes of motivating his colleagues and co-workers to produce even better TV projects moving forward – just as we did, once upon a time, in the heydays of local television.

The Best Actor spoke his mind and was earnest with his words and ideals for the future which, we think, comes across as a timely – and stark— reminder for everyone in the industry, in the face of increasing competition from nearby markets such as China and Korea and as viewing habits continue to evolve. Sometimes all you need is a little clarity and a gentle prod in the right direction, and we hope Ah Wu’s words on Sunday night did just that. 

Watch Ah Wu's speech below!


YAY: Elvin Ng’s acceptance speech where he poked fun at himself
YAY: Elvin Ng’s acceptance speech where he poked fun at himself
26 Apr 2016

YAY: Elvin Ng’s acceptance speech where he poked fun at himself

Here’s to Elvin being a good sport on stage. When the camera panned close to him, after the 9th top 10 winner was announced, the soon-to be All Time Favourite grad of 2017 looked like he was close to a nervous breakdown. Nerves aside, during his time on stage, he jokingly chided the production team for putting him in the last spot (but Elvin, don’t you know they save the best for the last?) and got a little philosophical on stage. Unlike his acceptance speeches from past years, however, his thank you speech on Sunday night was filled with plenty of punch (along with zero angst and vitriol). The Top 10 Most Popular Artiste winner even poked fun at himself and self-deprecatingly joked about being a ‘male god’ (or Nan Shen, in Mandarin).

“I know you guys will miss me,” said Elvin, at the end of his speech.

Yup, we’ll definitely miss you, Elvin.

YAY: The ‘thank you’ speeches of the Top 10 Male Artistes
YAY: The ‘thank you’ speeches of the Top 10 Male Artistes
26 Apr 2016

YAY: The ‘thank you’ speeches of the Top 10 Male Artistes

After a series of blah thank you speeches in Part 1 from the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes, we finally saw a hint of creativity and wit when the spotlight was on the male artistes. Apart from Quan Yi Fong and Kym Ng injecting pizzazz and spice to the segment when they co-hosted with JJ Lin, we also appreciated the actors’ efforts to be entertaining: Shane Pow quoting JJ’s lyrics in his speech, Dennis’ cheeky jibe at his fellow Love 972 deejay Marcus Chin, and Lee Teng’s I-know-how-you-feel-bros reassurance to his fellow top 10 nominees whose names were yet to be announced.

Maybe it’s time to re-school our artistes on the fine art of public speaking.

Watch the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes speeches below!


NAY: The “benchwarmers”
NAY: The “benchwarmers”
26 Apr 2016

NAY: The “benchwarmers”

For an awards show that celebrates the best of local mandarin television, is it possible to have our very own All-Time Favourite Artistes be a little more participative than just have them make a grand entrance at the show’s opening? Invite them to co-present awards with the foreign artistes. They’re not there to just look good and pretty, y’know. Just like how Yi Fong and Kym’s bantering on stage kept the Top 10 prize presentation alive, these local artistes’ presence would be able to give more oomph and lend weight to the different award segments too – because not every presenter’s like Sonia Sui (which we will elaborate more on the next slide).

Food for thought for next year’s awards ceremony, perhaps?

YAY: Sonia Sui’s well-researched prize presentation speech
YAY: Sonia Sui’s well-researched prize presentation speech
26 Apr 2016

YAY: Sonia Sui’s well-researched prize presentation speech

Taiwanese artiste Sonia didn’t just know what award she was going to present, but did her groundwork and research about the five Best Actor nominees and knew that two-out-of-four nominees present were new dads (i.e. Shaun Chen and Qi Yuwu). Don’t you just love it when someone comes prepared and knows how to say the right words to enliven the atmosphere? 

NAY: Keeping fans away from their idols with the red carpet layout
NAY: Keeping fans away from their idols with the red carpet layout
26 Apr 2016

NAY: Keeping fans away from their idols with the red carpet layout

Everyone present, including the media, artistes and their fans, had a taste of Mediacorp’s extensive new premises with the sprawling red carpet layout at Star Awards Part 1. All corners of the new campus was fully utilised, including the 50 steps red carpet walk, which made for a perilous climb for those decked in floor-length gowns, but appeared absolutely stunning in videos and photos. What could have been done better is to tighten the gap between the fan zones and the red carpet walk. The Star Awards is, after all, an event that would not be made possible without fan support, so give them their chance to mingle and be really up close with their idols and be part of the action as it unfolds.

Watch the red carpet show below!


  

NAY: Flora and fauna music videos introducing the different awards
NAY: Flora and fauna music videos introducing the different awards
26 Apr 2016

NAY: Flora and fauna music videos introducing the different awards

Uh, are we watching an awards ceremony or attending horticulture classes? ‘nuff said.

NAY: Snooze-worthy performances at #SA2016SG (excluding JJ Lin, Jeannie Hsieh’s performances)
NAY: Snooze-worthy performances at #SA2016SG (excluding JJ Lin, Jeannie Hsieh’s performances)
26 Apr 2016

NAY: Snooze-worthy performances at #SA2016SG (excluding JJ Lin, Jeannie Hsieh’s performances)

Overheard at the media corner when Vocaluptuous was performing a medley featuring the best theme song nominees: “When is it ending?” We’re not saying they are not good, but the seven-and-a-half minute long performance was too long, too dreary and everyone got a little restless in their seats – or at least that was what happened in the media corner.

Watch Jeannie's performance below!


NAY: What happened to the hilarious skits of yesteryears?
NAY: What happened to the hilarious skits of yesteryears?
26 Apr 2016

NAY: What happened to the hilarious skits of yesteryears?

Remember the seven princesses’ skit and ‘BIG BANG’ dance at last year’s Star Awards? We anticipated something similar in this year’s lineup, but to our disappointment, the closest LOL (laugh-out-loud) performance we got was the stand-up skit by hosts Dennis Chew, Lee Teng, Quan Yi Fong, Mark Lee, Vivian Lai, Jeremy Chan and Chua Enlai at Star Awards 2016 Part 1.

Thankfully we had JJ (more on that on the next slide) to fulfill our LOL-quotient for the night.

Watch the skit performance below!


YAY: JJ Lin’s “disappearing” act, made possible by the fog machine
YAY: JJ Lin’s “disappearing” act, made possible by the fog machine
26 Apr 2016

YAY: JJ Lin’s “disappearing” act, made possible by the fog machine

The clip, which showed JJ getting clouded and disappearing momentarily during his singing medley, went viral and made rounds on the internet on Sunday night itself. It was even more magical and amusing than the magic performance staged at the earlier half of the show. Now you see him, now you don't.

Thank you, JJ (and Sheila Sim, for recording that viral video.)

Watch JJ's performance below!


Watch Star Awards 2016 Part 1 and 2 on Toggle.

Related:
PHOTOS: What you didn’t see on TV at #SA2016SG Part 2
PHOTOS: Best of Star Awards 2016 Part 2

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