Zoe Tay challenges self with intense dance routine for President’s Star Charity 2016

Familiar faces like Zoe Tay, Tay Ping Hui and Rebecca Lim will be putting up song and dance performances for the show

Zoe Tay challenges self with intense dance routine for President’s Star Charity 2016
Zoe Tay challenges self with intense dance routine for President’s Star Charity 2016
05 Oct 2016

Zoe Tay challenges self with intense dance routine for President’s Star Charity 2016

Photos: Toh Zi Yi, Mediacorp
Video: Tan Shi Qi

It was a star-studded turnout President’s Star Charity 2016 (PSC 2016) media conference yesterday, which was attended by local artistes Zoe Tay, Tay Ping Hui, Rebecca Lim, Kimberly Wang, Sonia Chew, Kayly Loh, Jayley Woo, James Seah, Sezairi Sezali, as well as the ITE Show Choir and two cast members from the musical, Wicked.

This year’s edition will be themed ‘Just Like You’, with a choir performance, captivating dances and a special appearance from Taiwanese singer Chyi Yu and local singers Tanya Chua, Taufik Batisah, Sezairi Sezali, as well as singer-actress Rahimah Rahim.

Straight off the bat, however, the actors immediately downplayed their singing and dancing skills, with Ping Hui jokingly describing himself as a refrigerator when it came to dancing. Even during the interviews, majority of the local artistes shared that they were quite apprehensive about dancing, cracking jokes at their own expense.

Veteran actress Zoe Tay, who will be having a solo dance performance with a group of dancers, also revealed that she often returned home with aching muscles and sore arms after practice.

Click on to find out more about the different performances by the artistes, and the challenges they face

Zoe Tay
Zoe Tay
05 Oct 2016

Zoe Tay

For this year’s show, Zoe will be challenging herself with an intense dance performance, where she will depict the graceful peacock’s life, together with a troupe of dancers from Dance Ensemble Singapore Dancers.

However, rehearsals proved to be a handful, right from the very first session.

“My hands started cramping after the first day of lessons,” Zoe shared. “I have to arch my fingers and wrist to form a peacock’s head [for the dance], and my wrist started hurting in the middle of rehearsal.”

While Zoe remained vague on the exact moves and dance that she’ll be performing on the day itself, she did reveal that the dancers will be lifting her up during the performance, with a couple of acrobatic moves thrown in the fray as well.

“I have to look very graceful and glamorous during the performance, so I’m a little worried about it. Luckily, though, the dancers will help me out by telling me the next move during the dance,” she laughed.

Zoe, who celebrated her wedding anniversary recently, also shed some light on her now-deleted selfie with her husband, Philip Chionh, which she originally posted on Instagram.

“I originally posted a picture of our hands together, but I thought that it didn’t look very nice, so I replaced it with an old picture of us. Later, I added some filters and frames to the original picture of our hands, and found that it looked a lot nicer. So, I deleted our selfie, and replaced it with the re-edited picture instead.”

The 48-year-old, who usually keeps her private life under wraps, also shared that her husband does not keep tabs on her social media posts, as she usually posts in Mandarin.

“Sometimes, I’ll read out the captions for him though!” she laughed.

Tay Ping Hui
Tay Ping Hui
05 Oct 2016

Tay Ping Hui

“Dancing is the biggest challenge for me,” Ping Hui declared, rating his dance skills a mere 1.5 out of 10.

However, the 45-year-old, who recently returned from filming upcoming Chinese blockbuster drama The Legend of The Condor Heroes in China and who has been dabbling in a fair bit of English-based drama series recently, shared that he will not shy away from trying new things, even declaring that he’d “wouldn’t mind filming a Suria or Vasantham drama next”.

“The most important thing [to me] is to [always] try new things, as it’s more fun and interesting. I’ll also get to grow more [as an actor],” he shared.

The actor, who sported a trendy white crop cut at the press conference, also let in that his new hair colour was 100% natural.

“I’ve always dyed my hair black, but I left it alone while filming in china, as I had to wear a wig for the drama. When I returned, I received loads of compliments on my new hair colour, so I decided to leave it as it is.”

Rebecca Lim,  James Seah
Rebecca Lim, James Seah
05 Oct 2016

Rebecca Lim, James Seah

Local actress Rebecca Lim will be spared from dancing this time round, with a special piano performance and opening song in store for her.

The actress, who turned 30 recently, confessed that her dancing is “really bad”, and that she had once danced for a Channel 8 and Channel 5 charity show, but “it was my first and last time” dancing for both shows.

Rebecca let on that that she has been practising her piano performance on an air piano whenever she has the time, and that she used to play the instrument as well, though it has been “quite a while” since she last touched a piano.

Local actor James Seah, who will be part of the All-Star Choir, also divulged that he had attended one group rehearsal so far, with Rebecca commending his singing.

“I’ve heard him sing before in the karaoke, [his singing’s] not bad,” she said with a laugh.

987 FM DJs Sonia Chew, Kimberly Wang
987 FM DJs Sonia Chew, Kimberly Wang
05 Oct 2016

987 FM DJs Sonia Chew, Kimberly Wang

This will be the first time the duo will be participating in a performance together, with Sonia and Kimberly both expressing their excitement and worry for the performance.

Sonia, who has taken part in the charity show for three years, shared that she actually used to be in the Chinese Orchestra back in school, with Kimberly adding that the 24-year-old, who used to play the guzheng, was even the vice-president of the orchestra.

Meanwhile, Kimberly, who recently revealed her relationship with local actor Shane Pow, shared that nothing much has changed in their relationship after the big reveal.

“The comments from Shane’s fans have been quite encouraging so far, and some of them even ask us to post more pictures together,” she shared.

Sezari Sezali
Sezari Sezali
05 Oct 2016

Sezari Sezali

The local singer, who recently tied the knot, had nothing but praises to sing of life as a married man.

“Wait till the second year though, and I’ll get back to you [if there’s anything that I can’t get used to],” he quipped.

Sezari also let on that this will be the first time he’s singing his own song, ‘Fire on the Floor’, on the show.

It was a star studded turnout at the media conference yesterday
It was a star studded turnout at the media conference yesterday
05 Oct 2016

It was a star studded turnout at the media conference yesterday

Hosts Glenda Chong and Chua Enlai
Hosts Glenda Chong and Chua Enlai
05 Oct 2016

Hosts Glenda Chong and Chua Enlai

Enlai cheekily dubbed their pairing "the first time the news will meet The Noose", as Glenda is a news presenter.

Performers from the ITE Show Choir
Performers from the ITE Show Choir
05 Oct 2016

Performers from the ITE Show Choir

'Wicked' cast members Jacqueline Hughes and Carly Anderson perform a tune from the musical
'Wicked' cast members Jacqueline Hughes and Carly Anderson perform a tune from the musical
05 Oct 2016

'Wicked' cast members Jacqueline Hughes and Carly Anderson perform a tune from the musical

Catch the President’s Star Charity 2016 ‘Live’ on Sunday, October 23 on Channel 5 at 7.30pm.
The encore telecast will be on Saturday, October 29 on Channel 5 at 2pm.


Telepoll hotlines 1900-112-8821 (for $5 donation), 1900-112-8822 (for $20 donation) and 1900-112-8823 (for $100 donation) are open from October 4 3pm to October 29 midnight.

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