Campus SuperStar contestants: Where are they now?

10 years on: The pubescent contestants of yesteryear are all grown up today

Campus Superstar contestants: Where are they now?
Campus Superstar contestants: Where are they now?
05 Jul 2016

Campus Superstar contestants: Where are they now?

Photos: Channel U, Toggle

Scores of hopeful individuals signed up to join Campus Superstar (CSS), Singapore’s first reality TV singing competition programme specially catered to teens, specifically under-21 kids who fail to make the cut—age wise—for other talent programmes on TV. Ten years on, the show has since spanned four seasons and given birth to a handful of singing champions and runner-ups, some of whom are still actively working in the music or TV industry. Check out our gallery for a quick CSS refresher. 

Season 1 winner: Ng Chee Yang
Season 1 winner: Ng Chee Yang
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Season 1 winner: Ng Chee Yang

We still remember this bright-eyed Hwa Chong Institution student for his unique Jeff Chang-like vocals on the show. After coming in first place in CSS, Chee Yang represented Singapore at the One Million Star TV singing competition in Taiwan as a wildcard contestant in 2009 and will be repping Singapore, again, in the upcoming programme, China Super Vocal (formerly known as The Voice of China), after emerging as one of the top three finalists in the Singapore selection rounds. Currently based in New York, after graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2013, he is also a part of Vocalosity, an American A Capella group.

Photos: Toggle, Ng Chee Yang/Facebook

Season 1 runner-up: Teresa Tseng
Season 1 runner-up: Teresa Tseng
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Season 1 runner-up: Teresa Tseng

Best remembered for her saccharine sweet vocals and demeanour, Teresa relocated back to her home country a few years ago to build a singing career in Taiwan. Her hard work and efforts have not gone down the drain and she finally had her big break after acting in a handful of local dramas and participating in several singing and talent competitions such as Chinese Idol in 2013, Million Stars in 2014 and most recently a girl group survival show called Lady Bees. Under the tutelage of fame record producer Eric Chen, Teresa (she has changed her Chinese name to Tseng Yong Xi, too) released her first solo EP ‘Xiang Yu Jian’ this year, after toiling for 10 years.

Photos: Toggle, Teresa Tseng/Facebook

Season 1 third place: Renfred Ng
Season 1 third place: Renfred Ng
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Season 1 third place: Renfred Ng

The contestant who bowled over school girls with his cute looks was last seen in the news for his F&B ventures – he opened a café and is now a barista and boss of Slayer Coffee. When not pulling shots and frothing milk at events, the Lasalle College of the Arts grad takes on ad-hoc acting projects and can be seen acting as a police officer (he plays Zhang Guixiang’s new buddy at work) in upcoming Channel 8 drama series, C.L.I.F. 4, after acting as Shaun Chen and Rui En’s onscreen son in The Journey: Our Homeland.

C.L.I.F. 4 debuts September 6, 9pm on Channel 8.
Watch past episodes of The Journey: Our Homeland on Toggle.

Photos: Toggle, Channel 8

Season 1 third place: Geraldine See
Season 1 third place: Geraldine See
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Season 1 third place: Geraldine See

After coming in as the joint winner for the third position, Geraldine See went under the radar and was last seen in the news together with Teresa Tseng in 2013, when she participated in Chinese Idol as one of our three local reps. Two years ago, she was spotted trying to audition for local reality singing competition, Project SuperStar 3, although she failed to make it into the final cut.  

Photos: Toggle, Channel U

Season 2 winner: Shawn Tok
Season 2 winner: Shawn Tok
05 Jul 2016

Season 2 winner: Shawn Tok


The youngest contestant to be crowned winner at the age of 13 (his voice had yet to break then!), Shawn was still a frequent face on local TV after CSS and acted in a few kids programme and a Channel 5 telemovie. After enrolling in film and television studies at University of Queensland and seven years since the competition ended, he decided to release an EP this year to mark his coming-of-age milestone. Titled ‘Chapter 22’ (to coincide with his 22nd birthday, he says), the dad-and-mum-funded EP cost $10,000 and is a five-track English album; it even charted at #2 on the Singapore iTunes album chart when it was released. 

Related:
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Season 2 runner-up: Keely Wee
Season 2 runner-up: Keely Wee
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Season 2 runner-up: Keely Wee

Apart from singing, you may remember Keely for some of her acting projects -- most notably in a web series called ‘iRock’, which also starred Chen Yixi, son of Edmund Chen and Xiang Yun. Currently a guest member of Lady First Singapore season 4, Keely also filmed two TV commercials with former actress Tang Miao Ling recently and is an ad-hoc wedding singer. 

Photos: Toggle, Keely Wee/Facebook

Season 3 runner-up: Rachel Chua
Season 3 runner-up: Rachel Chua
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Season 3 runner-up: Rachel Chua

Despite her diminutive stature, Rachel is one fierce chilli padi that sings. She has carved a name for herself at various talent singing competition programmes after joining CSS seven years ago. She even lent her voice to the theme song of blockbuster Chinese movie Dangerous Liaisons, starring Zhang Ziyi, Jang Dong Gun and Cecilia Cheung. When not singing, she can be found doing web-design related projects like that of Kandie Network’s website (Kate Pang and Andie Chen’s YouTube channel). In case you didn’t know, she recently got married in April and is now known as “Mrs Lam”.

Season 4 winner: Bonnie Loo
Season 4 winner: Bonnie Loo
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Season 4 winner: Bonnie Loo

Although Bonnie is doing more acting than singing projects these days (which is doing her more good than harm, considering she does have a flair for acting), the 21-year-old has not forgotten her roots and yearns to stage her own mini music concert this year. The young CSS winner also shared that she has been trying to write some music for her next album.

Season 2 contestant: Xu Bin
Season 2 contestant: Xu Bin
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Season 2 contestant: Xu Bin

He left quite an impression on the singing talent competition for his "bad boy" looks instead of his singing chops, which is not a bad thing because something good came out of it. After CSS, Xu Bin did a few ad-hoc acting projects, started acting full-time after Dasmond Koh approached him and brought him under his wings (read the full story on his Toggle Talk interview) and never looked back. It was as if this China-born actor was destined to be an actor from the get-go.

Season 2 contestant: Seah Hui Xian
Season 2 contestant: Seah Hui Xian
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Season 2 contestant: Seah Hui Xian

Although she failed to make a splash as a contestant on the show, Hui Xian made inroads in other singing competitions and local theatre musical productions. Apart from performing at the inaugural A-Nation concert in 2014, she also took on the second female lead role in December Rains and will be in Toy Factory Productions’ upcoming Innamorati Two

Season 3 contestant: Ridhwan Azman
Season 3 contestant: Ridhwan Azman
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Season 3 contestant: Ridhwan Azman

Ridhwan is better remembered for his role in the Ah Boys To Men franchise instead of his competition days as a contestant from Bendemeer Secondary School. If you are a regular social media user and scroll through Instagram often enough, you may also recognise him as the guy who talks to a striped soft toy bunny for a local shopping site ad.

Photos: Toggle, Golden Village Pictures

Season 3 contestant: Jeremy Teng
Season 3 contestant: Jeremy Teng
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Season 3 contestant: Jeremy Teng

Jeremy’s success story goes to show that sometimes all you need is the right platform to showcase your talents – although he finished in 9th placing during CSS season 3, he went on to join Nodojiman The World, a Japanese singing contest, and brought home the trophy with his rendition of Kobukuro’s ‘The Flower That Blooms Nowhere But Here’. Since then, he has gone on to fly the Singapore flag at various international singing competitions, including The Voice of China 3.

Photos: Toggle, Red Spade Entertainment

Special mention: Julie Tan
Special mention: Julie Tan
05 Jul 2016

Special mention: Julie Tan

We unearthed this gem while going through the photo archive of Campus SuperStar 2 auditions – a 14-year-old Julie (clearly still in her rebellious phase with the pink streaks in her hair and the goth-like makeup) trying out for the singing competition, of which she failed to make the cut. A couple of years later she started acting full-time and this year's Star Awards Best Supporting Actress winner has never looked back since. 

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