GOING, GOING, GONE: The most eligible local male actors

With Xu Bin's surprise wedding announcement, we rounded up a list of local male singletons and asked them why they'd make good partners

GOING, GOING, GONE: The most eligible local male actors
GOING, GOING, GONE: The most eligible local male actors
14 Oct 2017

GOING, GOING, GONE: The most eligible local male actors

Earlier this week, we collectively did a double take when local actor Xu Bin made the surprise announcement that he’d be tying the knot – and we later found out that we only have a month or so to go until he’s officially off the market.

A similar announcement made recently (well, within this year) was that of the Song-Song couple - in July, Descendants of the Sun co-stars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo went from denying dating rumours to announcing that they’d be tying the knot within the year.

Cue shockwaves all around the world; but this also meant that their close friends could finally talk about it since the cat had been let out of the bag. Congratulatory posts poured in, but one in particular caught our eye - fellow actor Im Ju Hwan (The Bride of Habaek, Uncontrollably Fond) posted a hilarious collage that included himself, Joong Ki, and some of their close celeb pals.

What made it stand out were the huge stamps that were plastered below each star’s photo, with either a ‘sale’, ‘reserved’ or ‘sold’ tag attached to every person. While he didn’t specify outright what each meant, we reckon that those on sale were the swinging singles, the reserved chaps were the ones in stable relationships and the sold category was for those who have gotten married, or are one foot away from the altar.

Given Xu Bin’s sudden announcement, and since we don’t have a Im Ju Hwan around to do the honours, we put together this feature to keep track of who’s still on the market, and we even got some of them to tell us what makes them an ideal partner.

Ladies, you know what to do. Read on for more.

JUST OFF THE MARKET: Zhang Zhen Huan
JUST OFF THE MARKET: Zhang Zhen Huan
30 Apr 2018

JUST OFF THE MARKET: Zhang Zhen Huan

Sorry ladies, you've just missed out on this one - the actor announced on his Instagram that he's dating, which officially takes him off the market. Here's what you missed out on:

Age: 33

Why he’s a great catch: Zhenhuan may look brooding and serious on the outside, but he’s really a jokester who would love nothing more than to put a smile on your face (and charm you at the same time) with his special brand of humour.

He proudly proclaimed that he can “crack lame jokes for you anytime and anywhere”. An example that he gave us was this: “If I had to form a sentence with the word ‘moreover’ (况且, pronounced kuang qie), it’d go like this. ‘The train is approaching and I can hear it louder and louder, ‘kuang qie kuang qie kuang qie’.’”

Well, while we couldn’t quite appreciate this particular joke, you know you’re one step closer to being The One for him if you do.

In short: You know he’s your match made in heaven if the both of you are on the same wavelength.

Aloysius Pang
Aloysius Pang
14 Oct 2017

Aloysius Pang

Age: 27

Why he’s a great catch: Even before he launched into why he’d make a great potential boyfriend, Aloysius clarified that while “I believe everyone will say lots of good things about themselves, I’d like to say that (I’d want to be with someone) who can accept my negative side. I’m a very boring person; I like to stay at home a lot and watch lots of movies. I’m very uninteresting though I can be entertaining at times.”

“But, if I have a girlfriend, or even a wife, I’ll dedicate my whole life to making her happy. I’d still be a homebody but I’d find ways to make her happy in a very homebody style,” he grinned.

In short: He’s a homebody who will do everything to make you happy.

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
14 Oct 2017

Romeo Tan

Age: 32

Why he’s a great catch: We all know that Romeo’s talented in more ways than one - not only is he an established actor, but he’s also a great photographer to boot (among what we’re sure are a lot more hidden talents).

What we didn’t know is that he’s been hiding his pun-making skills for so long, but finally revealed to us when we spoke to him for this feature. “I’d say something like, ‘I’m not a fan of Shakespeare but I'm definitely a fan of you…’” he laughed. That’s one pickup line that not just anyone can use.

In short: He’s punny and talented.

Ian Fang
Ian Fang
14 Oct 2017

Ian Fang

Age: 27

Why he’s a great catch: While some may misunderstand Ian to be a bad boy, it’s been proven time and again that he’s actually a homebody who’s far from the bad boy your mother warned you about while you were growing up.

When we asked him about what he thinks is his best quality, he declared that filial piety is what sets him apart from others. This gave us a flashback to the time when he got all misty-eyed when talking about spending time with his grandmother in Shanghai, which is a clear indicator of how much importance he puts on his family.

In short: He’s a good boy (though he looks like a bad boy) who loves his family very, very much.

Richie Koh
Richie Koh
14 Oct 2017

Richie Koh

Age: 24

Why he’s a great catch: This up and coming actor may be the youngest on our list, but he’s definitely got the confidence that you don’t find very often these days. Summing himself up in one word, charming, Richie shared that he’s someone “who you’ll never want out of a relationship with once you fall in love with me”.

Now that’s a proclamation that made us sit up and pay attention. While he’s been single for the past four years (his previous relationship ended before he enlisted in the army because “things were getting complicated”), he’ll be focusing his efforts on his work - for now.

In short: You’ll never want to let go of this catch. (According to him, anyway)

Derrick Hoh
Derrick Hoh
14 Oct 2017

Derrick Hoh

Age: 32

Why he’s a great catch: Derrick has always kept his personal life under the radar, and he belatedly revealed during his showcase that he broke up with his longtime girlfriend last year, and that the reason why he never mentioned her is because he wanted to be in a relationship where they could focus on each other rather than the media attention that would result from a public relationship.

In a separate interview, he let on that he’s someone who “likes to have fun; I’m extremely goofy. I’ll randomly burst into a dance sequence so if I don’t think it’ll be suitable for me to be with someone who thinks that me doing such things is embarrassing.”

In short: He’ll protect you from the spotlight, and there’ll never be a dull moment with Derrick around.

Elvin Ng
Elvin Ng
14 Oct 2017

Elvin Ng

Age: 36

Why he’s a great catch: Now, before you assume that we’ll go on and on about Elvin’s sprawling abode, that’s definitely not what Elvin’s about. This All-Time Favourite Artiste is known for his philosophical musings, and has probably left some of us scratching our heads from time to time with the profound things that he says.

He’s also one who knows the importance of gratitude - a quality that is often overlooked. Take, for example, his recent ‘graduation’ trip with his fans, during which he brought his fans out for an all expenses paid day out to thank them for their tireless work in helping him achieve his All-Time Favourite Artiste accolade.

In short: He’s a great thinker and has never forgotten his roots. Oh, and the huge house doesn’t hurt, either.

Desmond Ng
Desmond Ng
14 Oct 2017

Desmond Ng

Age: 30

Why he’s a great catch: Not only is Desmond a great singer, he’s also tried his hand at acting and hosting. When we asked him to market himself as a potential partner, the ever-humble star turned down our request, saying that he doesn’t think of himself as a good boyfriend or husband.

He’s also honest to a fault, and has remained as down-to-earth as ever despite his ever-growing popularity.

In short: He’s humble, down-to-earth and honest.

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