Star Search (Singaporean TV series)

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Star Search
才华横溢出新秀
Theme music composer Chen Jia Ming and Iskandar Ismail
Country of origin Singapore
No. of seasons 10
Broadcast
Original channel MediaCorp Channel 8
Original run 1988 – 2010


Star Search (Chinese: 才华横溢出新秀; pinyin: Cai Hua Heng Yi Chu Xing Xiu) was a television show from 1988 to 2010 organised by MediaCorp TV Channel 8 to scout for Chinese language-speaking talent.

History[edit]

Star Search started out as a Singapore local talent show, restricted to residents of Singapore. After the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation discontinued its drama training courses in the early 1990s, Star Search became one of Channel 8's main sources to scout for talent. In 1999, the show expanded to include regions such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guangzhou (China). From 1999 to 2003, the show took the format of a knockout competition where the male and female champions and first runners-up from each country will go to Singapore compete for the overall champion prize in their respective genders.

Back after a four-year hiatus and into its 9th installment, Star Search 2007 marks the return of the mother of talent search programs in Singapore. Many of its "alumni" have gone on to have successful careers in showbiz with MediaCorp and elsewhere.

Star Search returned for its 10th installment in 2010.

Format[edit]

Auditions typically take place several months beforehand. The chosen contestants are sent for training and begin rehearsing. Finalists are usually mentored by veteran MediaCorp artistes. There are different segments to test the contestant in several areas. In the acting segment the contestant acts out a skit prepared beforehand, which often features a current MediaCorp artiste. While it is scripted, the artiste may ad lib to test the contestant's ability to make-do. In the Q & A segment, contestants are tested on their oratorical skills by answering a randomly chosen question on the spot. In the performance segment, each contestant is to perform a special item and are judged on their charisma, confidence and ability to perform under pressure.

They are judged a professional panel consisting of both local and foreign celebrities. Past judges have included Anita Mui, Chow Yun-fat, Alfred Cheung and Andy Lau.

The winner would be awarded a full-time contract with MediaCorp besides the prizes. Other finalists deemed suitable enough are often given contracts as well.

Past winners[edit]

1988
Champion Zoe Tay 郑惠玉
1st Runner up Aileen Tan 陈丽贞
2nd Runner up Jazreel Low 刘琦
Most Photogenic Aileen Tan 陈丽贞
1990
Champion Chew Chor Meng 周初明
1st Runner up Margaret Lee 李美玲
2nd Runner up Rayson Tan 陈泰铭
Most Photogenic Margaret Lee 李美玲
Most Charismatic 最有性格新秀 Cassandra See 薛素珊
1993
Champion Ivy Lee 李锦梅
1st Runner up Lina Ng 黄嫊方
2nd Runner up Eugenia Lee 李月仪
Most Photogenic Ivy Lee 李锦梅
1995
Female Champion Jacelyn Tay 郑秀珍
Male Champion Ix Shen 沈倾掞
Female 1st Runner up Ziozio Lim 林倩萍
Male 1st Runner up Christopher Lee 李铭顺
Female 2nd Runner up Phyllis Quek 郭妃丽
Male 2nd Runner up Aric Ho 何志健
Most Photogenic Ziozio Lim 林倩萍
1997
Female Champion Florence Tan 陈秀丽
Male Champion Jerry Chang 常鲁峰
Female 1st Runner up Amanda Ho 何芸珊
Male 1st Runner up Sean Tang 陈思恩
Female 2nd Runner up Michelle Liu 刘铃铃
Male 2nd Runner up Andi Lim 林伟文
Most Photogenic Florence Tan 陈秀丽
1999
Overall Female Champion Vivian Lai 赖怡伶
Overall Male Champion Jeff Wang 王建复
Overall Most Photogenic Samantha Toh 卓淑怡
Overall Most Charismatic Jeff Wang 王建复
Singapore Female Champion Vivian Lai 赖怡伶
Singapore Female 1st Runner Up Carol Tham 谭淑君
Singapore Female 2nd Runner Up Ng Sue Ling 黄淑玲
Singapore Male Champion Nick Shen 沈暐峻
Singapore Male 1st Runner Up Oh Say Tuck 胡世达
Singapore Male 2nd Runner Up Raymond Tham 陈俊光
Malaysia Female Champion Samantha Toh 卓淑怡
Malaysia Male Champion Dixon Loo 罗斯益
Hong Kong Female Champion Pink Lai 黎洁屏
Hong Kong Male Champion Fu Xiaoming 付小明
Taiwan Female Champion Liu Xiaomei 刘晓梅
Taiwan Male Champion Jeff Wang 王建复
Guangdong (China) Female Champion Elaine Liu 刘凌
Guangdong (China) Male Champion Qi Yuwu 戚玉武
2001
Overall Female Champion Michelle Liow 廖莹莹
Overall Male Champion Shi Bin 施斌
Singapore Female Champion Joey Ng 黄玉霞
Singapore Female 1st Runner Up Jeslynn Wong 黄玮珮
Singapore Male Champion Alan Tern 唐育书
Singapore Male 1st Runner Up Paerin Choa 蔡昊哲
Malaysia Female Champion Michelle Liow 廖莹莹
Malaysia Female 1st Runner Up Lim Chia Chia 林佳佳
Malaysia Male Champion Gary Yap 叶俊岑
Malaysia Male 1st Runner Up Teoh Yeow Tong 张耀栋
Shanghai Female Winners Sun Li, Le Yao 孙丽,乐瑶
Shanghai Male Winners Hu Wensui, Shi Bin 胡问遂,施斌
2003
Overall Female Champion Felicia Chin 陈凤玲
Overall Male Champion Cui Peng 崔鵬
Overall Mr Charisma Li Qiyang 李企扬
Overall Ms Vitality Felicia Chin 陈凤玲
Overall Best Singing & Dancing Potential Tai Chien Yuen 戴倩芸
Overall Best Acting Potential Felicia Chin 陈凤玲
Overall Best Hosting Potential Cui Peng 崔鵬
Singapore Female Champion Cheryl Chin, Felicia Chin 秦依凌、陈凤玲
Singapore Male Champion Huang Shiyu, Li Qiyang 黄仕昱、李企扬
Malaysia Female Champion Chua Poi Suan 蔡佩璇
Malaysia Female 1st Runner Up Tai Chien Yuen 戴倩芸
Malaysia Male Champion Ng Hong Shen 伍洪升
Malaysia Male 1st Runner Up Ling Hung Liong 林训良
China Female Winners Zhang Lingling, Yang Han 张琳琳、杨晗
China Male Winners James Lee, Cui Peng 李健逊、崔鹏
2007
Champion Chen Bangjun Andie 陈邦鋆
1st Runner up Yeo Wee Lie Jerry 杨伟烈
2nd Runner up Pan Hung Hsi Celia 潘虹熹
Finalist Tan Sia Chong Jackson 陈侠中
Finalist Koh Yah Hwee 许雅慧
Finalist Tan Chin Jiang Desmond 陈泂江
Ms Telegenic Koh Yah Hwee 许雅慧
Mr Personality Tan Sia Chong Jackson 陈侠中
Most Popular Yeo Wee Lie Jerry 杨伟烈
2010
Champion Jeffrey Xu 徐鸣杰
1st Runner up Peggy Lin 林佩琪
2nd Runner up Adeline Lim 林赞银
3rd Runner up Romeo Tan 陈罗密欧
4th Runner up Sora Ma 马艺瑄
Grand Finalist (Not in any order) Vivi Hu 胡薇
Grand Finalist (Not in any order) Jeff Lim 林志杰
Grand Finalist (Not in any order) James Seah 谢宏辉
Grand Finalist (Not in any order) YiLynn Teh 郑伊琳
Grand Finalist (Not in any order) Darryl Yong 杨子文

Past contestants[edit]

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