Campus SuperStar

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Campus SuperStar
Campus SuperStar (season 4) Titles.jpg
GenreReality television
Presented byHong Junyang
Dasmond Koh
Sugianto
Pornsak
Felicia Chin
Lee Teng
Yuan Shuai
JudgesFoong Wai See
Cavin Soh
Peter Tan
Li Feihui
Jim Lim
Jimmy Ye
Ken Tay
Xiaohan
Dennis Chew
Voices ofLin Decheng (season 4)
Country of originSingapore
Original languageChinese
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes87
Production
Production locationsVarious (auditions)
MediaCorp TV Theatre (live shows)
Running time20–160 minutes
Release
Original networkMediaCorp Channel U
Original release2 January 2006 (2006-01-02) –
31 March 2013 (2013-03-31)

Campus SuperStar is a Singaporean reality television singing competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. The show began on 2 January 2006 and is broadcast on MediaCorp Channel U. It is a spin-off of Project SuperStar, and contestants comprise students from secondary schools, junior colleges and institutes of technical education.

The concept of the series is to find aspiring singers studying in secondary schools, junior colleges and institutes of technical education and put them together to compete for the Campus SuperStar title where the winner is determined by the judges and viewers. Winners chosen by judges through judges' score and viewers through telephone, Internet (gift-to-vote), and SMS text voting were Ng Chee Yang, Shawn Tok, Jarod Lee and Bonnie Loo. Winners receive a two-year management contract with MediaCorp and a cash prize ($2,000 for season 1–3, and $5000 for season 4). Season 4 winner also receives an opportunity to perform with Mandopop singer Della Ding Dang in Glass Anatomy the Musical.

The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The original judges were radio personality Foong Wai See, music producer and composer Li Feihui, singer–actor Cavin Soh and vocal coach Peter Tan. The current season's judging panel consists of singer Jim Lim, lyricist Xiaohan and radio personality Dennis Chew. MediaCorp hosts Pornsak and Lee Teng are the emcee of the show.

History[edit]

Campus SuperStar logo season 1–2
Campus SuperStar logo season 3

Campus SuperStar is a spin-off that was created based on another Singaporean reality television singing competition Project SuperStar, which was in turn inspired by British show Pop Idol. Using the idea from Pop Idol and Project SuperStar, the competition aims to uncover singing talents from full-time students studying in local secondary schools, junior colleges and institutes of technical education. The show debuted in January 2006, about four months after the finale of Project SuperStar season one. It was a big success with the viewing public, especially among the youths and students in Singapore.

Following the success of season one, the show returned about one year later after live final of season one in May 2007 for the second season. The show also returned about one and a half years later after the live final of season two in January 2008 for the third season. Both seasons achieved moderate success and reception from the viewing public.

In 2009, after the live final was held for season three of Campus SuperStar, it was reported by Singapore-based Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao that MediaCorp Channel U will cease broadcasting of reality television singing competitions, including Campus SuperStar and Project SuperStar, which was slated for a third installment in 2010, but was axed last minute by MediaCorp.

Though the report was made, Campus SuperStar returned to MediaCorp Channel U exactly after four years of hiatus in January 2013 for the fourth season.

Judges and hosts[edit]

In earlier seasons, Roy Li (left) was one of long-serving judge while Dasmond Koh (right) hosted for the first two seasons.

The original judging panel was Foong Wai See, Roy Li, Cavin Soh and Peter Tan. Foong Wai See, Cavin Soh and Peter Tan left the judging panel after judging one season. They were respectively replaced by two new judges, Jim Lim and Jimmy Ye, who joined Li in season two. Ye did not return in season 3, and replacing him were lyricist Xiaohan and singer Ken Tay. Li and Tay did not return as a judge in season four and Dennis Chew was replaced.

Guest judges may occasionally be introduced, especially in the live finals when the judging panel lineup was increased. Music producer and composer Lee Wei Song was employed as a guest judge for all seasons in the live final. Other guest judges that were instated during the live finals are Lee Shih Shiong in season one, Billy Koh in season two, Kelvin Tan, Maggie Theng and Wu Jia Ming in season three, Li and Eric Moo in season four. Guest judges were also used in the revival rounds for season three, Dawn Yip joined the judging panel in the first revival round, while Cavin Soh and Maggie Theng joined the second.

Dasmond Koh, Hong Junyang and Sugianto were originally hosts in the first season, but in season 2, Hong and Sugianto left the show and they were replaced by Pornsak. Koh and Fiona Xie did not return to host season 3 and were replaced by Felicia Chin and Lee Teng, as well as Yuan Shuai, who served as the online correspondent. Lee and Pornsak returned in season 4 to host the show while Chin and Yuan did not return.

Guest hosts may occasionally be introduced, especially in the live finals when the number of hosts was increased. Ng Hui and Ben Yeo were instated as the guest hosts during the live final in season one. Fiona Xie hosted the auditions episode in season two and later appear again in the live final, alongside Ben Yeo, Lee and Charlyn Lim. Yeo returned as a guest host for the live final in season four.

Timeline of judges and hosts[edit]

Format[edit]

For the first two seasons, competition begins with an audition in front of an audience and judges, and through a series of rounds, judges picked 20 contestants, 10 male and 10 female, to compete in the live shows grouped into three phases, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals. Beginning season three, contestants also had to undergo an online audition (by uploading their audition video online) and through a panel of judges closed-doors, and a reduced 12 contestants (with no equal gender affiliation) selected to compete in the live shows.

In each week, contestants perform in weekly shows in front a panel of judges, who assessed their performances based on their singing technique, body language, and overall presentation, and each judge gave a score out of a maximum 10 (with intervals of 0.1 in season 4, and 0.5 prior to season 4). Contestants also faced the public vote which opened on the start of the performances and closes sometime before the results show. The scoring ratio for judges and public vote varies by season and phases, though additional twists or rule changes adapt to the new scoring system, such as exempting the singer from public vote (season 3) or though a media campaign (season 4). While each week's shows are usually themed, season 4 added a mandate on song requirement, where contestants can select only the songs that were either created, composed or sung by Singaporeans.

These contestants are batched by halves to compete in three out of six weeks of Quarterfinals in front of a panel of judges and faced the public vote, and these combined scores determined which singer from each gender would be eliminated that night on the result show (or at the show's conclusion, in season 4). The scores from the judges and public varies each season and phase,.[1][2] The voting window opens on the show's start and ends after a certain time before the results are announced, cumulating to the elimination of a contestant who garnered the lowest combined score; though additional twists or rule changes adapt to the new scoring system are employed, such as exempting the singer from public vote (season 3) or though a media campaign (season 4).

For the first three seasons, previously eliminated contestants can also advance to the semifinals by competing in the Revival round and only the highest scoring contestant per gender will advance. In season 3, owing to the removal of gender-based categories, any two contestants regardless of gender will also advance to the semifinals as well. There are no Revival rounds in season 4.

In each week shows, combined scores narrows to a final group of four contestants and eventually declares a winner. For the first two seasons, one contestant per gender would advance to the final round decider, but beginning season three due to a change in format, any two contestants with the highest score would advance. These two contestants compete head-to-head with prior scores reset, and the winner is decided based on which contestant had a higher combined score.

Voting system[edit]

For the first two seasons, with the exception of season 2's Quarterfinals, the ratio for judges' scores and public votes were 30%-70%. Season 2's Quarterfinals and most other non-finale shows have its ratios reversed to 70%-30%. The finals since season 3 had an equal ratio, meaning both the judges and public votes were given an equal saying.

In season 4, another voting window opened after the results shows and until the day before the next live shows, where public can download streams of contestant's performances gift-to votes, much like The Voice's iTunes Store purchases. For the first two live shows that season, contestants had to undergo a live radio show performance and photoshooting prior to the live shows; as such, the scoring ratio for the judges, public vote, radio show, and photoshoot, constituted 50%, 30%, 15% and 5% of the combined score, respectively.

Prizes[edit]

The winner of Campus SuperStar is awarded a two-year management contract with MediaCorp and a cash prize ($2,000 for season 1 to 3, and $5,000 for season 4). Season 4 winner also receives an opportunity to perform with Mandopop singer Della Ding Dang in Glass Anatomy the Musical. Other contestants may also be offered artiste contract with MediaCorp, but this is not guaranteed.

Series overview[edit]

To date, four seasons have been broadcast, as summarised below.

  Contestant in (or school represented by a contestant in) male category or contestant is (or school represented by) a male
  Contestant in (or school represented by a contestant in) female category or contestant is (or school represented by) a female

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning school Main hosts Guest hosts Main judges Guest judges Sponsors
One 2 January 2006 3 April 2006 Ng Chee Yang Teresa Tseng Renfred Ng Hwa Chong Institution Hong Junyang
Dasmond Koh
Sugianto
Christina Lin
Ng Hui
Cruz Teng
Ben Yeo
Foong Wai See
Cavin Soh
Peter Tan
Li Feihui
Lee Shih Shiong
Lee Wei Song
12wap
M&M's
Clean & Clear
Geraldine See
Two 28 May 2007 25 August 2007 Shawn Tok Keely Wee Benjamin Hum Loyang Secondary School Dasmond Koh
Pornsak
Fiona Xie
Ben Yeo
Lee Teng
Charlyn Lim
Li Feihui
Jim Lim
Jimmy Ye
Billy Koh
Lee Wei Song
Marigold Peel Fresh
M&M's
Mentos
Singapore Media Academy
Koh Zheng Ning
Three 4 January 2009 12 April 2009 Jarod Lee Rachel Chua Joselin Ng Ngee Ann Secondary School Pornsak
Felicia Chin
Lee Teng
Yuan Shuai1
Li Feihui
Jim Lim
Ken Tay
Xiaohan
Dawn Yip
Cavin Soh
Maggie Theng
Lee Wei Song
Kelvin Tan
Wu Jia Ming
Acnes Medicated Skincare
London Choco Roll
Yap Jia Min
Four 3 January 2013 31 March 2013 Bonnie Loo Gwendolyn Lee Leonard Lim Riverside Secondary School Pornsak
Lee Teng
Ben Yeo Jim Lim
Xiaohan
Dennis Chew
Nico Chua
Lee Wei Song
Li Feihui
Eric Moo
Tic Tac
Calbee
Yeo's
MDIS
Lim Yong Hang
Notes
  1. ^ Yuan Shuai presented backstage for the performance shows on Mondays.

List of finalists[edit]

As of March 2013, there have been four completed seasons. During every season, the final round of competition features twenty singers for season one and two or twelve singers for season three and four. A total of 64 contestants have reached the finals of their season.

During the first two seasons, the finalists were split into two categories: male and female. For season three to four, the groupings were scrapped and the finalists were selected without taking into consideration of the gender. As of season four, three out of four winners were male contestants, while the other was a female contestant.

Name Age School Season Category Finished
Ridhwan Azman 15 Bendemeer Secondary School 3 N/A 7th
Amy Chang 16 Hwa Chong International School 2 Female 17th (joint)
Rachael Chang 15 Jurong West Secondary School 3 N/A 9th (joint)
Phoebe Chee 14 Greendale Secondary School 4 N/A 5th
Chen Yi Yuan 15 Presbyterian High School 1 Male 9th (joint)
Benita Cheng 15 Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School 3 N/A 8th
Choo Siew Ping 15 Guangyang Secondary School 1 Female 17th (joint)
Rachel Chua 14 Anglican High School 3 N/A 2nd
Yvonne Chua 16 Victoria Junior College 1 Female 9th (joint)
Goh Fu Kuan 17 Mayflower Secondary School 2 Male 11th (joint)
Sheena Goh 17 Saint Andrew's Junior College 1 Female 13th (joint)
Shermaine Goh 17 Tampines Junior College 1 Female 13th (joint)
He Guo Hao 16 Queensway Secondary School 2 Male 9th (joint)
Ho Chee Mun 17 Saint Andrew's Junior College 1 Male 17th (joint)
Hong Yu Yang 16 Manjusri Secondary School 1 Male 7th (joint)
Alejandro Hou 15 Bendemeer Secondary School 1 Male 17th (joint)
Adriano Huang 17 Temasek Secondary School 1 Male 5th (joint)
Benjamin Hum 16 Saint Hilda's Secondary School 2 Male 3rd (joint)
Adrian Jorge 15 Manjusri Secondary School 3 N/A 12th
Koh Bee Kwee 16 Temasek Junior College 1 Female 17th (joint)
Koh Zheng Ning 16 Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) 2 Female 3rd (joint)
Gwendolyn Lee 14 Nan Chiau High School 4 N/A 2nd
Jarod Lee 13 Ngee Ann Secondary School 3 N/A 1st
Leon Lee 15 Seng Kang Secondary School 4 N/A 9th (joint)
Marcus Lee 15 Raffles Institution 2 Male 5th (joint)
Lee Yin Wei 15 Raffles Institution 1 Male 11th (joint)
Joseph Li 18 Tampines Junior College 4 N/A 9th (joint)
Mavis Li Li 18 Deyi Secondary School 3 N/A 5th
Kenneth Lim 18 ITE College West 1 Male 13th (joint)
Leonard Lim 17 Saint Andrew's Junior College 4 N/A 3rd (joint)
Rachel Lim 14 Methodist Girls' School 3 N/A 6th
Lim Yong Hang 19 ITE College East 4 N/A 3rd (joint)
Lin Jia Jun 16 Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) 2 Female 14th (joint)
Bonnie Loo 18 Riverside Secondary School 4 N/A 1st
Valerie Loo 17 Innova Junior College 4 N/A 7th (joint)
Agnes Low 16 Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) 2 Female 9th (joint)
Lua Jia Qi 15 Jurong Secondary School 2 Female 17th (joint)
Ng Chee Yang 16 Hwa Chong Institution 1 Male 1st
Elaine Ng 18 Innova Junior College 2 Female 11th (joint)
Ng Imm Khim 13 East Spring Secondary School 1 Female 7th (joint)
Joselin Ng 15 Chua Chu Kang Secondary School 3 N/A 3rd (joint)
Renfred Ng 15 Peicai Secondary School 1 Male 3rd (joint)
Ng Yang Ce 15 Jurong Secondary School 1 Female 11th (joint)
Ng Yuan Yi 15 Bukit Batok Secondary School 4 N/A 9th (joint)
Ngeow Zi Jie 18 Gan Eng Seng School 2 Male 7th (joint)
Seah Hui Xian 16 CHIJ Katong Convent 2 Female 5th (joint)
Geraldine See 17 ITE College West 1 Female 3rd (joint)
Clara Tan 15 Dunman High School 1 Female 5th (joint)
Tan Mei Kee 15 Chung Cheng High School (Main) 4 N/A 9th (joint)
Samuel Tan 17 Nanyang Junior College 1 Male 13th (joint)
Jeremy Teng 14 Commonwealth Secondary School 3 N/A 9th (joint)
Joanna Teo 15 CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) 2 Female 7th (joint)
Javin They 18 Nanyang Junior College 2 Male 14th (joint)
Wilson Thong 16 Catholic High School 2 Male 17th (joint)
Shawn Tok 13 Loyang Secondary School 2 Male 1st
Shelly Tsai 14 Hwa Chong International School 3 N/A 11th
Teresa Tseng 15 CHIJ Katong Convent 1 Female 2nd
Wan Choon Keat 15 Presbyterian High School 2 Male 11th (joint)
Keely Wee 17 Victoria Junior College 2 Female 2nd
Wong Yu Ting 15 Yishun Secondary School 4 N/A 6th
Xu Bin 18 Woodlands Ring Secondary School 2 Male 17th (joint)
Yap Jia Min 15 Anglo-Chinese Junior College 3 N/A 3rd (joint)
Yeo Min 16 Raffles Institution 4 N/A 7th (joint)
Teri Yeo 15 Saint Anthony's Canossian Secondary School 2 Female 14th (joint)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Campus Handbook". Mediacorp TV. Archived from the original on 7 February 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2006.
  2. ^ "Brace yourself for another bout of SuperStar hysteria!". Mediacorp TV. Archived from the original on 1 June 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2007.

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