|Presented by||Hong Junyang|
|Judges||Foong Wai See|
|Voices of||Lin Decheng (season 4)|
|Country of origin||Singapore|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||87|
|Production locations||Various (auditions)|
MediaCorp TV Theatre (live shows)
|Running time||20–160 minutes|
|Original network||MediaCorp Channel U|
|Original release||2 January 2006 –|
31 March 2013
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.
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
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
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,. 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.
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.
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.
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
|Foong Wai See
|Lee Shih Shiong
Lee Wei Song
Clean & Clear
|Two||28 May 2007||25 August 2007||Shawn Tok||Keely Wee||Benjamin Hum||Loyang Secondary School||Dasmond Koh
Lee Wei Song
|Marigold Peel Fresh|
Singapore Media Academy
|Koh Zheng Ning|
|Three||4 January 2009||12 April 2009||Jarod Lee||Rachel Chua||Joselin Ng||Ngee Ann Secondary School||Pornsak
Lee Wei Song
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
|Ben Yeo||Jim Lim
Lee Wei Song
|Lim Yong Hang|
List of finalists
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.
|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)|
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