|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 location(s)||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, Li Feihui, Cavin Soh and Peter Tan. Foong Wai See, Cavin Soh and Peter Tan left the judging panel after judging one season. They were replaced by two new judges, namely Jim Lim and Jimmy Ye, who joined Li Feihui in season two. Jimmy Ye stayed for just one season and left the show before season 3. Singaporean lyricist Xiaohan and singer Ken Tay joined the judging panel in season three. Li Feihui and Ken Tay did not return as a judge in season four and they were replaced by Dennis Chew.
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, and Li Feihui 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.
Season 1 of the show was hosted by Dasmond Koh, Hong Junyang and Sugianto. Hong Junyang and Sugianto left the show after season one and they were replaced by Pornsak for season 2. Dasmond Koh and Fiona Xie did not return to host season 3 and were replaced by Felicia Chin and Lee Teng. Yuan Shuai was employed as the online correspondent in season 3. Lee Teng and Pornsak returned in season 4 to host the show while Felicia Chin and Yuan Shuai 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. Fiona Xie also hosted the season two live final, and was joined by Ben Yeo, Lee Teng and Charlyn Lim. Ben Yeo returned as a guest host for the live final in season four.
In the first two seasons, the competition was mostly identical to Project SuperStar and was split into two categories: male and female. Starting season 3, the categories were removed (a format similar to most reality competitions) and finalists were selected without equal gender representation.
There are four/five stages to the competition:
- Stage 1: Online auditions (season 3–4 only)
- Stage 2: 1st Judges' auditions (live audience for season 1–2; closed-door for season 3–4)
- Stage 3: 2nd Judges' auditions (closed-door)
- Stage 4: Final Judges' auditions (live audience for season 1–2; closed-door for season 3–4)
- Stage 5: Live shows (finals)
In seasons 1 to 2, a round of first auditions is held in front of a panel of judges in the public with a live audience. Shortlisted auditionees from the first auditions would be invited to attend the second round of closed-door auditions held in Mediacorp. Successful auditionees from the second round of auditions were put through to the final round of auditions with live audience. At the end of the final round of auditions, the judges would select ten contestants each from the male and female category and put them through to the live shows.
In season 3 to 4, major changes made to the competition including the removal of categories and the public auditions (which replaced by closed-door auditions), and the reduction of the number of contestants that were put through to the live shows from 20 to 12. Additionally, auditionees have to submit a video of them performing a song and only selected applicants would be invited to the closed-door auditions.
The finals consist of a series of two live shows, the first featuring the contestants' performances with the revealing of the judges' score and the second revealing the results of the public voting, culminating in one or more acts being eliminated. Celebrity guest performers also feature regularly. These live shows are filmed at MediaCorp TV Theatre. Both live shows were broadcast on Monday nights, with the exception of the grand finale live shows on Sunday (season 2 held on a Saturday night instead of a Sunday).
The performances from the contestants were judged based on their singing technique, body language, and overall presentation. Most of the live shows has had a different theme; each contestant's song is chosen according to the theme. A celebrity guest connected to the theme is occasionally invited onto the show. After each contestant has performed, the judges comment on their performance and give them a score out of 10 with intervals of 0.1 (0.5 for the first 3 seasons). Phone and SMS lines for public voting open at the start of the show (gift-to votes open from the end of the show until the day before the start of the next live show) and the viewing public vote on which contestant they want to keep in the competition. Once the number of contestants has been reduced to four contestants, these contestants go on to appear in the grand final which decides the overall winner. The allocation of the scores varies on each stage of the competition and season:
- In season 1 (entire season) and 2 (semi-finals and grand finals), the judges' score and public votes constituted 30% and 70% of the overall combined score, respectively.
- In season 2 (quarter-finals), 3 (except grand finals) and 4 (except for the first two live shows and grand finals), the judges' score and public votes constituted 70% and 30% of the overall combined score, respectively.
- For the grand finals for seasons 3 and 4, the judges' score and public votes constituted 50% of the overall combined score each.
- For the first two live shows for season 4, the judges' score, public votes and scores accumulated from the live radio shows and print photo shoot, constituted 50%, 30%, 15% and 5% of the combined score, respectively.
In season 4, it is mandatory for contestants to perform songs originally created or sung by Singaporeans throughout the entire competition.
Before the results are announced, there are live or pre-recorded performances from one or more invited celebrities, occasionally with performers connected to the week's theme. In the first two seasons, one or two contestants from each from the male and female category was eliminated from the competition after receiving the lowest overall combined total, until the competition comes down to the last male and female winner, who would be crowned as Male and Female category winners, respectively. The two category winners then compete head-to-head, and the category winner receiving a higher combined total was crowned the overall winner.
On seasons 3 and 4, the format of elimination are mostly identical to the first two seasons, but unlike previous seasons, rather than each eliminating equal numbers of contestants per gender each week, eliminations applied individually without regard to contestants' gender affiliation, thus introducing the possibility of a final four without equal gender representation.
Some twists were introduced during the later stages of season 3: 'immunity' whereby the contestant who received a higher judges' score was immune to elimination and immediately advanced to the next round, while "sudden death" elimination were also introduced whereby the contestant who received a lower judges' score was eliminated from the competition immediately; contestants who was either immune or immediately eliminated did not face the public vote that week. Season 4 removed 'immunity' and 'sudden death' eliminations in favour of live radio shows & print photo shoot (which was held on the first two live shows)
Season 3 introduced 'sing-off' during the results shows as part of the elimination/result announcement process. All contestants who were brought to sing-off had to perform one pop song chosen by the producers; during the sing-off, the microphone's pitch starts out on the contestant's original pitch; the first contestant to produce an altered pitch (or muted, during the first live show) was eliminated. Later stages of the competition, as well as Revival rounds and Grand Finals, starts out with altered microphone pitches; the first contestant to sing out his or her own pitch advanced or won the competition.
For the first three seasons, Revival rounds were introduced midway through the competition to allow eliminated singers performed for a chance to reinstate them back to the competition. For the first two seasons, the first twelve eliminated singers (six per gender) from the first six quarter-finals were to participate in the Revival round on week seven (this is unlike the original counterpart, Project SuperStar, where only the eight singers eliminated on the second quarter-finals were eligible), and one singer per gender receiving the highest combined score will be reinstated from the competition, bringing the total number of semi-finalists to ten.
Season 3 saw the only season to have two revival rounds, one after week seven, and one after week 11. With the removal of the categories, any two contestants were reinstated (one with a higher judges score, and one with a higher combined score from the remaining singers), bringing the total number of semi-finalists to eight. Another revival round happen on week 11, where each judge had to select four of six singers to participate in the second revival round, marking the first time in Campus SuperStar that not all the eliminated singers were eligible to participate in the revival. Two contestants were reinstated, bringing the total number of finalists to four.
The Revival rounds were removed on season 4. Prior to removal, seven contestants (including one contestant who was successfully reinstated twice) were brought back to the competition; four contestants have made it to the grand finals, and one contestant have gone on to win the season.
After Campus SuperStar
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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