Malaysian crowned winner of Singapore's 'Star Search' 2019


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  • Monday, 04 Nov 2019

'Star Search' 2019 winner Teoh Ze Tong (centre), runner-up Herman Keh (left) and second runner-up Ye Jiayun (right) after the final at the Mediacorp Theatre on Nov 3, 2019. Photo: The Straits Times/Asia News Network

A Malaysian has won the Singapore talent competition Star Search on Sunday (Nov 3). The Mediacorp talent competition makes its return after a nine-year break.

Malaysian Teoh Ze Tong, 26, an assistant manager at Carousell, won the competition, while dance student Herman Keh, 25, and 17-year-old polytechnic student Ye Jiayun, both Singaporeans, were second and third respectively. The trio all secured acting deals with Mediacorp through their wins.

Teoh said in a post-win press conference that he is keen to join the TV station full-time.

Touted to be one of the favourites before the show, Teoh says: "It was actually a lot of pressure on me. I felt so stressed by those predictions and it was through the help of my mentor and staff that I was able to let go of those stresses and do well."

The contestants were mentored by actors Chen Hanwei, Christopher Lee and Huang Biren.

The competition was decided by a panel of judges that included Hong Kong actors Carina Lau, Simon Yam and Stephen Fung. Mediacorp's chief content officer Doreen Neo and local media industry veteran Man Shu Sum rounded out the panel.

Lau, 53, says in a post-show interview: "I'm impressed by the quality of all the candidates given that they're all rookies. I've done stageplays before and it's not easy."

The candidates were assessed on their acting, which accounts for 50% of the results. Charisma, dance performance and eloquence in a question-and-answer segment made up the other 50%. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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