MediaCorp’s SG50: The Gift of Song - Vote for your favourite song and decide on our gift to the nation

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MediaCorp’s SG50: The Gift of Song

Vote for your favourite song and decide on our gift to the nation 

Singapore, 07 January 2015 – MediaCorp today unveiled the three finalists’ songs from SG50: The Gift of Song, a song-writing competition organised by MediaCorp to celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday. The songs will be put to a vote by the public between 8 January and 1 March 2015.  The winning song will be presented to all Singaporeans to sing along in the weeks leading up to National Day in August 2015. 

Each of the three finalists’ song has been made into a music video (MV) featuring winners from MediaCorp’s talent shows: Alfred Sim, Channel U’s Project SuperStar; Farisha Ishak, Channel 5’s The Final 1 and Shabir, Vasantham’s Vasantham Star.  The MVs will be shown on MediaCorp’s television channels, Out-Of-Home (OOH) screens and over-the-top service Toggle while the songs will be played across MediaCorp’s radio stations. 

Public voting can be done via telephone (see table below) or the Toggle website, and makes up 60 percent of the overall scores.  The composer for the winning song will receive a cash prize of $10,000.  MediaCorp will also produce a grand-scale MV of the winning song, to be released in the lead-up to National Day Parade 2015. 

Bernard Lim, Managing Director, TV, MediaCorp said, “The panel of judges had a very tough time shortlisting the finalists as there were so many good entries received for The Gift of Song.  It is now down to three choices and we are now counting on Singaporeans to tell us which one of the three songs is their favourite. Your votes will determine our best gift to Singaporeans on our nation’s birthday.” 

In addition to The Gift of Song, MediaCorp has also organised the following programmes to celebrate SG50 with the nation: 

  • “Design-A-Tee” SG50 tee-shirt competition, with the winning designs available for purchase at all Denizen outlets. 
  • Celebrate SG50, the biggest countdown show on 31 December 2014 celebrating Singapore’s past 50 years of pop culture. 

MediaCorp donated $100,000 of the show’s proceeds to Singapore Red Cross to support its efforts in protecting human life and dignity, relieving human suffering and responding to disasters. 

  • SG Care & Share Day on Sunday, 25 January @ Sports Hub. Jointly organised by MediaCorp and the Community Chest, this is the first CSR activity in the SG50 calendar of events.  SG Care & Share Day aims to be THE volunteer event for Singaporeans and Singapore residents, with the biggest gathering of beneficiaries, volunteers and members of the public in one venue. 

Singapore’s history will also be retold as Channel NewsAsia presents a full-year’s lineup of television programmes including the untold story of Stamford Raffles and documentaries charting Singapore’s transformation from a young nation to a first-world country.  MediaCorp’s other television channels – Channel 5, 8, U, Suria, Vasantham, okto - will also feature “infotainment” shows about Singapore’s history including We are Singaporeans and documentaries, The Malay Pioneers and The School Bell Rings. 

Telepoll lines* for the Gift of Song will open at midnight (0000hrs) on 8 January 2015 until 1 March 2015 (2359hrs).

Telepoll number



1900 112 8001

Being Here – (Ciao Turtle)


1900 112 8002

These Are The Days (Lee Chin Sin)

Farisha Ishak & students from Qihua Primary School

1900 112 8003

We Are Stars (Andrew Lee)

Alfred Sim

*visit the website for terms & conditions

Issued by Brand and Communications, MediaCorp

For more information, please contact:

Yeong Lai Lai

Senior Manager

Brand and Communications


DID: 6350-3945

Fax: 6251-5628



MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media. 

It pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the broadcast of Radio in 1936 and Television in 1963. Today, MediaCorp has over 50 products and brands in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), reaching out to all adults in Singapore every week. Initiatives in the new digital space include Internet TV-on-demand, High Definition TV broadcast and Over-the-Top (OTT) interactive services. 

Beyond Singapore, MediaCorp is an active regional player through co-productions in TV dramas and movies, magazines publishing, as well as Channel NewsAsia International, one of the first Asian-owned English news channels. 

Our financial and strategic relationship in the region includes International Media Corporation in Vietnam, which was set up to develop and produce television entertainment and economic news content. MediaCorp also has a stake in Singapore-based retail firm Reebonz, one of the region’s fastest growing luxury online retailers and a majority stake in Cubinet Interactive, a Malaysian digital games publisher. 

Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asian Television Awards’ Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity. 

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