Curtain closes on Silver Jubilee of Star Awards 2019 with an exciting epilogue – the reveal of the return of Star Search

Singapore, 14 April 2019 – Revelry reigned at Star Awards as the largest local Chinese entertainment event came to an electrifying end – before segueing seamlessly into Star Search’s hunt for the hottest new talent in town.

Held on the evening of 14 April 2019 at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp and themed “The Moment”, the 25th anniversary of Star Awards was marked by a medley of momentous milestones, including a touching tribute to the late Aloysius Pang.

The night was also lit by the lustre of international guest presenters and performers like Cecilia Cheung, Wu Jinyan, Jerry Yan and Blue Lan, all of whom contributed to an exhilarating evening of entertainment. The Walk of Fame and Star Awards 2019 main show were both broadcast live on Channel 8 and Channel U, as well as livestreamed via Mediacorp’s over-the-top service Toggle and Channel 8’s YouTube channel.

There were thrills and spills aplenty as bouquets were bestowed on the best performers and productions for the year, with a total of 18 key awards conferred at the ceremony (refer to Annex 1 for the full list of winners).

These included winners for two brand-new categories – “Love At Cavenagh Bridge (加文纳桥的约定)” for Best Short-form Drama Serial and “Workman Diaries (我的打拚日记)” for Best Short-form Variety Programme* – both of which acknowledge the increasing importance of over-the-top streaming and accommodate our audiences’ preference for programmes of varying length in an ever-evolving multi-platform mediascape.

Also announced was the avidly anticipated list of Star Awards 2019’s Top 10 Most Popular Male and Female Artistes, an annual ranking representing the public’s positive reception to the prime players in the local entertainment ecosystem**.

Awards aside, the programme was punctuated by poignant segments that shone a spotlight on the people and passion behind the initiative since its inception in 1994. These emotive elements were elevated by a new theme track that was treated to a melodic makeover by Mando-pop maestro Jim Lim. Titled Starlight “星光”, the refreshed refrain was performed on-stage by celebrity crooners Zoe Tay, Chen Hanwei, Rebecca Lim and Desmond Tan (refer to Annex 2 for repeat telecast details).

Doreen Neo, Chief Content Officer, Mediacorp, said: “The 25th anniversary show affirms our commitment of connecting with our audiences through compelling content created by our carefully cultivated cache of talent, both in front of and behind the reel.”

Added Ms Neo: “The Silver Jubilee of Star Awards provided a platform for a rousing retrospective of how far we’ve come, as well as a preview of bigger and bolder projects to come – like the re-introduction of Star Search, which we hope will allow us to find fresh faces to groom as the future generation of Ah Jies and Ah Ges.”

Revealed in a surprise showcase starring 23 accomplished alumni, the 11th edition of Star Search will return after a nine-year hiatus to track down talent, and is indicative of Mediacorp’s mission of expanding the local entertainment ecosystem.

Beginning May 2019 and stretching across a seven-month integrated programme, open auditions will be arranged in the central district***, culminating in a compelling Grand Final to be broadcast live in the last quarter of the year (refer to Annex 3 for Star Search 2019 telecast details).   

And in a passing of torches of sorts, shortlisted candidates will be coached by Star Search veterans, before being appraised by an astute assembly of industry experts on their acting ability, oratorical competence, charisma and confidence.

Irene Lim, Chief Customer Officer, Mediacorp, said: “Star Search exemplifies Mediacorp's preeminence as a platform for incubating ingénues in Singapore. We hope viewers will enjoy embarking on this journey with the participants as we prime them for the main stage by sharpening their strengths.”

Added Ms Lim: “We hope this enterprise will entertain and engage our audiences, and solidify our status as a superlative storyteller and champion of creative talent.”

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* Eligibility criteria: 20 minutes or less in net duration.

**A poll of 1,000 people cutting across a wide demographic swathe of Singapore’s population was used to select the top 20 male and 20 female artistes, who proceeded to the next round of public voting. The poll was conducted independently by an accredited market research company,

Fifty percent of the final result was derived from this pool of 1,000 people, while the other 50 percent comprised telepoll and online voting as a barometer of each artiste’s fan support. These measures are part of a continuous effort by the Star Awards Committee to quantify the popularity of the Top 10 Most Popular Male and Female artistes in the most representative way.

*** Eligibility criteria for Star Search 2019: Singaporeans, permanent residents and foreigners aged 17-35. The first open audition will take place on 4 May 2019, 10am to 7pm, at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. The second audition will be held on 12 May 2019, 10am to 7pm, at Bugis+.

Annex 1 – Star Awards 2019 Winners’ List

Performance Categories

All-Time Favourite Artiste Award 超级红星奖

Kym Ng (鐘琴)

Special Achievement Award 特别成就

Chew Chor Meng (周初明)

Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes十大最受欢迎女艺



Carrie Wong


Chen Xiu Huan


Felicia Chin


Hong Hui Fang


Jesseca Liu


Lina Ng


Paige Chua


Pan Ling Ling


Rebecca Lim


Ya Hui


Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes十大最受欢迎男艺



Chen Shu Cheng


Dasmond Koh


Dennis Chew


Desmond Tan


Pierre Png



Romeo Tan


Shaun Chen


Zheng Ge Ping


Zhu Hou Ren


Best Actor 最佳男主角


Programme Title

Chen Han Wei (陈汉玮)

A Million Dollar Dream (给我一百万)

Best Actress 最佳女主角


Programme Title

Zoe Tay (郑惠玉)

A Million Dollar Dream (给我一百万)

Best Supporting Actor 最佳男配角


Programme Title

Chen Shu Cheng (陈澍城)

A Million Dollar Dream (给我一百万)

Best Supporting Actress 最佳女配角


Programme Title

Lin Mei Jiao (林梅娇)

Fifty and Fabulous (五零高手)

Best Newcomer Award 最佳新人


Programme Title

Jasmine Sim (沈家玉)

Doppelganger (入侵者)

Evergreen Artiste Award 常青演绎奖


Xiang Yun (向云)

Best Programme Host (Variety, Info-Ed & Infotainment) 最佳综艺及资讯节目主持人


Programme Title

Quan Yi Fong (权怡凤)

Fixer 2 (线人2 )

Young Talent Award 青苹果奖



Programme Title

Natalie Mae Tan (陈宥蒽)


Blessings 2 (祖先保佑2)

Programme Categories

Best Drama Serial 最佳戏剧

Programme Title

Blessings 2 (祖先保佑2)

Best Variety Programme 最佳综艺节目

Programme Title

Getai Challenge 2018 (歌台星力量 兴旺发)

Best Variety Special Programme 最佳综艺特备节目

Programme Title

SPOP SING! - Grand Final (SPOP听我唱!- 大决赛)

Best Info-ed Programme 最佳资讯节目

Programme Title

Business As Usual (买卖)

Best Short-form Drama Serial 最佳短篇戏剧

Programme Title

Love At Cavenagh Bridge (加文纳桥的约定)

Best Short-form Variety Programme 最佳短篇综艺节目

Programme Title

Workman Diaries (我的打拚日记)

Best Theme Song 最佳主题曲

Song Title

Programme Title



You Can Be An Angel 3 (你也可以是天使3)

Kelvin Tan (陈伟联)

Annex 2 – Star Awards 2019 Repeat Telecast Details on 21 April 2019 (Sunday)



Telecast Platform

Star Awards 2019

Walk of Fame

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Channel 8

Star Awards 2019 Main Show

3.30pm – 6.30pm

Annex 3 – Star Search 2019 Telecast Details


Date and Time

Telecast Platform

Preview 1

22 September 2019 (Sunday), 9pm – 10pm

Channel 8, Toggle

Preview 2

29 September 2019 (Sunday), 9pm – 10pm

Semi-final Part 1 (Live)

6 October 2019 (Sunday), 8pm – 10pm

Semi-final Part 2 (Live)

13 October 2019 (Sunday), 8pm – 10pm

Grand Final (Live)

3 November 2019 (Sunday), 7pm – 10pm

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