A natural-born performer with strong vocal prowess, captivating showmanship and mesmerizing aura, Taufik Batisah won the hearts of the masses when he was crowned the first ever Singapore Idol on 1 Dec 2004.
With a wide music repertoire of jazz, sentimental ballads to street hip hop and pop, he has well-established himself a versatile performer and one of the region’s biggest stars since emerging to stardom.
In recent years, Taufik has also ventured into acting and headlined in various TV and movie productions in Singapore and Malaysia. He won “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Drama Special/Anthology)” in the Malay TV Awards Show Pesta Perdana in 2019.
Shabir is one of the most esteemed flag bearers of Tamil music in Singapore – and his commitment to the cause isn't merely ceremonial. A multiple award-winning singer-songwriter, music producer and performer, he is the inaugural winner of Vasantham Star 2005, hosted by Mediacorp’s Vasantham.
Shabir achieved mainstream success in India as a composer, songwriter and singer in the highly competitive Indian Film Music industry in 2019 with back-to-back releases, with one of his songs (Yaayum) crossing 115 million collective views on YouTube. He is also the first Singaporean to work on 8 feature films in India.
Shabir performed his original single “Together” at NDP 2020 and was featured in the “Our Singapore” music video for NDP 2019. He is also one of the 4 lead singers part of last year’s NDP music video.
This year, to celebrate its decennial year, he will be performing Singai Naadu, meaning the ‘Land Of The Lion', that was written, composed and performed by Shabir in 2012 for National Day. For the National Day Concert, Shabir will be performing Vettai, which is the title track for the fifth season of the Vasantham series with the same name. He will also be performing his latest release, Rubaiyat Kavithai, a love song between a poet and a classical dancer.
Hailed by media as the "Queen of ratings", Rui En, an award-winning and versatile artiste who is fiercely passionate about her craft made her recording debut in 2002 with "Rui En, Vol. 1". With her independent yet edgy façade, which strongly exudes the confidence and poise of women of the new age, Rui En is one of the most celebrated actress in the region. Regularly honoured at award ceremonies including Star Awards and Asian Television Awards, Rui En also performed the National Day Theme Song alongside Taufik Batisah for the NDP in 2005.
Multi-talented Dick Lee has firmly established himself as a performer and composer, often recognised through his works as the spokesperson for the New Asian generation.
Having collaborated with top Asian artistes like Sandy Lam from Hong Kong and Japanese group Zoo, he has also written countless songs for the top singing talents in Asia including Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Anita Mui, Miyazawa of the Boom and Stephanie Sun amongst others.
The song he is proudest of writing is one of Singapore’s most popular national songs, “Home”, composed in 1997, and sung by all Singaporeans to this day, being unofficially chosen as the song that represents Singapore most. Dick has written two other songs for National Day, “We Will Get There” and SG50’s signature song, “Our Singapore”.
Omnitones is a quartet comprising Xavier Lim (keys), Andy Chong (guitar), Russell Seow (bass) and Lucas Tee (drums). With their eclectic influences and diverse musical backgrounds, they aim to present a distinct and diverse collective sound.
Singaporean breakthrough artiste Yung Raja has created waves of success for himself as a rapper, songwriter, and actor. Since his emergence as a rapper, Raja has been dubbed as Hip Hop’s next avant garde bilingual artiste with his tasteful unification of English and Tamil lyrics.
Yung Raja found viral success in Singapore and Malaysia following the release of his debut single “Mustafa”. His second single, “Mad Blessings”, caught the eye of Lupe Fiasco and M.I.A. and was the first English-Tamil song to be played on Malaysia’s leading Malay radio station, Era. Yung Raja’s third single “The Dance Song” gained traction in Singapore, Malaysia and India, with the song garnering more than 6 million views on the official Tik Tok challenge. Three tracks in, the rapper has already amassed over 3 million streams on Spotify and more than 3 million views on YouTube.
Born and raised in Singapore, Raja aims to reinvent societal views in and out of Singapore, inspire the next generation of cultural conservators, and elevate Southeast Asian Hip Hop to world class stages through his music.
Benjamin Kheng is a Singaporean musician, actor, host, and writer who made his debut back in 2012 as one of the founding members of popular local pop-quartet – The Sam Willows. The group has performed globally at the SXSW Festival in Austin, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, MU:CON and Zandari Festa in Seoul, the Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2013 & 2014, and the Western Australian Music Festival in Perth.
Benjamin released his highly anticipated debut EP “A Sea That Never Stops” in June 2020. To-date, the EP has garnered over 3 million streams. Benjamin’s releases have rewarded him with a nomination for MTV EMA’s Best Southeast Asia Act in 2020, representing Singapore in the highly anticipated annual award show. Early this year, he released a new single “Fresh Feelings” featuring R&B Artist J.Sheon.
Annette Lee is a Singaporean filmmaker, actor, and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her videos that she creates on social media, where she consistently connects with more than 2 million people monthly. A storyteller at heart, Annette sees her work in film, comedy and music as ways of telling tales that can touch lives.
In addition to writing “The Cai Fan Song” from her own series “The Ann & Ben Show”, she has also performed her original music at festivals like Baybeats and Mediacorp specials. In 2020, She also released her second album titled “Song For The Underdog” produced by 5x Grammy winning producer Jerricho Scroggins. This song went on to win the National Youth Music Award in 2020 and another track titled “Gold” has gone viral on Tiktok.
Enlai was born in Singapore and grew up in New Zealand. Since returning, he has worked on over 50 theatre productions. The versatile actor is equally captivating on TV, the silver screen and the stage. Enlai is probably best known for his work on the International Emmy-nominated series “The Noose”, playing the well-loved characters Jacques Ooi, BB See and Pornsak Sukhumvit. The show was screened on terrestrial television channel Mediacorp Channel 5, as well as Comedy Central Asia and won him two Asian Television Awards Winner of Best Comedy Performance by an Actor.
Enlai also fronted programme on Mediacorp Channel 5, “The 5 Show” and later “Not The 5 Show”. It is a weekly programme that features topical stories and studio guests who matter to the everyday Singaporean. 2013 saw Enlai’s foray into Mandarin-speaking programs with Happy Go Lucky (欢喜没烦恼), Laughing Out Loud (笑笑没烦恼), I’m In Charge (小子当家) and Say It (好好说慢慢讲), the highest-rating variety programme in Singapore that year.
Alaric is probably best known to TV audiences as the endearing nasal-voiced newscaster Andre Chichak and the charming news anchor Xin HuaHua, in Mediacorp Channel 5’s popular parody show “The Noose”. His performance has earned him continuous recognition at the Asian Television Awards with the Best Comedy Actor Nomination two years in a row in 2010 and 2011.
Alaric was the lead actor and producer of “Zombiepura”, a movie that took seven years to produce — from its conceptualisation back in 2011 to its world premiere on Oct 2019 at the Scream Asia Film Festival. Besides having a successful run in local cinemas across Singapore, the movie also played across 85 screens in the Philippines, and a DVD version was released in Japan. The tail end of 2019 saw Alaric grace both local English and Mandarin channels, from “The Noose Clips” to “Happy Go Lucky” and “Jalan Jalan” (带你去走走).
Xiao Ming is the popular on-screen moniker of Adrian Ang, the Co-Founder of SGAG, where he is most famously known for his cheeky character, puns and lame jokes, and of course his signature black shades. One of his professional highlights included being named as one of Forbes Asia’s 30 Under-30.
Best known for being Singapore’s favourite Broadway-singing, Hokkien- spewing Broadway Beng®, Sebastian’s theatrical journey began in 1992. His theatre credits include the Broadway Beng series, Forbidden City, The LKY Musical, The LBK Musical, the Crazy Christmas® series, The Happy ever laughter series, Twist of fate, A Singapore carol, Snow White and the 7 dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the beansprout, Masters of comedy, Titoudao, Into The Woods, Fried Rice Paradise, Army Daze, Sing to the Dawn, Kara-U-OK!, UK tour of Miss Saigon just to name a few.
His directorial credits include Honk!, Just So!, 3 little pigs(assisting), Monkey goes west 2014/2016 (best director nominee,Life! awards). TV/movie credits include Fried Rice paradise drama series, First class, Payday, Judgement day, The Blue Mansion, Mr Unbelievable and The National Parade 2007 and 2013 (host/performer).
Syazwan Rahmad is a Singapore-based dance choreographer, professional elite dancer, and performer. Trained in a wide variety of dance styles ranging from Hip Hop to Ethnic Fusion, it is no surprise that he is widely respected and highly sought after in the dance industry.
Throughout his dance career, he has danced for many renowned artists such as Rick Astley, Johnny Hates Jazz and Siti Nurhaliza. Among his reprepertoire of professional works are his choreographies for local artistes such as Sandra Riley Tang, MunahHirzi, Benjamin Kheng, Tay Kewei, Tosh Zhang, Inch Chua, Aisyah Aziz and many more.
Joakim first became a household name as an 18-year-old during the 2nd season of "Singapore Idol" in the year 2006 where he achieved a Top 5 Finish.
Since then, he was the only finalist signed on to Mediacorp where he took on various acting, hosting, and performing projects. He pursued a career on 987 as a part-timer, and was signed on as a full-timer within a year. He now co-hosts The Shock Circuit with Sonia Chew every weekday from 6am – 10am on Singapore’s Number One Hit Music Station 987.
Jean Danker is synonymous with radio, having been in the business for almost 2 decades. She now hosts the top-rated evening drive time show (Cartunes from 5 to 8pm) on Class 95FM. She is also a television presenter, this year she hosted the prestigious 'Presidents Star Charity' and the talent show 'The 5 Search'.
The LIVE crowds love her too, she's hosted the 'National Day Parade' for many years and has also fronted events for SKII, Dior and Chanel. Jean is a pro at interviewing the stars, having hosted the 'Asian Television Awards' and the 'Dragon Blade’ red carpet events.
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