Over 10 years have passed, since Ng Chee Yang 黄智阳 was crowned champion in the first season of Campus Superstar. While the runner-up Teresa Tseng 曾詠霖 (now 曾詠熙) has had successful runs on singing contests in China and Taiwan, Chee Yang has mostly flew under the radar in the region while studying in the Berklee College of Music. What a surprise, then, to see his name emerge in the credits as co-singer and composer of subtheme song 那一刻 in the Mediacorp end-of-year drama 知星人!
Whereas the Ah Boys to Men National Service-themed franchise is catered to heartlander tastes, the Mediacorp Ch 8 drama <When Duty Calls 卫国先锋> is a relationship drama which shines with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) as intriguing subtext. While the latter’s pop-rock theme song《以刚克刚》 by Desmond Ng 黄振隆 and 邱锋泽 is suitably gung-ho, it is 《以为的以为》 which resounds the way subthemes ideally should.
Last season, <Sing! China 中国新歌声> – renamed after 4 seasons as <The Voice of China 中国好声音> – kicked off stunningly with Singapore’s Nathan Hartono 向洋. He swept all 4 judges off their feet and finished an eventual 2nd. Incredibly, this season’s first episode again featured a Singaporean: Joanna Dong 董姿彦! Watch her inventive take on 恋曲1990 here:
On the night of 11 Jun 2016, I attended ‘Vocal Obsession VII – Next Stop: Forever’, a biennial showcase by my school’s premier acapella group, NUS Resonance. It was staged at the University Cultural Centre Theatre, a modest but intimate venue which can seat up to 455 audience members, including the elevated side galleries. The central seats filled up quickly, so I took my place along the right aisle facing the stage, midway up the main deck.
The theatre bustled with anticipation way before the concert began. The buzz was generated by large peer groups familiar with the student performers, and quickly put the smaller family and friend groups at ease. This was vital, as the seats were not only compact but also without dividers, which in most occasions might feel too close for comfort for many Singaporeans. The passionate atmosphere was fortunately matched by the air-con cool, allowing us to digest the informative song pamphlet and ensuring that we were all set when it finally hit 1930h.