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Veterans to pick most promising newcomer at STOMP's 5th Getai Awards

Singapore, 30 June 2011 – Veteran artistes of the local getai scene will pick the best new entrant to the industry with the Most Promising Newcomer award at the STOMP Getai Awards on Tuesday 5 July, at Toa Payoh Amphitheatre.
 
This new award is created to recognise and motivate young performers with the greatest star potential, and is in line with the theme of this year's event to honour top getai artistes: "Getai Lives On".
 
The event is open to the public and admission is free. A turn-out of over 5,000 is expected, almost double the number in previous years.
 
The Getai Awards was initiated in 2006 by STOMP, the citizen journalism and social-networking portal of media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). It aims to preserve and promote the uniquely Singaporean tradition of stage entertainers who perform during the annual Hungry Ghost Festival, which starts on July 31 this year. By showcasing this performance art form on its English based website, STOMP extends the reach of getai well beyond its traditional Chinese-speaking audience.
 
STOMP will be giving out 20 awards at the presentation ceremony, half of which will be presented to the STOMP People’s Choice winners. These winners are the top 10 artistes who have garnered the most number of votes over a four-month period from members of the public who have viewed their performances on videos hosted in the Getai A-go-go section of STOMP.
 
More than 1 million votes were cast by STOMP readers for their favourite artistes, in an online poll that started in September 2010 and ended in December 2010.
 
Ten Special Awards will also be presented: 
 
1. STOMP Pick: Most Entertaining Act
2. Best Costume
3. Best Newcomer
4. Best Group
5. Best Female Host
6. Best Male Host
7. Most Promising Newcomer (winner to be determined on event night by getai veterans)
8. Most Watched Online Video
9. Best Female
10. Best Male
 
The event is presented by STOMP with the support of the Toa Payoh Central Zone ‘2’ Residents’ Committee and LEX(S) Entertainment Productions.
 
Media Invitation
 
Your journalist, photographer and/or film crew are invited to cover this event. 
 
STOMP GETAI AWARDS 
Date: Tuesday, 5 July 2010 
Time: 6.30pm – 10pm 
Venue: Toa Payoh Amphitheatre 
 
Please confirm your attendance with Dominic Leong at 6319 1895 or email at domleong@sph.com.sg by Monday, 4 July, 12pm. 
 
 
Issued by:
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E
 
For media enquiries, please contact:
Chew V Ming
Editor, STOMP
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1284
 
Dominic Leong
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1895
 
 
About STOMP
STOMP is Asia's leading social networking and citizen journalism website. Set up by The Straits Times to engage with its readers both online and offline, it has set new benchmarks for user-generated content and interaction with readers. The website is actively involved in national campaigns, partnering various agencies such as the Speak Good English Movement. Growing from strength to strength, STOMP achieved an all-time high 96 million pageviews in May 2011.
 
For more information, please visit www.stomp.com.sg
 
 
About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
 
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
 
Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 
In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.
 
Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 263 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV.
 
Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.
 
Events and Outdoor Advertising
SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.
 
Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.