Taipei, 15 May 2012 --- The regional media showcase for 新加坡e乐大赏 Singapore Entertainment Awards 2012 (SEA) was successfully held in Taipei, Taiwan, today. Into its fourth year now, the event was organised by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) leading Chinese entertainment media platforms, namely Chinese evening daily newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, Radio 100.3, Chinese entertainment magazine U-Weekly and bilingual online portal omy.sg.
The objective of the Singapore Entertainment Awards was to support the Chinese entertainment industry that popularises the use of the Chinese language. The Awards recognised a spectrum of entertainment ranging from music, movies, TV, radio to concerts. Apart from honouring the best talents in Singapore and Asia, it also helped to promote the local and regional Chinese entertainment scene. The qualifying period for all nominees was from 1 January to 31 December 2011.
A total of 32 awards were presented this year; 15 awards from the “Best” award categories judged by professionals, 14 "Most Popular" awards which were determined by public voting and three prestigious "Media" awards recognising outstanding achievement.
Fans from all over Asia eagerly supported their idols who battled for the top awards in the "Most Popular" categories. They could SMS or vote online through the official website www.sgeawards.omy.sg. An overwhelming 1.13 million online votes were cast during the voting period, many from Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and even Korea! Over 10,000 SMS votes were also received in Singapore. The winners for the "Most Popular" awards for SEA 2012 were announced on 2 May.
The 15 "Best" awards were judged by a panel of respected professionals in the entertainment and media industry in Singapore and the region. The winners for the “Best” awards were announced on 3 May.
In addition, there were three prestigious "Media" awards this year; namely the Outstanding Achievement Award (Music), Concert of the Year and Artiste of the Year, which were unveiled only today at the media showcase.
The celebration of the Award results this year also took a different format from the post-award celebration concert held in the past. Deserving winners were honoured at an exclusive Media Showcase in Taipei, the first time it was held outside of Singapore. Singapore and Taiwan media representatives were present to cover the event.
Joining in the post-award celebration at the SEA Media Showcase held at Legacy Taipei were some of the hottest names in the Singapore and Asian entertainment industry. They included JJ Lin (Singapore), Tanya Chua (Singapore), Alien Huang (Taiwan) and Hu Xia (China).
Singapore's homegrown pop duo The Freshman presented an exciting performance which comprised a medley of songs by the winners of SEA as well as their latest work, 《眼鏡矇矇的》.
The biggest highlight at the showcase was Tanya Chua and JJ Lin singing together for the first time. Besides singing their own songs, they sang each other's songs as well. Tanya's album 《說到愛》 clinched her the "e-awards Best Female Singer" title, the second time she has won this award. She also bagged the award for "e-awards Best Local Album" for her album, as well as her third award for "e-awards Best Local Music Composition" for writing 《說到愛》.
JJ Lin, with his album 《學不會》, won the "e-awards Best Local Singer". This was the third time he has received this accolade. He was also voted "Most Popular Local Singer".
Alien Huang retained his title for "e-awards Most Popular Male Singer" this year. He was also voted "Most Popular Taiwan TV Actor" and "Most Popular Music Video (MV)". The popular Taiwanese host and singer enchanted the audience with his song 《漩渦》.
Hu Xia's popular song 《那些年》, which he also sang at the Media Showcase, earned him both the "Radio 100.3 Most Popular Song" and "Radio 100.3 U Chart Song of the year", while Singapore's promising new artiste Cheryl Wee was presented with the "e-awards Dazzling New Comer" trophy.
Snippets of the Media Showcase will be uploaded on omy.sg and online viewers can catch behind the scenes and highlights of the show starting from 5pm, 21 May 2012.
ASA Holidays, the Award's Official Travel Partner, provided attractive travel deals to allow Singapore fans to fly over to specially support this exclusive Media showcase and catch their idols live in Taipei.
The event was co-organised by My Paper and supported by Lianhe Zaobao and Shin Min Daily News
Visit sgeawards.omy.sg for more details on SEA 2012.
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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.
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In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 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.
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Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 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. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.
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.
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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.
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.