Singapore, 25 July 2012 – The rising stars of Singapore's popular heartland stage show dominated STOMP's 6th Getai Awards at the Toa Payoh Amphitheatre this evening.
Of the 20 awards that were presented, 14 went to artistes aged 35 and below -- proof that the local getai scene has no shortage of youthful talent.
Themed 'Getai Fever', the awards ceremony this year saw popular Taiwanese crooner Hao Hao, 31 years old, and homegrown talent Jayden Chew, 24 years old, emerged the big winners of the evening by clinching three and two awards respectively, including a People’s Choice award each.
The coveted awards were presented to the top 10 artistes who had received the highest number of votes over a four-month voting period from members of the public who had viewed video performances by the singers on STOMP’s website. The videos were produced by ST RazorTV and hosted in STOMP‘s Getai A-go-go section. The online poll, which started in August 2011 and ended in December 2011, attracted 475,000 votes.
The remaining 10 awards recognise specific achievements in Getai, such as the best costume and the most entertaining act.
The Getai Awards was initiated in 2006 by STOMP, the citizen journalism and social-networking portal of 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 August 17 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.
The event was presented by STOMP with the support of the Toa Payoh Central Zone ‘2’ Residents’ Committee and LEX(S) Entertainment Productions.
STOMP Getai Award Winners:
TOP 10 BASED ON VOTES FROM ONLINE POLL (not in order of merit):
1. 皓皓 Hao Hao
2. 李佩芬 Lee Peifen
3. 宏扬 Hong Yang (Jayden Chew)
4. 钟金玲 Zhong Jing Ling, Josephine
5. 黄凯琳 Esther Ng (Huang Kai Lin)
6. 林茹萍 Lin Ruping
7. 赖慧如 Emily Lai (Lai Hui Ru)
8. 朱莉莉 Michelle Choo (Zhu Li Li)
9. 袁瑾 Yuan Jin
10.黄怡雯 Huang Yi Wen
10 SPECIAL AWARDS
1. Best Female Artiste: 刘心玲 Angie Lau (Liu Xin Ling)
2. Best Male Artiste: 天悦 Tian Yue
3. Best Female Host: 许琼芳 Xu Qiong Fang
4. Most Popular Online 李佩芬 Lee Peifen
5. Best Male Host: 皓皓 Hao Hao
6. Best Group: 宝贝姐妹 Babes in the City
7. Most Promising Newcomer (determined by getai artistes on the day itself): Wang Wei Liang
8. Best Newcomer: 宏扬 Hong Yang (Jayden Chew)
9. Best Costume: 皓皓 Hao Hao
10. STOMP Choice: Most Entertaining Act: 林姿逸 Lin Ziyee (pole-dancing segment)
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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 of 110 million page views in Jan 2012.
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