Matilda Tao or Tao Ching-ying is a Taiwanese singer, television host and author. Tao graduated from National Chengchi University. In 2005, she married Taiwanese actor Lee Lee-zen. Agency Mini-Blog
Fann Woon Fong, better known by her stage name Fann Wong, is a Singaporean actress and model and managed under Huayi Brothers and Catwalk Production House. She is referred to as MediaCorp's "Ah Jie" together with Zoe Tay and Xiang Yun for being among the first locally trained artistes. At Singapore's Star Awards 1995, Fann became the first actress to win both the Best Actress and Best Newcomer awards in the same year. After gaining regional exposure and popularity in Asia through film and television productions, she became the first Singaporean actress to break into Hollywood, playing Chon Lin in the 2003 film Shanghai Knights, she was the youngest actress to have earned an "All-Time Favourite Award" at the Star Awards. She married actor Christopher Lee on 29 September 2009. Born in Singapore to Hakka tailor parents, Fann shared her childhood with three siblings—an older sister, as well as a younger brother and a younger sister named Fan Wen Qing, she was educated at Temasek Secondary School, where she took her GCE'O' Level examinations in 1987.
Wong was featured in several SBC children's programmes. At the age of 16, she won a beauty contest organised by a Singapore fashion magazine, she started a successful modelling career in Singapore, spent the next two years modelling part-time while taking her GCE'A' Level examinations at a private school. She afterward earned a diploma in fashion merchandising from LIFS. Fann moved to Taiwan in 1993. One of her earliest successes was in an Oil of Ulan commercial aired in Singapore; the following year, a Singaporean television producer discovered her and cast her in Dreams Come True, a Singapore drama series. Fann soon starred in two more Singapore television series, The Challenger and Chronicle of Life. After a year in the Singapore television industry, her role in Chronicle of Life won her Best Actress and Best Newcomer awards at Singapore's 1995 Star Awards. In 1996, her role in The Unbroken Cycle won her first regional nomination at the Asian Television Awards, she continued to star in a large array of drama serials, including A Romance in Shanghai, Wild Orchids and Brave New World.
In late 1996, Fann released in Singapore her first Mandarin pop album Fanntasy, which contained a duet with Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang. The album was retitled I Live Alone and repackaged with two additional songs for the Taiwanese market and won 4 IFPI platinum sales awards in Taiwan, marking the start of Fann's regional success. In 1996, Fann starred in the 40-episode blockbuster drama, Brave New World, alongside with Christopher Lee and Hong Kong actor Alex Man; this was the first time that Fann would act together with Christopher Lee. Fann performed the theme song, "Don't let love become hard for us", as a duet with Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang. In 1998, Fann was named the female lead, Xiaolongnü, in TCS remake of the hit wuxia drama The Return of the Condor Heroes where she once again starred alongside Christopher Lee; the release of this drama, along with her second album, further increased her exposure in Taiwan and China. When Hong Kong director Derek Yee saw Fann's "Shopping" music video on Hong Kong's Channel V, he flew to Singapore to cast her as the lead actress in the Hong Kong art film The Truth About Jane and Sam.
The movie topped the Singapore box office for three weeks and her role as a gritty wild-child won her a Best New Performer nomination at the 19th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2000. In addition, her role as a self-centred stockbroker in Out to Win attracted a million viewers in Singapore during its finale, it was during this period when Fann acquired many of her die-hard fans, led by the Fann-atic Fan Club. In 1999, Fann released her third album Missing You, recorded "Private Number" with British boyband 911, performed Moments of Magic, Singapore's official millennium song; these musical successes resulted in her being the first Singapore artiste to stage a solo paying concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2000. That same year, she released her fourth Mandarin album, No Problem. During the next few years, Fann focused on her acting career, she played a two-timing television reporter in the omnibus Hong Kong film When I Fall in Love... With Both, acted as a lovelorn insurance agent in the Singaporean romantic drama Looking For Stars, as well as played the title character in the Taiwanese period drama Madam White Snake.
She began hosting travelogue shows, including Travel Hunt: Japan and Fann Adventure, filmed in South Africa and Malaysia. In 2002, Fann became the first Singaporean actress to play a major role in a Hollywood production as Chon Lin in Shanghai Knights; when the film was released in early 2003, Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post stated: Fann is an enchanting new film presence. Modelled after Zhang Ziyi of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, she combines a dancer's grace with a fighter's speed, looks great standing still or whirling; the Hollywood Reporter's David Hunter noted that Fann was "more than equal to playing the strong woman fighter who's pretty darn cute", while John Keenan of the Omaha World-Herald stated that "Fann's stunt work is more memorable than Jackie Chan's here". In Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post stated that she "seems set to displace Lucy Liu as Hollywood's Asian babe du jour", she was subsequently nominated under the Best Fight category in MTV Movie Awards 2003, in 2004, won the Singapore Street Festival's Best International Artiste Award.
In 2004, Fann continued act
Jeff Wang is a Taiwanese actor and television host. He was contracted to MediaCorp and was based in Singapore for over a decade, he was a prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1990 to 2010. Wang was overall male champion on Star Search Singapore 1999 and was awarded a contract with MediaCorp, he began acting minor roles in various dramas and is best known for his role as the villain Ying Tiancheng in Holland V, voted the Top 10 Most Memorable Villains at the Star Awards 2007 anniversary special celebrating 25 years of Chinese drama. His big break in hosting came when he replaced Kym Ng and Bryan Wong as host of City Beat and was nominated for the Best Variety Show Host award twice, he has since hosted many programmes and events including the Chingay Parade, award-winning talk show Say It If You Dare and Project SuperStar. Wang has diversified into singing, he wrote and sang the theme songs of several MediaCorp drama series which were nominated for the Best Theme Song several times. In 2009 he released his debut album Dream.
Route. As he decided to pursue a career in singing, he left MediaCorp in 2010 and returned to his native Taiwan, his last drama was Devil Blues Wang secretly married his long-time girlfriend, a Singaporean, in 2008 and they have a son. He only revealed his marriage to the press in early 2011. In 2008, Wang and some friends set up Xiao Bar Wang, a chain of shops selling Taiwanese street snacks, it has expanded into Malaysia and is co-managed by fellow MediaCorp artistes Apple Hong and Ong Ai Leng. Wang received the SME One Asia Award in 2011. Profile on xin.msn.com
Nicoll Highway collapse
The Nicoll Highway collapse was a construction accident that occurred at 3:30 p.m. Singapore Time on 20 April 2004 in Kallang, Singapore when a tunnel being constructed for use by MRT trains collapsed; the tunnel was part of the construction of the underground Circle line, near Nicoll Highway station. The supporting structure for the deep excavation work failed, resulting in a 30-metre deep cave-in that spread across six lanes of Nicoll Highway; the collapse injured three. The accident delayed the construction end date for the MRT station. Investigations and probes into the collapse commenced immediately, it was found that the most apparent cause of the collapse was that the retaining wall could not handle the stress of holding up the tunnel, forcing it to give way. This occurred near the Nicoll Highway MRT station under construction along the Circle Line and near the Merdeka Bridge; the accident left a collapse zone 150 m wide, 100 m long, 30 m deep. Four workers were killed, with three more injured.
Steel beams were twisted, with two construction cranes being swallowed up. A substantial chunk of the main highway running over the tunnel was knocked out; the rescue efforts were called off on 23 April 2004 because of the low chance of survival by that point, as well as danger to the rescue teams. There was the increasing need to stabilize the ground around the accident site to reduce the risk of further collapses. All six lanes of the Nicoll Highway were damaged, rendering the road unusable; the highway re-opened on 4 December 2004 after reconstruction efforts. A committee of inquiry found main contractor Nishimatsu Construction Company and its officers as well as Land Transport Authority officers responsible for the collapse. Several other officers and subcontractors were reprimanded and issued warnings in connection with the accident; as a result of the accident, Stages 1 and 2 of the Circle line were delayed. Stage 3 of the line, Bartley to Marymount stations opened first on 28 May 2009; the built station structure was abandoned, the affected station has been shifted about 100 metres away from the accident site.
Nicoll Highway station started operations on 17 April 2010. Vadivil s/o Nadeson, crane operatorA Malaysian of Indian descent, his body was the first to be recovered; the 44-year-old had tried to escape by jumping out from his crane when the incident occurred. He was found caught between a container. Liu Rong Quan, construction workerThe body of the 36-year-old Chinese national from Jiangsu province was found wedged between the wheel and chassis of a 10-tonne truck. Liu had started working at the site just ten days before the incident, he left behind a daughter. John Tan Lock Yong, Land Transport Authority engineerThe third victim to be found, Tan was due to finish his contract with LTA at the end of 2004 and had planned to migrate to Australia or New Zealand then, he leaves behind a grown-up daughter and a son. Heng Yeow Pheow, foremanThe body of the 40-year-old Singaporean was never recovered. According to survivor accounts, Heng had selflessly hurried his workers to safety but himself was trapped when the collapse occurred.
Heng left behind two young children, his 70-year-old mother and nine siblings. Four men faced criminal charges in the wake of the Nicoll Highway Collapse; the first man put on trial was Ng Seng Yoong, a project director of the Circle MRT line and monitored the excavation and design work in his other capacity as the Qualified Person on the site. He faced one charge of breaching conditions under the Building Control Act. Arguments were made that readings of instruments on site have indicated that things were not going as planned, but the warnings were not acted upon. On 24 November 2005, Ng was fined $8,000 by the court. ^ "First of Nicoll Highway criminal trials gets underway". Channel NewsAsia. 3 October 2005. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. ^ "Ex-LTA project director fined over Nicoll Highway accident". Channel NewsAsia. 24 November 2005. Archived from the original on 26 November 2005. IAP class probes Singapore highway collapse — MIT report Nicoll Highway collapse — Singapore Civil Defence Force Nicoll Highway Collapse – Singapore Infopedia
Star Awards 2018
Star Awards 2018 is a television award ceremony, held in Singapore. The Post Party and Ceremony Awards was broadcast live on 22 April 2018; this year, the awards ceremony will be followed by a post-show party, where a total of 15 key awards will be handed out. Since its inauguration in 1994, Star Awards has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of our audiences: each new edition reflects the latest trends, higher production values and technological advancements; the show strives to celebrate the achievements of those who have contributed to local entertainment through categories that best reflect the industry. On 5 April 2018, the Creative Achievement Awards was held to recognise the achievements of Mediacorp’s creative staff in the past year, it was held in Level 9 of MediaCorp Campus. Winners are listed first; the award ceremony was shown live on 22 April 2018. Winners are listed first. ^1 The Special Achievement Award is an award presented annually at the Star Awards, a ceremony, established since 1994.
The award was discontinued from 2004 in place of the All-Time Favourite Artiste award. The Special Achievement Award is revived after 14 years; every year, a poll of 1,000 people representing a wide demographic across Singapore’s population, were conducted independently by an accredited market research company, will be used to shortlist the nominations for the Top 20 Male and Female artistes, where they faced the public vote. This year, 50% of the final results will be derived from this pool of 1,000 people; the telepoll lines will be ends on 22 April 2018, 8:30 pm. Key The Post Show Party aired after the broadcast of News Tonight. During the Post Show, guests Joanna Dong and Nathan Hartono teased on an upcoming reality-competition that would promote local Chinese pop culture; the following individuals performed musical numbers. ^2 Pornsak was absent on the ceremony. The Best Newcomer returned after a two-year absence. Chen Hanwei received his second Best Supporting Actor Award. Rebecca Lim received her second Best Actress Award.
Quan Yi Fong won her fifth Best Programme Host Award. Belinda Lee received her fifth Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award since 2016. Thomas Ong received Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award. Pan Lingling received her fifth Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award since 2000. Kym Ng received her first acting award this year. Guo Liang received his fifth Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award since 2010. Jin Yinji and Sheila Sim both received their first Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award; this ceremony was the third ceremony since 2004 to not present the All-time Favourite Artiste award. The award would return again in 2019 due to Kym Ng winning her tenth Top 10 award; the Special Achievement Award took its place, having returned for the first time since 2003, after 15 years of absence. Although the Channel 8 News & Current Affairs had at least ten news presenters by the end of 2018, the Best News Presenter and Best Current Affairs Presenter awards were, for the fifth consecutive year, not presented.
For unknown reasons, the Rocket award, given to the most improved Mediacorp artiste, was not presented for the second consecutive year. The Best News Story, Best Current Affairs Story, Best Variety Special was not presented this year, all three of which were absent for the first time since 2000; the absence for Best Variety Special ended Star Awards's 10-year streak of their nomination for the category, with the last time happened being 2005. To recognise the contributions to local television more broadly, this year’s awards will open up nominations to non-Mediacorp artistes. In response, the Star Awards Committee revised the criteria after considering the constructive feedback of industry watchers and audiences. Acting categories were revised, as reflected below: Artistes are now eligible if they fulfill any of the following requirements: Must have played either a lead role in a drama; the Evergreen Artiste Award recognises contributions by industry veterans. Due to a revision of criteria, artistes were now evaluated based on the performances for the entire year, allowing them to be considered for their versatility over various roles.
This year marked the first show. The 2018 main ceremony was nominated for the Best Variety Producer and Best Variety Special in the ceremony next year; the ceremony won the Best Variety Producer, but lost the Best Variety Special to SPOP Sing!. https://tv.toggle.sg/en/channel8/shows/star-awards-2018/info
The Star Awards is an annual ceremony held in Singapore where the media organisation Mediacorp recognises entertainers under their employment for outstanding performances of the year. Mediacorp first presented in 1994 took place at the Caldecott Broadcast Centre, MediaCorp TV Theatre hosted by Chen Shucheng and Yvette Tsui; the 25th Star Awards ceremony, honoring best Television of 2018 will be held on April 14, 2019, at the Mediacorp Campus, MES Theatre @ Mediacorp. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Toggle, Mediacorp Channel 8 and Mediacorp Channel U; the Nominees were announced on February 2019, Friday. The 1st Star Awards presentation was held on 26 February 1994, took place at the Caldecott Broadcast Centre, MediaCorp TV Theatre with an audience of about 500 people. There have no other pre-show and post-awards ceremony held in that year. Winners were announced during the presentation of the ceremony, the ceremony presented a popularity contest, with Li Nanxing, Chew Chor Meng and Zoe Tay winning the Most Popular Actor and Actress award, respectively.
At the Inaugural Star Awards ceremony in 1994. The nominees and winners are determined and selected by a majority vote from the public via telephone and SMS text voting. Between 1994–1996, only the top five male artistes were given the award; the Unbeatables received the award and it is given in honour of a Mediacorp drama serial which has delivered an outstanding overall performance. The nominees are determined by a team of judges employed by Mediacorp. Since 1994, the ceremony used a sealed envelope to reveal the name of the winners, as in tradition of most award ceremonies; the first Best Actress awarded was Fann Wong, in her performances in Chronicle of Life as Fang Ling 方玲 in the drama. Fann Wong is the first leading actress who have won this award since the awards was introduced in the 1995 ceremony. At the same ceremony. Zhu Xiufeng received the award for her supporting role in Chronicle of Life and it is given in honour of a Mediacorp actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role in the 2nd year of the Star Awards ceremony.
Between 1995 to 2003, the Special Achievement Award is given to one artiste who have made significant contributions in the performance of his/her respective field of profession over the past few years. The award was discontinued in 2004 until it revived again in 2018 with Marcus Chin receiving the award; each ceremony ends with the Best Actor and Actress award, but recent ceremonies' last award would be Top 10 Most Popular Male or Female Artistes award, a popularity contest open for all nominated Mediacorp Artistes. Beginning in the 1998 ceremony, the variety categories were introduced in the awards, variety programmes, as well as the artistes playing a role in these programmes were now made eligible. For the first time in the awards' history, Technical Categories were presented, but they were taped outside the ceremony on a separate date, presented on a clip montage due to time constraints; the 2000 ceremony further added awards in recognition to News and Current Affairs team and the Top Rated Drama Serial and Variety Programme.
Beginning in the 2004 ceremony, the All-Time Favourite Artiste Award was introduced in the place of Special Achievement Award. Chew Chor Meng, Li Nanxing and Zoe Tay received the award after winning the Top 10 Most Popular Male or Female Artistes award from 1994–2003, it is given in honour of an artiste who has won the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes or Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes for ten times. Artistes who receive the award will no longer be eligible for the running of the respective Top 10 Most Popular Male or Female Artistes awards from that particular year onwards, allowing younger MediaCorp artistes have a chance to win the popularity awards as well. 21 artistes had won the All-Time Favourite Artiste award since its award inception, it have been awarded in every year except 2007, 2013 and 2018. The ceremonies were held annually in April to honour television talents from works from the previous year. In the 2010 ceremony, held in 2010, introduced the six awards, Favourite Male Character,Favourite Female Character, Most Unforgettable TV Villain, Male Media Darling, Female Media Darling and Rocket Award.
The first three awards were decided by online voting with the results being announced during the first ceremony. The Rocket Award was introduced, which focuses on the artiste who contributed the most improvement throughout the past year. In 2014, the 20th Star Awards ceremony was held; the title of the Star Awards short-formed to Star Awards 20 as a remarkable awards night. The first ceremony was held at the MediaCorp TV Theatre with the veteran ar
Tanya Chua is a Singaporean singer and songwriter. She debuted her singing career by releasing her debut studio album Bored in 1997, her albums, Goodbye & Hello, Sing It Out of Love, each won her a Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer. Chua was born in Singapore on 28 January 1975, she attended CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School, achieved a diploma in business administration at Singapore Polytechnic in 1996. In 1997, Chua signed a recording deal with Singaporean management company Music & Movement, debuted her singing career by releasing an English album titled Bored. In 1998, she attended the electric guitar classes at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, Chua signed a recording deal with PolyGram, released her first self-titled Chinese album. In the same year, she released her second English album Luck; the song "The Wicked Signs of Trying to Be a Superstar" was written by Taiwanese singer-songwriter David Tao. In 2000, Universal Music Group acquired PolyGram. In the same year, Chua released her second Chinese album Remember.
The album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best New Artist. In the same year, she wrote the theme song of the Singaporean film Chicken Rice War, appeared on the film. In 2001, Chua released her third Chinese album; the album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she performed in the Singapore National Day Parade with the theme song titled "Where I Belong". In 2002, Japanese record label S2S released an English album titled Secret Lavender contains seven songs from Chua, her composition "Wrong Number" for Chinese singer Faye Wong earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Composer. In 2003, Chua signed a recording deal with Warner Music Taiwan, released her fourth Chinese album Stranger; the album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she released her fourth English album Jupiter. In 2004, Chua helped produce Hong Kong singer Gigi Leung's album Belongingness. In 2005, Chua released her fifth Chinese album Amphibian.
The album earned her three Golden Melody Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Mandarin Female Singer, Best Album Producer, she won a Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In 2006, Chua moved to Taipei, launched her own music production company Tengy Music. In May 2007, Chua signed a recording deal with Taiwanese record label Asia Muse Entertainment. In June 2007, she featured background vocals in the Taiwanese singer Chang Chen-yue's song "Yearning Is a Kind of Sickness". In October 2007, she released her sixth Chinese album Hello; the album earned her seven Golden Melody Award nominations, she won two Golden Melody Awards for Best Mandarin Female Singer and Best Album Producer. In 2008, she released her seventh Chinese album My Space; the album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In 2009, Chua released her eighth Chinese album; the album earned her four Golden Melody Award nominations, including Best Mandarin Album, Best Mandarin Female Singer, Best Album Producer, Best Composer.
The album won her an Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award for Ten Best Sales Releases Mandarin. In 2010, Chua produced Chinese singer Na Ying's album So. In 2011, Chua released her ninth Chinese album Sing It Out of Love; the album earned her seven Golden Melody Award nominations, she won a Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she released her fifth English album Just Say No. In 2013, Chua released her tenth Chinese album Devil; the album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she became one of the judges in the Chinese singing contest Sing My Song with Liu Huan, Yang Kun, Emil Chau. In 2015, Chua released her seventh Chinese album Aphasia; the album earned her six Golden Melody Award nominations. In the same year, she became one of the judges in the Chinese singing contest Sing My Song. In December 2018, Tanya Chua sang Nightglow, the official theme song for miHoYo's mobile ACG title Honkai Impact 3 second CG: The Last Lesson.
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