PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Tanya Chua, Taufik Batisah, Channel 8 stars and more lent their support to the annual President’s Star Charity show with musical performances 

Photos: Mediacorp
Photos: Mediacorp
24 Oct 2016

Photos: Mediacorp

Last night (Oct 23), an assembly of singers, actors and DJs lent their support and star power to the President's Star Charity 2016 (PSC 2016), held at the newly christened MES Theatre at Mediacorp. By the end of the two-hour show, the annual event, now in its 17th year and themed ‘Just Like You’, had raised a staggering $7.37 million for the President's Challenge – almost $1 million more than last year's show

A few members from the 58 beneficiaries even had the chance to perform with the celebrities, such as young dancer Jadyn Cai who shared the stage with Sezairi Sezali as he sang his new single 'Fire to the Floor', and beat-boxing rapper Danial Bawtan who lent his talents to the All Star Choir, a 42-member-strong ensemble that included familiar faces like Zoe Tay, Tay Ping Hui, Kym Ng, Jayley Woo, James Seah and more. 

There was a sprinkling of international flavour courtesy of Taiwanese veteran chanteuse Chyi Yu, who performed her best-known hit 'The Olive Tree', and Jacqueline Hughes, who bewitched everyone with the powerful 'Defying Gravity' as the Wicked musical’s Elphaba. Taiwan-based home-grown songstress Tanya Chua also sang English number 'Game with Fate' before taking the opportunity to plug her upcoming concert in December. 

In addition to the musical treats, the audience also had their funny bone tickled with several skits, such as one where President Tony Tan and his wife sat down for interviews with children in a Kids Say the Darndest Things-like clip. Host Chua Enlai's The Noose character Jacques Ooi also showed up to banter with Vernetta Lopez and Mike Kasem, who were introducing their new comedy show OK Chope!

The light-hearted atmosphere took on a slightly more sombre tone during a special tribute to former President S R Nathan. During the segment, footage of Mr Nathan reciting the poem Desiderata at the PSC in 2007 was played as Taufik Batisah and the ITE Show Choir performed the touching musical portion – a fitting honour for the founder of the President’s Challenge himself.

Click through for more photos from the President's Star Charity 2016:

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Another highlight featured “Ah Jie” Zoe Tay, dressed in elaborate, sparkling silver garb, performing a graceful Peacock dance with Dance Ensemble Singapore. In an interview with host Glenda Chong after her set, Zoe revealed that she had only been through eight two-hour lessons, and that she initially thought it was “mission impossible” at first. However, she successfully “conquered (her) fear” and managed to put on a good show for a good cause.

WATCH: How would Zoe rate her husband’s dancing skills?

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Another highlight featured “Ah Jie” Zoe Tay, dressed in elaborate, sparkling silver garb, performing a graceful Peacock dance with Dance Ensemble Singapore. In an interview with host Glenda Chong after her set, Zoe revealed that she had only been through eight two-hour lessons, and that she initially thought it was “mission impossible” at first. However, she successfully “conquered (her) fear” and managed to put on a good show for a good cause.

WATCH: How would Zoe rate her husband’s dancing skills?

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Elphaba (who will later come to be known as the Wicked Witch of the West), played by London-based Jacqueline Hughes, made a special appearance to serenade audiences with one of her trademark songs ‘Defying Gravity’.

Catch Wicked – The Musical at the Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, from now until November 20. Tickets are priced at $55, $95, $125, $145, $165 and $230 (excluding booking fee) at SISTIC.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Tanya Chua expressed her excitement for her upcoming concert, saying that audiences can expect “nonstop music” and that’s “it’s really fun”. She also gushed about her latest hobby: making pastries, and then uploading pictures of them on her social media at bedtime so her followers won’t be able to go to sleep.

Catch Tanya Chua’s Lemuria 2016 World Tour Singapore on December 10, 8pm at The Star Theatre. Tickets are priced at $98, $118, $138, $158 and $178 (excluding booking fee) at APACtix.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

GOLD 905 DJs Mike Kasem and Vernetta Lopez promoted their new ‘live’ comedy panel show OK Chope!, much to the disdain of The Noose’s Jacques Ooi (Chua Enlai). The trio then played a round of OK Chope!, where they had to come up with funny punchlines to the theme, “What not to say at the PSC”. Enlai’s “If you don’t have enough cash, we accept jewellery or children” and Mike’s “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you, we have enough money” certainly succeeded in drawing chuckles from the floor.

OK Chope! airs Wednesdays, 7.30pm on Channel 5. Watch past episodes on Toggle.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Taufik Batisah performs during a tribute to the late former President S R Nathan.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Tanya Chua, Chyi Yu and Taufik Batisah lead the finale song, Bette Midler's 'Wind Beneath My Wings'.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Veteran singer Chyi Yu sings her best-known hit 'The Olive Tree'.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Chua Enlai, Tay Ping Hui, Kym Ng, Sonia Chew and Kayly Loh.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Danial Bawtan performs with the ITE Show Choir.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

The star-studded All Star Choir performs a medley of songs including 'Price Tag' and 'Money Makes the World Go Round'.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

The star-studded All Star Choir performs a medley of songs including 'Price Tag' and 'Money Makes the World Go Round'.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

The show ends with a bang.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Sezairi Sezali performs his new single 'Fire to the Floor'.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

President Tony Tan, Mrs. Tan and the five witty children they had Kids Say the Darndest Things-like interviews with.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Enlai and Glenda speak with Sezairi and Aisyah after their performances.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Aisyah Aziz performed 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This'.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

The star-studded programme closed with all the performers congregating on stage once again for a cover of Bette Midler's 'Wind Beneath My Wings', before the staggering total donation amount was announced.

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million
24 Oct 2016

PSC 2016 puts on a bewitching show to raise $7.37 million

Jadyn Cai presents President Tony Tan with a bouquet of flowers.

Catch the encore telecast of the President’s Star Charity 2016 on Saturday, October 29 on Channel 5 at 2pm. You can also watch it on Toggle's Catch-Up TV.
 
Telepoll hotlines 1900-112-8821 (for $5 donation), 1900-112-8822 (for $20 donation) and 1900-112-8823 (for $100 donation) are open until October 29 at midnight. 

Related: Zoe Tay challenges self with intense dance routine for President’s Star Charity 2016

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