Five new faces grace the SA2015 Top 20

Carrie Wong, Shane Pow, Ian Fang, Julie Tan and Shaun Chen have finally clinched a spot in the Top 20 Most Popular Male and Female Artistes line-up

Five new faces grace the SA2015 Top 20
Five new faces grace the SA2015 Top 20
27 Apr 2015

Five new faces grace the SA2015 Top 20

Text: Toggle team
Photos: Lee Lay Na & Toggle team
Video: Toggle team

While Top 20 veterans Rui En and Qi Yuwu finally clinched their 10th trophies and will be inducted into the All-Time Favourite Artistes hall of fame next year, five stars have made their debut on the coveted list: Best Actor winner Shaun Chen, Julie Tan, Carrie Wong, as well as dukes Ian Fang and Shane Pow.

For Shane and Carrie, it is also their first ever nomination, and both admitted to being extremely nervous when they were accepting their accolades on stage (not that we blame them one bit).

In fact, poor Shane was still visibly overwhelmed when we grabbed him for a quick word after the show.  “I was almost the last to be called, and everybody around me hadn’t even gone up yet,” he recalled. “Even right now I’m so nervous I don’t know what to say except thank you.”

Even Ian, who is known for exuding an aura of almost-cocky confidence, admitted to being jittery when he finally made it into the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes list after missing out on his nomination last year. “I consider this a huge encouragement from everybody,” he said.

For Shaun, one of the evening’s biggest winners, he disclosed that he “didn’t dare to think about” making it into the Top 10, given the stiff competition from the likes of the 8 dukes. In honour of his grand slam, he expressed his intention to return to Malaysia to celebrate with his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

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Five new faces grace the SA2015 Top 20
Five new faces grace the SA2015 Top 20
27 Apr 2015

Five new faces grace the SA2015 Top 20


Up-and-comer Carrie Wong may have missed out on both Best Supporting Actress (which went to Joanne Peh) and Best Newcomer (which went to Aloysius Pang), but at least she managed to secure a place in the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes.

“If I didn’t win, I might have gone home and cried!” she confessed with a laugh. “I’m grateful that I managed to get it.”

To celebrate, the starlet has plans to treat many people to a good meal, including her parents, relatives and girlfriends. She will also be revelling in her triumph with fellow Top 10 first-timer and “food buddy” Julie Tan, who at long last has tasted victory after two non-wins.

“My mum texted me immediately and told me, ‘You’re the best, I love you’,” Julie gushed, before dedicating a saccharine sweet response to her mother through our camera.

Like Carrie, Julie missed out on Best Supporting Actress, but neither of them is wallowing in the disappointment.

“I still have a long way to go, so if I don’t get it now, it’s okay – I’ll continue working hard and get it next time,” said Carrie optimistically, while Julie declared that even being nominated “is already a huge honour”.

WATCH:
Is Carrie Wong disappointed she missed out on Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress awards?
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Click through our gallery to see what the rest of the Top 20 had to say about their wins (as well as what those who didn’t get in have on their minds):

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Rui En
Rui En
27 Apr 2015

Rui En

At long last, Rui En has graduated to become an All-Time Favourite Artiste next year, and the well-loved actress herself is extremely relieved at the thought.

“I have one less problem to worry about!” she quipped. “My heart hurts when I think about all the money my fans have spent to vote for me this past 10 years, but I’m very thankful to them.”

Elvin Ng
Elvin Ng
27 Apr 2015

Elvin Ng

Clarifying that his onstage comment on wanting to get his 10th trophy because he doesn’t want to “play” any more was just a joke, Elvin let on that he just might take a leaf from Jeanette Aw’s book and withdraw from the favourites categories after he “graduates”.

“It’s fun but sometimes it can get a little tiring,” he confessed, before adding, “But then again, when I don’t participate any more I might feel like something is missing.”

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
27 Apr 2015

Romeo Tan

After last week’s disappointment in the favourites categories, Romeo is glad to finally give his beloved Juliet Club something to rejoice about. “I know they worked very hard to vote for me so I’m thankful to them,” he said.

Saying that he didn’t expect to be called first when the Top 10 Male Artistes were announced, Romeo revealed that he was so surprised that he didn’t even have time to let things sink in until he was standing at the back on stage, holding his shiny new trophy.

Dasmond Koh
Dasmond Koh
27 Apr 2015

Dasmond Koh

In addition to being glad that he could make it into the Top 10 in the last year Star Awards is held on Caldecott Hill, Dasmond stated that seeing his two mentees Aloysius Pang and Xu Bin both win awards created “a very beautiful memory” – and he has some nifty celebratory plans lined up.

“Hopefully we can snatch some time to go for a short holiday to rest and relax, especially for poor Aloysius and his infected eye,” he said. Where to? “We’re thinking of a resort area where it’s slower paced and we can have a chance to sit back and think back on what we’ve achieved so far.”

WATCH: How Dasmond Koh intends to reward Xu Bin and Aloysius Pang.

Xu Bin
Xu Bin
27 Apr 2015

Xu Bin

Acknowledging that competition was tight this time round, our Toggle Outstanding Duke Award champion shared that when he was kicked out of the rankings one week, his concerned mother called him all the way from China to ask what happened, before rallying other family members to get more votes in (looks like her tactic worked).

Friends and fans also reassured him that they had his back in the ballots, but despite this, Xu Bin didn’t dare have too much confidence in winning. With such a strong support base beneath him, we think the duke had nothing to worry about from the start.

Top 10 absentees Desmond Tan and Pierre Png assure us they’re all right
Top 10 absentees Desmond Tan and Pierre Png assure us they’re all right
27 Apr 2015

Top 10 absentees Desmond Tan and Pierre Png assure us they’re all right

Many folks – including fellow dukes Romeo Tan and Xu Bin, and even ourselves, if we’re being honest – were taken aback when Desmond’s name was not called during the Top 10 trophy-distributing.

Desmond was candid about his feelings during an interview backstage. “Of course I’m disappointed – I won for the first time last year so I wanted to get it again this year,” he said. “I also understand how my fans might be disappointed as well, especially since they put in so much effort to vote for me, but I just want to say that I’m all right.”

Well, there’s always next year, and he is already prepared to up his game in gathering votes. “I have to become more active. This past year I’ve been doing a lot of closed-door events, so (moving forward) I have to engage people more.”

WATCH: Backstage interview with Desmond Tan

As for Pierre, he’s “already blessed to make the list once”. “If there’s anything, I feel apologetic to my voters, but other than that I know how much I’ve put in, where I’ve been and where I’m going, so I’m lucky that it doesn’t hurt that much.”

Better luck next year then, boys!

 

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