The shocks and surprises of Star Awards 2018 Top 40 nomination list

Who’s in and who’s out of the running for this year’s Top 20 Most Popular Male and Female Artistes?

The shocks, snubs and surprises of Star Awards 2018 Top 40 nomination list
The shocks, snubs and surprises of Star Awards 2018 Top 40 nomination list
17 Mar 2018

The shocks, snubs and surprises of Star Awards 2018 Top 40 nomination list

Photos: Toggle Team
Videos: Aaron Ho, Charlene Chong, Heven Chan

Things are a little different - and a little more difficult - in this year’s Star Awards Top 20 Most Popular Male and Female Artistes: with the inclusion of 14 project-based artistes to the usual selection of Mediacorp-signed artistes, the competition just got stiffer (for a full 101 on how it works this year, read our article here).

The full Top 40 list was officially unveiled at a press conference yesterday afternoon at Mandarin Orchard, and several of the contenders graced the event to pick their telepoll numbers, meet the media and gush about their nominations. We also caught up with several folks who were nominated but could not attend the event, as well as a few who were shockingly snubbed.

Read on for more (and don’t forget to support your faves by voting)!

IN: Felicia Chin
IN: Felicia Chin
17 Mar 2018

IN: Felicia Chin

Felicia is officially one step closer to that coveted All-Time Favourite Artiste status - that is, if she manages to bag her eighth Top 10 gong next month.

But it’s not as if the 33-year-old actress is counting down to the day that finally happens, or so she claimed during our interview. “Actually, I’ve not really thought that much about ‘graduating’; I just deal with this one year at a time,” she said. “Of course, I do hope to be able to win so I can go on stage and thank everyone who has supported me.”

We reckon one of the names in her acceptance speech will be her boyfriend Jeffrey Xu, who unfortunately did not make it into the Top 40 (more on what Felicia had to say about his snub in his slide further down this gallery).

IN: Romeo Tan
IN: Romeo Tan
17 Mar 2018

IN: Romeo Tan

Romeo, who’s gunning for his fourth gong this year, admitted that amidst his happiness at being nominated is a “tinge of fear” because of the intense competition he’s up against this year.

“Seeing Ha Yu’s name (in the nomination list) made me feel quite afraid. Once I saw his name appear, I felt that it was raining in my heart”, he laughed, cracking a joke about the way the veteran Hong Kong actor’s name was read in Chinese. “I was also surprised to see [Wang] Weiliang, and I think he stands a strong chance this year. He definitely has a lot of fans, and this year’s nominee list is very different, so I believe that competition will be very fierce.”

Musing that he will try to post more on social media to try to gather some votes for himself, the Best Actor nominee hopes his character, Yalong in Life Less Ordinary will gather him more recognition from the public - and more votes.

“Some of my closest friends such as Ian Fang, Jayley Woo and Desmond Ng weren’t nominated this year, and I spoke to them about it,” he shared when we asked him who he was surprised to see not making the cut this year.

Romeo continued, “I know how they feel because I’ve also missed out on getting nominated in the past. I felt that they wouldn’t feel good about not being nominated, but I told them that such things are also based on luck, and that fortune’s wheel is ever-turning. It will definitely hurt but time will heal all wounds and tomorrow will be a better day.”

IN: Kym Ng
IN: Kym Ng
17 Mar 2018

IN: Kym Ng

If all goes well, the host will pick up her 10th and final Top 10 trophy this year, enabling her to “graduate” to the All-Time Favourite Artistes hall of fame in 2019.

“I’m very happy but I’m also very nervous,” she admitted, sharing that she had just texted her husband, who is overseas, to inform him of the good news. “I will get my family to vote for me especially since it may be my final year in the running, then after I ‘graduate’, they won’t ever need to worry about this ever again!”

And should the 50-year-old triumph at the event, she has plans to treat her friends to a good meal, which she never had the chance to do in the past. If that isn’t an incentive for them to buck up in their voting game (in her favour, of course), we don’t know what is.

IN: Wang Wei Liang
IN: Wang Wei Liang
17 Mar 2018

IN: Wang Wei Liang

Wei Liang has just achieved what no Ah Boy has ever accomplished - be nominated for the Top 20.

The 30-year-old told Toggle that his mother was the first person he told the good news to, and that he had only shared the news with his girlfriend “after I arrived at the press conference venue and confirmed that I was really in the running.”

He added with a grin that he would tell the boys about the news after the press conference. “I think they’ll poke fun at me more than they vote for me, because that’s what our chemistry is like. I’ll leave the voting to the audience, and I probably won’t be voting for myself. I hope that this will be an award that the public gives to me,” he chuckled.

With Jack Neo also in the running this year, we asked Wei Liang if he will be asking Jack to put in a few votes for him as well. “Jack is my mentor, I should be the one voting for him!” he laughed.

However, his good friend Desmond Ng is missing from this year’s nominees, and Weiliang shared that he hopes that the star will take things in his stride and work even harder this year, as “being nominated and getting awards is all up to fate”.

IN: Ya Hui
IN: Ya Hui
17 Mar 2018

IN: Ya Hui

The 30-year-old actress had one concern weighing down her otherwise joyous mood. “It’s that time of the year where my fans become busy and broke from voting for me,” she said. “Many of them are either still studying or have only just entered the workforce, so I want them to control [their spending].”

You won’t find Ya Hui voting for herself either. “I feel like a popularity award should be given to you by the audience,” she explained. “So if you vote for yourself, it’s almost as if you’re spending your own money to ‘buy’ the award.”

Well, that’s one way to see it, but a little bit of self love and support can’t hurt, right? PSA: voting on Toggle is free too.

IN: Marcus Chin
IN: Marcus Chin
17 Mar 2018

IN: Marcus Chin

Also seeking to bring his first trophy home this year is Marcus Chin, who has been nominated for the seventh time this year (the Love 97.2fm deejay is also nominated in the Best Supporting Actor and Evergreen Artiste categories). “I’m already 65 and I can’t wait much longer, so I hope that I can go home with the trophy this year!” he laughed.

Sharing matter-of-factly that he “won’t even have enough time to vote for myself, much less for other artistes,” Marcus continued that “winning the Best Supporting Actor award is akin to having your acting chops recognised, but I feel that this award also has the toughest competition involved. Naturally, I also hope to get the Evergreen Artiste Award but the award I most want to bring home is the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Award.”

Among the snubs this year, the veteran artiste said that he was the most surprised at Shane’s absence, with Marcus sharing that it’s a pity that the “young and popular” actor was edged out by him.

“I want to apologise to (those not nominated this year). They have one less spot because of this old man who stepped into the competition. I’m really sorry, but please understand how this old person feels. I’m already 65, so I’ll try to get the prize first, while you’re in your 20s or 30s and have a long way to go!” he quipped.

IN: Liu Ling Ling
IN: Liu Ling Ling
17 Mar 2018

IN: Liu Ling Ling

When the veteran singer was notified of her first-ever Top 20 nomination, she thought it was for some special getai edition of the Star Awards and not, you know, the Star Awards.

Now, her biggest concern is what to wear. “I’m usually known for my loud fashion, but people tend to dress more elegantly for a television event, so I’m thinking of a way to blend loudness and elegance,” the 55-year-old shared, quipping that a “sexy” concept may be worth considering (despite her dilemma of “where to hide [her] extra fat”).

As for whether she will invest in making some calls for herself, she said, “I will cast a few votes but I won’t spend too much money - I need to save that to buy milk money [for my son]! (Laughs)”

IN: Zheng Ge Ping, Hong Hui Fang
IN: Zheng Ge Ping, Hong Hui Fang
17 Mar 2018

IN: Zheng Ge Ping, Hong Hui Fang

In it for their eighth and first gong respectively are Zheng Ge Ping and Hong Hui Fang, who told us that they hope that there will come a day where their young ‘uns, Tay Ying and Calvert, will be nominated alongside them.

“They still have a long way to go and they’re still young,” Ge Ping grinned. “We don’t have as many years left, and if everything goes well, I’ll be on step closer to making it to an All-Time Favourite Artiste Award! For now, I’ll still have to keep working hard, so please vote for me!”

Hui Fang added that she “found it a pity and surprise that many young male stars didn’t make the list this year. I was also surprised not to see Sora Ma and Hong Ling as well. But that’s alright, they’re still young and they have a lot of potential and opportunities in store for them in their futures.”

For those expecting to see the family of four in full force at the show this year, we’ll be the bringer of bad news and tell you that Calvert will unfortunately not be in attendance as he will be enlisting for his mandatory military duty two days before the show. Tay Ying, however, will definitely be there to cheer for her parents.

IN: Pan Ling Ling
IN: Pan Ling Ling
17 Mar 2018

IN: Pan Ling Ling

The 47-year-old actress had a word of advice - or a warning? - for her voters: don’t underestimate the power of getai fans (she was, of course, referring to the supporters of her 118 co-star Liu Ling Ling and Wang Wei Liang).

“I’ve met several aunties at the market who were closing their shops [early] because they wanted to go watch Liu Ling Ling perform,” she said. “There were as many as 2,000 people in the audience, and the atmosphere was incredible.”

Well, it’s not like Ling Ling’s (Pan, not Liu) own achievements are anything to scoff at: she’s racked up a staggering 21 nominations and four wins so far, with the last victory taking place in 2000.

“I’m happy to be nominated again,” she gushed. “I worked really hard last year so I will cast a telepoll vote for myself as a ‘reward’, but I would be content if my fans vote for me online for free.”

IN: Pierre Png
IN: Pierre Png
17 Mar 2018

IN: Pierre Png

Earning his 11th nomination in a row is Pierre, who called his nomination a “pleasant surprise”. In an interview with Toggle, he mused, “To be in among the best, not just within Mediacorp but the whole of Singapore, it’s a good thing to celebrate.”

“As with every Star Awards, being nominated for the Top 10, being narrowed down from 40 to 20, it’s very nerve-wracking but in all honesty I welcome this idea that others that have worked just as hard as we did are being recognised as well,” he continued.

Sharing that he has never voted for himself (and he doesn’t intend to start this year), he went on to say that this award is “a score card, or report card, from others to me. As far as I’m concerned, I’m sure that I’ve done my best and if there’s any more that’s required I’ll go crazy (laughs).”

As for the drastically different nominees list this year, he admitted, “I normally don’t take note of who’s in or who’s out. I think it’s all luck of the draw and who knows, I won’t be in next year and I’m not surprised or curious as to why some people aren’t in. I’m just glad that I’m in.”

IN: Bonnie Loo
IN: Bonnie Loo
17 Mar 2018

IN: Bonnie Loo

This year’s Top 40 is a little special for the doe-eyed singer as it is her first time being able to attend the press conference (she was unable to make it to last year’s one despite garnering her first nomination then as she was in Beijing at that time).

For the time being, the 23-year-old doesn’t want to think too much about her chances of winning, choosing instead to focus on and enjoy the fact that she is in the running with many of her friends.

That doesn’t mean she won’t be taking action to ensure her own victory. Besides trying to make a call for herself (she said she tried doing so last year but couldn’t get through for some reason), she will also attend the Star Awards ceremony decked out in her lucky colour. As for what hue that is, she teased, “You’ll find out on the day itself!”

IN: Zhang Zhen Huan
IN: Zhang Zhen Huan
17 Mar 2018

IN: Zhang Zhen Huan

Zhen Huan, who scurried off immediately after the press conference ended, apologised over the phone when we called him for a short interview, where he shared his gratitude for being nominated for the fourth time.

“I wasn’t in Singapore for about five months but this time around, the nominees were decided through a survey so it can be said that I received recognition from the audience,” he explained. “I’ve thought of the possibility that I won’t make it to the Top 10 this year, so I’m quite happy to hear that I’m nominated.”

Adding that he was “really shocked” that close friends Jeffrey and Ian didn’t make it in this year, he let on that he called Jeffrey immediately after hearing the news (that he wasn’t nominated).

“He was okay, but after I thought about it, maybe it was Felicia who comforted him (laughs). I told my loved ones about the news and everyone is happy about it. She (his ‘almost-girlfriend’) said that she’ll vote for me if she has the time, so I hope she has more time on her hands!”

If all goes well, we might also be seeing her for the first time at the Star Awards this year, as Zhen Huan shared that he “hopes that she can attend”. But with his family in town for the awards too, he explained that he’s unsure about how many tickets he will be able to obtain, which puts her attendance as a question mark for now - though we’re keeping our fingers crossed that if she does, he’ll be able to declare her as his girlfriend by the time April rolls around.

IN: Sheila Sim
IN: Sheila Sim
17 Mar 2018

IN: Sheila Sim

Will the third time be the charm for the model-turned-actress, who has yet to bring home a Top 10 trophy since her first nomination two years ago? Whatever the case may be, Sheila said that she is going to remain calm and not have high expectations.

That won’t stop her from “forcing” her newly-minted husband to cast some valuable votes for her, though - even if he had never heard of this popularity poll before marrying an artiste (true story).

“When I told him that I got into the Top 20 nominees, he was like, ‘Huh? What’s that?’ He wasn’t very excited about it! (Laughs)” the 33-year-old chortled. “I didn’t force him to vote for me last year but I think I will this year because he’s now my husband, so there’s nothing to be paiseh (ashamed) about. (Laughs)”

IN: Shaun Chen
IN: Shaun Chen
17 Mar 2018

IN: Shaun Chen

Among the Blessings 2 cast members who couldn’t make it to the press conference due to their filming schedule in Ipoh was Shaun Chen. Speaking to us over the phone in between takes, he assured that he will “definitely” be back for the awards ceremony with the rest of the cast but will have to fly back immediately after the show to continue filming.

Shaun, who has been nominated six times but has only one Top 10 gong to his name, chuckled that he “stands a 50-50 chance as always, but this year might be different because the criteria has changed and it’s impossible to predict what will happen.”

Instead of focusing his efforts (and money) into voting this year, the father-of-two quipped that he has to “save money for the kids”, but added that his wife, Celine Chin, might make a few calls to show her support.

Don’t count on seeing Celine nor Shaun’s little princesses making their Star Awards debut this year, however, as he shared that it will be a “bit tough” for them to do so. The three ladies are currently in Celine’s hometown of Alor Setar while he’s in Ipoh and he shared that because of his tight schedule, “we won’t have much time together even if she goes. Coordinating their outfits and all that will also be a bit tough, so maybe next time!

IN: Paige Chua
IN: Paige Chua
17 Mar 2018

IN: Paige Chua

Staying true to her famously “zen” image, the 36-year-old actress, who was filming Blessings 2 in Ipoh when we dropped her a text, said that she “doesn’t count her chickens before they are hatched”, but she is also keeping her fingers crossed for a favourable result (that is, her fourth Top 10 trophy).

“I’m grateful for the support of my fans,” the Best Actress nominee gushed. “I want to say a big thank you to the fans I know and have met, and those who have been loyally watching my shows on TV.” She revealed that her family’s got her back too, as they are always involved in casting their votes for her.

IN: Dasmond Koh
IN: Dasmond Koh
17 Mar 2018

IN: Dasmond Koh

Fun fact: Among the male artistes in the running for the Top 10 this year, Dasmond is the closest to the coveted All-Time Favourite Artiste Award with eight trophies to his name.

Currently in Japan with Xu Bin and Aloysius Pang for work, Dasmond was understandably busy and could only reply us with a short quote on WhatsApp before going off the radar.

Sharing that he “was really anticipating” this year’s nomination list because of the different eligibility criteria, he added, “As the leader of local entertainment, I feel that Mediacorp’s actions will definitely make showbiz more vibrant.”

Dasmond also expressed that he “never expected” to be nominated again and added that it felt like he was “coming home” after a long time. “To be honest, I was looking forward to Aloysius, Xu Bin and Zong Zijie’s names appearing too,” he said.

Fans hoping to see Dasmond, Xu Bin and Aloysius at the awards ceremony, keep your fingers crossed. The trio might be at an overseas shoot which will clash with the awards ceremony because they “didn’t see (the nominations) coming” but they are now trying to see if they can make some changes to their plans in order to make it for the big night.

IN: Rebecca Lim
IN: Rebecca Lim
17 Mar 2018

IN: Rebecca Lim

Making it into the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes six out of six times consecutively is by no means a reason for Becks to rest on her laurels and expect to sail through, as she told us via WhatsApp (like Shaun and Paige, she is also in Malaysia filming Blessings 2).

“Just because I’ve been playing lead roles and not resting at all, doesn’t mean it’s a shoo-in for me,” she said. “The competition is a lot stiffer and I don’t want to take this for granted. Anything can happen and it’s not easy to predict what will happen.”

Of course, the 31-year-old actress still hopes to nab her seventh win. “I force my family and close friends to vote for me every year - now they do it automatically without my nudging,” she laughed.

Becks’ fans will be happy to know that she is flying back to Singapore on the very morning of the Star Awards main show with the rest of the Blessings cast, after which she will go straight to hair and makeup. She will also get to see what gown her stylist has picked out for her for the very first time.

“I hope I can fit into the dress because I’ve been eating so much in Ipoh and I’m going to Penang soon - I love Penang food!” she said. Unfortunately, there won’t be time for a celebration IF (as she dramatically emphasised in capital letters) she gets into the Top 10 as she has to jet back to Malaysia the very next morning to continue with the shoot.

IN: Aloysius Pang
IN: Aloysius Pang
17 Mar 2018

IN: Aloysius Pang

After Aloysius’ absence from Top 48 last year, the 27-year-old was understandably shocked upon finding out about his nomination, calling it “totally unexpected”.

Another surprise was in store for Aloysius as his fellow NoonTalk artiste and good friend Xu Bin isn’t in the running for this year’s award, with the actor musing, “I've always thought of Xu Bin as more popular as compared to me, which made it an even greater shock knowing that he isn’t nominated.”

Adding that he is happy about hearing that Dasmond has also returned to the competition this year, he let on that he will be rooting for his boss and will also vote for him “because I want him to be able to get the 10 trophies soon”.

As for how much he’ll be spending on voting, he quipped that he’ll “have to look at my financial budget for the month before I decide”.

IN: Julie Tan
IN: Julie Tan
17 Mar 2018

IN: Julie Tan

Julie shared a short and sweet statement from China, where she’s filming a drama series for Wawa Pictures together with Ian and Elvin Ng, through her manager that read, “I’m thankful to everyone for their support and affirmation, and I’m very happy to be able to be involved in this year’s awards show. At the moment I am busy with filming so I am not sure if I will be able to make it to the ceremony, but regardless, I hope that all my artiste friends will have a good time and I wish them the best.”

IN: Andie Chen
IN: Andie Chen
17 Mar 2018

IN: Andie Chen

In the running for the second year in a row is Andie, who shared with us over the phone that he will not be “engrossed” over bringing home his first Top 10 trophy because he is more focused on the performance awards.

He shared with a chuckle, “I’m very happy and honored that I’m remembered (through this nomination) but I guess it’s a bittersweet feeling as well. It almost feels like an ex-girlfriend who’s calling you again.”

Adding that he is not “fully comfortable” asking his fans to vote for him through the telepoll hotlines, he went on to say that he would prefer if they “used the money to take good care about themselves or donate to charity” instead.

While he’s not sure if he will be able to make it for the awards because he’s unsure about his schedule, Andie said that if he does make it for the big night, it’ll feel as if he’s having a “reunion party” with everyone else.

“I’m very at peace and very comfortable (where I am right now) and I don’t want to give myself too much stress about it,” he let on. “I think this year’s new format and criteria is a great step forward and I’m really anticipating more changes to come."

Photo: Andie Chen/Facebook

IN: Carrie Wong
IN: Carrie Wong
17 Mar 2018

IN: Carrie Wong

Carrie has been spending her two-month sabbatical taking acting classes in Taiwan (she’ll be there until June), but said that she should be returning to the Lion City to attend the awards show.

And like Ya Hui, she’s also concerned about the financial burden on her younger supporters. According to the 24-year-old, some worried fans began asking her about the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes nominations since early this month, which left her rather flustered.

“A lot of my fans are students and they put in a lot of hard work into voting for me, which is not something I would specially ask them to do,” she said.

When asked to share an encouraging word to her good friend Jayley Woo, who unfortunately did not make it into the Top 40, she wrote, “It’s such a shock to me - she works hard and has quite a few projects on TV. I hope she won’t be too disappointed by this. I also hope that Hayley [Woo] will be able to get into the Top 10.”

IN: Hayley Woo
IN: Hayley Woo
17 Mar 2018

IN: Hayley Woo

You see her at every Star Awards ceremony supporting her younger sister Jayley, but this year’s event is going to be a little different for the first-time Top 20 nominee, who - like Carrie - is taking acting classes in Taiwan until May. Hayley, who has done shows like 118 Season 2 and Take a Break!, told us via WhatsApp that she “totally didn’t expect” to make the shortlist at all.

“It’s pretty shocking for me, and I think the chances of me winning is pretty low,” she modestly stated. However, she shared that she will still vote once for herself to celebrate her unanticipated achievement.

Hayley’s lack of enthusiasm is understandable, after all her younger twin sister Jayley did not make the cut this year. Read on to find out what Hayley has to say about her younger sister’s exclusion from the Top 40 list this year.

OUT: Jeffrey Xu
OUT: Jeffrey Xu
17 Mar 2018

OUT: Jeffrey Xu

Jeffrey’s girlfriend Felicia shared that they were filming upcoming Toggle series Love at Cavenagh Bridge when they received news of the Top 40.

“I was shocked and felt a bit sad for him (which is a very natural reaction) but I didn’t want to talk about it in case it affected his mood,” she told us. Instead, she did what any good partner would do: she brought him to eat his favourite dish to cheer him up.

“He’s been trying a lot of new things so there are plenty more opportunities for a breakthrough; I believe the best is yet to come,” said Felicia. “This is just a process and I hope he won’t be too discouraged [by not being nominated].”

Jeffrey shared with us through WhatsApp that he is “a little disappointed but I think I’ll be able to recover pretty quickly!” Adding that he, along with Ian and Shane “should all work hard together - not just with our words, but with our actions. It’s fine as long as we treat our work seriously and are able to do ourselves and our audiences justice with our work.”

Gushing that he is very happy for Felicia’s nomination, he added, “Everyone can see the hard work that she puts in, and I’m also thankful to everyone’s love for her. As for voting, I’m sure that her fans will work hard in this aspect, and of course I’ll do my part too.”

Ever the supportive boyfriend, he added, “I just want to say to Felicia that I’ll always be by her side no matter what. As to whether I have any surprises for her in store at this year’s awards ceremony, that’s a secret."

OUT: Jayley Woo
OUT: Jayley Woo
17 Mar 2018

OUT: Jayley Woo

Sadly, the Woo twins will not get to be in the running for the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes together this year as Jayley, who won her second trophy in the category in 2017, was unceremoniously excluded.

“I guess it’s more of a feeling of disappointment than shock,” she told us over WhatsApp. “But it’s not something I have control over, so the only thing I can do is to hone my craft and be a better person on and off screen.”

Hayley doesn’t seem to be taking the news well either. “Honestly, I feel it’s unfair for [Jayley] as she’s worked really hard for the past year,” she told us, reiterating that she wonders how she was even nominated in the first place, instead of her sibling.

At least Jayley has Hayley’s first-time nomination to celebrate. “I’m really happy for her, although the icing on the cake would be us standing on stage together one fine day,” she mused. Jiayou for next year!

OUT: Ian Fang
OUT: Ian Fang
17 Mar 2018

OUT: Ian Fang

Despite his constant exposure on television and the well-received release of his rap single ‘Still Me’, the Shanghai-born actor failed to get a spot in the Top 40, which his BFF Rebecca found to be “rather peculiar” (even her Blessings 2 co-stars Shaun and Chen Han Wei expressed their disbelief as well, according to her).

That said, Becks believes that Ian “will be more than all right”, given his “optimistic and positive” attitude. She even quoted the lyrics from the chorus of his single, “He will be okay no matter what they say, he will be okay.”

He and his BFF are clearly on the same page. Speaking to us through WhatsApp, the 28-year-old said: “Right now, I’m in China for work. I just want to focus on what I’m doing right now, which is something that my song lyrics expressed: “Hey I will be okay, gonna find my way, don’t matter what they say, I will be okay”.

Surprisingly zen about his non-nomination, Ian also had a few wise words to share about not making the cut: “I’ve spent some time in showbiz and I realised that some things are beyond our control. I believe that some of the artistes who didn’t make it to the nomination list this year are also great in their own ways, and they’ll definitely be able to recover from this. We’ll all work harder and give it another go next year!”

Sharing that he’s currently in Ningbo filming a Singapore-China co-production for Wawa Pictures, he concluded our short chat by assuring that he “should be back in Singapore by the 24th, so I’ll definitely be at the awards!”

OUT: Xu Bin
OUT: Xu Bin
17 Mar 2018

OUT: Xu Bin

Xu Bin was another of the snubs this year - something that both his boss, Dasmond and fellow NoonTalk artiste Aloysius expressed their surprise about.

However, the newlywed chuckled that he is “treating this with a very calm mindset. When my wife found out about it, she reacted the same way as I did! To those who didn’t make it this year, I want to say it’s alright, because we all have a chance next year.”

He went on to say that he is “really happy” for Dasmond and Aloysius and hopes to see the both of them will “go home with the trophy.” The 29-year-old jokingly added, “I’ll give more votes to Dasmond because Aloysius has more fans to do it for him!”

In response to Aloysius’ comment about his popularity, Xu Bin only had this to say: “Then, I should work even harder for next year’s awards.”

OUT: Shane Pow
OUT: Shane Pow
17 Mar 2018

OUT: Shane Pow

Shane, who first joined the race for the Top 10 in 2015, has been nominated thrice - and went home victorious thrice in a row. This year, however, he was glaringly absent from the nomination list, and shared with us about how he was feeling through WhatsApp as he is currently attending classes at the Beijing Film Academy.

He admitted, “I’m a bit sad and disappointed because I’ve been in the Top 10 for the past three years and this year I couldn’t even get into the Top 20. It’s a little disappointing but I’ll just work even harder this year to make it next year.”

Sharing that it was his girlfriend, Kimberly Wang, who found out about the news before he did, he added that she was the one to tell him about it as well.

“At first, it was quite shocking but I thought about it and I’ve always wanted an acting award and I was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award this year, and that itself is the getting the first prize to me because it’s what I always wanted since I entered showbiz,” he mused.

Confirming that he will definitely be back in time for the big show on April 22, he quipped that he “feels that it’ll be a different vibe for me this year because I’m competing for an award I worked really hard for and really want.”

OUT: Desmond Ng
OUT: Desmond Ng
17 Mar 2018

OUT: Desmond Ng

After being nominated for the first time last year - and ultimately going home with a Top 10 trophy, many were surprised to see GeTai Challenge winner Desmond out of the running this year.

The young chap doesn’t share the same sentiment however, speaking to Toggle through WhatsApp, he deadpanned that he doesn’t find it too big of a surprise. “In fact, I was more surprised that I won last year!” he said.

Adding that he is really happy to know that Weiliang made the list this year, Desmond shared that his buddy’s inclusion this year will “make me feel like I’m part of the action too”. ​​​​​​​

The Top 20 Most Popular Female Artistes
The Top 20 Most Popular Female Artistes
17 Mar 2018

The Top 20 Most Popular Female Artistes

From left to right: Sheila Sim, Lin Peifen, Kym Ng, Pan Ling Ling, Liu Ling Ling, Hong Hui Fang, Felicia Chin, Jin Yin Ji, Bonnie Loo, Ya Hui

The Top 20 Most Popular Female Artistes
The Top 20 Most Popular Female Artistes
17 Mar 2018

The Top 20 Most Popular Female Artistes

From left to right: Wang Wei Liang, Zhang Zhen Huan, Romeo Tan, Zheng Ge Ping, Marcus Chin, Pierre Png

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Artistes react to Star Awards 2018 Top 40
Ya Hui thinks it's funny to vote for herself in the Top 20? 

Telepoll voting for the Star Awards 2018 Top 40 Most Popular Artistes is now open, while online voting kicks off today (March 17) at 12pm, until April 22, 8.30pm. The results will be announced at the Star Awards 2018 LIVE ceremony.

Visit the official Star Awards 2018 microsite for more information.

Catch the Star Awards 2018 – Arrival of Artistes on April 22, Sunday, 4.30pm on Toggle.
Catch the Star Awards 2018 LIVE on April 22, Sunday, 7pm on Channel 8/U or Toggle.
Catch the Star Awards 2018 post-show party on April 22, Sunday, 10.30pm on Channel 8/U or Toggle.

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