Star Search 2019 Grand Final in pictures

From behind the scenes to the crowning of new champ Teoh Zetong.

Champion Teoh Zetong (centre), first runner-up Herman Keh (left), second runner-up Ye Jiayun (right)
Champion Teoh Zetong (centre), first runner-up Herman Keh (left), second runner-up Ye Jiayun (right)
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Champion Teoh Zetong (centre), first runner-up Herman Keh (left), second runner-up Ye Jiayun (right)


Teoh Zetong poses with his shiny new prize, an Audi Q2
Teoh Zetong poses with his shiny new prize, an Audi Q2
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Teoh Zetong poses with his shiny new prize, an Audi Q2

Teoh Zetong cries happy tears as he is crowned this year's Star Search champion
Teoh Zetong cries happy tears as he is crowned this year's Star Search champion
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Teoh Zetong cries happy tears as he is crowned this year's Star Search champion

Star Search 2019 runners-up Ye Jiayun and Herman Keh
Star Search 2019 runners-up Ye Jiayun and Herman Keh
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Star Search 2019 runners-up Ye Jiayun and Herman Keh

Christopher Lee with his mentees, champ Teoh Zetong and runner-up Herman Keh
Christopher Lee with his mentees, champ Teoh Zetong and runner-up Herman Keh
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Christopher Lee with his mentees, champ Teoh Zetong and runner-up Herman Keh

Runners-up Ye Jiayun and Herman Keh with judge Simon Yam
Runners-up Ye Jiayun and Herman Keh with judge Simon Yam
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Runners-up Ye Jiayun and Herman Keh with judge Simon Yam

Vanessa Ho wins the Samsung Galaxy Breakthrough Award
Vanessa Ho wins the Samsung Galaxy Breakthrough Award
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Vanessa Ho wins the Samsung Galaxy Breakthrough Award

Judges Carina Lau, Simon Yam, and Stephen Fung
Judges Carina Lau, Simon Yam, and Stephen Fung
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Judges Carina Lau, Simon Yam, and Stephen Fung

The Star Search 2019 Top 3 with the judges
The Star Search 2019 Top 3 with the judges
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The Star Search 2019 Top 3 with the judges

Newly crowned Star Search champ Teoh Zetong takes a wefie with the judges
Newly crowned Star Search champ Teoh Zetong takes a wefie with the judges
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Newly crowned Star Search champ Teoh Zetong takes a wefie with the judges

The Top 12 male finalists performing their dance item
The Top 12 male finalists performing their dance item
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The Top 12 male finalists performing their dance item

The Top 12 female finalists after their dance item
The Top 12 female finalists after their dance item
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The Top 12 female finalists after their dance item

Herman Keh danced and Zhai Siming flaunted his basketball skills during the introductions
Herman Keh danced and Zhai Siming flaunted his basketball skills during the introductions
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Herman Keh danced and Zhai Siming flaunted his basketball skills during the introductions

Sheryl Ang walked on stilts and Vanessa Ho showed off her DJ skills during the introductions
Sheryl Ang walked on stilts and Vanessa Ho showed off her DJ skills during the introductions
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Sheryl Ang walked on stilts and Vanessa Ho showed off her DJ skills during the introductions

Kiki Lim and Juin Teh played musical instruments during the introductions
Kiki Lim and Juin Teh played musical instruments during the introductions
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Kiki Lim and Juin Teh played musical instruments during the introductions

Ye Jiayun and Jernelle Oh show off their sporty sides during the introductions
Ye Jiayun and Jernelle Oh show off their sporty sides during the introductions
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Ye Jiayun and Jernelle Oh show off their sporty sides during the introductions

The male finalists formed a sharp-looking boy band for their dance presentation
The male finalists formed a sharp-looking boy band for their dance presentation
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The male finalists formed a sharp-looking boy band for their dance presentation

Tyler Ten and Juin Teh shocked with their sexy scene during the skit
Tyler Ten and Juin Teh shocked with their sexy scene during the skit
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Tyler Ten and Juin Teh shocked with their sexy scene during the skit

Tyler Ten and Ye Jiayun get cosy during the skit
Tyler Ten and Ye Jiayun get cosy during the skit
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Tyler Ten and Ye Jiayun get cosy during the skit

Herman Keh's hilariously over-the-top reaction to getting "shot" was a highlight of his group's skit
Herman Keh's hilariously over-the-top reaction to getting "shot" was a highlight of his group's skit
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Herman Keh's hilariously over-the-top reaction to getting "shot" was a highlight of his group's skit

Jeffrey Xu joined the finalists during their skit of 'The Guest People'
Jeffrey Xu joined the finalists during their skit of 'The Guest People'
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Jeffrey Xu joined the finalists during their skit of 'The Guest People'

Alum Romeo Tan joined the finalists for their skit of 'My Lucky Charm'
Alum Romeo Tan joined the finalists for their skit of 'My Lucky Charm'
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Alum Romeo Tan joined the finalists for their skit of 'My Lucky Charm'

Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, and Kiki Lim during the skit
Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, and Kiki Lim during the skit
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Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, and Kiki Lim during the skit

Zhai Siming and Jeremy Chan dressed as a giant golden clock
Zhai Siming and Jeremy Chan dressed as a giant golden clock
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Zhai Siming and Jeremy Chan dressed as a giant golden clock

In Chinese, golden clock translates to "Jin Zhong" (it was a play on Jin Zhong Jiang, or Golden Bell Awards, which Christopher Lee won Best Actor at in 2014).

Zane Lim and Jeremy Chan dressed as a giant eagle
Zane Lim and Jeremy Chan dressed as a giant eagle
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Zane Lim and Jeremy Chan dressed as a giant eagle

He was performing a comedic spoof of Christopher Lee's The Return of the Condor Heroes, which is also known as The Giant Eagle and Its Companion.

Juin Teh with Lee Teng as "Mona Salah"
Juin Teh with Lee Teng as "Mona Salah"
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Juin Teh with Lee Teng as "Mona Salah"

Teoh Zetong with Kym Ng as Chen Hanwei's lucky black rose
Teoh Zetong with Kym Ng as Chen Hanwei's lucky black rose
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Teoh Zetong with Kym Ng as Chen Hanwei's lucky black rose

The Top 12 male finalists
The Top 12 male finalists
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The Top 12 male finalists

The Top 12 female finalists
The Top 12 female finalists
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The Top 12 female finalists

The Top 12 female finalists backstage before the show
The Top 12 female finalists backstage before the show
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The Top 12 female finalists backstage before the show

The Top 12 male finalists backstage before the show
The Top 12 male finalists backstage before the show
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The Top 12 male finalists backstage before the show

Proud mentors Christopher Lee, Huang Biren, and Chen Hanwei
Proud mentors Christopher Lee, Huang Biren, and Chen Hanwei
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Proud mentors Christopher Lee, Huang Biren, and Chen Hanwei

Star Search alum choose which contestants caught their eye after certain segments
Star Search alum choose which contestants caught their eye after certain segments
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Star Search alum choose which contestants caught their eye after certain segments

Star Search alum at the after-party
Star Search alum at the after-party
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Star Search alum at the after-party

Star Search finalists and alumni gather on stage
Star Search finalists and alumni gather on stage
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Star Search finalists and alumni gather on stage

Say hello to the newest Star Search champion. After three hours of performances and challenges at the Theatre at Mediacorp, Teoh Zetong was crowned the winner of this year’s competition, with Herman Keh and Ye Jiayun in the first runner-up and second runner-up positions respectively.

During a post-show press conference, all of them admitted that they did not expect to end up getting into the Top 3. “I never imagined I would win,” said 26-year-old Zetong, who will be quitting his job at Carousell to join Mediacorp. “I think everyone did a really good job.”

In addition to the Mediacorp contract, Zetong is also the proud new owner of shiny red Audi Q2 (which he said he will take for a spin with the other Top 24 contestant to celebrate). The runners-up were offered contracts as well, with 25-year-old Herman bringing home S$5,000 worth of Poh Heng jewellery and S$7,000 worth of Bonia products, and 17-year-old Jiayun winning S$3,000 worth of Bonia prizes.

DJ Vanessa Ho, 20, was conferred the Samsung Galaxy Breakthrough Award, earning her a cool S$10,000 in cash and a free trip to Seoul, South Korea.

Some of those who caught the live programme may be a tad surprised at the result. After all, Juin Teh and Chang Hio Cheng were arguably two of the strongest performers during the acting segment, where the finalists re-enacted scenes from classic Channel 8 dramas A Song to RememberThe Guest People, and My Lucky Charm.

Both contestants nailed their emotional scenes, complete with real tears and expertly delivered expressions. Last Madame actress Kiki Lim also deserves a special mention for not being afraid to get “ugly” for her role as an unkempt, tomboyish gambler.

However, it appears just stellar acting wasn’t enough to impress the panel of judges - which included Hong Kong superstars Carina Lau, Simon Yam, and Stephen Fung - despite it comprising a whopping 50 per cent of the total judging criteria. Other areas to score points in were the execution of a dance item (10 per cent), charm and charisma (20 percent), and eloquence (20 per cent).

The hopefuls got to demonstrate the latter when they were put on the spot and given various showbiz-related situations to respond to in just 25 seconds, such as “what would you do if your co-star kept showering you with saliva?” (Herman’s over-the-top depiction of a spitting war certainly incited chuckles from the audience).

Congrats to Zetong, Herman, and Jiayun, and a pat on the back for the rest of the Top 24 as well! After all, they did beat out around 1,200 other contenders to get to this point, which is a pretty awesome achievement in itself.

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Watch the Star Search 2019 Grand Final here.

Related:
Star Search 2019 Semi-final 2 in pictures
Star Search 2019 Semi-final 1 in pictures
Star Search 2019 Screen Debut offers first glimpse at Top 24’s talents ahead of semi-finals

​​​​​​​Photos: Mediacorp photo unit

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