Star Search 2019 Semi-final 1 in pictures

Plus some moments that you didn’t see on TV.

The first six finalists: Herman Keh, Chang Hiocheng, Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, Juin Teh, and Jernelle Oh
The first six finalists: Herman Keh, Chang Hiocheng, Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, Juin Teh, and Jernelle Oh
07/10/2019

The first six finalists: Herman Keh, Chang Hiocheng, Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, Juin Teh, and Jernelle Oh

The Top 23 backstage before the show
The Top 23 backstage before the show
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The Top 23 backstage before the show

The Top 23 on stage
The Top 23 on stage
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The Top 23 on stage

Chang Hiocheng, Gail Borjiet, Herman Keh, and Joel Low presenting their dance item
Chang Hiocheng, Gail Borjiet, Herman Keh, and Joel Low presenting their dance item
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Chang Hiocheng, Gail Borjiet, Herman Keh, and Joel Low presenting their dance item

Juin Teh, Jared Soh, Chin Yiyang, and Jernelle Oh presenting their dance item
Juin Teh, Jared Soh, Chin Yiyang, and Jernelle Oh presenting their dance item
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Juin Teh, Jared Soh, Chin Yiyang, and Jernelle Oh presenting their dance item

Natasha Chandra, Zane Lim, and Vanessa Ho presenting their dance item
Natasha Chandra, Zane Lim, and Vanessa Ho presenting their dance item
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Natasha Chandra, Zane Lim, and Vanessa Ho presenting their dance item

Joel Low, Chang Hiocheng, Gail Borjiet, and Herman Keh before their dance performance
Joel Low, Chang Hiocheng, Gail Borjiet, and Herman Keh before their dance performance
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Joel Low, Chang Hiocheng, Gail Borjiet, and Herman Keh before their dance performance

Juin Teh, Jared Soh, Chin Yiyang, and Jernelle Oh after their dance performance
Juin Teh, Jared Soh, Chin Yiyang, and Jernelle Oh after their dance performance
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Juin Teh, Jared Soh, Chin Yiyang, and Jernelle Oh after their dance performance

Natasha Chandra, Zane Lim, and Vanessa Ho after their dance performance
Natasha Chandra, Zane Lim, and Vanessa Ho after their dance performance
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Natasha Chandra, Zane Lim, and Vanessa Ho after their dance performance

The contestants show off their improvisation skills
The contestants show off their improvisation skills
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The contestants show off their improvisation skills

The contestants show off their improvisation skills
The contestants show off their improvisation skills
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The contestants show off their improvisation skills

Hosts Guo Liang and Kym Ng introduce the first six finalists
Hosts Guo Liang and Kym Ng introduce the first six finalists
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Hosts Guo Liang and Kym Ng introduce the first six finalists

Mentor Christopher Lee and his team
Mentor Christopher Lee and his team
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Mentor Christopher Lee and his team

Chen Hanwei and his team
Chen Hanwei and his team
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Chen Hanwei and his team

Hugs of congrats for the winners, and of comfort for those who didn't make it
Hugs of congrats for the winners, and of comfort for those who didn't make it
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Hugs of congrats for the winners, and of comfort for those who didn't make it

Host Guo Liang with Herman Keh, Natasha Chandra, and Jared Soh on stage
Host Guo Liang with Herman Keh, Natasha Chandra, and Jared Soh on stage
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Host Guo Liang with Herman Keh, Natasha Chandra, and Jared Soh on stage

The Top 23 performing a dance item before the show
The Top 23 performing a dance item before the show
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The Top 23 performing a dance item before the show

Judges Man Shu Sum, Bowie Lam, and Phoebe Huang
Judges Man Shu Sum, Bowie Lam, and Phoebe Huang
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Judges Man Shu Sum, Bowie Lam, and Phoebe Huang

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

Another panel of judges comprising local industry experts
Another panel of judges comprising local industry experts
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Another panel of judges comprising local industry experts

The contestants excitedly making their way to the stage
The contestants excitedly making their way to the stage
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The contestants excitedly making their way to the stage

The remaining 12 contestants supporting their fellow hopefuls from backstage
The remaining 12 contestants supporting their fellow hopefuls from backstage
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The remaining 12 contestants supporting their fellow hopefuls from backstage

The other contestants react to the first six finalists' victory backstage
The other contestants react to the first six finalists' victory backstage
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The other contestants react to the first six finalists' victory backstage

Still all smiles despite not advancing to the Grand Finals. Thumbs up for good sportsmanship!
Still all smiles despite not advancing to the Grand Finals. Thumbs up for good sportsmanship!
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Still all smiles despite not advancing to the Grand Finals. Thumbs up for good sportsmanship!

Mentor to mentee: Chen Hanwei speaks to Juin Teh backstage
Mentor to mentee: Chen Hanwei speaks to Juin Teh backstage
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Mentor to mentee: Chen Hanwei speaks to Juin Teh backstage

The Top 23 doing a group cheer before the show begins
The Top 23 doing a group cheer before the show begins
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The Top 23 doing a group cheer before the show begins

Getting their makeup done backstage
Getting their makeup done backstage
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Getting their makeup done backstage

Hanging out backstage before the show
Hanging out backstage before the show
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Hanging out backstage before the show

Zhai Siming, Natasha Chandra, and Zane Lim giving hearts backstage
Zhai Siming, Natasha Chandra, and Zane Lim giving hearts backstage
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Zhai Siming, Natasha Chandra, and Zane Lim giving hearts backstage

A quick check in the many mirrors before going on live telly
A quick check in the many mirrors before going on live telly
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A quick check in the many mirrors before going on live telly

The bustling makeup room backstage
The bustling makeup room backstage
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The bustling makeup room backstage

After enduring months of gruelling auditions and training sessions, the first six Star Search 2019 finalists were officially chosen at last night’s (Oct 6) semi-finals.

During the two-hour live programme, 11 out of the 23 hopefuls had the chance to show off their showbiz skills in a bid to secure a spot in the Grand Final next month. Six were chosen at the end of the night, and six more will be selected at the second Semi-final this Sunday (Oct 13) to round up the Top 12.

For those who noticed, no, “23” is not a typo. Before the live show kicked off, we received a surprising update from the organisers: one of the original Top 24, Tan Hao Thian, recently decided to withdraw from the competition due to “personal reasons”.

But the show went on for the remaining 11, who had to impress a formidable - if we do say so - panel of judges that included local industry experts, as well as foreign veteran actors Bowie Lam, Phoebe Huang, and Man Shu Sam.

The judging criteria comprised four areas: dancing (10 per cent), acting (40 per cent), individual charisma (30 per cent), and improvisation skills (20 per cent). The dancing and improv were done live on stage, while the acting was seen through a pre-produced, three-part mini drama featuring Star Search 1999 winner Jeff Wang.

At the end of the show, the six who will advance to the Grand Finals were revealed to be Juin Teh, Vanessa Ho, Zane Lim, Chang Hio Cheng, Jernelle Oh, and Hermen Keh. Congratulations! And all the best for the rest of your Star Search journey.

Click through for more photos from the Star Search 2019 Semi-final 1 and backstage.

Watch the Star Search 2019 Semi-final 1 here.

Star Search 2019 Semi-final 2 will air live on October 13, 8pm, on Toggle and Channel 8.
Star Search 2019 Grand Final will air live on November 3, 7pm, on Toggle and Channel 8.

Visit our Star Search microsite for more.

Related:
Star Search 2019 Screen Debut offers first glimpse at Top 24’s talents ahead of semi-finals

Photos: Mediacorp photo studio 3

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