The ‘Celebrate TV50’ countdown concert that took place over the New Year attracted a crowd of 18,000 but much fewer were invited to the Red Carpet event before the show. Among the privileged few were a group of journalism students from the Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media (DTVM). They were there as part of a school assignment on Entertainment Journalism. Here are the highlights from the Red Carpet.
Emcee Joanne Peh said, “The rain stopped for us.”
But even when there was a drizzle during the hour-long Red Carpet event, the fans didn’t mind it at all. Many were ready with fan boards and light sticks, all eager to scream when their favourite celebrities emerged.
Fans cheered as Channel 8 artistes Jeanette Aw, Elvin Ng and Rui
En walked in
Artistes from all of MediaCorp’s TV channels and other familiar names from the past five decades made their entrance via the Red Carpet, so the screams did not subside for the entire hour.
Many celebrities stopped to take questions from the reporters.
Suria artiste, Khairudin Saharom said, “I think it’s such an exciting time, being able to meet all the familiar faces that have been colouring the TV world in Singapore for so long. Amazing!”
Some artistes walked in as a group, along with fellow members of their cast. For example, the all-time favourite local sitcom ‘Phua Chu Kang’ was represented by Ray Kuan, Gurmit Singh, Charlie Tan and Pierre Png. They received one of the loudest cheers from the crowd. All it took was for Gurmit to whisper, “Serious” and the group got into ‘the look’.
The crowd went crazy when members of the UK boy band, The Wanted, made their appearance.
Popular UK boy band, The Wanted
The boys stopped for a while to talk to fans, one of whom got a hug from Jay Mcguiness.
When the group was posing for photos, the fans started singing the chorus of the group’s hit single, 'We Own the Night'.
The crowd was then ushered to the stage area for the concert, which was telecast live on Channels 5 and 8.
Natalie Wong and Rishiikanthan V
Year 2, Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media