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The Glitz and Glamour of Celebrating 50 Years of TV

What was it like to be at one of the biggest celebrations in Singapore’s TV history? A group of journalism students from the Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media (DTVM) was at the MediaCorp Countdown party to soak in the atmosphere and write a story. Here’s their take at the historic event.

If there was a formula for a good countdown concert, it should consist of an enthusiastic crowd, a good-looking ensemble rocking the stage, tons of laughter, rapport between the hosts and audiences and good music. MediaCorp’s TV50 New Year Countdown Party managed to check all the boxes.

Before the mega concert began, the 200 local and international stars walked down the Red Carpet. It was a field day for the fans as they could catch their favourite actors, singers, radio and TV personalities.

It was also an occasion for TV personality Belinda Lee to announce her new book which she hopes to reach the shelves by the end of 2014.

Actress Rebecca Lim, looking stunning in her Hugo Boss dress, shared her personal goals and resolutions for the New Year.

(From left) Mediacorp artistes Rebecca Lim, Desmond Tan and Paige

“I think the most important thing is to have a good life, good health for my family and happiness, as cliché as it sounds.”

When the concert began, first to perform on stage was actress Jeanette Aw, spicing up the stage with a blazing number, 'Americano/I Wanna Dance'.

“I didn’t know Jeanette Aw had a talent for dancing, I think her dance skills are fantastic!” said Qian Yi, an 18-year-old student in the audience.

A pre-recorded skit by the cast of The Noose was shown and it drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd when the actors hinted that well-loved actress Michelle Chong might be coming back to the show on 1 April.

“I think Michelle Chong is an amazing actress and makes The Noose funnier and interesting with her Barberella and Aunty Nancy antics. To have her back on the show is one of the best things I can look forward to in the New Year!” said Yue Qi, a 22-year-old sales promoter in the audience.

But the loudest cheers were reserved for the act that the crowd had been waiting for – UK boy band, The Wanted. The group did not disappoint, belting out hit after hit, including songs such as ‘Chasing The Sun’ and ‘Show Me Love’.

According to Shahidah, a fan, “I’m definitely looking forward to the other acts that MediaCorp will bring in next year.”

At the stroke of midnight, the skies lit up in a burst of colours. The fireworks display lasted at least eight minutes, giving the fans yet another reason to remember the countdown party that welcomed 2014 and celebrated 50 years of TV.

Written by
Cheryl Chong and Lyn Chua
Year 2, Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media