You’ve seen the stars at MediaCorp’s ‘Celebrate TV 50’ Countdown party but have you wondered what’s the story with the thousands of fans? A group of journalism students from the Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media (DTVM) was at the event to gaze at the stars and to talk to the fans. Here’s their story.
They had gathered at The Float@Marina Bay to usher in the New Year and catch their favourite stars. This year’s party promised not to disappoint because it was a celebration to commemorate 50 years of television in Singapore.
Fans came early to catch their favourite stars at the Red Carpet
The doors opened at 7pm but the fans were there hours earlier. As soon as they were let in, they ran to secure the best spot possible at the barricaded area, to get as close to their idols as they could.
At the Red Carpet, the 200 stars from different MediaCorp channels were dressed to the nines and many stopped to talk to their fans.
The performances would begin only two hours later but the mosh pit was packed. Many in the audience were all set to party, armed with LED sign boards of their idols and singing along to the songs. The intermittent drizzle could not dampen the mood.
The show started with Taufik Batisah, who took to the stage with his rendition of ‘Suit and Tie’.
Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah opening the show
The favourite with the 18,000-strong crowd was naturally British boy band, The Wanted, who performed their hit songs such as ‘Chasing the Sun’, ‘Heart Vacancy’ and ‘Glad You Came’. The audience was also treated to a preview of the group’s new song ‘Show Me Love’, which got the fans singing along. Siva Kaneswaran even got everybody to say ‘hello’ to his Singaporean uncles sitting in the crowd.“It was very engaging,” said 18-year-old, Jia Hui, who came for the countdown with three friends to see The Wanted, “(They) always engage with the fans.”
The Wanted's Tom Parker, interacting with fans in the mosh pit
At the stroke of midnight, the audience was mesmerised by the eight-minute fireworks display, which was co-ordinated to a piece composed by Iskandar Ismail.
Fans capturing their favourite moments during the star-studded
The show continued with the performance by Wang Lee Hom who serenaded the crowd with fan favourites such as ‘Kiss Goodbye’ and ‘The Only One’.
Wang Lee Hom closed the show with ballads and energetic dance
After a long night, many fans were clearly happy with the show.
“It was great! The dancing, the singing, the atmosphere, everything!" said Amanda Tow, 14.
She’s already planning to come back for next year’s countdown show.
“It’ll probably be worth it!” she said.
Nadiah Berlyanna Afrina and Murhani Mohtar
Year 2, Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media