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Greetings and salutations, fellow stargazers! This is your Showbiz Sista getting a little preview of what the stars will be getting up to for this year’s President’s Star Charity, to be broadcast live on Oct 17. This year, the theme is “Spare A Moment To Care”, and donations will benefit 37 charity organisations.
Michelle Chia and Kui Jien will host, and the cast will include Karen Mok from Hong Kong; the Shaolin Monks of Samsara–The Shaolin Legacy fame; Vasantham Star Viknesh; percussion group Bloco Singapura together with beatboxer Charles “Stitch” Wong and nine-year-old drummer Zidann; and Adelyn Koh from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped doing a duet with Singapore Idol Sezairi Sezali.
At a press conference, a whole bunch of other stars involved in the annual fund-raising do, including Gurmit Singh, Jade Seah, Tay Ping Hui, Paul Foster, Norleena Salim, and Sylvia Ratonel were present to give us a heads-up.
Gurmit and Paul, together with Adam Chen and Daren Tan, will be doing parkour—the sport of travelling from Point A to Point B in the most efficient way possible—which means climbing or jumping over obstacles in your path. “A wall taller than you—they are able to scale it somehow and get over it. If you make a mistake, your face gets bashed on the wall!” Gurmit said. “It’s been terrible. Very painful and hard. I’m 45 years old; I’ve got heavy bones.”
“We’re going to be opening the show,” said Paul. “We’ve been training for about a month now.” Is it as hard as it looks? “Yes and no,” Paul answered. “I’m quite athletic—I play a lot of sports and I train. It’s obviously a very specific skill to be able to manoevre around these urban obstacles.” Will Paul be parkour-ing to work every day from now on? “Screw public transport, I’m just gonna be running and jumping over things! It’s been really fun. Hopefully on the live set, it all goes well.”
Ping Hui will be singing. Singing opera. Italian opera. Here, Showbiz Sista will let him tell you himself.
What about Jade and Kui Jien?
Photos by Ooi Boon Keong
Kui Jien: I have no talent. No disrespect to Michelle—but because I have no talent, I’ve been asked to host, that’s all.
Jade: I’ll be playing the piano.
Showbiz Sista: You can play the piano?
Jade: Why does everyone have that same reaction?! I wanted someone to say, “Yeah, okay”.
Kui Jien: That’s one performance I’m really looking forward to.
Jade: He said he’s gonna stand at the side and give me pressure.
Kui Jien: I’ll be donating so much money, to see Jade perform.
Showbiz Sista: Because you can’t believe it, either?
Jade: Yah, whatever!
Kui Jien: I can. Jade is very talented. People just don’t realise how hard it is for her to put one foot at a time (in front of the other) and she can do it on a consistent basis, so imagine playing a song on the piano!
Jade: It’s better with the hands.
Showbiz Sista: So you won’t be playing the piano with your feet.
Jade: Maybe next year…
Kui Jien: That’s the after-hours special!
Showbiz Sista: Do you play any other instruments?
Jade: I begged my mum for piano and for violin. I broke the violin before I started! I was so excited–I was holding it, and I swung it. It kind of fell against the wall and the chin-rest dropped out. My mum was so pissed, you know. She said, “You want to do everything—piano lah, ballet lah, violin—and then you break it before you even started”!
Showbiz Sista: At least she didn’t take away your piano lessons too.
Jade: Yeah, but towards the end she kind of nagged me to practice. Which she’s doing now! She’s very stressed for me.
Kui Jien: Your mum can finally see that all those lessons were worth it.
Jade: Yeah! My dad said to my mum, “Eh, not bad ah, whatever we’ve put in is going to go live on TV.”
Showbiz Sista: So what song are you going to play?
Kui Jien: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!
Jade: Why does everyone… I’ll be playing Hit Me Baby One More Time (Kui Jien bursts out laughing). In swing. A swing version.
Showbiz Sista: Seriously?
Jade: Yeah. Seriously.
Showbiz Sista: Kui Jien, I think you need to double your money.
Kui Jien: I have it all ready.
Catch the live telecast of the President’s Star Charity 2010 on Oct 17, Sunday, at 7.30pm on MediaCorp TV Channel 5. Showbiz Sista, signing out. Live long and pop corn!
Hellooo out there fellow Star Gazers! It’s Showbiz Sista’s Little Helper, Kat (I stole Phin’s log-in ID), here again to update you about a certain local film by the name of Happy Go Lucky, or Fu Xing Dao.
Starring Caldecott sweetheart Fann Wong, funny lady Patricia Mok, and veteran Channel 8 actor Richard Low, Happy Go Lucky is a family comedy revolving around the exploits of hardcore gambler Hock Lee Poh (Low), his indulgent elder daughter (Mok), and her supposedly unlucky little sis (Wong).
Yep, that’s right. Fann, who in reality is pushing 40, plays a wide-eyed teenaged girl – and manages to pull it off without anyone chuckling rudely. And no wonder – the star showed up with hubby Christopher Lee at the premiere of Happy Go Lucky at The Cathay looking more youthful than ever.
Guess love really is the best anti-aging formula for a woman. The same formula, it seems, does strange things to a man’s hair.
It’s like a cross between the end of a poodle’s tail and Samuel L Jackson’s jheri curls in Pulp Fiction. Or maybe it was just REALLY humid outside. We love you Chris, but you’ve gotta say no to the ’fro.
Meanwhile, a very petite Zebra had to die for a good cause: Patricia’s feet. A safari is not a mall, sweetie.
When they were done posing and preening for the cameras, the cast and crew of Happy Go Lucky got ready for the cake-cutting ceremony of the 5-kg cake Polar had prepared in honour of the movie.
Spotted hanging back and chatting with members of the press were the other newlyweds Michelle Chia and Shaun Chen, who had turned up to show their support for the event.
I approached Michelle and asked her how she had spent the new year season. Her reply was short, sweet, and succinct.
Also spotted at the event: Li Nanxing, who knows a thing or two about gambling from his Unbeatables days. The dude does not age. Maybe it’s the air up on the Caldecott hill.
Chris would like to warn you about the killer humidity though.
Happy Go Lucky opens in cinemas March 4.
Greetings and salutations, fellow stargazers! This is May Seah, your Showbiz Sista. So, the news is out that Adrian Pang, one of our favourite actors, is officially leaving MediaCorp. He’s decided not to renew his contract, which ends in March, in favour of running his new theatre company, Pangdemonium!, which he recently set up with his wife, theatre director Tracie.
It’s bad news for us television stargazers, because it means we’ll be seeing less of Adrian. He’s headlined many Channel 5 shows, and added comedy to many Channel 8 shows. But the good news is, we will still be seeing him. He told TODAY that he is still open to working with MediaCorp in the future. And he’ll be in the upcoming Channel 8 drama I’m With You. In the meantime, Showbiz Sista suggests you enjoy all the Adrian you can while he’s still on air in The Pupil on Channel 5 and New City Beat on Channel 8.
“I wish him all the best in his future plans,” said Gurmit, Adrian’s City Beat co-star. “Given his ginormous talents, I’m sure his plans will succeed. I’m sure he and I will cross paths and have a chance to work together again.”
Michelle Chia, who co-starred with Adrian in the recently concluded Channel 5 series Polo Boys, told Showbiz Sista, “I’m actually not so surprised that he decided to put more time into theatre, because that’s his passion. Although I’ll really miss working with him—he’s one of the best hosting buddies, we’ve come a looooong way—I’m still very happy for him that he can pursue what he enjoys so much and is so good at. All the best to him, and hopefully we’ll still get the chance to be put together for future hosting jobs.”
Let’s take an Adrian retrospective through our blog and Adrian’s MediaCorp Career. It’s Adrian: The Best Bits.
Some of Adrian’s best bits are his biceps, which we got to ogle in Polo Boys.
Adrian cut a stunning figure in a brassiere in Nanny Daddy.
He was a very convincing blind lawyer in Red Thread. Now, he plays a sighted lawyer in The Pupil.
Adrian makes a commendable attempt to be “zany” and “wacky” in New City Beat.
Commented 50-year-old housewife Violet Chen, “He’s a good actor. Even though his Mandarin isn’t very good, he’s very funny. He was great in that show where he had a secret crush on Xiang Yun (Portrait of Home). I’d rather watch him than any of the young actors that dominate Channel 8 these days.”
It was all fishballs, weirdness and a challenging Mandarin script in Portrait of Home.
What are your favourite Adrian moments? Leave a comment and let us know! Showbiz Sista, signing out. Live long and pop corn!
Greetings and salutations, fellow stargazers! This is May Seah, your Showbiz Sista, whom you are going to thank for brining you photographs of Michelle Chia in a very flattering bikini.
At a shoot at Republic Polytechnic for Polo Boys, Channel 5’s upcoming water-polo themed drama, Michelle swim-suited up for her role as the coach. “I was very nervous,” Michelle told Showbiz Sista. “I am very used to being in bikinis—I only have bikinis anyway, no one-piece swimsuits—but that’s at the beach… Today, my character, Professor Diane Lee, is in a bikini to show the guy who got a promotion instead of her that as a woman, she can do it as well.” Whatever that thing she does is, she certainly holds her own against this horde of swimsuit boys.
And how did it feel to be surrounded by half-naked hunks? “I’ve seen them in the little trunks a billion times already! The only thing is, they put this shoot on the last day of filming, so everyone’s like, ‘Ooh Michelle, when’s your turn? How come our coach is never in the water? So unfair!’ I was a little stressed. All the guys are so fit and so athletic.”
“Did any of them catch your eye?” Showbiz Sista asked. “All of them. They have great bodies,” the wakeboarding, diving sporty-girl replied. “Including our own Adrian Pang and Nat Ho!” So, is her fiancé Shaun Chen jealous? “No lah,” Michelle laughed. “He’s better mah!” Rest easy, Shaun, rest easy!
As you can see, the lovely Michelle is in great shape—and it’s just as well, because she’s getting married on Monday. Is her Polo Boys tan going to work for or against her when she puts on her wedding dress? “It’ll be something different!” Who’s more nervous—Michelle or Shaun? “I am, but at the same time I know I have very reliable helpers: My good friends. Without them, I don’t think I can have a wedding, what with my and Shaun’s filming schedule.”
What is she most looking forward to about marriage? “Kids!” Michelle stated without hesitation. She wants two. But for now, she has enough on her plate to worry about—like honeymooning to France, Italy, Spain, and Greece in the midst of a rampant swine flu threat. “ Everything is booked and we can’t cancel or change, so we’ll just go and take all kinds of precautions! I heard from a Chinese sinseh that you should drink barley water and honey. And wear a mask and keep your hands clean. Barley with honey is my favourite drink anyway. So we’re going to bring along a bottle of manuka honey.”
If you’re travelling, take a tip from Michelle and bring your own bottle. Showbiz Sista, signing out. Live long and pop corn!
P.S. Showbiz Sista congratulates Michelle and Shaun in advance on their union, and may it be a blissful one!
Catch Polo Boys in July on MediaCorp TV Channel 5.