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UK boy band The Wanted share their thoughts about welcoming the New Year with revellers in Singapore, at the Celebrate TV50 countdown party on Tuesday, and why they love coming back to the Lion City.
SINGAPORE: UK boy band The Wanted will welcome the New Year together as a band away from home for the first time in four years, at the Celebrate TV50 countdown party which will be held in Singapore on Tuesday.
While The Wanted’s James McGuiness said with tongue firmly in cheek that the band members usually welcome the New Year with their families - because their families "only know us now with Photoshop and through a lens, or in slow motion (in their music videos)” - this year, the quintet will be welcoming the New Year with revellers in Singapore instead.
And they are looking forward to it.
“It’s a kind of a new thing for us, and the people in Singapore are very welcoming, and they’ve always been very nice to us.
“We got an amazing welcome at the airport, so we’re going to hopefully give a really good and fun concert,” said The Wanted’s Thomas Parker at a media conference in Singapore on Monday.
“We had some wild times [in Singapore], and we wanted to come back,” added McGuiness.
The band had also recently tweeted they have some “big news” to share in the coming year, but absolutely refused to divulge any information about what it could be, even when quizzed about it by reporters at the media conference.
“We’re going to save it for the new year. It’s really exciting, if I do say so myself,” said The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes with a grin.
As for recent rumours that they are being dropped by their music label Universal Music, a representative from the music label said on the sidelines of the media conference that the band is “still with us”, pointing out that the rumours of them being dropped by the label “are just rumours”.
The Wanted and Taiwan singer-actor Wang Lee Hom are the headline acts of the massive seven-hour long Celebrate TV50 countdown party, which will be held at The Float @ Marina Bay on Tuesday.
Apart from these two main acts, the party will also feature Singapore actress Rui En, who will perform a song specially composed for the event, and singer Taufik Batisah, who is set to perform his new Malay single “Ikrar Kasih” for the first time at the party.
Other performers include Dick Lee, Kelly Poon, and Jeanette Aw, who will perform a special dance number at the party.
Hosted by Gurmit Singh, Joanne Peh, Bryan Wong, The Muttons, Jean Danker, Desmond Koh and Vivian Lai, Celebrate TV50 is expected to be a star-studded affair that will be attended by over 200 past and present stars.
Those who aren’t able to join in the fun at The Float @ Marina Bay can still catch the ‘live’ telecast of the Celebrate TV50 party on Channel 5 and Channel 8 on Tuesday from 8pm.
There will also be a simulcast on MediaCorp’s Toggle Live online platform.
Can’t get enough of The Wanted?
Look out for them on Tuesday’s AM Live!, 8.50am on Channel NewsAsia.