From 1,200 hopefuls to 12 finalists – who will win Star Search 2019 on Nov 3?

From 1,200 hopefuls to 12 finalists – who will win Star Search 2019 on Nov 3?

The contestants will have to impress three veteran celebrities – Carina Lau, Simon Yam and Stephen Fung – who will be judging their performance at the Grand Final this Sunday.

Star Search 2019 finalists and mentors
The 12 finalists who will be battling it out in the Star Search 2019 finale, in a photo with their celebrity mentors. (Photo: Mediacorp)

It all started with 1,200 hopefuls who came from Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Canada, among other countries, to seek out stardom at the 2019 Star Search auditions in May.

That number was whittled down to just 24 by July. These contestants then embarked on a training programme with celebrity mentors – Christopher Lee, Huang Biren and Chen Hanwei – to get them ready for the semi-finals in October.

Star Search 2019 finalists group 1
The six finalists from the first show are: (from left) Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, Juin Teh, Jernelle Oh, Chang Hio Cheng and Herman Keh. (Photo: Mediacorp)
Star Search 2019 semi final 2 winners
The winners from the second semi-final show are: Teoh Ze Tong, Zhai Si Ming, Tyler Ten, Kiki Lim, Ye Jiayun and Sheryl Ang. (Photo: Mediacorp)

Now – after the dust has settled from the two semi-final shows – 12 finalists will be battling it out for the title of the 2019 Star Search winner at the Grand Final this Sunday (Nov 3).

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The 12 finalists are: Zane Lim, Vanessa Ho, Chang Hio Cheng, Herman Keh, Jernelle Oh, Juin The, Tyler Ten, Teoh Ze Tong, Kiki Lim, Ye Jia Yun, Sheryl Ang and Zhai Si Ming.

READ: Which 6 contestants are now through to the Star Search 2019 final?

The hopefuls have gone through a lot to get here. Some had to re-enact a raw fish-eating scene as performed by former Star Search winner Desmond Tan in the drama, When Duty Calls, while others had to learn to cry on cue and impress their celebrity mentor, Lee.

Star Search 2019 Grand Final judges
The judges for the Star Search 2019 Grand Finals are: Carina Lau, Simon Yam and Stephen Fung. (Photo: KK Empire; Red Brick Communications; Unusual Entertainment)

READ: Star Search 2019 finalists revealed as 6 more hopefuls emerge from 2nd semi-final show

The big winner will walk away with the top prize of an Audi Q2 and a Mediacorp contract. 

It won’t be easy, though. They first have to impress not one, but three, veteran Hong Kong celebrities – Carina Lau, Simon Yam and Stephen Fung – who will be judging their performance that night. 

Break a leg, everyone!

Star Search 2019 Grand Finals will air on Nov 3, 7pm on Ch 8 and Toggle. 

Source: CNA/sr

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