SINGAPORE: Actors Qi Yuwu and Rui En each took home an All-Time Favourite Artiste Award at part one of the Star Awards ceremony on Sunday (Apr 17). The award is presented to celebrities who have clinched ten Top 10 Most Popular Artiste trophies at the annual awards ceremony.
In her acceptance speech, Rui En thanked her fans and management Hype Records for the "unconditional love and support" shown to her in her past 14 years in show business.
"No matter what I've done or the mistakes I've committed, they are always there for me."
Rui En and Chen Li Ping posing for the media on the red carpet. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
The 35-year-old choked up as she made reference to a recent driving accident for which she is under police investigation. She said the award was especially meaningful, given that she is facing a "difficult time".
"Sometimes, I still wonder I'm right for this job," she mused, saying her straightforward demeanor and open emotion often caused misunderstandings. She also reiterated an apology for what she called a "judgement error".
"Sorry for the inconvenience caused," she said, proceeding to take a deep bow.
She declined to speak with the media backstage. Her manager sent an email to the media, stating that she would not do so as well. “Since tonight is the Star Awards, let's not make Rui En's situation the focus - that should go towards the others award winners' achievements."
Qi Yuwu and wife Joanne Peh on the red carpet. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Meanwhile Qi Yuwu likened the growth of his showbiz career to a seedling nurtured into a tree. He rose to fame after he was crowned the winner of the Asian Star Search in 1999 and picked up the Best Actor award in 2011.
"You gave me a sense of home," the Guangzhou-born actor said. "Thank you my fans and the local audience. Without your support, I wouldn’t be here.”
Actor Qi Yuwu with his All-Time Favourite Artiste trophy. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Starlet Carrie Wong picked up the Social Media Award, introduced in 2014 to recognise to celebrities who constantly engage their fans online.
"I thought Jeanette Aw would win the award again," Wong said in disbelief. “She constantly communicates with her fans online. In addition, I’ve been busy with work lately so I haven’t been very active on my social media accounts.”
The coveted Rocket Award, won by artistes who have “shown vast improvement in his or her performance in the past year”, went to actress Julie Tan. In 2015, Tan was in three drama serials The Dream Makers II, The Journey: Our Homeland and Tiger Mum.
“I’m really surprised. My mind went blank when they announced my name,” Tan told reporters backstage.
In her acceptance speech though, the actress said she has finally proved her naysayers wrong. “My teachers told me: ‘Stop building sandcastles in the air – study hard, complete your O-levels and attend junior college,' they said.”
She is in the running for Best Supporting Actress at next Sunday’s Star Awards 2016 Show 2 for her portrayal of villain Dong Zihuai in The Dream Makers 2.
Veteran actor Chen Shucheng picked up the inaugural Evergreen Artiste Award, beating contenders such as Chen Tian Wen, Hong Hui Fang, Xiang Yun and Lin Mei Jiao. The award pays tribute to artistes for "exceptional contributions to the local entertainment industry". To qualify, artistes must be above 50 years of age and have more than 25 years of experience in the industry.
Joanne Peh and Quan Yi Fong also clinched their 10th Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes trophies this year. “The happiest thing is that my fans will not have to spend money voting for me anymore! I guess they can finally be at peace now," said Peh.
Host Quan Yi Fong with her 10th Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste trophy. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Lovely ladies: Stars like Belinda Lee, Rebecca Lim, Joanne Peh and Kym Ng pose with their trophies after the Star Awards ceremony. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
The glitzy awards ceremony was held at Mediacorp's new campus and was the first major event held at the location since its opening ceremony in December.
List of winners from Star Awards 2016 Show 1:
1. Best Info-Ed Programme: Tuesday Report: Where The Home Is
2. Rocket Award: Julie Tan
3. Best Variety Programme: GeTai Challenge
4. Best Variety Special: GeTai Challenge: The Ultimate Battle
5. Social Media Award: Carrie Wong
6. Best Evergreen Artiste Award: Chen Shu Cheng
7. All-Time Favourite Artiste Award: Qi Yuwu and Rui En
8. Best Programme Host (Variety, Info-Ed & Infotainment): Lee Teng (Love on The Plate 3)
Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes: Rebecca Lim, Felicia Chin, Joanne Peh, Jayley Woo, Jesseca Liu, Julie Tan, Carrie Wong, Belinda Lee, Kym Ng and Quan Yi Fong
Actress Rebecca Lim. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Veteran artiste Zoe Tay. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Rebecca Lim backstage at this year's Star Awards. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Jeanette Aw and "Ah Jie" Zoe Tay spotted backstage at Star Awards 2016 Show 1. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)