SINGAPORE - After 20 years in showbiz, entertainer Hossan Leong finally has a company of his own: Double Confirm Productions.
The 44-year-old became synonymous with the familiar local term "double confirm" after making it a catchphrase on the TV game show We Are Singaporeans, which he hosted.
He tells Life!: "A lot of my friends use the phrase, so I thought, instead of 'lock it in' - like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - let's make it local and use 'double confirm'. And it stuck."
The new company will put him in the role of creative consultant, where he will help craft entertainment packages for clients and also provide a platform for new talent to venture into the industry.
And his first plan of action is a cosy thank-you concert for friends, family and fans. Titled Hossan-ah! Celebrating 20 Leong Years!, it will run at the Drama Centre Theatre from Aug 1 to 4.
Leong chuckles: "It all started with the fact that originally, my mother was going to call me Hosanna. As in, 'in the highest'."
In Christian lexicon, hosanna is a cry of praise or adoration.
He adds: "If it was a girl, it would have been Hosanna, and if it was a boy, Hossan. And as I grew up my grandmother, who is Cantonese, would always go, 'Hossan ah, Hossan.'"
The pun stuck.