Fans see red over Star Awards shortlist

Fans see red over Star Awards shortlist
Big names, including Ann Kok, Terence Cao (pictured here) and Thomas Ong, were left out of the shortlist for Star Awards’ Top 10 Most Popular Artistes award category.

Angry TV fans are questioning some of the names on the nominee shortlist for the Star Awards' Top 10 Most Popular Artistes award category.

The shortlist of 40 names - 20 male and 20 female - is open for public voting online and via telephone, where fans can vote for the star whom they believe deserves to be among Channel 8 and Channel U's Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes or Female Artistes.

The most surprising name on the list is arguably Justin Ang, a radio DJ with English-language station 987FM. He is one half of the radio DJ duo known as The Muttons, which also includes Vernon A.

All over Channel 8's official Facebook page, viewers have left comments with the question: "Who is Justin Ang?"

University student and TV fan Julian Low, 24, wonders: "How can Justin Ang possibly be one of the most popular artistes? He is not exactly a well-known name, at least not with Channel 8 audiences."

Ask Ang about it and the 32-year-old says that he is "just as surprised as anyone".

"The fans' reaction is my reaction. When I first heard that I got on the list, I was shocked. To just say that I am surprised would be an understatement."

In fact, when his manager first called to inform him about his nomination, he thought it was a joke. "I thought it was a prank call from the other radio DJs or something," he says with a chuckle.

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