SINGAPORE - Hey Gorgeous winner Alfred Low did not take the typical route to get into a polytechnic.
The Channel U reality TV series, which started airing in May, saw local hosts Dasmond Koh and Ben Yeo on a search for charismatic, good-looking and talented students from different tertiary institutions.
Low, 22, a first-year industrial design student at Nanyang Polytechnic, took the unconventional route to pursue his dream course.
After scoring 11 points for his N levels at Greenridge Secondary School and qualifying for O levels, Low chose to drop out to work as a sales ambassador at retail company NewUrbanMale.
After working for two years, Low enlisted in the army - during which he took his O levels twice as a private candidate before he managed to score 21 points and qualify for the poly course he wanted.
The 1.85m-tall tanned and sporty hunk, who plays basketball and sepak takraw regularly, told The New Paper: "I used to be an introvert, so I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and gain more work experience before continuing my studies."
The finals, which aired live on Monday night, saw the top 12 contestants singing and dancing on stage and vying for the title.
Low was chosen based on public voting and bagged a $3,000 cash prize as well as a chance to star in an upcoming Channel U youth drama.
He added: "It was worth it. I've learnt a lot of things that studying couldn't have provided. I learnt to speak up more and also became more sociable, which helped me a lot in the Hey Gorgeous competition."