S'pore's K-pop duo going to Seoul

S'pore's K-pop duo going to Seoul
Winners of the Singapore auditions of K-pop Star Hunt 3, Stephanie Koh (left) and Yvonne Chua will be training and competing with contestants from other countries.

SINGAPORE - She can sing, dance, play the guitar, and has the looks to boot. YouTube singer Stephanie Koh, 21, has "the whole package" to do well in regional TV talent competition Scoot: K-pop Star Hunt 3, say the judges of the Singapore leg of the auditions.

So strong is she that she may be the one to come up tops and take the title for Singapore - away from the traditionally strong Thai contestants, who won the previous two seasons of the reality show.

Says Mr Eddy Tan, vice-president of programming for Fox International Channels and an audition panel judge for the past three years: "The applicants are very strong this year and Stephanie stands out as an all-rounder. She has good presence on stage and she looks good too.

"The auditions here are the first stop of the regional tour. I'm so happy to see that Singapore is off to a strong start."

Ms Koh, a freelance graphic designer, and freelance dance instructor Yvonne Chua, 24, are the two Singaporeans picked to appear in the third season of the show from more than 400 applicants after auditions held last Sunday.

They will go to Seoul next month for three weeks to train and compete in singing and dancing challenges against 12 contestants from six countries, including Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

The regional auditions and reality TV competition will be aired on Channel M (StarHub TV Channel 824/874, SingTel mio TV Channel 518) from Nov 30.

The winner will be offered a contract with Korean entertainment company CJ E&M and record label FNC Entertainment, and be groomed as a K-pop star.

In the show's first season in 2011, Singaporean contestant Jasmine Tan Li Jun, 18, made it to the Top 5. Her compatriot Maressa Zahirah, 24, was in the Top 11 that year.

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