SA2016 Top 40: two dukes in, two dukes out

Aloysius Pang and Jeffrey Xu receive Top 20 Most Popular Male Artistes nods for the first time

SA2016 Top 40: two dukes in, two dukes out

It’s that time of the year again when fans muster their voting superpowers to try and get their favourite Mediacorp celebs into the Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Male and Female Artistes rankings. Today (March 3), the list of this year’s 40 contenders was released, and the rundown includes four new additions who are up for the honour for the very first time.

After his Best Newcomer triumph at last year’s ceremony, Aloysius Pang has finally found a place among the other Top 20 Most Popular Male Artistes nominees. He is joined by fellow duke Jeffrey Xu, who took home Best Supporting Actor at the 2013 Asian Television Awards for his role in Channel U’s Marry Me, as well as Not The 5 Show host Chua Enlai, who will soon be seen in live stage production The Noose & Kakis.

Over at the ladies’ side, first-time Best Supporting Actress nominee Sheila Sim, whose most recent role was as Jesseca Liu’s onscreen sister in The Queen, is the only new kid on the block.

Speaking of Jesseca, this year marks the newly-attached actress’ return to the Top 20 Most Popular Female Artistes nominations since 2010, where she picked up her fourth award in this category. For those scratching their heads over her sudden comeback, Jesseca, who is managed by HIM International Music, recently signed a new acting contract with Mediacorp last year.

Other stars who are back in the game after previous absences are Mr. Unbelievable Chen Tian Wen (whose last participation was in 2002), Zhang Yao Dong (who last won in 2012), Zhang Zhen Huan, Pan Ling Ling, Aileen Tan and Kate Pang.

SA2016 Top 40: two dukes in, two dukes out

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