Gravity defying parkour performances (better known as the art of movement), acrobatics contortion, Shaolin kung-fu, powerhouse medley of timeless tunes, heart-stomping percussion number. This year’s charity extravaganza looks set to be a spectacular affair with a stellar cast of local and international performers.
Local celebrities from Channel 5, 8, Suria and Vasantham, winner and runner-up of Singapore Idol 3, Sezairi Sezali and Sylvia Ratonel, Project Superstar 2 Daren Tan, together with international star Karen Mok will join forces with various performers such as well-known comedian Norleena Salim, percussion group Bloco Singapura, the Shaolin Monks from Samsara – The Shaolin Legacy Musical as well as Alexey Goloborodko from Voyage De La Vie will do their bid in a bevy of performances to raise funds from viewers for 37 beneficiary organizations.
Hosted by Soo Kui Jien and Michelle Chia, this year’s President Star Charity will be a night of talent showcase featuring a combination of music, dance and acrobatic display, in high definition glory for the first time.
At the press meet yesterday, the media was given a preview of a couple of performances from percussionists Bloco Singapura, beatboxer [and Idol 3 contestant] Charles “Stitch” Wong and 9-year-old drumming sensation Zidann.
Not to be missed will be the opera singing Tay Ping Hui who will, for the first time, perform ‘Italian opera’ as part of a medley in “Andrea Bocelli style”. The actor who’s always up for new challenges told xinmsn: “When the company asked me what I’d like to do [for PSC 2010], opera just popped to my mind.”
“I didn’t know they’ll take me seriously but they did!” Having attended three lessons thus far, the self-professed perfectionist who doesn’t speak Italian humbly rated five and a half out of 10 for his apprenticeship, citing “it’s always good to pit ourselves amongst the best”.
When asked about his missus’ reaction to his new challenge, Ping Hui replied: “She’s used to me doing weird things and practicing extra-ordinary stuff in my backyard in the middle of the night.”
Local funnyman Gurmit Singh who’s another regular face on charity shows will ditch his [Michael Jackson] dancing shoes for acrobatic stunts this time. The 45-year-old will join professional traceurs to perform a special parkour item to “scale heights and obstacles”.
At 45 years old, is Gurmit pushing his limits with such gravity defying stunts?
“Yes I am! But if I were to go onstage and do something easy how boring is that for viewers? Let alone to part their money and donate.”
“This is one of those stunts that I find I’m really pushing myself because it’s totally new to me. It’s challenging but totally worth it for the beneficiaries.”
Amongst the artistes who will be lending their vocal talents through a medley of English tunes from timeless classics is Channel 8 actress Patricia Mok.
The funny woman who was last year’s “performer of the night” when she did a Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was noticeably disappointed about her “not challenging” singing segment.
“Singing…I cannot sing you know! I want to be a dancer like last year!” Pat exclaimed and added, “But honestly that’s a challenge for me lah because I don’t like to sing.”
“But since it’s group and it’s for charity, I can try lah.”
Catch the President Star Charity “LIVE” on 17 Oct, Sunday at 7.30pm on Ch 5.
Donation lines are open now till 24 October 2010: 1900-112-8821 For $5 donation 1900-112-8822 For $20 donation 1900-112-8823 For $100 donation