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Just being Ris Low

Just being Ris Low

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New Nation catches up with the former beauty queen, as well as actress Irene Ang and magicians J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning at the m:idea Youth Choice Awards.

By Dannon Har

Arriving late on scene but enjoying the limelight nonetheless, Ris Low ladies and gentlemen. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG

Award winners

Cutest Male Personality I Wanna Bring Home – Dai Yang Tian

Hottest Female Personality I Wanna Date – Joanne Peh

Best OMG! MomentRis Low’s April Fool’s Day prank on 987FM

Band I Wanna Throw Myself At – Jack & Rai

Celeb Duo I Wanna Chill With – The Muttons

Coolest Blogger I Wanna Gossip With (Xoxo) – Xiaxue

Favourite Nightspot – Zouk

Favourite Tech Brand – Apple

Favourite Fashion Brand – Topshop/Topman

Favourite Restaurant – Swensen’s

Favourite Dessert Café – Frolick

Favourite Online Store – Love, Bonito

AVID reader of The Business Times? Then consider yourself in the same league as former beauty queen Ris Low.

“People who don’t know me might think that I am a shallow person, but mind you I do read Business Times one okay!” she says.

She also admits to putting on her best behaviour recently, considering that her 24 months probation for credit card fraud is finally coming to an end.

And yeah, she had just won the “Best OMG! Moment” award for two years running at the m:idea Youth Choice Awards held last Saturday.

The event is organised by m:idea – Singapore’s first youth-led media conglomerate from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

But some things don’t change: Ris arrived late (read: after the event), and one wonders if this was another publicity stunt. Her excuse this time? Bad weather and vehicular malfunctions.

The event saw about 200 people turn up. Youths gave their verdict on their favourite celebs and brands by casting over 58,000 votes between November 15 to December 14 last year.

Popular celebs that made the red carpet event include heartthrob Nat Ho, funny host Irene Ang, comedic DJs The Muttons, local musicians Jack and Rai, and illusionists J C Sum and ‘Magic Babe’ Ning, just to name a few.

Irene Ang, a famous comedienne, cafe owner, and movie producer, had audiences laughing out loud.

Better known as Singlish-speaking, flowery-dressed, Ah Lian, Rosie Phua from the hit sitcom Phua Chu Kang, Irene turned heads and melted hearts as she stole the show with her unique brand of humour.

“I come from the school of hard-knocks, hard-work, and heart-breaks,” says Irene when asked how she became so good at what she does.

Her wisdom for the young and entrepreneurial: “The thing is, don’t give up so easily, and if it doesn’t work, be brave enough to say this is not what I am good at, let me look for something else; because you’re still young; so when you are young don’t feel like you have to get it right the first time.”

Want more advice from top celebs?

“We use Facebook alot” says Ning the ‘Magic Babe’, lashes fluttering. “It’s really wasted if you aren’t contemporary; we see ourselves as commercial artists and you need to constantly revamp and be in tune with what today’s people wanna see.”

J C Sum added: “With YouTube we can see what other people are doing so we make sure we don’t do anything that anyone is doing; and what we do is first in the world.”

But there’s more to it.

“If you want to do it (magic) commercially, for money; just understand that this is showbiz and it is a different ballgame altogether just like any other commercial creative artist.”

Finding it difficult to resist, I asked them for next week’s winning 4D numbers (since they successfully predicted the winning digits before). Ask and you shall receive, right?

“Zero, zero, zero, zero,” says J C Sum confidently.

But I wouldn’t bet on it if I were you.

  • Eager audiences line the red carpet anticipating for the celebrities that should arrive anytime now..or now..or now.. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • No it’s not a protest. Nat Ho’s fan club came down in full-force bearing posters, placards and neon signs all for the sake of fandom. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • The ‘bad weather’ Ris Low was talking about. Somehow other celebs managed to come on time. Sorta. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Multi-talented artist and entrepreneur Irene Ang graced the event as a Celebrity guest host. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Winning “Celebrity Duo I Wanna Chill Out With”, The Muttons agree that the best chill-out spot is still at home. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Duane Ho, finalist in Singapore Idol 3, is here to do a surprise opening number for the m:idea Youth Choice Awards 2011. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Luminiq: Dance crew and runners up of One Moment of Glory. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Dual-wielding Sai action by 'Magic Babe' Ning. This scene was probably more alluring than the illusion itself. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG
  • Dannon poses with Ris: She does look smarter now! Maybe it was just a matter of wearing the right accessories. Photo: KIMBERLY ONG