Joey Mead King, Allan Wu, Max Loong and Munah Bagharib
Joey Mead King, Allan Wu, Max Loong and Munah Bagharib

The 20th Asian TV Awards in Singapore started off with a bang as over 50 nominees from all over Asia attended the event. Some of the big names who turned up include Singaporean sweethearts Felicia Chin and Joanne Peh, critically acclaimed Taiwanese artists Ruby Lin who was nominated for best lead actress and Mandopop king of love ballads, Jeff Chang who performed on the night alongside Swedish boyband JTR and Korean girl group Secret.

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Hosted by the likes of Allan Wu, Max Loong, Joey Mead King and Munah Bagharib as well as several guest presenters such as Asia’s Ryan Seacrest Dominic Lau and Indonesian-French megastar Anggun, it has been the first year that the Asian TV Awards have been livestreamed to over 300 million viewers.

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It is also the first time that the awards have been split into two nights rather than one.

Some of the big awards that night included best leading actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, and a slew of other accolades including best drama, best music programme and best lifestyle programme.

Zhou Xun took home the best lead actress award for her role in Chinese drama “Red Sorghum”, while Chinese actor Zhang Jia Yi took home best actor for his leading role in “Fourty-nine days memory”.

Best supporting actor was awarded to Singaporean veteran Lim Kay Tong who over the two nights took home two awards. Best supporting actress was won by Thai beauty Nusba Punnakanta for her role in Thailand drama “The Secret Truth”.

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Best music programme was awarded unsurprisingly to hit China singing show “I am singer 3”, while “The incomplete” a Korean drama took home the Best Drama Series award.

Special guest performers of the night included Asian Living Legend and judge of Asia’s got talent Anggun, the Mandopop king of love ballads Jeff Chang, Swedish boyband JTR and Korean girl group Secret.

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Although the girls of K-pop group Secret received the largest applause from their frantic fans for their sweet dance moves, the consistently smooth-singing Jeff Chang won me over with his rendition of a Mandarin version of the song “You are my destiny” from a famed Korean Drama “You who came from the stars”.

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For a complete list of the winners in the 40 categories of the Asian TV Awards, check out the ATA’s official winner’s list.

Photographs by John Ivan Larin