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Local K-pop Star Hunt 3 finalist Stephanie Koh: ‘I don’t feel proud to be a Singaporean’

Updated 16 Jan 14:

Not sure why, but this video paints her in a different light compared to the side painted by the mass media. Watch it to see what I mean.

Why I am not proud to be Singaporean

So this video is made in response to some of the questions a lot of you have been asking, the news about me on the papers have sparked quite a bit of discussion amongst Singaporeans and here are my two cents worth if any one of you can be bothered listening to why I’m not proud to be Singaporean.


K-pop Star Hunt 3 finalist: ‘I don’t feel proud to be a Singaporean’

Stephanie Koh, the controversial local finalist on the region-wide K-pop Star Hunt 3 contest, has courted yet more headlines by saying that she’s not proud to be a Singaporean in the RazorTV video HERE.

Scoot: Kpop Star Hunt 3 episode 6 preview

In one episode where she was asked to surrender her mobile phone, the 21-year-old freelance graphic designer found herself in the spotlight when she shot her mouth off on the show saying: “I’ll attack you, I’ll scratch you and I’ll kill you”. You can watch the video here.

She said her mother has told her that she has a “very nice personality” and she is a “very sweet girl”, and that her only problem is that she “shoots my mouth off every time.”

In defence if why she acted the way she did on the show, she said she was angry the whole time she was in Korea because somebody misled her into believing that she would not have to sing Korean songs.

“So I felt cheated, and I felt lied to. And the whole time I was thinking, why am I still in this competition,” she said.

Koh (left) and Chua (right) made it to the top 12 of the reality TV talent series. They were chosen out of 406 people in the Singapore leg of the auditions held at Bugis+ in September for Scoot: K-pop Star Hunt 3.

In an interview with RazorTV, Koh admitted to shooting her mouth off too quick for comfort, but later shot herself in the foot by making yet another controversial comment.

Explaining whether she was bothered that her behaviour on the show may portray Singaporeans in a bad light, Stephanie said she “would not be bothered about representing this country because, to be honest, I don’t really feel proud to be Singaporean’.

She went on to explain that her feelings were brought about by people in Singapore being ‘small-minded’. “Everyone here is submissive; everyone here don’t know how to think out of the box,” she said. “No one here is creative. Everyone here just thinks the same way and follow the same rules. It’s too rigid for my taste.”

When asked if she identified herself as a Singaporean, she replied that she saw herself as ‘one of a kind’.


Speaking to The New Paper, freelance dance instructor Yvonne Chua (left) commented on Miss Koh’s (right) behaviour, saying: “If she had arrived in Seoul for the competition, she should have expected that we might need to surrender our phones. I don’t understand why she said those things and gave herself a bad image. She is very stubborn and strong-headed. You either love her or hate her.”

The contest was won by Taiwanese Andy Su (left), 15, who also beat Malaysian Putri Norizah, 22, to bag the title.

Stephanie Koh said she was fine with it as long as Thai contestant, Miss Siriburee Chananan (in blue), 18, did not win. Miss Koh told The New Paper after the results were announced yesterday at Suntec City: “Pik (Miss Siriburee) didn’t deserve to win because she wasn’t the most talented. “She isn’t the best at singing and she isn’t the strongest in dancing.”

She said the best singer among the four finalists was Miss Putri, and the best dancer, Su. Miss Siriburee, on the other hand, made it to the top four by “acting cute”, she said.

Although the two appeared friendly on stage, Miss Koh, a Ngee Ann Polytechnic mass communications diploma holder, didn’t hold back her dislike of her fellow finalist when she spoke to TNP.

She said: “When we were in Korea, I was very annoyed by her constantly saying ‘Otoke’ (How in Korean). She always says it and uses the word out of context. She also keeps saying ‘Unnie’ (elder sister) and ‘Oppa’ (elder brother) in a very high-pitched voice, it’s very annoying.”

Miss Koh said she was disappointed when the winner was announced, as she had hoped for and expected herself to win. “I did expect to win when I got loud cheers from the audience. And I believe I was the only other contestant in the top four who could actually sing,” she said.

“But I am proud that Andy won, as I took care of him a lot when we were in Korea. I am glad that Pik didn’t win because I didn’t want Thais to win three seasons in a row.”

Andy 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.

Credits: STOMP, AsiaOne & Lollipop

Anyway, if you did listen to her sing in one of her Youtube videos or watch the Channel M’s Youtube videos, you have to admit Stephanie is a really good singer so it wasn’t that much of a surprise that she came through to the finals. Still, congratulations to Andy from Taiwan for winning the title at the end of it all 🙂


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