Why Nathan Hartono Doesn't Need First Place To Win

8 Oct 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

Mop up your tears, Internet: Nathan Hartono’s Sing!China dream may be over, but our hometown boy’s still the biggest winner in our hearts. Not only did he make it into the coveted top two, the 25-year-old also walked away with plenty of life-changing opportunities ahead, and it’s safe to say he’ll be continuing to live out his dreams on a global scale. Before we delve into the deep stuff, let’s recap the magic from last night’s suspense-inducing finale.

See what we mean when we say he’s still the champ? We give you 6 more reasons why Nathan Hartono came out tops in our books.

#1 Everyone already knows his name

Ask any stranger on the streets of Orchard Road whether they’ve heard of a certain smiley lad on Sing!China and it’ll probably be a resounding yes. After all, Nathan made history by becoming the first ever Singaporean to enter the finals, having spent the entire season being favoured by judges and fans for his swoon-worthy vocals.

Yes, including this lovely Starbucks barista.

#2 He’s got famous fans in his club


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As if having an endless line of fangirls queuing up to be his girlfriends ain’t enough, the chap has some pretty famous names cheering him on! Aside from his celebrity mentor Jay Chou, Nathan garnered massive support from his local clique from the likes of Benjamin KhengCharlie Lim, Joakim Gomez, Deekosh and more.

He’s even won praise from Taiwanese veteran singer Judy Ongg, who complimented that his voice was “a miracle” and that he “has a big future waiting for him”. We couldn’t agree more!

#3 He’s landed a major record deal

Following his highly-successful single ‘Electricity’ under Warner Music Singapore back in July, the musician is set to release a new batch of music at the end of the year. As much as we adore his awkward attempts at Mandarin, we can’t wait for him to embrace his jazzy English roots again.

#4 All the brands love him


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Y’know should’ve known that Nathan’s pretty much the unofficial spokesperson of Milo by now (Milo Hartono, anyone?), and it gets better when Nestle decided to make his dream a reality by treating everyone to Milo peng at Plaza Singapura before his finals on Friday. We’ve also gotten word that more Milo parties are on their way, so look out for that!

To sweeten the deal further, F&B chain Tung Lok (whose executive chairman, Andrew Tjioe, happens to be Nathan’s uncle) will be celebrating his achievements by gifting patrons with free servings of his favourite dishes this weekend, plus a 25 per cent discount at all its outlets this coming Monday. Thanks for the free food, Nathan!

#5 Even China doesn’t wanna let him go

Fun fact: Nathan was actually offered an audition opportunity on Sing!China last year, which he unfortunately turned down due to his busy filming schedule. Even though he wasn’t able to emerge victorious, it seems like China already has its eyes set on this budding talent.

“There’s been a bunch [of offers], but I have been dodging a lot of those things because I really want to recollect myself when this thing is over,” he revealed in an earlier interview. “I’m still an indie musician now, but this year’s plans may change rapidly after this.” Regardless of his decision, what we do know is that he’s gonna be even bigger in 2017 and beyond. Watch out, world!

#6 Yet he’s incredibly humble about everything


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Despite not taking home the gold, we loved how Nathan remained cool about his loss and instead expressed his gratitude for being able to perform at the famed Beijing “Bird’s Nest”. “I’m not bothered one bit. I couldn’t have been happier to even be included in the finals. To then compete in the Top 2? That’s just insane,” the singer bared it all in a heartfelt Instagram post. “My heart is full, my body is tired, my stomach is craving bak chor mee.” (Someone, please feed the poor boy some bak chor mee.)

Welcome home, Nathan Hartono.

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With that, we at Teenage HQ sincerely extend our congratulations to our beloved Teenage Icon ’05 winner – you’ve done us proud!

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10 Times Nathan Hartono Won At Internet Humour

7 Oct 2016 by Johanna Teo

Nathan Hartono has won many things. From winning his first singing competition at 14 (Teenage ICON, anybody?) to the genetic lottery, to his charming-as-heck disposition, it’s safe to conclude that Nathan’s got a lot going on for him. But there’s one thing the local musician has won that has gone largely unnoticed – Internet humour. It started with that Milo comment, now we’re here. And it’s spun outta control. Here are his top 10 moments! 

#1 His curated selection of Snapchat filters 

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Our personal favourite is the Pika-nathan. Kylo Ren would’ve won, but his lightsaber looks a bit too stringy… 

#2 Those Epic Face Swaps

Nathan Hartono Face Swap

The last one wasn’t a face swap lah, but it deserves a shout-out all the same. Also, we can’t decide which was more disturbing, #Deethan or #Natlena. 

#3 Hilarious Hair-scapades 

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Possible learning point: get a haircut. And when you do, don’t fall asleep.  

#4 Emoji Appreciation Done Right

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We would also like to submit 🌁 (Foggy), 💈 (Barber pole), and🔌 (Electric Plug) for your consideration, Nathan. 

#5 His great photo-editing skills 

Nathan's Photo Editing Skills

Nathan would’ve been a better opponent than Mayweather.  

#6 His derpy faces 

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#7 His take on current trending affairs 

Nathan's Current Affairs

Instagram zoom, dabbing and Pokémon Go! were some of his recently covered topics. Wonder what that Jigglypuff’s CP was in the end? 

#8 His goofy #throwbacks


The real question is, what should one wear when meeting Jackie Chan? 

#9 The mandatory #WhatPubertyDidToMe 


Here are some of Teenage’s contributions to his #WhatPubertyDidToMe and #Throwback stockpile, collected through the years! Gotta say, puberty has treated him well! 

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 #10 And his thoughts on the competition thus far



Check out some videos from his time in the competition! 

It’s definitely an exciting time in Nathan’s career, but regardless of the outcome of the competition, he’ll always be a winner to us! 

Image credits: Nathan Hartono (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)

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Movies to Catch in October

30 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

Time to wake up now that September is coming to an end! October is the beginning of the end (of the year that is) and we can’t wait to binge watch all the movies that will be screening soon! Here are some that you have to catch!


Opens: 13 October

Everyone’s favourite symbologist is back for Inferno, the third movie adapted from Dan Brown’s bestselling series. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is back and on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.

L.O.R.D: Legend Of Ravaging Dynasties

Opens: 13 October

L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties is a Chinese computer animated motion capture action fantasy adventure film based on the novel of same name. The sacred mainland of Odin is separated into four counties based on the four elements – water, fire, wind and earth. Focusing on the water county, also known as Atlantis or Aslan Empire, two groups of people seek power and domination. With a star studded cast which comprises of Kris Wu, Fan Bing Bing and many more, it looks very promising for a fully animated movie!

Max Steel

Opens: 20 October

This origin story follows teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) and his alien friend, Steel, who combine their powers to become the turbo-charged superhero, Max Steel. When mysterious forces threaten their world, the unlikely pair begin to uncover secrets that only the both of them can uncover to save the world.

Ouija: Origin Of Evil

Opens: 20 October

Get into the spooky Halloween spirit with this horror movie! Set in 1965, a mother and her two daughters run a fake séance (communicating with the dead) service from home. The scam business turns into an epic supernatural horror with it unintentionally invites evil spirits into the house. When a relentless spirit takes over the youngest daughter’s body, the family has to face tremendous fear to send the apparitions to the other side.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Opens: 20 October

Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman accused of a 16-year-old homicide. Digging deep into his past in an attempt to clear his name, Jack heads back to his old military headquarters, only to be paired up with Samantha Dayton, a stubborn teenage girl. And  as he finds out more secrets, Jack unwittingly uncovers the fact that he may have a child he has never met. Fast-paced and action-packed, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is all set to be even more exciting than its predecessor.

A Monster Calls

Opens: 20 October

Seeking refuge from the harsh realities of life, Connor escapes into the fantasy world away from cruel bullies and his single mother’s impending sickness. He seeks the help of a tree monster and explores a world full of magical creatures and fairytales, learning the meaning of grief, courage and faith. Bring along a box of tissues for this one, for none will leave with a dry eye after watching this poignant drama. 

One Day

Opens: 27 October

From the people who brought you Thai rom-com favourite Hello Stranger and comedy horror film Pee Mak, comes One Day. Geeky IT officer Denchai is an outcast in his company as his existence is only acknowledged when his colleagues need tech support, and sometimes they don’t even remember his name. Denchai has a thing for Nui from the marketing department, but only admires her secretly from afar as he knows that she is completely out of his league. One day, their company arranges a company trip to a ski resort in Hokkaido but Nui gets into a minor accident and is diagnosed with TGA – a rare but temporary memory loss disorder, which lasts for just one day. Denchai decides to take advantage of the situation by telling Nui that he is her boyfriend. How will it end? You’d have to catch it to find out.

You won’t regret catching these films in the theatres! Want to know what else you can watch, read and spin this month? Go grab your September issue of Teenage Magazine out on newsstands now!

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Every year, the night race season of Singapore Grand Prix brings onboard a slew of big guns in pop, but 2016’s edition seems to have outdid itself – featuring a killer lineup that boasts the likes of Kylie Minogue, Queen + Adam Lambert, Imagine Dragons, Bastille and Halsey headlining the Padang stage. Catching the concerts of the latter three, we sieved out the good, the meh, and all the cool bits of the Formula One weekend.



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THE GOOD: Hot on the heels of their latest record Wild World, Bastille sprang into an adrenaline-fuelled set that opened with the crowd-pleasing ‘Bad Blood’, mixed in a sprinkle of new numbers like ‘Good Grief’, ‘Fake It’ and ‘Two Evils’, and closed the night with the big sing-along of ‘Pompeii’. Smashing it as always.

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THE MEH: Bastille never disappoints, but we couldn’t help but felt short-changed at the hour-long show – that didn’t stop the Brit quartet from slaying on stage, though. Squishing as many tracks as they could into the setlist, frontman Dan Smith took the chance to get upclose and personal with the front rows as he leaped off the stage, delivering the best experience possible to Bastille die-hards who’ve waited so long in the heat. All’s forgiven!

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THE LOL: “As you all know, I’m an extremely untalented dancer,” Dan quipped, urging the audience to pogo-dance with him to make him “look a little less stupid” in the midst of performing. The result? A bunch of us bopping up and down while bursting out into fits of laughter. It wasn’t quite the idea of ‘dancing’ we had, but hey, at least we were all in this together.


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THE GOOD: Here for her first ever show in Singapore, Halsey pulled out all the stops to make it a night to remember. Blessing us with a high-octane repertoire of tracks off her Badlands record, the songstress awed the audience with her mind-blowing vocals, complete with her own flavour of sassiness that really elevated her performance to another level. Not many rising pop stars possess the kind of tenacity Halsey emits on stage, and the fact that she’s a one-woman powerhouse makes it all the more amazing. All hail Halsey!


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THE MEH: Halsey sang practically her entire discogra– no hold on, where’s ‘New Americana’? Well, we’re guessing the song got the axe from authorities for its somewhat risque lyrics. It’s a pity considering how it’s her most notable track to date, but thankfully, she made up for it with an unexpected solo rendition of ‘Closer’ sans The Chainsmokers. Check out the explosive (literally) performance above!

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THE AWW: “A year ago,” the 21-year-old began. “I was just a girl on tour with a band called Imagine Dragons.” And the crowd roared. Little would we know that Halsey would become one of the F1 headliners alongside other mega acts, sharing the Padang glory together with her Las Vegas mentors. We couldn’t be more proud of our new queen of the Badlands!



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THE GOOD: Seriously, where do we start? From the moment our favourite alt-rockers took the stage, it was a never-ending party of fist-pumping anthems and hardcore theatrics that drove the stadium into a unified frenzy. Spectacular performances aside, it was frontman Dan Reynolds’ well-honed knack at connecting with the crowd that really impressed us. Particularly, we loved the little speech he did before launching into ‘It’s Time’: “We currently live in a world of religion – of race, creed, class. There’s people around the world trying to tear us apart, but we will not be afraid of anybody. This love will persist, no matter where you are in the world. I’m from Las Vegas but I feel at home tonight here in Singapore. This is a song about that.” Gosh, we might or might not have shed a tear at this…

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THE MEH: We were totally unprepared for the massive crowd that gathered after stepping out of the venue – for only a mere hour. Imagine Dragons garnered the greatest turnout that weekend, but it was undoubtedly the most chaotic. Getting our shoes caked in dirt, being crushed against the barriers and having your line of vision impaired by human pyramids in front of you ain’t cool at the slightest. We even spotted a few fans looking faint and had to be escorted out (safety first, everyone!). But then again, would we go through such torture if given a choice? Bring it on.

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THE OMG: What’s awesome about the audience is that it’s made up of people of all ages, but the luckiest one of all has to be the little boy who got pulled out from the crowd and enjoyed his five minutes of fame onstage with his favourite band. Senpai, notice us too!

Photo credits: Singapore GP, Teenage Magazine

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10 Popular Movies Based on True Stories

23 Sep 2016 by Venetia Sng

A great movie doesn’t always need high action scenes or over the top drama. Sometimes, movie that tells a story based on real life can be more interesting and compelling as life itself is complex and exciting. And doesn’t hurt that there’s always a lesson or two to learn from it. We list our favourite movies based on true stories that have captivated audiences around the world.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

This comedy drama film is based on a novel of the same name written by Lauren Weisberger. The novel is about the author’s experience while she was working as an assistant to U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Most designers and other fashion notables avoided appearing as themselves for fear of displeasing the editor herself. But she later overcame her initial skepticism, saying she liked the film and Meryl Streep who plays the magazine editor in particular.

127 Hours

127 Hours

The film title, 127 Hours, is the length of time canyoneer Aron Ralston spent stuck between the two rocks, trying to decide what he was going to do in order to survive. With no help coming, no food or water and no one expecting him home any time soon the man must do the unthinkable – sever his own arm with a dulled knife or die. Heartbreaking and gruesome, the movie has captivated audiences and depicted a scenario that terrifies most of us.

The Blind Side

The Blind Side

Michael Oher went from tragedy to greatness in his real move from the projects of Memphis to a first-round NFL draft pick and professional football player. This movie stars Sandra Bullock as the white Leigh Anne Tuohy who was a stand-in mother and full-time believer, supporting the homeless teen in real life. Oher told NPR he thought the movie exaggerated his lack of intelligence with Quinton Aaron playing a quiet and academically inept Oher.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring

The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film where Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. The Warrens come to the assistance of the Perron family , who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971.

The Bling Ring

The Bling Ring

Starring Emma Watson, the story is loosely based on a real-life gang The Bling Ring. They were a group of convicted thieves based in and around Calabasas, California. They burgled the homes of several celebrities like Paris Hilton, Megan Foxx, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr etc. Their activities resulted in the theft of about $3 million in cash and belongings. 

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

This movie is biographical drama film based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle being homeless. Featuring Will Smith as Gardner, a homeless salesman. Smith’s son Jaden Smith co-stars, making his film debut as Gardner’s son, Christopher Jr. The unusual spelling of the film’s title comes from a mural that Gardner sees on the wall outside the daycare facility his son attends which was incorrectly spelled as “happyness” instead of “happiness”. 

Ip Man

Ip Man

This is a martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and teacher of Bruce Lee. Yes he grew up in a wealthy family and moved to Hong Kong (more in Ip Man 2) but the whole public match with the Japanese didn’t happen. Starring Donnie Yen as Ip Man and martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung. 

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

If hasn’t been too long since Steve Jobs passed away, but this is already the second movie about his life. Michael Fassbender plays Jobs in this iteration, which not only focuses on his profession rise to fame, but the struggles within his personal life. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels all appear.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hachi A Dog's Tale

We’re sure you’re familiar with the tale of everyone’s favourite dog Hachiko. This is a remake of the Japanese film which retells the story of the world’s most loyal dog, Hachiko. After the death of his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, in 1925, Hachiko returned to the Shibuya train station the next day and every day after that for the next nine years. Prepare them tissues. 

Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind

Russell Crowe plays John Forbes Nash, Jr. in this story about a real mathematical genius and his struggle to greatness. This movie gives us an up close look at what it is like to live with schizophrenia and the effect it has on your job, family and friends. Crowe does an excellent job portraying the life of John Nash. His acting is believable and you feel as though you are immersed in the life of John Nash when you watch this movie. Full of twists and turns that you don’t expect, this true story keeps you guessing throughout the movie.

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