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When Star Search 2019 finalist Sheryl Ang signed up for the competition at the suggestion of her modelling agency, she only did it ‘cos they said it would be a good way for her to pick up acting that might help her land more gigs.

She told 8days.sg that she almost wanted to back out when she realised that it was an open audition instead of the more private closed-door one she was expecting, but she soldiered on… and on… and on… all the way into the Top 12.

While the leggy 1.75m-tall lass didn’t win (that honour went to Zhang Zetong instead), Sheryl, like her fellow finalists, was offered a Mediacorp contract and she's since appeared in dramas like All Around You, Mister Flower, Watch Out! Alexius, and Fresh Takes! short Remember to Forget.

Now, almost two years — gosh, already!? — after the Star Search finals, the 22-year-old (23 on September 6) has landed her first lead role in Mediacorp crime thriller Key Witness alongside Desmond Tan, 34.

It’s a full circle moment as the two were paired up in Sheryl’s Screen Debut episode, which was part of a series of short clips where the Top 24 got to demonstrate their acting chops opposite past Star Search contestants (Desmond was a runner-up in 2007).

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