Who should win Star Search 2019 on Sunday? If it were up to 8days.sg, it wouldn’t be the night’s best actor or actress. It would be the contestant who looks most like a star, the one with the X-factor that separates him or her from well, me and you.

Here’s the thing: unless you’re really hopeless, you can always work towards being a better actor. But star quality is innate. You either have it or you don’t. The most successful winners from Star Search’s 31-year history all had that extra something, never mind that they didn't give the best acting performance during the finals.

Did Zoe Tay wow the judges with her thespian abilities during the 1988 Star Search competition? Of course not. What the future Ah Jie had was X-factor. So much in fact, that three decades later, we're all still entranced by her. Was 1993 champ Ivy Lee the best actress during her finals? Hell no. First runner-up Lina Ng was the best performer that night but it was Ivy who oozed star quality. And she eventually became one of the most lauded actresses in Ch 8 history until her retirement. Then there’s Felicia Chin, who was the complete package. The 2003 winner had a major glow-up between the auditions and the finals, where she was also named the contestant with the "Best Acting Potential". But not everyone’s as blessed as Feli.

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