It’s almost (almost) time to crown the next Zoe Tay or Chew Chor Meng now that the first of the Star Search 2019 semi-finals will be airing this Sunday. 12 of the Top 24 contestants will battle it out (quite literally, but you’ll have to watch the show to know what we mean) over three rounds that will test not just their acting abilities, but their stage presence and star quality as well. Grading the contestants on each round are three judges: veteran filmmaker Man Shu Sum, Taiwanese actress-host Phoebe Huang, and, for the first semis, Hongkong actor Bowie Lam. His former TVB colleague Bobby Au Yeung will take his place as judge for the second semis. Of the 12 competing this week, six contestants will be selected to compete in the grand finals on November 3 along with six from the second semis.

Ever since the Top 24 was announced in July, the contestants have been fast gaining popularity — some of them even have, not one, but two fan accounts on Instagram now. While we are well aware that the number of followers a person has shouldn’t decide his or her worth, we also all know how important a social media following is to a star these days — an acting newbie can be hired to star in a show simply because he is big on Instagram. Which is why we want to see how these hopefuls stack up against each other, at least before their numbers skyrocket once they become real famous.

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