Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Singapore Idol Top 24 : Benjamin Chow

In The Shower with :
Benjamin Chow
(nickname : Worrymuch)

Benjamin says the 3 words that best describes him are Jazz, Rap and Sensitive. I've seen/heard the jazzy side, and he does come across as a sensitive kinda guy. But rap, hrm. Surprise me Ben.....

Quick facts about Benjamin :
Lives in : East
Occupation : NSF
Favourite MJ song : Smooth Criminal
Favourite Judge : Ken
Single/Attached? : Attached

Who does he think will win Idol 3? Jannah.

If music is your first love, what is your second?
Musical Theater! I've been in love with the theater ever since I was a kid- I remember the first time I played Fagin, from Oliver Twist, almost ten years ago... I never stopped trying to learn as much as I possibly could about the performing arts after that. My favorite playwright of all time is Samuel Beckett, and my favorite musical is probably Sweeney Todd (the original George Hearn broadway version mind you). :)

Secret Single Behaviour : What do you do on your own that no one knows about?
I absolutely HAVE to drown my fries in Mayonnaise. I usually order two large seaweed shaker fries, ask for like five packets of mayo and two packets of curry- and that's lunch right there! My girl keeps telling me i'm gonna die of clogged arteries. (aww, ain't that sweet! the nagging girlfriend, not the clogged arteries)

summerr's take :
With controversy and scandal swirling around him, he's definitely had loads of pre-publicity, but not the kind that you'd be happy about. He has a voice, and he can sing, so hopefully his performance at the Piano Show will put naysayers to rest.

I haven't quite figured Benjamin out yet, he's a little bit of an enigma, but suffice it to say, he comes across as earnest and well-meaning, although a little neurotic at times. He says its just because he wants to improve that he asks so many questions and asks for feedback.

Ben will be singing the Etta James classic, "At Last", which seems to be right up his alley of 'jazzy' classics. Apparently he raps too, that rap at the end of Episode 3, while the credits were rolling, was Ben.

Make a date with Benjamin!
Saturday, 5 Sept : Lot One, 3pm -4pm
Catch Benjamin in person at the second Idol roadshow where you get to meet the second group of 12 that will be performing at Piano Show #2.

Tuesday, 8 Sept : Caldecott Hill, 9am - 930am, 987FM
Tune in to 987FM at 9am to catch Benjamin's first radio interview, alongside Jonathan, Amira and Charlene.

Wednesday, 9 Sept : Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Studio 1
Singapore Idol Piano Show #2, 8pm and The Results Show later at 10pm, on Channel 5.

To vote for Benjamin :
Call 1900 112 1209 or text 9 to IDOLS (43657)
Each call/sms costs 60cents.
Lines will only open from 8pm on 9th Sept 2009.

Find Benjamin Online :
- watch this space -

xoxo, s.


  1. OMFG! he looks older than 19yrs old..

  2. yeah, he's a sensitive bastard. girls love it though.

    the last time i went with him to watch a movie he cried more than me- and i'm a girl LOL!

  3. haha, yah! ben's damn sensitive la, in the good way tho. i worked with him back when he could still dance n stuff, he was really sad when he got tat injury maan...poor guy. he's cool tho! weird, but cool, and i remember he CRIED WATCHING SOME BALLET damn funny la! but at least he's not the emo EMO type, hes just sweet that way. XD ALL THE BEST BEN!! GOOD LUCK!!!

  4. i still think that clutch thing is a scam! if you watch the episodes, he didn't had the limb in some parts. coz maybe he forgot!! lol

  5. I think he's fake la, just like his accent!

  6. I think he makes Duane look good! hahahahahaha

  7. true la, he's not camera friendly to look at, but no ones said anything about his singing! i think his leg thing is for real la, he would have to be REALLY stupid to go on national tv and fake it lor. i heard the producers have his medical records already, from since the show started- i'm friends with one of the idol finalists and i'm not taking his side here, but it looks like ppl are judging him on the wrong things.

  8. doesn't having early arthrities mean the pain comes an goes? that would explain alot huh..

  9. i've known ben for quite a long time, and all i can say is, despite what everyone think, he really IS in a lot of pain. and besides, don't take my word for it, the producers demanded to see his medical records. from what i hear, he gave them all, and apparently they dated back to last year! that's a really long time to have to deal with an injury- if he was faking it for sympathy votes you'd think he'd break his leg right BEFORE the show right? one of the journalists in mediacorp's a classmate of mine- she read the reports and it seems he actually didn't want to use the crutch at first, but then his pride got the better of him and the injury just got worse and worse. i'm not saying i'm on his side, i'm just saying the facts- my opinion is that he's a little odd, but that he seems to be generally a nice guy. if anything, i think he's misunderstood.

  10. guys ,

    k, i dun noe wat u all have against him, but i WONT sit here and watch him kena slam by u all. i work with him in his office and i just want to say that ben is one of the nicest ppl i noe and the most honest. he's one of the few ppl here in camp who NEVER plays mc, he always tells the truth even when its gotten him into trouble la. i trust him. he does his work aas best he can and he doesnt even lie to the officers when he does something wrong!! pls la, u noe why he does duty every sunday? cos he make mistake with his work and he own up to it to our officer cos hes just like that. true la, he sings damn alot and sometimes it gets irritating, but he is a good person, and i just wanted to say that. ben, if u r reading this, i want to say the ppl here are behind you all the way man. ALL THE BEST! dun let these ppl get to you k?

  11. from the start of the show from the auditions, i could already see that ben is a really genuine person with a pleasant sense of humour. i liked him from the start despite his injury. not once did the thought of him faking it crossed my mind. how can people just judge him like that? i dont understand. i do not know him but as an outsider i could see that he is true to himself, and i like his singing. this guy can sing man! to ben if you're reading, please dont let these people get you down. sincerely i can tell you that you are not ugly (i actually think you're quite cute) and that im sure many people like me can see you for who you are :) i just had to express my views after seeing so many hate comments, cant people understand?

  12. didn't ben go for an MRI scan? you can't fake something like tat wat..poor guy. i think ppl just want a target la.

  13. lolol
    they have ryan for that honey.
    haters or lovers, u told me once it's all about the music! so be true to urself! sing ur heart out!
    i'll be voting for u this wed =D
    blow us away!


  14. I do feel Benjamin to be very misunderstood. Perhaps it is the way he he appeared to others in bootcamp that created some unnecessary misunderstandings, but beneath that quick-mouthed blabber exterior he was appearing to others on there, i do see a sensitive and pretty nice guy with more stories behind that "irritating / faking injuries" exterior. Apparently the guy has got arthritis, it isn't a bloody injury too... and he was limping during bootcamp, which prompted me to ask him why was he in crutches, which was caused by arthritis according to him.
    We were all portrayed by the media, not quite as what we are in real life. Then again, it's part of game, ain't it? Regconize that, and realize that we are all most probably gonna be very different from what we seem on national televison in real life. :)
    Let's just be fairer in our comments, shall we? ;)
    Just my two cents. :D

    Anyway, this guy can sing, and shouldn't that be what really matters? (i think)
    And i do think he can really amaze most of us with his rapping... Man, can the guy rap! ;) I was amazed by his quick-witted rapping the first time i met him on bootcamp. Perhaps i'm a bumpkin, but I truly thought it was pretty good.

    Good luck Ben and all. :)
    Rooting for you guys!


  15. and yes, he do look older than 19...! Godd, i thought he was 25 or something! :|

  16. comes my lengthy testimony about how much I adore and support Ben :/

    I guess because he's used to living in the shadows,and not giving a damn about his outward image, he's feeling flustered,being thrown in the spotlight and being the subject up for judgment for the public.

    ( And trust me, if you think his mouth runs on forever, wait till you see him when he's nervous hhaaahaa)

    Right now, the guy is really trying to improve himself. And kudos to him, he's got it pretty bad with his facebook being hacked and the media hounding him about his leg. Not to mention the army. Hoho.

    And yes, he can sing. And that should be his selling point no? Not his limp.

    So yeah Ben, regardless of our issues and conflicts, and whether I'm going to the studio or not, I'll be voting for you.

    But do rememebr to checkyourselfbeforeyouwreckyourself :/ You're skating on awfully thin ice with me dude.

    -Your pal, Chris.

  17. You guys were awesome tonight...! :)
    Never mind idol, already... You can totally do Broadway from the way I'm looking at things tonight! :D Really great performance you did earlier, one of the best in my personal opinion! :D
    Make a youtube account already, i promise i amongst many others would subcribe. You are one highly entertaining fella! Haha ;)
    I'm sure your family and friends are extremely proud of you. :) Once again, Great performance tonight!

    Cheers! :)

  18. Gave it all tonight, but what to do eh?

    Hope to be seeing more of you now anyway. Keep on singing buddy.

  19. that was the best performance of the night, hands down. ben if you're reading this, don't feel bad about not getting through, you're leaving with a blast!! don't stop singing bro!

  20. Another loser! just like his father. He's trying hard to use his american slang like a drunk hobo! Should be best at Orchard Road street as a street busker with his cane and some Tiger beer!!!. Loser!! Another arrogant bastard! does not fit in the Singapore Idol!! at all!!!!!! Just be yourself next time dud!! dont be a jazz singer wannabe!!

  21. hey anon, that's just tasteless. he IS a jazz singer, like, for real. used to sing at bars before he went to idol. i saw his shows! good stuff. keep singing ben! don't let idiots like this get you down! :))

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