Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Singapore Top 24 : Duane Ho

In The Shower with :
Duane Russell Ho

The first thing that struck me when I met Duane was how shy he seemed to be. I still haven't really gotten to know him much yet, but from the looks of the stuff he's posted on his facebook AND his awesome dance moves, I'd have to concur that he is as he describes himself : fun, crazy and unique.

Quick facts about Duane :
Lives in : North
Occupation : Student
Favourite MJ song : Human Nature
Favourite Judge : Dick
Single/Attached? : Single

Who does he think will win Idol 3? Tabitha.

If music is your first love, what is your second?
My second greatest love would be photography. Unknown to many, I'm actually very interested in the hobby and have a DSLR myself. I started taking photos a few years ago and finally bought a Nikon last December. If singing doesn't work out for me, I'd probably be a wedding or fashion photographer. (nice one!)

Secret Single Behaviour : What do you do on your own that no one knows about?
When I'm bored at home and I have absolutely nothing better to do, I go to youtube and start learning dance moves off the computer screen. That's where I learned the 'Bottle Pop' (OMG Mr Pussycat Doll much?) I've also learnt Single Ladies (Beyonce moves! Duane you gotta show me this soon!), random Pussycat Dolls dances through youtube too.

summerr's take :
Amira may be the youngest female contestant, but Duane is the absolute youngest contestant in this year's Idol. Duane has definitely got something to be proud of making it this far at just 16 years old.

Duane's rendition of Duffy's 'Mercy' at his first audition was so unexpected it woke me up. He had rhythm (as is apparent from his dance moves - that boy can move!) and soul. I thought he sang 'Mercy' like an old pro.

What Duane has going for him are his vocals, his personality and his 'story'. He's the underdog that audiences love to support, and they have reason to - the boy can sing.

And from what I've seen the last few times we've met, he has a wicked quirky sense of humour. He wore a teeshirt that said 'Kill TV' - ironic right, considering he's on a reality tv show :) And I loved how he said "I think I'm a black man trapped in a yellow boy's body!"

Check out Duane's audition here.

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

Monday, 7 Sept : Caldecott Hill, 9am - 930am, 987FM
Tune in to 987FM at 9am to catch Duane's first radio interview, alongside Sylvia, Sezairi and Gabrielle.

Wednesday, 9 Sept : Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Studio 1
Singapore Idol Piano Show #2, 8pm and The Results Show later at 10pm, on Channel 5.
Duane will be performing "A Little Too Not Over You" by David Archuleta.

To vote for Duane :
Call 1900 112 1203 or text 3 to IDOLS (43657)
Each call/sms costs 60cents.
Lines will only open from 8pm on 9th Sept 2009.

Find Duane online :
Duane's facebook fanpage

xoxo, s.


  1. ewww.. i don't like him! he's not good looking but has an awesome voice but i dun think he can go that far like going in 2 top 12 in si anyone agree?

  2. Duane Russell's #1 FanSeptember 1, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Agree that he is not a looker, but still he is only 16... IT only takes a make-over to do all that... BUT AWESOME VOICE = Gifted/Born with IT -You CAN'T FAKE that!!!! And remember, SI is a SINGING contest and DUANE sure CAN SING!!! He's got the SOUL, he's got the VOICE, He's got the MOVES and GROOVES!!! WOOHOO, YOU GO DUANE!!! ALL the WAY!!! YAY!!!!

  3. I think dwane is an UNDERDOG. Love his voice and his soul when he sings. I hope you get all the support that you want Dwane!! Go kick some ass on the live show ok! Yes go kick that Ryan's butt hard !

  4. okay i may be getting a little defensive + protective of my fellow Idol Duane here, but honestly people, if you have nothing nice to say, just don't say anything.

    You have no idea how fabulous Duane is as a person, not to mention the most unassuming and humble! He has so much talent and determination I think we should all commend him for all that he's achieved so far.

    I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions but try to remember what it was like being 16. Wasn't easy was it? Duane is awesome. I heart him lots. <3

  5. I saw Duane as a kid today on Okto! I didn't know he was a child actor too

  6. he has the voice.. hope he goes far.

  7. he is FABULOUS! isn't that FIERCE? Play on, play on.

  8. hi summerr, please take off the derogatory comments about Duane asap, its not healthy for his esteem and neither does it reflect well on our character.

    And for those people who have a crazy fixation about how he doesn't look like Zac Efron or Farhan, get lost ya?

    No one needs or wants to hear stuff like that. Cheers.

  9. Duane! You rock! I love your pussycat dolls dance!

  10. done! sorry, been really tied up - am so amazed at these 'haters'! pfft.

    Duane babe, ignore ignore ignore. We believe in you and your talent - keep up the good work ya and good luck for tomorrow.

    lov, s.

  11. Duane Russell&#39;s #1 FanSeptember 9, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Thanks Summerr - you're great!!! I know you have loads to do... Thanks!

  12. i think duane is an awesome singer by far! and his personality though quirky is what endears him to people! im definitely voting for this guy :D

  13. Duane ALL THE WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. dudeeee keep working hard! proud of you!

  15. Hi Duane,

    Didn't think it was the right choice of song tt nite... i dun know wat song to suggest cos i dun listen to english songs much but hope u can find the perfect mix of right song choice and presentation.... jus like sylvia did that same nite.

    Cos i feel u have the singer's voice based on ur "Mercy" audition.

  16. Duane, it is a long road and you are very unpredictable! I love it! Just do your best and I am sure you will make it! Sing with your heart!

  17. Without a benefit of doubt and hands down one of the dark horses in this competition! I was certainly astonished with your talents and abilities to sing and engage the audience with your performance in piano show 2. Good job! One thing u might wanna take note of would be the song choice. Getting it right would be the key. Hone this and you will be perfect in no time! Keep up your energy in singing:)

  18. I love Duane. People who hate him are pessimists and only go for looks in people. He can improve in his looks right? Just support him for his singing, the competition is for SINGING.