Best Performance by a MediaCorp Newcomer in His/Her Respective Field of Profession
Currently held by
Aloysius Pang 冯伟衷 (2015)
The Star Awards for Best Newcomer is an award presented annually at the Star Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1994.
The category was introduced in 1994, at the 1st Star Awards ceremony as two separate awards; Yao Wenlong received the award as the Most Popular Male Newcomer award while Ivy Lee received the Most Popular Female Newcomer award and both were given in honour of a MediaCorp male and female newcomer who were deemed as the most popular among the television audience. The nominees are determined by a team of judges employed by MediaCorp; winners are selected by a majority vote from the public via telephone and SMS text voting. Between 1995 and 2006, the category eliminated the distinctions between male and female newcomers and was given as a single award under the name of Most Popular Newcomer.
From 2007, the award went through a major revamp and was renamed as Best Newcomer. It was changed from being a popularity award to a professional award, and is given in honour of a MediaCorp newcomer who has delivered an outstanding performance in their field of profession. Similar to the Most Popular Newcomer award, the nominees are determined by a team of judges employed by MediaCorp; but the winners are selected by a majority vote from the entire judging panel. Pornsak is the first winner of the newly revamped category.
The nominees for this award were selected without any reference to their respective work titles – with the exception of 1995, 1997, 1998, 2012, and 2013, whereby the newcomers were nominated together with the work titles which establish the public identity of the newcomers thereafter.
The award was not presented in 2003, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017 due to the lack of eligible nominees.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 18 newcomers. Aloysius Pang is the most recent winner in this category.
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Star Awards held that year.