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TNP : …And then there were 4

April 2, 2010

With Jesseca Liu quitting showbiz, is the whole ‘Seven Princesses’ thing passe?

It is time to “move forward in a new direction”, several of Mediacorp’s ‘Seven Princesses’ told The New Paper.

The original septet will be down to just four actresses with the impending departure of Jesseca Liu.

Jeanette Aw, Joanne Peh, Rui En and Felicia Chin remain.

Fiona Xie and Dawn Yeoh left the station last year.

The term Seven Princesses was first coined by a local Chinese entertainment weekly a few years ago. It was picked up by the media and became widely used.

Peh and Aw said the term was just a convenient and flattering way to classify seven actresses and to save people the hassle of saying all seven names.

But they added the label does not come with special treatment when it comes to roles.

Mr Paul Chan, vice-president of branding & promotion for Channel 8, feels “the existing four are the strongest of the seven and they are already at a level befitting the title of ‘New Ah Jies’.”

However, a veteran journalist in the entertainment beat believes the dispersing of the Seven Princesses merely reflects “the sad state of the local TV industry”.

source : The Electric New Paper

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