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National Day 2013 song One Singapore receives online brickbats - and some bouquets

Published on Jul 18, 2013 4:30 PM

Judging by what's been said online, you'd think it's a national disaster.

This year's National Day Parade (NDP) theme song, One Singapore, will only be officially released on Thursday evening, but already it's triggered online vitriol.

The mid-tempo song was sung by Sing A Nation, a choir comprising 68 Singaporeans from all walks of life. The melody was composed by music director Elaine Chan, and the lyrics by theatre doyenne Selena Tan.

Some netizens lambasted it for being "worse than last year's Fun Pack Song" while others said it sounded like "your auntie and uncle trying to be 'hip' and 'cool'." Likewise, folks on the ST Communities page have given it a thumbs down.

This year's NDP 2013 song, One Singapore, was composed by NDP 2013's music director, Ms Elaine Chan (back) and the lyrics were written by creative director, Ms Selena Tan (front).