WHEN Ms Valerie Song found out on Sunday night that she had won the No. 1 Ultimate Super Fan contest run by The Straits Times, it was a dream come true not just for her but for her whole family.
The 24-year-old programme executive already had plans to spend Thursday night at Marina Bay Sands with her family to celebrate her parents' 26th wedding anniversary belatedly.
Now, the whole family will have an even bigger celebration - spending their weekend at the Social Star Awards and Singapore Social Concerts. The awards ceremony - dubbed the Oscars of the social media world - celebrates the most popular personalities and brands in social media. Theconcerts, which follow, will feature performances by Aerosmith, CeeLo Green, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy.
Ms Song was not the only member of the family to score tickets. Her 19-year-old brother Rexford also won premium tickets. The siblings plan to share their spoils with the rest of their family.
Mr Song, 19, a student, won two tickets to each event. He is taking one of his parents along while Ms Song will be there with her sister Felicia, 25, a corporate communications manager. In addition to attending the concerts, the Song sisters will get to experience the glitz of walking down the red carpet with celebrities at the Social Star Awards on Thursday. They also received a hair and fashion makeover worth $3,000 yesterdayevening.
Ms Song is over the moon about meeting her idols, especially Korean superstar Psy. She said cheekily: "I can speak a little Korean, so I really can't wait to say to him: Annyeonghaseyo (Korean for hello)!"
Her winning entry - a video montage of the Song siblings dancing to Psy's Gangnam Style in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Morocco - beat more than 200 other entries.
Mr Song's winning video was shot on the same trip but his was a video of his youth tour group initiating a flash mob performance in Lisbon, Portugal. Commenting on the entries, Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez said: "The videos were great fun. Some people sang, some danced, some went diving to film underwater, others wrote poems or did parodies of music videos. Clearly, our ST readers enjoyed themselves putting together these entries. We think they will have even more fun when they get to go to the Social Star Awards night and the Singapore Social Concerts."
Among the other winners was Ms Amirah Imran, 20, who won premium tickets and is better known as Spidey Perry on YouTube. She created a music video to Jepsen's Good Time. "It's finally a chance for me to talk to my superstars, and tell them how I feel about their music," said the student.
The inaugural Social Star Awards will be held on Thursday at Marina Bay Sands, and will be followed by the Singapore Social Concerts on Friday and Saturday at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay.
The Straits Times is the official Singapore media partner for the event, HOT FM 91.3 is the official radio station and Kiss 92FM, the supporting radio station.
View the top entries that won Premium tickets for this week's Social Star Awards and Singapore Social Concerts, on ST Communities here.