The real bad boys of Manhunt Singapore

A former pirate hunter and ex-offender are among this year’s finalists

Photos: Manhunt Singapore
Photos: Manhunt Singapore
16 Jun 2016

Photos: Manhunt Singapore


Forget heroes and hot young things: this year it is the bad boys that stand out in the shirtless crowd at Manhunt Singapore. The 30 finalists for the competition were unveiled at Alkaff Mansion yesterday and among the 20 Junior and 10 Senior Manhunt finalists were a former pirate hunter and an ex-offender.

It is not difficult to notice Jadyn Ng, the only contestant with huge tattoos across his arm and leg, a reminder of his troubled past. The former ah beng had his first brush with the law at 2007 and over the next four years, he was in and out of the Reformative Training Centre for a variety of offences from drug consumption to gang-related offences.

When the 25-year-old sales executive, who is now studying part-time for a degree in construction management, was scouted to join the competition, he decided to take the plunge as a challenge to himself, though he had little confidence he’d make it past the auditions.

“Because a few years back I was this botak guy who was very skinny with no education,” explained Jadyn, adding that he also used to observe the way others spoke and read the dictionary to expand his vocabulary. And it didn’t help that he was “cruising in fat mode” and had only about two months to whip himself into shape for the competition.

Though his confidence and self-esteem have improved by leaps and bounds, Jadyn says being in Manhunt still feels very surreal: “Sometimes I ask myself ‘What am I doing here?’ How many ex-ah bengs can say they have been in Manhunt? I am not boasting but that just goes to show that anyone can do anything.”

Also living by that mantra is Joshua Cho, a former pirate hunter who used to protect merchant vessels from hijacks for his keep. Though the job was exciting (not to mention badass and chock-full of bragging rights), the toll of being away from home and spending more time at sea led Joshua to bow out after two years.

Now a personal trainer, Joshua, who joined Manhunt on a “personal dare”, hopes the competition will open new doors for him.

“I just hope to learn better things, new things from everyone. Who knows, an opportunity might come knocking on my door and I am going to grab it. [It could be] modelling, acting, anything - but I can’t sing. That’s out,” said the 26-year-old.

The Manhunt Singapore grand final will be held on August 27 at One Farrer Hotel.

Click on for more photos of the finalists.

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
16 Jun 2016

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Eugene Francis Ng
Age: 28
Height: 1.69 m
Occupation: Financial consultant

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Ryan Lee Kah Kiat
Age: 27
Height: 1.73 m
Occupation: Personal trainer and spinning instructor

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
16 Jun 2016

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Jasper Lee
Age: 23
Height: 1.71 m
Occupation: Undergraduate at National University of Singapore

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Louis Chan Kar Wai
Age: 21
Height: 1.75 m
Occupation: Associate at Abercrombie and Fitch

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Teo Wei Kiat
Age: 22
Height: 1.75 m
Occupation: Undergraduate at National Technological University

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Benny Tan
Age: 25
Height: 1.78 m
Occupation: Undergraduate at National Technological University

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
16 Jun 2016

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Abdullah Tasauffi
Age: 21
Height: 1.78 m

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Jadyn Ng
Age: 25
Height: 1.78 m
Occupation: Sales executive

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Calvin Choh
Age: 19
Height: 1.80 m
Occupation: Student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Peter Ang Nielsen
Age: 21
Height: 1.88 m
Occupation: Undergraduate at National University of Singapore

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Lucas Lim
Age: 26
Height: 1.89 m
Occupation: Dance instructor

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Jason Loy
Age: 23
Height: 1.81 m
Occupation: Cabin crew trainee

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Danial Bawany
Age: 21
Height: 1.79 m
Occupation: Bodybuilder

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Brian Cai
Age: 23
Height: 1.78 m
Occupation: Student at aSingapore Institute of Management

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

George Wong Zhen
Age: 21
Height: 1.78 m
Occupation: Undergraduate at National University of Singapore

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Hiezam Luthfi
Age: 22
Height: 1.78 m
Occupation: Works in the fitness line

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Terance Quay
Age: 25
Height: 1.77 m
Occupation: Undergraduate at National University of Singapore

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Andrew Lau
Age: 28
Height: 1.74 m
Occupation: Personal trainer

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Glenn Sim
Age: 25
Height: 1.72 m
Occupation: Civil servant

Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
Top 20 contestants (Junior category)
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Top 20 contestants (Junior category)

Joshua Cho
Age: 26
Height: 1.70 m
Occupation: Personal trainer

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Gavin Goh
Age: 30
Height: 1.71 m

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Benmartin Cheah
Age: 37
Height: 1.72 m
Occupation: Personal trainer

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Andrew Sim
Age: 38
Height: 1.73 m
Occupation: Business owner

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Caleb Wong
Age: 35
Height: 1.75 m
Occupation: Vocal coach and singer

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Benjamin Gay
Age: 42
Height: 1.83 m
Occupation: Self employed

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Samuel Wong
Age: 31
Height: 1.83 m

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Zacky Mohammed Hosnen
Age: 39
Height: 1.76 m
Occupation: Technician

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Kevin Teo
Age: 39
Height: 1.74 m
Occupation: Personal trainer

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Stanley Nam
Age: 36
Height: 1.72 m
Occupation: Associate Director of Marketing and Communications in a global market research company

Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
Top 10 contestants (Senior category)
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Top 10 contestants (Senior category)

Deepak Kumar
Age: 31
Height: 1.71 m
Occupation: Business analyst

Top 20 contestants of Manhunt Singapore
Top 20 contestants of Manhunt Singapore
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Top 20 contestants of Manhunt Singapore

Top 10 contestants of Senior Manhunt
Top 10 contestants of Senior Manhunt
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Top 10 contestants of Senior Manhunt

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