The perils of live television was in full bloom on New Year’s Day in Singapore.

Channel 5 had their usual countdown show to usher in the new year and what not.

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Hosts Mike Kasem and Vernetta Lopez were trying to hold the show together, and at one point after the countdown was over — to fill the airtime as the stage got prepped for another performance — they decided to interview a random audience member.

At times like this, this is where everyone involved need to think on their feet and cede control to external elements.

You can watch the full video here:

Here is what was said from 1 minute 12 seconds:

Lopez: What is your name? (accosting random audience member)

Ganesh: Ganesh.

Lopez: Ganesh, what was the highlight of 2016 for you?

Ganesh: Going out with my friends.

Lopez: Going out with your friends was the highlight? Are you kept indoors a lot?

Kasem: How about something involving a swimming pool?

Ganesh: I went to my friend’s house and he living in condominium so I went there for swimming with my friends.

Lopez: Well you know what, whatever the highlight is for you, that’s fantastic.

Kasem: Absolutely. I was thinking Joseph Schooling for me.

Check out Kasem’s and Lopez’s facial expressions as they tried to hold it together:


A round of applause for Ganesh, please.



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