16 moments that stole the show at NDP 2017

Here's what we laughed at.

By Guan Zhen Tan | August 10, 2017

After months of preparation, NDP 2017 is finally over.

If you’ve missed the parade because you obviously took the holiday to go somewhere else  or if you partied too hard, here’s a recap:

1) Edgar, that scary AF robot

This year saw the presence of a robot host, Edgar, which was created by Nanyang Technological University.

He looks like he is about to murder everyone.

And take over next year’s show.

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshot via HardwareZone Forums

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

Be very afraid, Singaporeans.

2) This auntie that nearly blocked the soldiers

GIF via Media A’s Youtube Video

Auntie, picture can take later, let this soldier pass first can?

3) The cute duet from the military tattoo

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

This year, Military Expert 1 Isabelle Wong and Senior Staff Sergeant Audi Hariz Sarman sang We Are One Singapore, which hit the right note with some.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

Singapore’s got talent, anyone?

4) This scripted portion of Tony Tan and his wife Mary getting ready for the parade

Screenshots via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter
Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

Awkward, but still quite sweet lah.

5) The scariest “terrorists” and “hacker” you’ve seen on live television

Oh wait, a simulated terrorist attack! Now, this should be getting interesting.

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

Rehearsed thugs came on the scene to threaten anyone that stands in their path, looking seedy and dangerous.

Well, for a couple of minutes at least.

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshots via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

As part of the simulation, two children were involved in the skit, being supposedly held hostage by their kidnappers.

For some reason, kids this year seem to have the guts to do everything, including picking up ammunition rounds.

GIF via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshots via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

In all honesty, though, the kids probably had the most convincing acting skills amongst all the actors involved.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

Or at least, better than this guy who managed to delay dying for a few seconds.

And of course, the bad guys lose. Fast.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

6) The Mozzie Clap

Because fighting dengue is so important, they made it into a mandatory segment.

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

And of course, we can’t fight the mosquitoes alone, so they made the entire venue do a funky dance with them.

GIF via Media A’s Youtube Video

Every beat counts.

GIF via Media A’s Youtube Video

7) Hosts in dresses with faces, telling everyone (and a confused PM Lee) to shout yam seng

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

While we’re not too sure what the dresses with faces had to do with the water parade, we’re pretty sure PM Lee was a little puzzled too.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter
GIF via Media A’s Youtube Video

8) A Physical Meme

If you browse dank memes a little too much, you’d immediately recognise the following:

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

In case you don’t get it, it’s featured in a meme called “expanding brain”, where possible responses to a situation are arranged in ascending order of stupidity/ nonsense, where the worst answer is the best answer.

Meme via Smosh

9) The aerial performance which was a metaphor for making babies

Gorgeous people, flying through the air, connecting hands together sweetly, causing a huge bird to appear. It was later confirmed by the narrator to be a stork.

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

Anddddddd here comes a bun in the oven.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

10) The mandatory youngster segment feat. Tosh Rock, Parkour and rap

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video

Winning formula mah.

11) Multi-cultural jam

Lip syncing was a big part of the show, and unfortunately, it was painfully obvious for some, including Brian Richmond.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

Otherwise, however, this was a rather sweet part of the show, demonstrating our multicultural roots; singer Rahimah Rahim carried a Chinese song with grace, and her fabulous energy despite being in her 60s made her wonderful to watch.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter
Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

But of course, we all know the ultimate showstopper, Mary Ho, the 81-year-old grandma who can play a mean guitar like she’s 21.

Boy, did she become the role model for everyone.

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter
Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

12) Bicycles

Since we have our fair share of bike-sharing drama this year, when Singaporeans saw bikes appear during NDP, it reminded them of some unresolved grudges:

Screenshots via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

13)The Curry Puff Float 

The biggest curry puff we could ever hope to feast on.

Screenshots via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

14) Joseph Schooling and Yip Pin Xiu on top of the ice mountain

Because the Olympic hype train never stops.

Screenshot via Media A’s Youtube Video
Screenshot via Shinjimahboi on Twitter

15) And that’s a wrap for this year’s NDP… .which is the last one Tony Tan will attend as President:

Screenshot via the NDP2017 hashtag on Twitter

And the last time we can speculate what he said during inspection.

Screenshot via ThingsThePresidentMayBeAskingTheSoldierAtNDPs Hashtag on Twitter

And rehash that one joke.

Screenshot via ThingsThePresidentMayBeAskingTheSoldierAtNDP’s Hashtag on Twitter

16) Thug life NDP kids

Well, this kid will definitely be thinking about National Day 2017 long after it’s over.

What an NDP.

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Top image adapted via Twitter and Media A’s YouTube Video

About Guan Zhen Tan

Guan Zhen is a serial doodler with multiple pens with her wherever she goes. She loves listening to Visual Kei bands, Jamiroquai and random songs from the future-funk genre.

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