Rosalyn Lee

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Rosalyn Lee
Rosalyn Lee.jpg
Born
Oliveiro Rosalyn Cristyna

20 June 1979
Other namesRozz
EducationSt Anthony's Convent Primary School, St Anthony's Convent Secondary School, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Diploma in Film, Sound and Video)
Parent(s)
  • Lee Kim Geok (d. 2004) (mother)

Rosalyn Lee, also known as Rozz, is a Singaporean host and entertainer. After a 14-year career as a radio presenter, Rosalyn left the profession.[1] As of July 2019, Rosalyn has her own segment titled 'Rozz Recommends' on the Clicknetwork YouTube channel.

Background

A childhood photo of Rosalyn (foreground) and her mother, Lee Kim Geok. Photo from The New Paper.

Rosalyn was single-handedly raised by her mother after her father left the family when she was 11 years old. Rosalyn, her younger brother Ryan and her mother then moved in with a relative who lived in a three-room HDB flat. In a 2014 interview with The New Paper, she shared that her mother worked hard to support the family.[2]


Growing up, Rosalyn frequently left notes to her mother about her daily whereabouts and whenever she needed allowance money. Some of these notes were also apology letters to her mother. In one case, Rosalyn never came home because she had been at a chalet trying to calm her nerves for 'O' Level results day.[3]


When Rosalyn was 15 years old, her mother contracted breast cancer and passed away 10 years later.[4] At 21 years old, Rosalyn legally changed her surname from Oliveiro to her mother's surname, Lee.[5] In 2008, Rosalyn discovered that she had second stage pre-cervical cancer. She made a full recovery and was an ambassador of the Power Over Cervical Cancer campaign in Singapore.[6] in 2013, Rosalyn appeared in a cervical cancer advertisement that urged Singaporean women to go for Pap smear screenings.[7] In 2009, she also became an ambassador for Pink Dot.[8]


Rosalyn started ballet lessons at 3 years old.[9] In her teenage years, she joined the People’s Association Modern Dance Group.[10] Before she was a radio presenter, she pursued dancing professionally.[11] In 2015, Rosalyn was the resident judge for the Channel 5 TV show, 'The Dance Floor 2015.[12]

Career highlights

The YouTube thumbnail for Rozz Recommends Season 2, Episode 12. Photo from YouTube.
Rosalyn (top right) in 'Premonition' (2015).

Clicknetwork (2011 - Present day)

Rosalyn is the host of her own segment on Clicknetwork's YouTube channel called 'Rozz Recommends'. The segment's first video was published in June 2016 and has three seasons as of July 2019. Seasons 2 and 3 of 'Rozz Recommends' features her travels to off the beaten paths around the word. Season 2 started in conjunction with Rozz's decision to quit her radio job.[13] She has travelled to countries like Peru, Cuba and the North Pole. In her vlog-style videos, she features underrated and unconventional places and activities specific to the country she is in.


In 2011, Rosalyn collaborated with Kiss 92FM radio host, Shan Wee to create a Clicknetwork segment titled 'The Shan and Rozz Show'. The segment features individuals with uncommon occupations and unique talents. The segment lasted 14 episodes and the last episode aired on May 26, 2011.[14] She also hosted a Clicknetwork variety show titled “Girl on Girl” where girls participate in activities that are stereotypically done by men such as the army and playing soccer. The segment premiered in 2012 and lasted 6 episodes.

Radio (2003 - 2017)

Rosalyn was a radio presenter for established radio stations in Singapore such as SAFRA Radio’s Power 98FM, Mediacorp’s 987FM and Lush 99.5FM. After 8 years at 987FM, Rosalyn moved to Lush 99.5FM in 2014. Featuring indie and local music, Lush 99.5FM was the champion of Singapore's alternative scene and subculture.


At Lush, Rosalyn hosted her first-ever solo show called 'The Evening Lush'.[15] Due to a relatively low volume of listeners, the radio station's last broadcast was on 31 August 2017. Rosalyn announced that she would wrap up her radio career alongside Lush 99.5FM.[16]

Acting (2016 - 2018)

In 2015, Rosalyn was cast as one of the main characters for Mediacorp's Channel 5 drama series, 'Premonition'. In the show, she acts as a police officer who struggles with the professional implications of have a corrupt policeman for a father. Rosalyn's role in 'Premonition' was her first acting gig.[17] The show was a six-part drama series and premiered in July 2015.


In 2018, she was one of the main cast members for the fourth season of Channel 5’s drama series, 'Code of Law'. In the show, she acts as Elaine Low who is a confident and ethical lawyer attempting to solve a variety of criminal cases.[18]

Variety shows (2014 - 2018)

In 2014, Rosalyn was the host for the fifth season of the Channel 5 variety show, 'RenovAID'. The show was an initiative by Mediacorp to help underprivileged Singaporeans rebuild their homes and their lives.[19] Having been from a similar background, Rosalyn empathised with the plight of these families and felt uplifted by initiatives such as RenovAID.[20]


In 2018, Rosalyn hosted a variety show on Channel 5 titled 'Weird Food Diaries' where she travelled around Asia to sample unusual delicacies. These countries include Japan, Cambodia and Thailand.[21]

References / Citations

  1. Herworld Online. "AGE IS JUST A NUMBER FOR ROSALYN LEE & ANITA KAPOOR WHO DEFY EXPECTATIONS & LOVE THE SKIN THEY'RE IN". Her World. July 2, 2018. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.herworld.com/beauty/sponsored/age-just-number-rosalyn-lee-anita-kapoor-who-defy-expectations-love-skin-theyre
  2. Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman. “Radio DJ: I bawled when I read mum’s secret letter”. The New Paper. August 25, 2014. Accessed on 28 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tnp.sg/news/others/radio-dj-i-bawled-when-i-read-mums-secret-letter
  3. Lee, Rosalyn. “The Light of My Life”. heyrozz. February 22, 2010. Accessed on 28 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://heyrozz.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/the-light-of-my-life/
  4. Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman. “Radio DJ: I bawled when I read mum’s secret letter”. The New Paper. August 25, 2014. Accessed on 28 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tnp.sg/news/others/radio-dj-i-bawled-when-i-read-mums-secret-letter
  5. Lee, Rosalyn. “The Light of My Life”. heyrozz. February 22, 2010. Accessed on 28 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://heyrozz.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/the-light-of-my-life/
  6. Teo, Dawn. “Famous and for a cause: Rosalyn Lee”. Youth.SG. March 20, 2013. Accessed on 28 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.youth.sg/Spotted/People/2013/3/Famous-and-for-a-cause-Rosalyn-Lee
  7. Lee, Debbie, Chua, Eugene, and Lee, Joanna. "Cervical cancer ad catches the eye and raises a few eyebrows." The Straits Times. May 8, 2013. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/cervical-cancer-ad-catches-the-eye-and-raises-a-few-eyebrows
  8. "Rosalyn Lee". Pinkdot.sg. Accessed on 29 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://pinkdot.sg/ambassador/rosalyn-lee/
  9. heyrozz. "ROSALYN LEE on Instagram". Buro 247. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.buro247.sg/instagram/heyrozz/29703588
  10. Lee, Rosalyn. “The Light of My Life”. heyrozz. February 22, 2010. Accessed on 28 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://heyrozz.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/the-light-of-my-life/
  11. Kee, Lynette. "Rosalyn Lee and Sonia Chew Tell Us How They Adapt and Cope Under Pressure". The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore. July 12, 2019. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tsingapore.com/article/rosalyn-lee-and-sonia-chew-tell-us-how-they-adapt-and-cope-under-pressure-tag-heuer
  12. Mediacorp Channel 5. "The Dance Floor 2015 - Resident Judge Rozz". YouTube. October 22, 2015. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGDAXlC7lzs
  13. Clicknetwork. "Quit My Job To Travel The World - Rozz Recommends: Unexplored - EP1". YouTube. March 13, 2018. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPCjq58LAfc&list=PLEgIHAoVZKeL8W9Q8Mf-Stuq0m2kMiy_P
  14. "The Contortionist - The Shan and Rozz Show: EP14". YouTube. May 27, 2011. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrcTg1ODvDQ
  15. "Rozz leaves 987FM after 8 years on air". TODAY. January 3, 2014. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.todayonline.com/entertainment/celebrity/rozz-leaves-987fm-after-8-years-air
  16. "Lush 99.5FM DJ Rozz announces departure from radio". Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore. August 25, 2017. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://sg.style.yahoo.com/lush-99-5fm-dj-rozz-announces-departure-radio-090256776.html
  17. Twang, Lisa. "TV role helps DJ Rosalyn Lee deal with dark past". The New Paper. June 1, 2015. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tnp.sg/entertainment/tv/tv-role-helps-dj-rosalyn-lee-deal-dark-past
  18. "Code of Law". Mediacorp. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://contentdistribution.mediacorp.sg/products/code-of-law
  19. "Renovaid Season 5". Renovaid. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.renovaid.com.sg/renovaid-season-5.html
  20. Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman. “Radio DJ: I bawled when I read mum’s secret letter”. The New Paper. August 25, 2014. Accessed on 28 January 2019. Retrieved from: https://www.tnp.sg/news/others/radio-dj-i-bawled-when-i-read-mums-secret-letter
  21. "Weird Food Diaries". Toggle. Accessed on 2 August 2019. Retrieved from: https://tv.toggle.sg/en/shows/weird-food-diaries-tif/info