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Te:RaSeh! 2.0 Episode 9 Recap…

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The contestants might have felt uncomfortable performing the Boria during the earlier weeks but they seem to enjoy it as the weeks progress…

It has been a week since Episode 9 of Te:RaSeh! 2.0 was aired, but the high entertainment and humour aspects of that particular episode are still fresh in my head. I think it just edged the seventh episode as the most entertaining of the series thus far. The theme for the night (Horror), ensured that whatever costumes or make-up the contestants put on, were sure to tickle our fancy and scared those with faint hearts. Put in each contestant and how they immersed themselves in their respective characters, it was a laugh-a-minute fest that had people like me and my kids watching the re-runs and still laughing at the jokes days after. I personally feel that Fauzie Laily deserved the Celebrity-of-the-Match award as he was in character (dead World War II Japanese soldier) throughout from start till the cameras stopped rolling, and all the way, even after the show had ended.

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A. B. Shaik doing his best Michael JacksonThriller impersonation in front of his amused colleagues Khairudin Samsudin and Dalina Jaapar

I will not begrudge Azlin Ali as she too was also a deserving winner in her role as Makcik Keropok, when she appeared onstage at the start of the show munching on the Papadam in her hand and sharing it with the rest. When Danial Ashriq (Chucky) did his somersault from the stage during the Final Face-Off (Te:Ra! HabisBoria), Azlin responded in kind by jumping off the stage and treating the already-bewildered audience with her own dance moves. I thought there and then that she was to be anointed the Celebrity-of-the-Match for tickling our bones with her antics, and I was not wrong at the end of the show. For the record, Azlin joins Suzairhe Sumari as the only two celebrities who have won the award twice throughout this season’s competition. No mean feat, but it is also testimony to how good they were in their respective roles and characters given to them by the producers of the show.

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The Mats, always game for a fun shot like this…

It was also a good show as it put everyone at the edge of their seats and willing each team on to win. It was nervy, not only for the contestants but to the watching audience in the Mediacorp TV Theatre, as well as those at home. I felt that the fight between both teams were so close, anyone could have won it. Going towards the Final Face-Off (Te:Ra! Habis – Boria), both teams were separated by just ten points, with the Mats leading by that slender margin. In terms of showmanship, prose and creativity in delivering their lyrics, I felt the Mats edged the Minahs slightly, but with a guest judge who openly showed her support to the Minahs right from the first quarter of the show, I felt it was a losing battle for the Mats no matter how hard they tried and how good they were. I would like to believe that the show of support was deliberately done to shake the confidence of the Mat and dealt them a psychological blow, but no matter how I look at it, it’s not good viewing even for a show of this fun nature.

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The Minahs showing who was the number one last Tuesday

No, I am not saying the guys deserved to edge that last segment just because I’m a guy, but I think if we were to throw aside the bias and be more rational, we’ll agree that the guys showed better creativity when delivering their lyrics. Even some of the Minahs I spoke to post-show, agreed that the guys did slightly better. This is where I hope the Grand Finals tomorrow will be a fair affair. We already have two resident judges who represent each gender and can get away with the bias, though to their credit they have not been showing it so blatantly these past nine weeks. It’s the guest judges who hold the wild and trump cards. We could do without a repeat of last year’s mini-controversy whereby some of the guest judges showed whose side they were on. A judge has to be impartial afterall, even if this is a fun competition to begin with. One can show their quiet / gleeful support for their favourite teams via their votes during the Face-Offs, but not through openly-blatant display for the whole world to know. It somehow kills the spirit of competition and demoralises the other team, resulting in quiet discontent.

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Not surprised with the voting, with the Minahs clinching the overall win…

Though I am a bit disappointed with that particular aspect, I am still pleased to see the Minahs closing the gap as I had earlier predicted. Going into the Grand Finals tomorrow, from what I understand, the winner will win double the points, which means if the Minahs were to win, they would eventually leapfrog the Mats and end up being the dominant gender, not to mention the overall winner. As the score stands, the Mats are leading 5:4. With so much at stake for tomorrow’s Grand Finals, we’re going to see all the contestants giving their all in the special two-hour show. It’s gonna be another heart-stopping affair with the line-up ensuring there will be a good mix of contestants with differing abilities, capabilities and personalities. The Minahs will be represented by Nurul Aini, Huda Ali, Syirah Jusni, Azlin Ali and Nurfarhana M Noor. The Mats will have Suzairhe Sumari, Fauzie Laily, Fadhlur Rahman, Danial Ashriq and Hafeez Glamour fighting in their corner.

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Post-show interview with the Malam 2 Mat hosts Hafeez Glamour and Dyn Norahim. Azlin Ali stayed for the first ten minutes before going off as she had her daily morning show and needed to rest for the night. Nurul Aini and Danial Ashriq stayed throughout…

Before I end my entry, I would just like to commend Wawan Husen from Auraz Band for being the best Celebrity DJ throughout the nine weeks, at least from my personal standpoint. He did so much better and was so fluent as compared to some others who looked a little lost and unfocused, which resulted in some of the contestants and audience wincing and lamenting afterwards about points lost during the Q&A segment. For his reward, I believe Wawan will be back for another round tomorrow. Another three that did well so far and caught my eyes were Ashmi Roslan, Ryan Sufiyan and Shikin Imran. Not too sure though how many will be allowed in the radio conty tomorrow. But what is more important is that, I am hoping for a clean, fun, entertaining and fair fight from all contestants as they not only entertain us with their antics, but also channelling all their efforts for a good cause, winning points and monetary proceeds for their respective charity beneficiaries. I wish all the contestants all the best and play safe!!!


Te:RaSeh! 2.0 Episode 8 Recap…

TeRaSeh 2014 Episode 8 2014-05-27 2109Huda Ali got the better of Den Sabari this time round…

Episode 8 of Te:RaSeh! 2.0 last Tuesday (27 May 2014) served up a rare sight not seen in the previous seven episodes – a proper spanking for the Mats and a stunning win for the Minahs in all segments. Something had to give and the Minahs truly rose to the occasion to close the yawning gap that threatened to make this competition a cakewalk for the Mats. Whether the guys deliberately played the role of chivalrous gentlemen and gave the win to the ladies on a silver platter or the ladies found a fighting spirit from within, we will continue to debate for weeks to come, but the fact remains, a win for the Minahs was just the tonic for them to lift their flailing spirits and build on the momentum for the upcoming episode happening tonight.

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Judges Sheikh Haikel, Rilla Melati and Mr. Hassan Salleh were in no doubt who ruled the roost that night…

For the very first time in the competition, the Minahs aced through all the segments and the final scoreline was simply unthinkable, a landslide of sorts, the kind of spankings that they were used to receiving between Episodes 2 to 5 from the Mats. How nice and satisfactory it was that they finally managed to buck the trend and dish some of their own medicine back. The Minahs were also on the charm offensive right from the start with different team chants targeting each individual judge. Though I would give full marks for creativity, the execution and synergy during the delivery could have been done a bit better. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the guys getting walloped for once, even though I did detect that they were being generous by playing it cool.

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The hosts, Khairudin Samsudin, Dalina Jaapar and A. B. Shaik, in costumes depicting the theme for the night – World Culture

It was also nice to see Huda Ali finally get one back against hubby Den Sabari during the Final Face-Off (Dikir Barat). All those practices in private with Den, prior to the show, paid off big time for Huda. It also helped that Den was too immersed in his character to the point he was inaudible. The choice of anointing Izyan Mellyna as the Celebrity-of-the-Match was a long time coming in my opinion, as I felt that she should have been awarded that title in the very first episode when she did an extremely good impression of Diana Ross. A rising star in our local Malay entertainment industry, Izyan is set to make waves, starring in her first movie, “Banting“, which would be released this coming August 2014. A former child star having appeared in kiddy shows like “Ya Alif“, she is also a mean stage singer. Just type her name in YouTube, and you will see some of her performances as she belts out crisply like a professional singer.

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Izyan Mellyna, Huda Ali and Den Sabari had a great time at Warna 94.2FM‘s conty with Malam 2 Mat hosts, Dyn Norahim and Hafeez Glamour.

With all due respect to the Mats, I think tonight will be another episode where the Minahs will close the gap and make it 5-4 on aggregate, leading up to the Grand Finals next Tuesday (10 June 2014). I base my predictions against the line-up tonight and their performances in the previous episodes. The Minahs on paper look a bit stronger to contend with. In their corner tonight will be the one who leads by example – Nurul Aini, the one with the most determination and willpower in her – Azlin Ali, and the fiesty and gregarious Nurfarhana M Noor. For the Mats, we will see Fauzie Laily, Danial Ashriq and Fadhlur Rahman carrying their hopes. The Mats need to kick the show off in style by gaining the upper hand in the first segment (Fuhhh Te:Ra!). From there, they need to build on the momentum for the Q&A segment (Te:Ra Kapa?) and pick the right lyrics for the Final Face-Off (Te:Ra! HabisBoria). Can they do it and prevent the ladies from winning again for the second week in a row??? We’ll get the answers tonight at 8:30pm, only on Mediacorp Suria.


Te:RaSeh! 2.0 Episode 7 Recap…

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It was a hard fought and close fight between the Mats and Minahs in Episode 7 of Te:RaSeh! 2.0, even though the eventual scoreline betrayed what transpired throughout the hour-long show. Yes, the guys were simply brilliant, led by celebrity-of-the-match Suzairhe Sumari, but so too were the ladies, who fought with every sinew and guile within them. I was with the participants backstage prior to the show and the din they created gave me goosebumps, which made it feel like a carnival atmosphere or even the Grand Finals itself. I knew for the first time, this was not gonna be like any of the first six episodes. There was banter and mickey-taking all round, some friendly exchanges of thrash talk between both teams. There was certainly an adrenaline rush felt by everyone and I just knew the night was going to be a bit special as war was about to break out live on national television!!!

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Viewers at home and at the Mediacorp TV Theatre were not to be disappointed. Everyone onstage played their parts well and contributed to a very entertaining and humourous show. Everything we saw last Tuesday night (20 May 2014) was a mixture of planned skits and a spontaneous reaction to what went on. Both teams gave as good as they got. Those that were not slated to battle lent their support and just let their hair down as evident when we saw the Final Face-Off (Te:Ra! Habis – Boria). I personally think every episode should have been like this, with everyone enjoying themselves and making us forget for awhile that it is a competition. Even the judges were not spared from being surrounded and “manhandled”. In the case of resident judge Rilla Melati, she was yanked up to the stage by the ladies. Guest judge, BJ Kadir had his shirt accidentally stained by Mastura Kumari‘s (a.k.a. Mastura Ahmad) make-up. It was extremely hilarious and everyone was buzzing right up till the post-show interview over at Warna 94.2FM was done.

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For the sake of interest in the competition, I would really, really hope that those who are not slated to battle it out for a particular episode, to come down and lend their support for their colleagues and create an absolute corker onstage. Unanimously, people I spoke to from the audience, to viewers at home and even those behind-the-scenes agreed that it was the most entertaining episode to date. Evidently, everyone made the most of their presence onstage, some I have been told, had lost their voices from all the cheering, whooping and singing. Who can blame them??? My only regret is that the personalities involved in this competition would not be able to go on a road tour like last year due to logistical difficulties. We had so much fun last year atop the Hippo Bus and it’s just disappointing that the same could not be replicated this year, seeing how everyone enjoyed themselves this past episode.

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All the contestants played their parts well, immersed themselves in their respective characters and were more confident as compared to the qualifying rounds, where some were seen holding back. Tomorrow, 27 May 2014, the eighth episode of Te:RaSeh! 2.0 will have Den Sabari once again going head-to head with his wife Huda Ali. Joining Den will be Hasif Nasir and RIA 89.7FM‘s Dzar Ismail. Huda herself will be joined by Izyan Mellyna and Seriwahyuni Jaes. Another intriguing battle will resume and both sides will have experienced Dikir Barat enthusiasts for the Final Face-Off. After the euphoria of the past episode, I hope and anticipate for another repeat. If they can even get those who are not involved in the semi-finals to support, all the better. As they say, the more the merrier. Indeed it was a merry affair and long may it continue till the series end in less than a month’s time…


Te:RaSeh! 2.0 Episode 5 Recap…

TeRaSeh 2014 Episode 5 2014-05-06 1486The Final Face-Off (Boria) segment had Danial Ashriq squaring off to Norfasarie

I am starting to think that this Mat vs. Minah competition format in this year’s Te:RaSeh! series is looking a bit lop-sided and slightly unfair towards the fairer gender. For the fourth episode in a row, the Mats triumphed in style with the scoreline now reading 4:1, a thrashing or whitewash in sporting terms, whichever way you look at it. Though I have been willing the guys on weekly, I was also hoping that the ladies would close the gap and try to increase their winning chances or at least their monetary winnings, which would eventually be channeled to a beneficiary organisation of their choice. When the guys equalised the scoreline and led after the third week, it felt a bit fun to see them turning the tables against the ladies, but after the recent fifth episode, there is a danger that interest might fizzle out when the guys keep winning and showing who is the dominant party. Not that we ever need reminding of that fact.

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The contestants that night (from left): Mastura Ahmad, Syirah Jusni, Norfasarie, Danial Ashriq, Hyrul Anuar and Dzar Ismail

For one, I feel that the games segment (Fuh…Te:Ra!) always works to the guys’ advantage, being naturally stronger in the psycho-motor department. The quiz segment (Te:Ra! Kapa?) is one that I expect the ladies to close the gap but somehow, in their haste and excitement to earn points for their team, they sometimes fail to read the questions in full or experience that slip of the tongue, which so far has proven detrimental to their cause. In this recent episode, the ladies were disadvantaged as they received the misfortune of having a set of questions which were more difficult and tricky compared to the guys. There needs to be a fair balance of questions posed, but maybe it could also be down to the luck of choosing which set of questions to answer.

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A common sight for the third week in a row, the judges being unanimous who was the better side during the Final Face-Off…

Also I would like to see the judges be a bit more strict with their punishments towards those who breached the rules of the games / quiz segments. Granted this is a fun programme and in the spirit of goodwill, there should not be any penalties imposed. But in the spirit of competition, I think punishments like “Ketuk Ketampi” should be replaced by points deduction. This would then give both teams better impetus to be the dominant team during the Final Face-Off. Cos I sympathise with Team Minah whenever they are about to go into the last segment of the night. Their body language for the past few weeks, gave away their feeling of disappointment and perhaps bringing their morale down. I know they are trying hard and as best as they could to show that they can stand toe to toe with their male counterparts. Losing inevitably make them feel bad that they cannot earn winnings to channel into their charity organisation of choice.

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Without Khairudin Samsudin, Dalina Jaapar and A. B. Shaik, the show might not be as entertaining as it is…

While I thoroughly enjoyed this particular episode’s Final Face-Off as the guys broke the usual norm of just dancing along to the synchronised steps of the Boria, by doing the Worm (Dzar Ismail) and huddling together to sing, I also feel that Danial Ashriq was walking on the edge, when he did the Twerk, as it is not appropriate viewing for viewers at home and audience in the theatre. Though I appreciate that it is for humour’s sake, older viewers might regard that as a bit rude as he turned his back and raised his butt right to the audience and viewers. Fortunately for him and his team, the judges saw nothing wrong with that and did not penalise him for it, and even awarded him as Celebrity-of-the-Match. Stricter judges might have deemed it differently and perhaps awarded the round to Team Minah instead.

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Norfasarie and Danial Ashriq held court in Dyn Norahim and Hafeez Glamour‘s “Malam 2 Mat” programme post-show…

This coming Vesak Day (13 May 2014) sees the last qualifying round and final six contestants battling it out. Warna 94.2FM‘s RZ, Hasif Nasir and Firdaus Abdul Rahman will carry the blue flag for Team Mat, whereas Nurfarhana M Noor, Nity Baizura and Seriwahyuni Jaes will be doing the honours for Team Minah. Will the guys be gracious enough to give this episode to the ladies, or will the ladies fight back and show that they are not mere pushovers themselves??? For once, I think I will be rooting for Team Minah to win, just to make the show a little more interesting than it should and not such a one-sided affair, which is what I’ve been seeing for the past month. The ladies are due for a win but they need to earn it. As usual the show will be televised live on Mediacorp Suria at 8:30pm


Te:RaSeh! 2.0 Episode 4 Recap…

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From left: Den Sabari, Dyn Norahim, Fadhlur Rahman, Dalina Jaapar, A. B. Shaik, Huda Ali, Siti Hajar Gani and Azlin Ali

Episode 4 of the second edition of the Te:RaSeh! series saw the Mats pulling away and giving themselves a healthy lead over the Minahs. As of now, the scoreline reads 3-1 in favour of the Mats. I had expected the Minahs to equalise the scoreline or at least close the points gap between them and the men, but two moments of folly during the quiz round sealed their fate. But it was not at all a one-sided affair. The ladies put up an extremely commendable fight and just looking at the intensity displayed by Azlin Ali, the celebrity-of-the-match, that night was enough to show they meant business. But alas it was not to be. The guys I observed, did not put up much of a sweat and seemed confident at their chances of winning. Though it has to be said, the first round was questionable cos nobody penalised them for going back again to take more bottles to hit. I think they should have been penalised for that round.

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Huda Ali put up a valiant fight in the final face-off, but husband Den Sabari‘s experience in Dikir Barat won the battle…

In a quirky twist, the Mats were made to be cheerleaders and the Minahs took on the roles of Muay Thai fighters, a role-reversal when we are accustomed to seeing males as perennial fighters and females as cheerleaders. I truly enjoyed the final face-off round when the husband and wife team of Den Sabari and Huda Ali squared off against the other. Also when they were at Warna 94.2FM‘s conty for the post-show interview, their chemistry and bouncing off one another in their replies made for a very lively and enjoyable session with the Malam 2 Mat hosts Hafeez Glamour and Dyn Norahim. But will the Mats pull further away tonight or will the Minahs close the gap that seems to be widening??? For competition’s sake, I hope that the Minahs can close the gap as it would no longer be fun watching the Mats “bullying” them all the way till the Finals


Te:RaSeh! 2.0 Episode 3 Recap…

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Episode 3 of Te:RaSeh! 2.0 last Tuesday (22 April 2014) saw the Mats seizing the initiative to take the overall lead against the Minahs. Even though the Mats triumphed by about 70 points against their counterparts. In truth, the challenge from both camps was close and hard-fought, separated only by the final face-off (Boria) where the Mats went one better through the substance of their lyrics, that was in line with the night’s theme (Malay Icons). In my corresponding entry last week, I did say to expect the likes of Badang, Mahsuri, Munshi Abdullah etc. but some of those are more associated to Malay Folklore / Historical Figures. So I stand corrected that night when “Jeffrydin” (DJ KC), “Najip Ali” (Taufiq Salleh), “Sudirman” (Izzat Yusoff), “Rahimah Rahim” (Suriani Kassim), “Dato’ Sharifah Aini” (Nona Kirana) and “Anita Sarawak” (Sarah Aqilah) emerged from the back.

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Personally I feel that the theme of the night should have been called “Malay Entertainment Icons” instead, since there were also “Dato’ M. Daud Kilau” (Khairudin Samsudin), “Ramlah Ram” (Dalina Jaapar), “Dato’ Ramli Sarip” (A B Shaik) and “Ziana Zain” (Nity Baizura). The term “Icons” is quite broad-based as we do have successful Malay figures in different fields and industries, icons in their own rights. Sarah Aqilah rightfully won her title for (Wo)Man-of-the-Match. She impersonated Anita Sarawak down to a T – from the pouts, the leg-swinging, the batting of the eyelids, a worthy winner even if her team came up short. I am expecting another close battle tonight when Episode 4 beckons. It is extremely interesting to see the husband-and-wife team of Huda Ali and Den Sabari squaring off against one another and if there will be sparks as a result. Well we just have to wait and see. 8:30pm, only on Mediacorp Suria