Anugerah 2007 Final Predictions…

Ok what else is there for me to say after all I’ve said over the past fortnight??? I guess whatever views I have on the four finalists will not matter now and we all already know what they are capable of on stage. I’ll cut to the chase and give my predictions:

My Anugerah 2007 Final winner is:

Maiya Rahman

Why???

That’s easy… Her fanbase is huge, or at least stable enough to sustain her survival week in and out. Coupled that with consistent performances week in and out and a voice that is controlled in pitching, she should be able to win the judges’ hearts. And if you want to talk about looks as a package, she is much sweeter looking than her direct rival Nuwarrah, with a captivating and warm smile to boot. My only fear for her is that she might suffer like her predecessors. Or in our local Malay music industry’s context, the female singers suffering from the fans’ obsession with the male singers.

I’m not entirely convinced with the terms mapped out for the other finalists. There is only so much they can do being under Suria‘s Artiste Management Unit (AMU). Not that I’m looking down at Suria but I feel more could have been tapped from the previous Anugerah 2005 cohort. Syed Azmir did a good job by turning them down and going on his own. We can’t blame the other three for signing up cos like everyone else, they too had hoped for a good and meaningful career in this line under the AMU. As it is, only Fauzie Laily‘s star is shining and we see his versatility in singing, acting and now hosting, though I’m still not convinced with the latter seeing how he stumbles on his words almost weekly. But I can see a lot of improvement when it comes to ad-libbing.

Suria should take a gamble on Hyrul and Khairil, since afterall the former I believe, is getting good training from the Singapore Armed Forces’ Music & Drama Company where he’s learning the tricks of the trade to be an even better entertainer. Maybe they do have plans in store so I guess the waiting game is still on. Just hope that the four finalists tomorrow could carve a niche in the industry and do well in their future endeavours. It will be futile for wannabe stars in two years’ time to enter such competitions if the state of the industry is still as such. I hope for their sake, that is not the case…

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Over the past week if you guys have been listening to the Bistro segment on RIA 89.7FM, you would have noticed I’ve been accused of being smug and arrogant with my views and comments on radio or maybe agree with those accusations. Simply because:

a) I’ve been very critical of Kassreeal‘s & Wan Arshad‘s fans, who I deemed as “tone-deaf” and “musically and artistically blind

b) I’ve revelled in my spot-on predictions, albeit for just a day last Wednesday

c) Any comments made on air were deemed as me trying to be a know-all

It’s like the old syndrome of the listeners have returned once again. New nicknames emerge to give their own backlash on yours truly, when I know damn well it’s from the usual names I hear and know, just that they are afraid I might ostracise them if they were to use their normal nicks. Their comments really have no effect on me cos I’m not asking them to take my words wholesale. And with regards to being arrogant, my conscience is clear. “Pujangga Malam™” is not about shoving his ideas on people. He believes in sharing knowledge and since afterall sharing is caring and I certainly do care for my community.

When one does not have any substantial views to debate, counter or agree, one tends to find the other person’s flaws to get back at them and sow even more seeds of discontent. Sadly, these people are barking up the wrong tree. While I appreciate their comments and in turn keeping myself in check, I see no reasons to change as I know my intentions to change the community’s mindset and mentality is clear as the ocean. This is my personal mission on radio, even if I receive flak and disheartening comments. If they can rid themselves from their cocoons and see the world in a bigger perspective, I’m sure there’ll be more Ashley Ishams out there…

Of Fears & Being Paranoid…

Ok I don’t normally type two entries in one day, cos I was planning to type one tonight with regards to Anugerah 2007 Finals. But I need to get something off my chest, hence this extra entry.

In my previous entry, I stated how fearful I was with regards to my daughter’s back development and that she might suffer in the long run if I were to subject her to sitting on walkers and Bumbo seats. My entry has got nothing to do with slagging off anyone for being an irresponsible parent, nor was I hinting directly on anyone. It was my own observations and personal fears based on what I heard from my mother and what happened to some of her cousins. I likened the Bumbo seat to the walker, just like one likens an eagle to a hawk in that they both come from the same category of carnivorous birds.  

Fear and a bit of paranoia overtook me over the course of time and I have to admit, I did not seek professional opinions to understand that a Bumbo seat is indeed ok in medical context. You have to remember I too am human, and not everything I say is politically correct, the be all and end all. You can choose to understand my beliefs or you can just read and move on if you disagree. I’m not a perfect parent (yet!) to shove whatever things I know into my readers’ faces and I never set out to do that. Whatever we know, we share. I guess this is what blogging is also about – Knowledge Sharing, and I certainly learnt quite a few stuff just reading other people’s experiences. I am still learning and I believe so is everybody else…

So please don’t take my previous entry as a personal attack on anyone. I was merely stating my own fears and paranoia. Don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions and cause distress on others who might have been coincidentally linked to what I was talking about, even if I was not referring to them…

P.S. Thank you for the tips, sis… Am surely gonna buy a Bumbo seat very soon now that I know it’s most definitely ok for my daughter to sit on it…