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


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…


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…

Author: Pujangga Malam™

Well-known on RIA 89.7FM as a controversial and sensational critic able to invoke thought-provoking and sometimes, fiery responses from fellow listeners. Have since evolved into a distinguished blogger of reputable claim with takes on the Malay entertainment industry and football-related matters. Brutally honest and believes in only reporting the truth as I see, hear or experience it. Self-styled critic who does not mince his words and is definitely a non-conformist.

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