Pesta Pesta Pesta 2008: A Couch Potato’s Perspective…

IMPRESSED!!! This is my general feeling and observation towards this event from start till the end. No, I was not at Mediacorp TV Theatre to soak in the atmosphere live and to provide juicy gossips or photographs, but from the comfort of my television screen, this was a local production that deserves a standing ovation for its creativity, freshness and unique formula. Trust the good people at Dua M (a.k.a. Music & Movement Pte Ltd) to come up with something audacious like this and what you get is something out of the norm from your normal Malay television awards programme. This production was definitely better than its predecessor (Pesta Pesta Pesta 2006) and it showed throughout its 2-hour run.

While I will not go into intricate detail on every category that was up for grabs, I was just left stumped at how the winner of the “Juri Paling Power” was chosen. True, the fans might have chosen who they thought was the best but if you were to recall the recent Anugerah 2007 event, our dear winner with all due respect, didn’t give the best comments one felt he should be giving. I think the award should have been given to Rafaat Hamzah cos he’s the kind who does not beat about the bush and calls a spade, “A Spade“. But then again, aren’t we all a very sensitive bunch of people who can’t take in criticisms on the chin and accept the truth no matter how painful facts can be or when reality bites???

The line-up of very sporting stars was definitely a treat to savour. I believe for all the supposedly “dumb” (forgive me for not being able to use a suitable word as a substitute) things some of them were supposed to do like dancing back up to Alias Kadir and Suhaimi Yusoff and wearing outrageous costumes all in the name of fun, they should be lauded for their hard work in practising and getting their choreography right for their respective items. That in itself was a challenge and I instantly felt a huge sense of respect for this guys cos even in their supporting roles, they kept the beat of the show going. So due respect and credits are in store for Shahril, Huda Ali, Shah Iskandar, Mastura Ahmad, Dalina, Effandy, Ashmie, Norfasarie, Fizah Nizam and Herizal for their hard work throughout the night. Sometimes it is easy to forget the supporting cast but they too play a part in making a particular production successful.

What about the hosts??? Fauzie Laily seems to have grown in confidence since his last hosting stint at Anugerah 2007 and I’m not saying this just because he is a personal friend of mine. I believe that with time and experience, he has grown in stature and it would be tough now to find what he is actually good at, whether it is in singing, acting or hosting. With Alias Kadir and Suhaimi Yusoff, you can be sure their laugh-a-minute antics would leave you in stitches even if they were trying to be serious. I was a bit disappointed though that Suzairhe and Rima Melati were given lesser roles this time but with so many hosts, you can’t have too many cooks spoiling the broth. Still, their respective roles deserve every bit a mention for being nonchalant and zany and in fairness they did their jobs without any frills.

While on a private note I was delighted with Imran winning the “Penyanyi Paling Jiwang” award for his haunting love anthem “Seribu Tahun“, the same could not be said about the all-girl dance group “The Roses“, which I found a bit too tarty for my own liking. I dunno, I just feel that little girls their age shouldn’t be wearing what they wore and dancing the steps that they danced when Aliff Aziz came on stage to sing “Ini Satu Kisah“. Maybe I’m still a hopeless conservative and am not receptive to modern / contemporary choreography, so shoot me for being one.

From a couch potato’s observation, I really enjoyed the show overall and wished that more local productions would be like this, whereby artistes from every craft come together to let their hair down. The scriptwriters too deserve some merits for bringing the house down. Though a part of me says that the “Show Paling Happening” award could have been rigged just to boost their ego, in all fairness if you watched the show from start till the end, you will agree that this “Pesta Pesta Pesta” event was indeed “happening”!!! Just don’t let us wait another two years for the next event please, Dua M!!!


I will be taking a break from blogging for about a week or two as I’m in the midst of shifting to my new home. I will definitely try to find time to blog and update as soon as possible, but as what Shayne Ward sang in his haunting hit: “No Promises…

Have a great weekend guys!!!

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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