APM2008 After Thoughts…

I made a grave mistake by not acknowledging my outfit sponsor in my Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 review. Many apologies and many thanks go out to Jatt’s Collezione for making me look good that night and in the words of Joe Lee a.k.a. Klubbkidd, I looked “spiffy” in the three-piece suit. Actually it’s just two-pieces but I added a third so that I would not perspire and spoil the inner piece. This is the second year in a row that Jatt’s Collezione had outfitted me. Made me looked kinda overdressed that night. Guess I got to find something a little toned down in future. Hah!!!

Anyway, I’ve just finished watching the repeat telecast of Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008 on Suria. Dunno why, but I just felt watching it live was much better than watching it on television. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for live events. It may also be because over the past week, I’ve been watching clips of the event from the comfort of YouTube (and I must say Taufik‘s “Sesuatu Janji” has been on repeat mode ever since. Just can’t get enough of his performance and slick dance steps). I could have avoided watching the event all over again, but for the fact that I wanted to see how the local awards presentation would be aired.

Like what happened during the delayed telecast of last year’s edition, the editing left much to be desired. Where during the show itself we had a proper introduction of the award presenters (the radio deejays), somehow in certain instances that you saw on television, the presenters just appeared out of nowhere and ready to speak. One glaring instance was the one where Ashraf Sinclair and Fiza Osman came on stage to present the popular awards for the local artistes.  The clip just appeared with no introduction to the presenters as well as the “guest-of-honour” who was in charge of handing the trophies to the respective recipient, Mr. Hassan Salleh, programme director of RIA 89.7FM.

Not only that, when footage was shown of the local awards presentation that were given away during the commercial breaks, we could see the mad rush of people who were trying to get across to either ends of the arena for that quick toilet break / smoke / back to their seats. It certainly did not reflect well on the show as a whole. Somehow I wonder who is in-charge of editing all the footages??? Astro or Suria??? Watching those footages and how technically inept they were, made me feel embarrassed to say how good the whole event was, as highlighted in my last entry. These kind of editing smacks of unprofessionalism. It’s what we Malays like to call “Tangkap Muat“.

Granted, whereby the background music for the winners of the popular local awards was rectified, when during the event itself, the sound people botched it up by playing a different artiste’s song, the rest did not mask any shortcomings the event might have with regards to the local awards presentation. You have to remember Suria can also be watched by those in Johor and Batam. They too are able to tune into our local radio stations daily. Since they do not have the benefit of watching outdoor shows organised by our radio stations unless they come down to Singapore, a proper introduction of the deejays-cum-presenters would have been good to these people so that they could put the faces to the voices that they hear. Heck even some of our local listeners dunno the faces behind these voices.

Which is why I feel that in future events, Suria under the Mediacorp banner, SHOULD tie up with their sister stations from the radio wing, win the televised rights and set the rules that the local awards should be mentioned in the same breath as the regional ones. Only then will we get seamless transition between one performance to the other, one award presentation to the other and so on and so forth, without any glitches or boo-boos for everyone to note / see. You and I can only hope…

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.

One thought on “APM2008 After Thoughts…”

  1. Well, if next year’s event is going to be telecast on Suria, and Astro insists that the local awards are of no relevance at all, this is my suggestion:

    Have the local awards presented at 8.30pm with only Suria telecasting it live, and have the event start proper at 9.00pm, and having snippets of the local awards presented earlier shown during the simulcast.

    Why wouldn’t anybody think of this in the first place???

    And its weird that such an awards show that prides itself as being PRESTIGIOUS AND IMPORTANT, there is no website! Well, at least a professionally done one. I think its really important that the message of APM is spread across the world wide web, rather than giving the impression that it is just a one-off show and I don’t blame certain people blaming APM as a ‘waste of time’. The website can contain the vision and mission of the APM, information about the artists in this region, entertainment news, album releases, events/concert information, and most importantly, up to date news prior to the next APM.

    I hope that next year’s event will be a bigger one, and a better one definately.

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