Anugerah 2009 – Promising Or Otherwise???

I apologise if I have disappeared over the past fortnight, in fact the past month as I was tied down with both work and situations at home which called for my pressing concerns. When I was more free, blogging was the last thing on my mind. Hence why this blog seemed to be dead. I wouldn’t lie and say that during the time away, thoughts of packing it in did cross my mind. With the popularity of Facebook and now Twitter, blogging seems to have lost its zest in me. Luckily I’m doing this on a hobby basis but I hope none of you out there actually crave to read what is in store in my thoughts on a daily basis.

anugerah2009(banner taken off Anugerah 2009 official website)

And so I’m sure most of you have heard or read about the news and information regarding the upcoming Anugerah 2009 competition. If you have been living on a different planet or in a different realm, here’s a recap I’ve taken from the official press release of the programme:

Anugerah, one of the most anticipated TV series on Suria is back and the search for the next greatest sensation will begin soon. For the third consecutive year, the winner of the Anugerah competition will walk away with a recording opportunity with a regional record label.

This year, the Anugerah Champion will win prizes worth $250,000, which includes a recording contract with Suria Records Sdn Bhd (SRC), $10000 cash and an Artiste Management Contract with MediaCorp. The 1st runner-up will take home $120000 worth of prizes, comprising of a recording contract with Gumbira and an Artiste Management contract with MediaCorp.

Anugerah was introduced 10 years ago and has discovered many talents and bands such as Hyrul Anuar, Fauzie Laily, Syed Azmir, Aliff Aziz, Maiya Rahman and Rancour. Several of these talents have become household names and some of them have made it across the Causeway too.

Anugerah will continue to look for all rounded performers that exude charm and confidence and strong personality. The contestants will be judged by three resident judges, Ann Hussein, Eddy Ali and Gani Karim and a guest judge. The total score will be made up of the judges’ score (50%) and audience votes (50%).

Anugerah 2009 will be hosted by MediaCorp RIA 897FM’s personality Fiza O and Anugerah’s famed Fauzie Laily. The 12-episode reality series will make its debut “live” every Tuesday from 9 June 2009 at 8.30pm on Suria.

The new champion trophy for the winner is specially designed by a talented group of second year students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Suria received more than 100 designs. The winning trophy will be revealed during the Grand Finals.

Anugerah registration form can be downloaded from Anugerah’s microsite at from Thursday 16 April to Saturday 2 May 2009 and it is also available at the following venues from Thursday 16 April 2009, during office hours (Monday to Friday at 9am to 5pm):

MediaCorp Reception (Suria) 12, Prince Edward Road
Level 5, Podium A, Bestway Building Singapore 079212 &

• MediaCorp Reception, Andrew Road,
Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Singapore 299939

Anugerah’s one-day registration opens on Saturday, 2 May 2009 at Eastpoint Mall from 9am to 3pm. Viewers and supporters are welcomed to watch the public auditions at the same venue on 2, 3, 9 and 10 May 2009.

The prizes just keep getting better with each passing year isn’t it??? You must be wondering why I came up with the abovementioned title and whether I did it just to create a bit of controversy even before the competition starts. Actually I’m happy that the prizes in store highlight how the programme has evolved and progressed over the years. However, it has to be said for all the talk about recording contracts and all, I have yet to see a resolve being made between the last Anugerah winner Aliff Aziz and his management as well as the much talked-about album release of last year’s Anugerah Band winner, Rancour. And it has taken an extremely long time for the likes of Maiya Rahman and Hyrul Anuar to come up with a full album of their own.

Not that I’m discouraging wannabe contestants into realising their dreams. But I hope that they do their respective homework as well when it comes to living the dream in this small industry of ours. They have to be 100% sure, certain, patient and have that passion burning in them, even if things are not looking good. They need that to survive when things do not seem to be rosy. I’m sure experienced hands in the industry would do well to dispense tips and guide this new batch of contestants so that past experiences could be learnt and avoided wherever that was made.

The only complaint I have with regards to the coming season is the choice of judges cos before the press release was made, the teaser that they gave to the public was we would be having a new set of judges. I quote from the official website “A new phase in Anugerah, a brand new panel of judges with new comments. Anugerah will be revealing its new line-up of critics who will have vigilant eyes, on a look out for the new Anugerah star.” Looking at the three resident judges, they certainly don’t look “brand new” to me. More a case of recycling. While Ann Hussein is very much welcomed as her views in the last season was very much spot-on, the same could not be said of the other two. Expect more cliched and oft-heard comments like “You sold the song!!!” from you-know-who. My plea to them is to be honest and cynical when they have and need to. They are afterall responsible for moulding these wannabes to be tough when it comes to receiving critical comments. Niceties could result in complacency as was evidently seen in the previous seasons.

This domain, like the previous Anugerah Band season, would be constantly active with me passing my thoughts and criticisms on the show and the contestants. And let me warn you, comments made in my blog are strictly my own personal views so for those of you who would want to get all emotional like during the Anugerah Band season, at least comment with some logic and a bit of courtesy.