A Message For You By The Anugerettes…

Ok I have to apologise if my Anugerah Episode 5 Review is put on hold and not uploaded on the same night as what I have been doing for the past few weeks. I will upload it by this Thursday latest as I am quite occupied with stuff at work and at home. Hopefully you’ll understand, but before I end this short entry I would love to take this opportunity to thank the Top 12 Anugerettes once again for this message that they have for you dear visitors of this domain:

Anugerah 2009 Episode 4 Review…

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I’ve just returned from Mediacorp‘s TV Theatre and I must say my hairs are still standing from what I’ve seen and heard so far this evening. The night was a far cry from last week where all the male contestants could be judged according to their various flaws and strengths but tonight, whatever flaws there were on display, it was quite difficult to detect unless one is really analytical and diligent enough to watch the taped programme again or very experienced in this industry.

For those who religiously follow this reality show, I’m sure you would agree with me that tonight, the ladies did much, much better than their male counterparts, so much so that I’m finding it tough to predict who would remain and who would be unfortunate enough to be eliminated. Even the judges admitted towards the end of the programme that they would be having a difficult time to tabulate the results and giving the scores to the respective young ladies.

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Continuing from last week’s theme of “Rentak Kita“, the female contestants tonight sang songs by mostly female Singaporean artistes, save for Hafizah Naser who sang Fuad Rahman‘s cover of “Bila Rindu“, but even then, that song is a duet with Mira. For those who have been crying out for female talents to come forward, tonight was a good night to immerse yourselves on the songs sung by our local female artistes. Thank you Suria for giving our female artistes due recognition by having the contestants sing their songs.

Personally I felt that overall, besides the performances, the night was a great one for me and the majority in the audience. I must put it on record that I salute and thank all the supporters of the female contestants for not repeating what we experienced last week with some of the rowdy and boisterous supporters of their male counterparts, which I had mentioned in the previous entry. If only future weeks will be this good. We can hope but it’s all up to them in the end.

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I know this particular paragraph is very much irrelevant to this review, but another reason why I said it was a good night for me was also because I met my old schoolmates in secondary school, Shikin, and her brother Rizal after the show. They happen to be Nora Baharom‘s elder siblings and it has been 15 long years since I last met them. I still remember Rizal who was so scrawny back then and now he’s already a father of two. God how time flies. Anyway Nora was also an ex-student of Beatty Secondary School like us, but she entered about four years after I graduated, so I didn’t know her like I knew her elder siblings.

The judging panel remained the same as last week, which meant the guest judge, Mr. Hassan Salleh, was given the opportunity to balance his comments for the boys last week, with the girls this week. His comments are short, concise and to the points with no frills. Gani??? Well I think I’ve said enough about him last week. Suria needs to find a better judge with a better command of Malay on their judging panel in future. This week was no different and no better.

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Awaiting their respective fates…

And so, let’s touch on the two eliminated male contestants tonight. Ize Suliman and Izam ended their journeys tonight, period, as there might be a slim chance for them to return in the Wildcard rounds. Ize‘s elimination wasn’t a surprise to me and I had expected him and Sein to be eliminated based on their performances alone last week. However, Sein has his fanbase to thank for and Ize lost out due to perhaps not having the former’s rub of green. Which was what I had mentioned last week when I commented on Ize in that he was in danger of elimination unless his fans have their way.

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The looks on their faces summed it up for them…

Izam I felt was a tad unlucky. Compared to Chirul and Sein who were toying with their luck, I thought he did nothing much wrong last week. Even when I watched the repeat show on Friday night, I felt Izam has one of the clearest voices and tones amongst the male contestants. Again the fanbase factor could have been a probable unkind factor to him. If looks are the basis of supporting your favourites, then I think we can just make Sein and Hydir the finalists already. Be smart voters, be smart!!!

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Relief written on their faces…

Anyway did anybody notice Fauzie Laily‘s slightly nasal voice or even his pale outlook??? Yes, the young man has not been feeling well for the past week and I felt he should be given recognition for having the courage and professionalism to carry on with the show. My utmost salute to you bro for a job well done in your current state. You even provided comic relief by mispronouncing the female contestants’ names, which literally brought the house down.

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Before I dissect the ladies’ performances, the following are the voting formats for the contestants:

  • SMS to 73388: ANU Contestant Code
  • Telepoll: 1900-112-770_ (Last digit being contestant’s number)

Each vote via SMS or Telepoll costs $0.60 each and those with prepaid cards are not able to cast your votes. Voters who are 18 years and below should seek parental permission. This service is brought to you by MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Tel: 6877 7132.

Voting for contestants appearing in Episode 4 began on Tuesday, 23 June 2009, 8.30pm till Tuesday, 30 June 2009, 6pm. These are the following codes you should vote for this week, along with my individual reviews of their performances:

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NORA BAHAROM

SMS to 73388: ANU 1 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7701

How ironical this week when the first contestant in the previous round (Sarah Aqilah) ended up playing musical chairs with the last contestant in that round (Nora) this week. It was interesting to see how both would fare tonight since the pressure of being first and last is quite different. Whilst Sarah did very well in the last round being the first contestant, Nora set the benchmark for the night with a controlled display of Azyza‘s “Pengharapan Ini“. So much so that my hairs stood for the first time tonight.

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Her only downside in my opinion is that she tends not to smile as much as we all would like her to. Nora has the most natural beauty amongst the female contestants and she would do well to enhance it by smiling more. An sms from a viewer called upon ex-Beattrites (that’s what Beatty Secondary School students are called) to vote for Nora and I am very much inclined to do that after seeing her backing up her good looks with a good performance worthy of advancing to the next round.

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HAIRANI HASSAN (YANIE)

SMS to 73388: ANU 2 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7702

A lot has been said about Yanie over the past fortnight in online scribes and the public sms system, with regards to the uncanny resemblance in name with Hariani Hassan Bakri, another Anugerah alumnus. I wonder if people ever bothered to do their homework before shooting their mouths off or having short memories as to whether the two of them actually looked alike or not. Even their styles of singing are very much different with the more experienced Hariani more polished especially when singing traditional tunes.

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Yanie sang Nurun Nuwarrah‘s haunting hit “Kau Ingin Ku Miliki“. While the fast tempos in the song was a bit challenging to her, especially when it came to stealing inhales of air, I thought she did the song some justice by singing it in her own style. I especially loved the end bits when she gave them a more R&B feel as compared to the original’s more straightforward style. She could do well to inject a bit of feel and emotions to the song to land more credence.

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ASILA OSMERA

SMS to 73388: ANU 3 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7703

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Asila reminds me of Ning Baizura at certain angles or my eyes could be playing tricks on me. But there’s no resemblance whatsoever to the Malaysian songbird in terms of vocal prowess. While Asila did not impress me much in the previous round, she was a different package altogether tonight. She even captured my attention singing Eka Mairina‘s “Sesungguhnya Cinta” with nonchalance and ease, pulling off the high notes as though she was snapping her fingers. She was another who made my hairs stood tonight.

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HAFIZAH NASER

SMS to 73388: ANU 4 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7704

I did say a fortnight ago that I preferred Hafizah with long hair as she looks more like a doll that way. I think inadvertently she heard my pleas so it was back to wearing a wig tonight and how the audience too loved it as I could hear the people around me saying how adorable she looked, especially since she is the shortest amongst the girls. Her sense of style tonight reminded me of Avril Lavigne – spunky and feisty. No wonder the judges labeled her a “Cili Padi“.

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During the introductory video montage, she said that her favourite local singer is Fuad Rahman. Naturally she chose to sing Fuad‘s hit duet with Mira entitled “Bila Rindu“, a cover from an original Indonesian song sung by Inka Christie (correct me if I’m wrong please). She started off well actually but when it came to the high notes, she suddenly sounded a bit suspect. She has to have better control of high notes as she also did not come across as confident in the previous round when it came to hitting them.

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SURIANI SULAIMAN (NANI)

SMS to 73388: ANU 5 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7705

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Nani was a big surprise in my opinion. Right from the audition rounds, I thought she only has her seductive looks to help sway the votes in her direction, but lo was I made to eat humble pie tonight!!! She sang Nurun Nuwarrah‘s “Bila Kasih Menyepi” from the official soundtrack of “Jeritan Sepi 3” with aplomb. I could not detect much wrong other than the fact that she played it safe by sticking to the same style as Nurun and going slightly pitchy towards the end. Even then, one cannot detect unless you listen to it again.

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KHATIJAH ABDUL RAHMAN (CATTY)

SMS to 73388: ANU 6 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7706

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Catty just goes from strength to strength with each episode that I feel she’s getting too comfortable in her zone sometimes. Like what judge Eddy commented, this is her forte and strength. It would do her a world of good if she breaks away from that zone and sing a song of a faster tempo. That way, we can then get a better gauge of how she is as a singer, whether she can be versatile or not. Catty by the way, sang Eka Mairina‘s “Cipta Kasih“.

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KUNJUNG WIDE WHITAKER

SMS to 73388: ANU 7 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7707

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Kunjung continued where she left off in the previous round and that was by showing the masses how an entertainer controls the stage with excellent showmanship. When I look at her, I am reminded of how Anita Sarawak performs on stage. Kunjung made Salma‘s alternative-rock song “Irama Rindu” into a laidback, cabaret-styled piece. It was risky but one that definitely paid off in the end. The only thing that could be a downside is her wavy or shivering voice, whichever way you look at it. There is also the fact that there could be a possible conspiracy theory cooking up with regards to the public wanting a pure Singaporean to win this competition.

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NUR SARAH AQILAH

SMS to 73388: ANU 8 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7708

Sarah rounded off the night by keeping my hairs firmly standing with an immaculate performance of Nana‘s “Lafaz“. It was slightly shaky at the start if one was able to notice, perhaps due to jitters, but she grew as the song went on. She nailed it on the head when she pulled off the high notes in the chorus, earning the tag as “Best Performer of the Night” by the judges. I stop short of giving her that tag as I felt that at least four or five of them deserved to share that award together tonight.

GROUP PERFORMANCES:

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As for the group performances, Group 1 which consisted of Nora, Yanie, Asila and Hafizah sang Maiya Rahman‘s “Nongkrong” while Group 2 which had Nani, Catty, Kunjung and Sarah in it sang Norazela Rosli‘s “Bisanya Amnesia“. In Group 1, Nora caught the eye, continuing where she left off and being extremely confident with her dance steps. Hafizah was a standout, especially since she forgot her steps, but she made up for it with her vocals. The group was good in harmony as well.

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Group 2 had arguably the better vocal powerhouses in Catty, Kunjung and Sarah. Somehow their performance was a bit short in my opinion. Sarah forgot her lyrics while their group harmonising went a bit off, perhaps each one wanting to show off her vocal strengths to impress the voters. Trust me, this isn’t new as I have seen more experienced singers than what we saw tonight, fighting it out while sharing the same stage, wanting to be the more dominant voice.

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You know after tonight, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that our country is not short of female talents. They have, all these while, been crying out for your support and tonight I thank all eight young ladies for proving that there is no dearth of female talents in our small industry with their performances. They proved that they are so much stronger than the guys, who we can see the good ones and who are mediocre. But the young ladies are different, all of them were good and deserve to go to the next round.

Given a choice, I would just crown the most deserving female as our Anugerah 2009 winner, bearing in mind someone like Hydir or Azhar Raz have what it takes to succeed as well. I think as of tonight, the guys have to up their ante ten-fold if they want to achieve something from this competition. Your votes would be a lot meaningful to each and every contestant competing in Anugerah 2009. Remember to vote smartly and wisely!!!

Anugerah 2009 Episode 3 Review…

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I just got home from Mediacorp TV Theatre, my virgin experience sitting in a live Anugerah televised event and this was all thanks to the kind invitation from Mediacorp Suria. I must say it was an experience that made me feel bittersweet. The sweet part was seeing the competition live as compared to watching it on television and taking in the atmosphere. The bitter part was having to listen to the incessant wisecracks coming from uncivilised people in the audience who could not shut their mouths when they were supposed to.

Look, nobody is preventing you from shouting yourselves hoarse for your favourite contestants, but when the hosts were presenting or when the panel of judges were giving their views, you jolly well shut your bloody gaps instead of drowning the atmosphere with your cacophony. Too many people, especially from the Sein Ahmad and Azhar Raz camps, had too much to say, too many unneccessary things to voice out. I’m sure some of this uncalled-for quips could be heard by the viewers at home. Let me put this nicely to you in Malay: “JANGAN MALUKAN BANGSA DENGAN PERANGAI KORANG YANG TAK BERTAMADUN!!!” Really, in this age of modernisation, some people dunno when to be rowdy and when to respect watching a live show.

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Zaibaktian being interviewed by Dyn Norahim, Warna 94.2FM deejay who was the pre-show host…

Back to the show, this week and next week, the contestants sang and will sing songs from Singaporean artistes from 2005 onwards. This is the reason why the theme for both weeks will be “Rentak Kita” as per mentioned in my last entry. Joining the resident panel of judges who need no introduction by now was RIA 89.7FM‘s Programme Director, Mr. Hassan Salleh. The show was graced by the presence of local artistes sitting in the front row like Zaibaktian, Elfee R. Ismail, Aliff Aziz, Syarif (Sleeq), Didicazli, Syed Azmir and Ross Revalina amongst others, while the second row was made up of the female contestants “taking a break” this week.

Rewind back to what happened last week where it was a mad rush seeing all twenty contestants performing, I was eager to see how the boys perform today and given the opportunity to sing slightly longer than the previous week, which to me wasn’t such a good gauge as they only had 30 seconds at best. To me, a better gauge would be singing half a song. That’s where you can clearly capture their emotions to the songs they sing and get a better idea on how they execute the songs. I hope in future rounds they would get to sing a bit longer.

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Stylish or too girly??? You be the judge…

Before I say more, I just wanna voice my displeasure at how the boys are being styled. Actually I wanted to say this last week but did not do so as I thought it was a one-off. But when I saw it again just now, I can’t help but have to bring it up in this entry. While the military get-up looked slick on the boys, the make-up on their faces somehow made them looked more feminine than they should. Male contestants do not have to put too much make up on their faces. A little powder would do. What we have been seeing for the past two weeks is that they had a thick wad of powder on their faces and lip gloss that really showed as though they had put on lipstick as well. I would expect the ladies to be all made-up but the guys??? C’mon, I’m sure we don’t want them to look like those at Changi Village do we???

Another thing I did not feel comfortable watching was the dance choreography when the contestants performed as a group in the last segment of the show. The dance steps came across too girly for my liking. For the benefit of doubt, I would perhaps point to the fact that the boys are not natural dancers to know whether their steps made them look more girly or not. Perhaps also, they were too mindful of their coordination and having to sing at the same time that made them looked more graceful than they should. I dunno, I just felt my eyes were feeling a bit sore from watching them dance. Can we have more manly steps in future, Mr. Eddy???

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Ok this review is turning into a review of complaints. I guess I will finish my round of complaints by saying Gani Karim and Ann Hussein need to brush up on their Malay. While Ann‘s vocabulary is limited (she doesn’t have much to say really), Gani seemed more at ease expressing his views in English. When he realised he had to express it in Malay, he jumbled the words up and at times made the audience laugh. Even Eddy Ali was seen grinning away at how Gani was finding it difficult to voice out his opinions. Ann also seems to stray away from her standing as vocal coach, preferring to comment on how handsome a particular contestant she likes looks, rather than how they performed vocally.

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But for all the negativities, one point I need to highlight is that I saw a complete turnaround from last week’s excitement by the hosts to the point they were competing with each other for who would trip on their words the most. There was none of those just now and all I saw was an extremely confident and polished performance by both hosts. And I hope they would maintain that level of confidence as the weeks progress. A strong host anchoring a big event like this is needed to carry the show forward even if the spotlight is on the contestants. Like I told Fauzie afterwards, he did great and it showed.

Finally my thoughts on each contestant tonight:

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Kamsani Jumahat – He sang Merah‘s “Cintaku“. The song has that rockish edge to it. The boy was also dressed for the occasion. Sadly, there was nothing rockish about the performance even though it was a confident one. He did nothing wrong vocal-wise, but lacked the charisma to carry it off. Could do well to make use of the space on stage to strut around and give facial expressions which best befit how a rock song is performed.

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Ize Suliman – He sang a song penned by local songwriter Jaliboy called “Kau Bintangku“. It doesn’t take a professional vocal coach or musician to detect that Ize was unsure at the start, lagging behind the tempo of the song. But to his credit he eventually regained his composure and did the song some justice. However, he lacked crowd interaction and feel. In danger of elimination unless his fans save him via their smses.

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Wawan – This was the guy who was the best male contestant last week as shown in the charts, which meant he got to choose his group members in the group segment. From my observations of this boy, he is fond of tweaking the songs he is supposed to sing and rearranging the song to suit his taste. Last week I said I tend to hate the songs he sings, but this week, I take back my words and say his rendition of Rauzan‘s “Kasih Mengapa” was beautifully done. A pity however, his vocals fell short and was a bit pitchy towards the end. I just hope it is not a sign of complacency on his part.

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Azhar Raz – He continues to put in an almost flawless performance this week. When it comes to nailing a song with the snap of the fingers, you can always count on Azhar to pull it off, especially when the song is as difficult as Iskandar Ismail‘s “Adakah Mungkin“. The potrayal of emotions to the song is evident for all to see, but in terms of crowd interaction, he still needs to improve. A pity however that his set of fans seem to spoil it all with their wisecracks and constant bellowing from where they were. He was the best up to this point.

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Chirul – He made Fauzie Laily an extremely happy person for singing his song “Selalu“. But Chirul did not make the judges and this person reviewing, happy persons watching his performance. Seeing him from the audition rounds, we know he has lots of potential and in the words of Gani Karim, he has the most manly voice amongst the male contestants. His performance just now was patchy to say the least and he went flat several times towards the end. There should be a consistency to his performance if he wants to progress further.

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Izam – I noticed that Izam loves to sing songs of a rockish nature. Nothing wrong with that actually cos that’s where his strengths lie and what his voice is suited to singing. I think he listened to the comments made by the judges on Kamsani and used them to his advantage when singing Merah‘s “Andai“. Cos what we all saw was a confident performance complete with playing with the microphone stand and strutting all over the stage. Even though the showmanship was good, vocal-wise he seems to lack the cutting edge of a rocker. He also did not exude the aura of a champion.

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Sein Ahmad – One of the crowd favourites solely for his looks, he needs his fanbase to up their ante on their sms-es if they want him to emerge as champion. He came across as one of the weakest in my opinion, going flat on the low notes. Even though to his credit, he tried to open up and do a bit of dance steps to Zaibaktian‘s “Lelaki Baru“, it was actually irrelevant to a song of that nature. He also showed no emotions when the song is supposed to make one regret of his “wrongdoings” and wanting to turn over a new leaf. He needs to learn to feel the song he sings.

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Hydir Idris – Surprise!!! Surprise!!! Our birthday boy of the day emerged as the best performer of the night!!! Actually it’s no surprise that he was the best performer. He has been going from strength to strength with each round and just now, he just changed my opinion last week, from being a potential semi-finalist to a possible champion this week. It was there for all to see. His performance was well-measured, his voice was extremely soulful singing Aliff Aziz‘s “Nyala“, even better than the original version with all due respect to Aliff. With looks to go along, this boy is THE PACKAGE they are looking for. It was no wonder the whole auditorium went berserk no matter which camp they supported. He had them all under his thumb. He would do well not to let all the hype get to his head. It was touching to see him overcome with emotions and crying when the show was over, listening to the audience singing him the birthday song.

Group performance – I think both groups gave patchy performances at best. It was a matter of who made the least mistakes to get the judges’ nod of approval. The group consisting of Wawan, Azhar, Ize & Kamsani sang Didicazli‘s “Sederhana” while Chirul, Izam, Sein & Hydir sang Syed Azmir‘s “Ke Alam Rahsiamu“. The former group did not do well as a unit, with their harmony going off and Wawan especially was guilty of not replicating his performance from last week. One wonders if he sings better with a female by his side or a male cos clearly his duet with Kunjung last week was one of the best we’ve seen so far in the competition for their intense chemistry. The latter group did slightly better and collectively, they stood out with their nonchalance. Even their harmony was good.

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And so, we await till next Tuesday, to see which two of the contestants will be booted out from the competition. In case you dunno how you can do your part in voting for your favourites, you can refer to my previous entry on how you can go about doing so. Till then, hope you guys like this review and thank you to Fauzie Laily for helping me piece some of the missing puzzles. He knows what I’m referring to…

Prelude to Anugerah 2009 Episode 3…

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Watch the Top 8 Male contestants in Episode 3 of the new Anugerah season – 16 June 2009, 8:30pm only on Mediacorp Suria!!!

The following are the voting formats for the contestants:

  • SMS to 73388: ANU Contestant Code
  • Telepoll: 1900-112-770_ (Last digit being contestant’s number)

Each vote via SMS or Telepoll costs $0.60 each and those with prepaid cards are not able to cast your votes. Voters who are 18 years and below should seek parental permission. This service is brought to you by MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Tel: 6877 7132.

The theme for tomorrow’s competition is “Rentak Kita“, meaning the contestants will have to sing songs from Singaporean artistes. Voting for contestants appearing in Episode 3 begins on Tuesday, 16 June 2009, 8.30pm till Tuesday, 23 June 2009, 6pm. These are the following codes you should vote for this week: 

Kamsani Jumahat (172)

KAMSANI JUMAHAT 

SMS to 73388: ANU 1 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7701

Muhammad Idris Suliman (248)

IZE SULIMAN

SMS to 73388: ANU 2 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7702 

Muhamad Safuan Husen (358)

WAWAN

SMS to 73388: ANU 3 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7703 

Azhar Hamid (427)

AZHAR RAZ

SMS to 73388: ANU 4 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7704

Ahmad Hairul Md Salleh (144)

CHIRUL

SMS to 73388: ANU 5 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7705

Muhd Hairizam Mohamadan (634)

IZAM

SMS to 73388: ANU 6 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7706

Muhd Hussein Ahmad (36)

SEIN AHMAD

SMS to 73388: ANU 7 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7707

Muhd Hydir Mohd Idris (39)

HYDIR IDRIS

SMS to 73388: ANU 8 or by Telepoll: 1900-112-7708

Your votes would be a lot meaningful to each and every contestant competing in Anugerah 2009. Vote smartly and vote wisely!!!

P.S. Thank you and credits to Siti Zalinah Adam of Mediacorp Suria for the kind information.

Updated APM 2009 Nominations List…

When I first came up with the list about a week ago, I had warned everyone that it wasn’t the confirmed list as I might have missed out on several names or I had heard wrongly in my haste jotting down the list whilst the nominations were being announced on air. Quite a few sites quoted me on the list and I felt kinda bad that it had to be highlighted to their respective site visitors, knowing that some of the nominations were wrong. So here it is, I present you the complete APM 2009 Nominations List:

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Bagi Artis Baru Lelaki (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Male Artiste):

Afgan – Terima Kasih Cinta

Aizat – Hanya Kau Yang Mampu

Dirly – Sampai Ke Ujung Dunia

LoBow – Kau Cantik Hari Ini

Nubhan – Ada Untukmu

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Artis Baru Wanita (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Female Artiste):

Aura Kasih – Mari Bercinta

Ayu – Hanya Di Mercu

Cinta Laura – Hey Baby!

Nana – Lafaz

Stacy – Aku Stacy

Yuna – Dan Sebenarnya

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Duo / Kumpulan Baru (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Duo / Group):

D’ Masiv – Cinta Ini Membunuhku

Hello – Ular Berbisa

Hujan – Pagi Yang Gelap

Kotak – Beraksi

ST12 – PU.S.PA.

 

Kolaborasi Terbaik Dalam Lagu (Best Collaboration In A Song):

Be’te – Dewiq Feat. Ipang

Bersamamu – Joe Flizzow Feat. Junior Arif

Hikayat Cintaku – Glenn Fredly Feat. Dewi Persik

KepadaNYA – Taufik Batisah Feat. Hady Mirza

Mantera Beradu – Malique Feat. M. Nasir

Sujud – Mawi Feat. KRU

 

Artis Lelaki Terbaik (Best Male Artiste):

Afgan – Confession No. 1

Aizat – Percubaan Pertama

Reshmonu – Harapan

Taufik Batisah – Suria Hatiku

Tompi – My Happy Life

 

Artis Wanita Terbaik (Best Female Artiste):

Bunga Citra Lestari – Tentang Kamu

Misha Omar – Misha Omar

Mulan Jameela – Mulan Jameela

Nikki – Hawa

Siti Nurhaliza – Lentera Timur

 

Duo / Kumpulan Terbaik (Best Duo / Group):

Andra & The Backbone – Season 2

Hujan – Hujan

Kotak – Kedua

ST12 – PU.S.PA

Yovie & Nuno – The Special One

 

Lagu Terbaik (Best Song):

Dia Milikku – Yovie & Nuno (The Special One)

Laskar Pelangi – Nidji (Laskar Pelangi Official Soundtrack)

Matahariku – Agnes Monica (Sacredly Agnezious)

Pagi Yang Gelap – Hujan (Hujan)

Terima Kasih Cinta – Afgan (Confession No. 1)

Terserah – Glenn Fredly (Glenn Fredly Private Collection)

 

Album Terbaik (Best Album):

Confession No. 1 – Afgan

Hujan – Hujan

Kedua – Kotak

Percubaan Pertama – Aizat

The Special One – Yovie & Nuno

 

Artis Singapura Paling Popular (Most Popular Singapore Artiste):

Aliff Aziz

Didicazli

Fauzie Laily

Hady Mirza

Hyrul Anuar

Imran Ajmain

Merah

Nurun Nuwarrah

Sleeq

Taufik Batisah

The Sallys

Zaibaktian

 

Artis Malaysia Paling Popular (Most Popular Malaysian Artiste):

Aizat

Anuar Zain

Bunkface

Estranged

Faizal Tahir

Hujan

Mawi

Meet Uncle Hussein

Misha Omar

Siti Nurhaliza

Stacy

Yuna

 

Artis Indonesia Paling Popular (Most Popular Indonesian Artiste):

Afgan

Agnes Monica

Bunga Citra Lestari

D’Masiv

Gita Gutawa

Hijau Daun

Kotak

Nidji

ST12

The Changcutters

Ungu

Yovie & Nuno

 

Artis Serantau Paling Popular (Most Popular Regional Artiste)

Singapore: AhliFiqir, Aliff Aziz, Hady Mirza & Taufik Batisah

Malaysia: Faizal Tahir, Hujan, Meet Uncle Hussein, Siti Nurhaliza

Indonesia: Afgan, Agnes Monica, Nidji, ST12

 

Lagu Singapura Paling Popular (Most Popular Singapore Song):

Andai – Merah

Berserah – Taufik Batisah

Gelora Jiwa – Raven

Impianku – Didicazli Feat. Sleeq

Kau Ingin Ku Miliki – Nurun Nuwarrah

Lafaz – Nana

Lelaki Baru – Zaibaktian

Novela Cinta – Ross Revalina

Pilihan Aku – Sleeq

Rela Setia – Didicazli

Sementara – Cradle

Teman Istimewa – Taufik Batisah

Anugerah 2009 Episodes 1 & 2 Review…

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Anugerah 2009 has begun in absolute earnest and it has been a lukewarm night by my standards. After a rousing beginning from the likes of Hyrul Anuar, Eka Mairina and Aliff Aziz singing the theme song for this year’s competition “Bintang Anugerahku“, accompanied by the 20 contestants, things suddenly became a little awry when Fiza O twice tripped on her words, probably forgetting the voiceover cue that was supposed to precede her presentation.

Subsequently throughout the whole hour of the programme, both hosts took turns tripping on their words, probably due to the excitement and jitters they felt inside. But in terms of confidence, Fiza who plies her trade as a deejay with RIA 89.7FM, naturally grew as the minutes progressed. But anyway, this wasn’t a show about the hosts, it was about the 20 contestants who are vying to be the next big thing in our local music industry.

Tonight, joining the panel of resident judges Eddy Ali, Ann Hussein and Gani Karim was Adil Hussein. My apologies for not knowing who this guy is but from his various comments throughout the night, the choice of selecting him was commendable as he gave good, constructive views, even if he came across as dead-pan. The judges as a whole, shared almost the same sentiments as myself. Just that I don’t understand why Eddy Ali loves Sheila Abdul so much that he had to mention her name twice, when only one of her songs was sung and that was towards the end.

Looking at all the songs that were performed, sharp-eared viewers would have noted the fact that none of the songs sung were from a Singaporean artiste. This was made deliberate as there will be different themes weekly. Tonight, the theme was an open one, which meant songs by Indonesian and Malaysian artistes were performed. There will be themes solely on Singaporean artistes as the weeks progress so fret not all you local music lovers out there. 

However my only complaint was, why were some songs that were performed (eg Sheila Abdul‘s “Lepaskanlah“, Mila‘s “Ilham Di Mataku” and the one sung by Wawan which I have no idea what was the title to it, even after googling the lyrics), seemed alien or have not been aired on local radio??? I think for the viewers to vote how well the contestants perform and sing, they too need to know the song, so that they could judge fairly. More radio-friendly songs need to be performed in future weeks in my opinion.

For the first time this season, there will be 2 formats for viewers to vote. One is via SMS, the other via 1900 call-in number, as opposed to the mandatory sms voting system in the past. More votes are expected to be made with this new system of voting especially those who are not keen on wasting sms-es. So far nothing has been said about how much one is expected to pay if they were to call the voting lines. Or I might have missed it. Please do correct me if I’m wrong. Right, here are my thoughts on all the contestants:

Sarah Aqilah – She sang Ayu‘s “Hanya Di Mercu“. She surprised me big time with her execution of the song as my only memory of her during the auditions was, she was a dead-ringer of Ziana Zain, from the vocal style right down to how she portrayed her presentation on stage.

Hydir – This boy (he’s only 17) is set for the big stage. His voice belies his age. His boyish charm is sure to bring in the votes and with his looks, he backs it up with a deep, controlled voice. Singing Nubhan‘s “Ada Untukmu” was an excellent choice. My bet to go to at least the semi-finals stage.

Mel – She sang Hanya Memuji, a song that challenges a person to go high and low and having to dance to the beat. She came across quite flat, but only because I detected the nervousness and jitters in her. However I think she atoned herself during the group performance where they sang “Let’s Dance Together“, but only just.
 
Sein Ahmad – This Anugerah “veteran” was good during the audition rounds, but tonight he did not impress me with a low-key performance of Republik‘s “Hanya Ingin Kau Tahu” and especially the group performance where they sang BBB‘s “Let’s Dance Together“. For someone who is experienced in this field of play, I expected more from him. He looked kinda overawed with the occasion.

Kunjung – This sassy lass is a natural product from Indonesia‘s production line of singers. Her rendition of Ratu‘s “Lelaki Buaya Darat” was oozing with confidence and it would be very surprising if she falters early. She needs to work on her crowd interaction though.

Azhar Raz – My favourite from the audition rounds. His vocal gymnastics are a joy to behold. He also made Hazami‘s “Mungkir Bahagia” so easy to execute. He needs to prevent himself from being overconfident cos his facial expressions do hint of that at times. Other than that, I just love the way he puts so much feel into the songs he sang.

Hafizah – I didn’t quite like the short hairdo. I still prefer her with long hair cos she looks like a doll that way. She sang Melly and KD‘s “Cinta“, not an easy song. Though it did not reach the wow levels, her performance overall was commendable. She grew more confident as the minutes progressed.

Wawan – I like this boy’s confidence on stage as his showmanship smacks of a seasoned performer. Somehow he has this knack of making me hate the song he sings. The song he performed was already alien enough to me even after I had googled the words on the Net, but what made it cringing was his slang, which he could do away in future stages, depending on how far he progresses.

Shera – Contrary to what the judges said about her, I think she was one of the top five female contestants tonight. I like her rich voice and I think if she was given a slower tempo song to sing instead of Jaclyn Victor‘s “Di Bawah Pohon Asmara“, she would nail it well. Again, jitters could have hampered her performance tonight.

Ize – Another Anugerah “veteran”. He showed lots of poise, confidence and control singing Marcell‘s “Jangan Pernah Berubah“. I think along with Hydir, this guy has a chance to go far, with looks being his plus points as well.

Asila Osmera – The judges didn’t like her performance. So did I. She was too nervous, too static for one’s liking. For her sake I hope she improves and shed away all those stage-frights she might have been having. I felt it was easy to connect with her cos she sang Ziana Zain‘s song “Menadah Gerimis” which is no stranger to the listening masses.

Afyq – I wasn’t impressed when the top 20 contestants were named and his was in it. Nothing during the audition rounds gave me the impression that he would go far other than the fact that his fate might be down to the young girls out there. Dafi‘s “Bila Terasa Rindu” was easy on the ears, but the performance wasn’t spectacular.

Izam – Amongst the Anugerah “veterans”, he was the one that impressed me the most. Very confident, very rockish performance. I think he’s really dead serious in wanting to go further than the last time round. Nidji‘s “Biarlah” was done well even if he lagged a bit during the start.

Catty – This young lady continues to impress with her performance. She made a difficult song like Agnes Monica‘s “Matahariku” sounded so simple to sing. And to think many others tried but failed during the audition rounds. Her weight might be a mitigating factor but we should all look beyond that and not let a rough diamond slip away. She is definitely one to look out for.

Ain – His was another name I did not expect to make it to the Top 20 and he looks a little too dreamy for my liking. HijauDaun‘s “Suaraku Berharap” was an easy song to sing, without having to challenge his vocals. Commendable effort but doesn’t have the aura of a champion.

Yani – I laughed when I saw a comment made by a viewer who sms-ed about her earlier in the programme. That person said Yani had already recorded an album. I think that person must have mistaken her for Hariani Hassan Bakri, another Anugerah alumnus. However, even Hariani has not gotten the opportunity to record an album yet. This Yani however got her bearings right singing Misha Omar‘s “Ku Seru“. But she still lacks the wow factor.

Chirul – He was one of the few I had earmarked during the audition rounds with his deep voice and stage presence. And it was there for all to see when he sang “Cinta Ini Membunuhku” by D’Masiv. His falsetto however needs some tweaks cos it made his voice become flat.

Nani – I remembered her from the audition rounds because she gave a flirty performance on stage. There was nothing of the sort tonight and I felt she was in danger of elimination as she looked a little unsure when she sang Mila‘s “Ilham Di Mataku“. The choice of song could have been a distraction to her but I thought she made amends when they sang as a group, singing Jaclyn Victor and Rio Febrian‘s “Ceritera Cinta“.

Kamsani – Right from day one, this young man reminds me so much of Anugerah 2005 winner Hyrul Anuar. From the hairstyle to the showmanship, everytime I watch him perform is like watching Hyrul on stage. He would be mindful enough to steer clear from the comparisons if he wants to progress further. But he did no wrong singing Matta Band‘s “Jatuh Cinta Lagi“.

Nora – She was another I did not quite fancy when her name was announced to be in the Top 20. I felt back then that her looks were more her winning factors. But she proved me wrong when she sang Sheila Abdul‘s “Lepaskanlah” without a hint of going flat nor pitchy. Granted I have not heard the song before, but I felt she did nothing wrong. Fair play to her.

Results At A Glance:

And so, Ain, Afyq, Shera and Mel were eliminated tonight. I kinda expected Ain, Afyq and Mel, but not Shera as I felt she was one of the better ones but in this kind of competition, you need to have a solid fanbase and kind remarks from the judges to help you stay in the competition and I felt she didn’t get that.

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It was nice to see Rancour in action with their new single “Biarlah” cos I feel that their career paths have stagnated somewhat after winning last year’s Anugerah Band competition. It doesn’t help that some of them have a day job as civil servants, which is preventing them from pursuing their musical careers further.

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In summary, the results were fair and justified. The contestants have for the past month been going through different forms of classes, from vocals to styling and it showed on stage the difference between what I saw during the third round auditions and tonight. One thing they should all learn is to let go of their shackles and enjoy themselves on stage. Once all the jitters go away, they would then be able to express themselves better.

Anugerah 2009 Kicks Off Tonight!!!

Anugerah 2009 will debut tonight 8.30pm on Suria.
Catch the 20 Anugerettes in action and vote for them in the following  format:

Nur Sarah Aqilah Jamil (219)

Nur Sarah Aqilah Binte Jamil (Sarah Aqilah)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 1
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7701

Muhd Hydir Mohd Idris (39)

Muhd Hydir Mohd Idris (Hydir Idris)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 2
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7702

Melissa Sailla Isa (480)

Melissa Sailla Isa (Mel)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 3
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7703

Muhd Hussein Ahmad (36)

Muhd Hussein Ahmad (Sein Ahmad)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 4
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7704

Kunjung Wide Whitaker (297)

Kunjung Wide Whitaker (Kunjung)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 5
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7705

Azhar Hamid (427)

Azhar Amid (Azhar Raz)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 6
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7706

Hafizah Naser (444)

Hafizah Naser
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 7
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7707

Muhamad Safuan Husen (358)

Muhamad Safuan Husen (Wawan)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 8
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7708

Shahirah Jamaludin (495)

Shahirah Jamaludin (Shera)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 9
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7709

Muhammad Idris Suliman (248)

Muhammad Idris Suliman (Ize Suliman)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 10
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7710

Nur Asilah Mohd Osmera (628)

(Nur Asilah Mohd Osmera) Asila Osmera
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 11
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7711

Muhd Afiq Bakry (605)

Muhd Afiq Bakry (Afyq Bakry)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 12
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7712

Muhd Hairizam Mohamadan (634)

Muhd Hairizam Mohamadan (Izam)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 13
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7713

Khatijah Abdul Rahman (530)

Khatijah Abdul Rahman (Catty)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 14
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7714

Nohrain Abdul Rasid (343)

Nohrain Abdul Rasid (Ain)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 15
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7715

Hairani Hassan (259)

Hairani Binte Hassan
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 16
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7716

Ahmad Hairul Md Salleh (144)

Ahmad Hairul Md Salleh (Chirul)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 17
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7717

Suriani Sulaiman (471)

Suriani Sulaiman (Nani)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 18
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7718

Kamsani Jumahat (172)

Kamsani Jumahat
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 19
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7719

Nora Baharom (538)

Nora Baharom (Nora)
Vote via SMS to 73388: ANU 20
or Vote via call-in: 1900-112-7720

VOTING STARTS TONIGHT FROM 8.30PM – 10PM.

Tonight’s event will kick off in the first 90 minutes and will take a half hour break before resuming at 10:30pm, where four contestants, 2 guys and 2 ladies will be eliminated… All the best to the 20 contestants tonight!!!

P.S. Thank you to Siti Zalinah from Mediacorp Suria for the information and photographs of the respective contestants. All photographs belong to Mediacorp Suria. Please credit them if you want to reproduce these photographs.

Piecing The Mystery Puzzle…

Remember this photo???

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I’m sure some of you do, especially those who have been drawn into coming to this blog, just to look at that photo when I first made it public, and thanks to KC as well for promoting it via his popular Misteri Jam 12 programme. Well it has to be said that since I took that photo, a lot of questions were left unanswered in my head. Like how did that thing “appeared” there when initially we did not see it??? What was physically there that we were not able to see that night??? Was it some figment of my imagination??? Was it really “her”???

I did not get a dead-cert answer when I went for another Misteri Jam 12 outing last Saturday night, and to the same place as well. Ok I won’t be describing the whole trip per se, as basically we went to the same places as the previous one in late January 2009, save for an addition of visiting Labrador Park and skipping Sembawang Park. Seeing the place as it is made me fairly convinced that what I snapped the other time could have been “her”. You must be wondering why I came to such a “drastic” conclusion??? Look at the photo I snapped the other night.

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Where I had highlighted appears to be a banana tree. It was quite dark that night and whatever I could make out from the help of the lighting in the background, is what I perceived it to be. I’m sure you’ve heard of tales linking the banana tree to “her” and it being the habitat of such supernatural beings. So was it a surprise to have “seen” her the other time, knowing that in actual fact, a banana tree is standing there??? If I were to piece the stories that link “her” to such trees, then no, it wasn’t a surprise after all. But still, I could not help feeling my hairs standing and goosebumps appearing when I recalled what happened when I went there last January

Shooting Down Possible Baseless Allegations…

These following set of photos have been making its rounds on cyberspace of late. Even though the set of photos were more than what I had portrayed here, I’m just giving a gist of it. In case you have been living on a different planet and dunno who is the person featured, the groom in the photo is none other than our famous radio personality from Warna 94.2FM, Mr A B Shaik, and no, these photos are not photos from a drama series that he would be acting in after the success of the comedy series Ahakz, in which he portrayed himself as a psychologist and a teacher in various segments.

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I received quite a few emails of the same contents asking if it’s true since people know of my close working rapport with a few of our local radio personalities. The fact is that as much as I am close to some of them, the closeness can be classified as more on a professional level than a private one. At the same time, I have every ounce of respect not to know about what goes on in their private lives. So the photos were a pleasant surprise to me as much as it was to those who have viewed them. And judging by the photos, I guess it was very much a small affair meant for family, colleagues and close friends. But deep down I suspected that knowing our community, some quarters would start giving wild speculations that the man had gotten himself a second wife and so on and so forth, especially when the public knows he has two sons already, who used to accompany him to outdoor shows that he was involved in.

Before I go on to say more and to quell whatever impending rumours there are about his marriage or what goes on in his private life for that matter, let me just say that it is never a crime to marry more than one in our religion, a fact that is lost on many people, especially on the ladies. More so when the person is capable of balancing equality between two wives. That has been decreed and anyone questioning it needs to go back to the drawing board. Knowing bro Shaik and his personality, I wouldn’t begrudge him of that as I know he is a man full of integrity and love and would be fair to both in the event the scenario is true.

But the true fact is that, the man has been solo for eleven years already!!! How do I know, since I initially said I don’t delve into their private lives??? Well, after receiving those photos, I took the time to sms him my congratulations and in reply, he thanked me for the kind words, but at the same time lamented that some people have accused him of exercising polygamy and wondered if I could help to clear the air for him. So that was how I found out about everything. Even his solo status was a mystery to me all these while. We should learn to respect that for all their public profile, personalities and celebrities too are like us. They are very much protective over their private lives. Just because they are in the public eye, doesn’t give us the right to know everything about them.

Bro Shaik has helped me a lot over the years. He was one of my mentors when I did my internship with radio in 1998 and he was also my wedding master-of-ceremony in 2005, that I feel very much obliged to help him shoot down all the possible negative rumours about him that people might have about his wedding. One might not be able to read his thoughts and candid interview on print media till perhaps a later date when things might have gotten out of hand. I doubt he would ever want to talk about this on TV knowing how protective and private he is. The power of online journalism is that one can get the news out even faster than print media and that was what you got when this domain was the first to break the news on the APM 2009 Nominations List and when sites like Gumbira.com broke the news on the Top 20 Anugerah contestants in real-time as it was being announced on Jus.

So before things get out of hand and various degrees of rumours start to spread like wildfire, I have been very priviledged to have received his blessings to talk about this in my blog just to help clear the air for him. And I hope after this, we would all throw away whatever negative thoughts we might have and just pray that his marriage will be blessed by Almighty. He is like any other persons out there. A man who has been going solo for eleven years definitely needs companionship. Heck, life would be even boring without friends and having a companion to share your ups and downs. That is the way of life and I hope people out there would learn to respect that.

Anugerah Planet Muzik 2009 List of Nominations…

Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) is back again for a 9th edition this year!!! Judging by what I’ve heard so far, this year seems to be a first in quite a few aspects. For one, it is the first time in its 9-year history that the event will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is scheduled to be held at the Plenary Hall, Jakarta Convention Centre on 18th July 2009 at 9pm (8pm Indonesian time). The show will be telecast live on Mediacorp Suria for the benefit of Singaporean viewers, on GlobalTV for Indonesian viewers and Astro (exact channel yet to be confirmed) for Malaysian viewers. This morning, a press conference was held simultaneously at 11am at Mediacorp Broadcast Centre and in Kuala Lumpur at Delicious Restaurant, Dua Residency, to announce the nominees of the fourteen categories up for grabs this year. If I’m not wrong, this was the first time the APM press conference was held in the morning as opposed to 3pm in previous years.

Also, for the first time, a new category Anugerah Kolaborasi Terbaik Dalam Lagu (Best Collaboration In A Song Award) was introduced since the regional music industry is now filled with a lot of collaborative efforts amongst fellow musicians / vocalists in a song, as opposed to calling it a “duet”. Another thing I observed and worth noting is that the categories for new artistes have been given a slight tweak to their header eg. Artis Lelaki Baru Terbaik (Best New Male Artiste) has now been replaced with Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Artis Baru Lelaki (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Male Artiste). That’s quite a mouthful isn’t it??? Hahahah… The following list below is by no means the final one since I typed it out as they were being announced on air. I might have also gotten some of the information wrong in my haste. Most definitely I must have missed out on a few and I will update the necessary in due time when I get my hands on the actual list. So without further ado, below are the list of nominees for APM 2009:

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Artis Baru Lelaki (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Male Artiste):

Afgan – Terima Kasih Cinta

Aizat – Hanya Kau Yang Mampu

Dirly – Sampai Ke Ujung Dunia

LoBow – Kau Cantik Hari Ini

Nubhan – Ada Untukmu

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Artis Baru Wanita (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Female Artiste):

Aura Kasih – Mari Bercinta

Ayu – Hanya Di Mercu

Cinta Laura – Hey Baby!

Nana – Lafaz

Stacy – Aku Stacy

Yuna – Dan Sebenarnya

Persembahan Vokal Terbaik Dalam Lagu Untuk Duo / Kumpulan Baru (Best Vocal Performance In A Song By A New Duo / Group):

D’ Masiv – Cinta Ini Membunuhku

Hello – Ular Berbisa

Hujan – Pagi Yang Gelap

Kotak – Beraksi

ST12 – PU.S.PA.

Kolaborasi Terbaik Dalam Lagu (Best Collaboration In A Song):

Be’te – Dewiq Feat. Ipang

Bersamamu – Joe Flizzow Feat. Junior Arif

Hikayat Cintaku – Glenn Fredly Feat. Dewi Persik

KepadaNYA – Taufik Batisah Feat. Hady Mirza

Mantera Beradu – Malique Feat. M. Nasir

Sujud – Mawi Feat. KRU

Artis Lelaki Terbaik (Best Male Artiste):

Afgan – Confession No. 1

Aizat – Percubaan Pertama

Reshmonu – Harapan

Taufik Batisah – Suria Hatiku

Tompi – My Happy Life

Artis Wanita Terbaik (Best Female Artiste):

Bunga Citra Lestari – Tentang Kamu

Misha Omar – Misha Omar

Mulan Jameela – Mulan Jameela

Nikki – Hawa

Siti Nurhaliza – Lentera Timur

Duo / Kumpulan Terbaik (Best Duo / Group):

Andra & The Backbone – Season 2

Hujan – Hujan

Kotak – Kedua

ST12 – PU.S.PA

Yovie & Nuno – The Special One

Lagu Terbaik (Best Song):

Dia Milikku – Yovie & Nuno (The Special One)

Laskar Pelangi – Nidji (Laskar Pelangi Official Soundtrack)

Matahariku – Agnes Monica (Sacredly Agnezious)

Pagi Yang Gelap – Hujan (Hujan)

Terima Kasih Cinta – Afgan (Confession No. 1)

Terserah – Glenn Fredly (Glenn Fredly Private Collection)

Album Terbaik (Best Album):

Confession No. 1 – Afgan

Hujan – Hujan

Kedua – Kotak

Percubaan Pertama – Aizat

The Special One – Yovie & Nuno

Artis Singapura Paling Popular (Most Popular Singapore Artiste):

Aliff Aziz

Didicazli

Fauzie Laily

Hady Mirza

Hyrul Anuar

Imran Ajmain

Merah

Nurun Nuwarrah

Sleeq

Taufik Batisah

The Sallys

Zaibaktian

Artis Malaysia Paling Popular (Most Popular Malaysian Artiste):

Aizat

Anuar Zain

Bunkface

Estranged

Faizal Tahir

Hujan

Mawi

Meet Uncle Hussein

Misha Omar

Siti Nurhaliza

Stacy

Yuna

Artis Indonesia Paling Popular (Most Popular Indonesian Artiste):

Afgan

Agnes Monica

Bunga Citra Lestari

D’Masiv

Gita Gutawa

Hijau Daun

Kotak

Nidji

ST12

The Changcutters

Ungu

Yovie & Nuno

Artis Serantau Paling Popular (Most Popular Regional Artiste)

Singapore: AhliFiqir, Aliff Aziz, Hady Mirza & Taufik Batisah

Malaysia: Faizal Tahir, Hujan, Meet Uncle Hussein, Siti Nurhaliza

Indonesia: Afgan, Agnes Monica, Nidji, ST12

Lagu Singapura Paling Popular (Most Popular Singapore Song):

Andai – Merah

Berserah – Taufik Batisah

Gelora Jiwa – Raven

Impianku – Didicazli Feat. Sleeq

Kau Ingin Ku Miliki – Nurun Nuwarrah

Lafaz – Nana

Lelaki Baru – Zaibaktian

Novela Cinta – Ross Revalina

Pilihan Aku – Sleeq

Rela Setia – Didicazli

Sementara – Cradle

Teman Istimewa – Taufik Batisah

Looking at the nominations, it seems that the decision to do it in Jakarta for the first time in its history seemed like the most logical choice as this year the Indonesians seemed to have conquered the playing field. Singapore, for all our improvement over the past five years in our music industry, could only be contented with two nominations in the regional categories: Taufik Batisah & Hady Mirza‘s effort (KepadaNYA) and Nana‘s “Lafaz” flying our flag. I thought that with the postponement of Anugerah Hitz.Sg, we would at least see the “smaller” categories like Artis Singapura Terbaik (Best Singapore Artiste) and Album Singapura Terbaik (Best Singapore Album) being retained but of course, only the powers that be, know better as to why these awards were dropped. My observations say that this is its 9th year and it’s high time our artistes stand head and shoulders together with their regional counterparts rather than have separate awards which are given out during breaks in transmission, as was the case in previous editions, which of course did not go down well with the majority of Singaporeans, me included. To their credit, at least the Lagu Singapura Paling Popular Category (Most Popular Singapore Song) is still around. But it remains a mystery if the award is to be given out during the transmission breaks or live.

I also noted the various changes in the popular categories where at least one has significantly been made unavailable and the rest having name changes. In the past, we had categories like Artis Lelaki Paling Popular (Most Popular Male Artiste), Artis Wanita Paling Popular (Most Popular Female Artiste) and Artis Duo / Kumpulan Paling Popular (Most Popular Duo / Group) just to name a few, but this time round, they changed the categories based on countries. The Artis Serantau Paling Popular (Most Popular Regional Artiste) category is also new this year, with the Lagu Paling Popular (Most Popular Song) category being dissolved for this year’s event. Oh and news is that Aznil Haji Nawawi will be the host of the event. Am not sure if he will be doing it solo or they would retain the three or more hosts format which is synonymous to the event. If he’s alone this time, it would cap another first for the event.

So there you have it, the whole list in its glory, which is still subjected to changes as I wait for the official website of APM 2009 to be updated and I will then correct it as and when needed. For the first time in the history of Anugerah Planet Muzik, I will not be attending the event as the date clashes with Manchester United‘s Asian Tour 2009, where they will be in Kuala Lumpur on that day playing against a select Malaysian team at Bukit Jalil Stadium. I have already bought tickets to the game and booked the hotel and being me, I will not swap the opportunity to watch my beloved team in action live in the flesh. Looks like there will be no lengthy updates nor reviews with regards to Anugerah Planet Muzik this year. For that I have to apologise for not being able to cover this event for your reading pleasure.