Anugerah 2011 continued with its fourth episode this past Tuesday night with yours truly making his first live attendance at Mediacorp TV Theatre for this year’s competition. This week, it was the girls who took centrestage and the guys taking a break from performing. However, the guys still had to go through the painful process of seeing who would be eliminated in this round. After a few teases by our resident hosts Fauzie Laily and Huda Ali, the axe finally fell on Didi.
Hosts Huda Ali, Fauzie Laily & Nity Baizura…
Was I surprised by the result? Maybe a little bit, as I felt that Didi at least performed decently the previous week, not too extravagant, but sufficient enough to warrant another stab at the competition, since we have yet to see him perform a song of a slower tempo to further gauge his potential. The onus is still on the judges to give him a reprieve and allow him back into the Wildcard Round. And if he does, let’s hope he will do much better.
Didi looked at peace with himself even though he felt disappointed with his own elimination…
Continuing from the previous week’s judging criterias, which are singing and choreography, the gals contesting this week were generally expected to trump the guys as they had an extra week to prepare and had the previous week’s episode to psyche themselves on what was to be expected of them this time round. I also expected the girls to do better as they had already set the standards during the very first episode. Gani Karim once again returned as the guest judge for this week.
Norul – She was given the honours to start things off with Nana‘s “Lafaz“. People might recall the previous edition’s winner, Sarah Aqilah, who also sang this song during the last competition with aplomb. But having seen Norul performed this song at my cousin’s wedding last December, I knew instantly she could pull it off and I was not to be disappointed on Tuesday night. My only grouse is that they were only given about two minutes for us to have a fair account of their performance.
Baby Sulastri – We knew from the Top 18 episode, that this chilli padi is a protege of Ann Hussein, having trained her vocals with our resident judge. Ann‘s revelations during the first episode somehow increased the expectations on Sulastri and hopefully does not put added pressure on her shoulders. Like the first episode, her performance, singing Rossa‘s “Hati Yang Kau Sakiti“, was controlled and flawless. Continuing to be consistent in the weeks to come and who is to say, she does not deserve a final spot???
Shikin – Even though I was impressed with her the last time out, somehow Shikin contrived to disappoint me with her rendition of Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza‘s “Lagu Rindu“. No doubt, any songs by Dato’ Siti which is catchy and falls under the creative ethnic genre is a challenge in itself, and Shikin should be applauded for venturing where angels fear to tread. But sad to say, she was flat almost throughout the song, trying hard to find the right balance between catching up with her breathing, dance steps, the tempo of the song and the style of singing a song of this nature.
Shalyza – When she speaks, I cannot help but hear the slight resemblance to Dato’ Siti, but when she sings, I do not see nor hear any similarities thankfully. There were two sides to Shalyza‘s performance, singing Mila‘s “Aku Lebih Tahu“. She started off quite well but when she broke into the chorus and started to sway to the beats of the song, her voice became pitchy and flat. However she managed to regain her composure and control towards the end. In short, her performance resembled a U-shaped curve on a graph chart.
Erlina – Truth be told, Erlina did not impress me during the last round and I had initial fears when I first learnt she was to sing Jaclyn Victor‘s “Bertamu Di Kalbu“, which Rahayu Ridwan had performed a fortnight ago. I even worried for her when she had to sing the chorus, as the song required her to up her notes, and I had feared that her voice would break. Thankfully Erlina dispelled most of my fears and gave a slightly better account of herself this week. A minimally-improved performance in my opinion, though I need to add on that her low notes are still a bit suspect especially at the start, and the transition into the chorus was flat.
Rahayu Ridwan – I observed that she has quite a following in cyberspace and no doubt she is arguably the most good-looking contestant. But she has to translate that good support and right package that she possess into giving off optimum performances week in and out. I personally feel that she had picked the wrong song to sing, Azharina‘s “Rawan“. As what Sheikh Haikel had correctly pointed out, she only did well when she broke into the chorus and that her low notes at the start, proved to be her source of discomfort.
Norul, Baby Sulastri & Shikin – They sang Gita Gutawa‘s “Salah Jatuh Cinta“, a mid-tempo song that did not require them to hit the high notes. Their choreography was a bit too calculated in my opinion. While Norul seemed at ease with her versatility to sing fast and slow numbers, flirting in the process as part of her repertoire, Sulastri I felt was a bit too controlled. She needs to open up a bit more and show a bit of vibrancy to her footwork. Shikin more or less redeemed herself from her solo performance earlier. Collectively, the teamwork was kept to its minimal and basics. Nothing spectacular surprisingly, given the fact that the two strongest performers so far, were in this group.
Shalyza, Erlina & Rahayu Ridwan – Like the three girls when they first got to know the song that they were supposed to perform, Rossa‘s “Hey Ladies“, I was also surprised and initially sceptical if they were able to pull it off or at least perform to a credible level. Thankfully, they gave a better account of themselves as compared to the earlier solo performances. Erlina, as pointed out by choreographer Eddie, was a standout and she proved that singing catchy songs are more her forte. If I can sum up their performance in one word to describe their excellent teamwork and nifty footwork, it is definitely “Redemption”. A more enjoyable performance compared to the earlier group.
Next week, the guys will be back with another round of competition, this time singing songs by local artistes. Now that the competition has whittled down somewhat, I am hoping that the contestants would be able to sing their songs a bit longer than the stipulated two minutes. It would definitely give us a better understanding of their vocal capabilities and potential, thus allowing them to expand themselves. But before that, if you would like to vote for the six girls who performed on Tuesday, below is a clip courtesy of Mediacorp Suria on how to dispense your votes. You have until 6pm next Tuesday 17 May 2011 to vote…