Ratu Episode Five Recap…

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The fifth episode of Ratu was once again held at the smaller Studio 4 this past Tuesday, 25 December 2012, with the theme of the week celebrating “womanhood” and mothers in general. Not surprisingly, when we touch upon the topic of mothers and think of our own, we can’t help but perhaps shed a tear or two when we are reminded of all the sacrifices and hardships that they had gone through to bring us up. And this was very much evident during one of the segments, where the contestants were reciting the poetry extolling the virtues of mothers out there and some were seen tearing or had their eyes glistening with tears, which they tried to fight away from trickling down their cheeks. It was a good tribute to have, but at the same time I also observed who was able to capture the mood and emotion well, which could prove in future whether they are able to replicate when they embark in their journey in the entertainment scene as movie / drama actresses.

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Rahayu Ridwan was a fresh change for once, being the only female guest artiste so far in the competition series…

Our guest judge this past week, Rita Zahara, was a breath of fresh air in my opinion. No disrespect to all the previous guest judges we have had over the last four episodes but I think she is what the competition needs, someone who is extremely comfortable being bilingual, who gave valuable insights as well as advice, and not hesitant / struggling with the things she wants to say. The one that should resonate in the minds of the contestants was the one Rita pointed out that she wanted to see how warm and sincere the girls were with their smiles, not only on stage but also when she observed them backstage. In a very harsh industry known for its backstabbings, dishonesty, insincere and fake outlook by some bad apples out there, the advice she gave was one which the girls and even us, can apply in our daily lives. We might be going through some tough times, but a smile especially towards others, can be a very significant gesture or even cure.

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Judges Nuraliza Osman, Hafeez Glamour and Rita Zahara

This past Tuesday saw another round of culling of the Top 10 contestants. Coincidentally, the two eliminated contestants, Jannah Jakasha and Elfiana Ismail, happened to be the only cabin crews in the competition. While the former’s ousting was kind of expected due to her being quite raw, I was a bit surprised with Elfiana‘s elimination as she had been one of the more confident contestants coming into this past week’s round. Fatin Amira seems to be gaining momentum as the weeks go by, and based on what I had said the previous week about us getting an idea on who might be a possible Top 4 candidate within the next two weeks, I think it might be safe to say that she has the attributes to make that round, bar any hiccups along the way. Since Sheril Izzyana‘s elimination, Fatin Amira has taken over the mantle of someone with the voice for radio / television and Wida Alisa is also not far behind in this aspect. Tiara Atyra also deserves a mention for her composed answers.

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Hosts Fauzie Laily and Marina Yusoff

But there is also another name which I feel might be a possible Top 4 candidate or go on to star in future Metrowealth International Group‘s productions. No I will not mention her identity, other than this being my personal observation and should not be taken seriously by the contestants, or even you reading this. The other day I read a Berita Minggu article on Atikah Suhaime, who was scouted by Major David Teo of Metrowealth International Group via Instagram and who had also attended the media conference to introduce the sixteen contestants of Ratu. The article stated that Major Teo had left comments on Atikah‘s photos and subsequently invited her for screen tests. I noticed this past week that Major Teo had left smiley emoticons on a contestant’s photograph/s, a possible indicator that he might have set his sights on giving her an opportunity like Atikah.

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The girls in their Zalora outfits. Very chic!!!

Though it could mean anything, or I might be over-reacting over smiley emoticons, or that he could have left it at other contestants’ photographs in Instagram as well which I might have missed out, I cannot help but feel that no matter what happens in this competition for this contestant, she can be assured that the big man himself has taken notice of her and might invite her over to Kuala Lumpur, where they are based at, for screen tests soon. But of course, instant success is not a given in this industry and she, along with the rest, knows that the last three weeks of the competition will be crucial and will not be the end of their journey, if they were to carve a name for themselves in the scene. The hard work is only shifting into second gear and the girls know it themselves. Exciting last three weeks of the competition lie ahead, though I hope I will not jinx whoever I had mentioned in my previous paragraphs, since those I had praised in my previous entries have so far gone out.

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P.S. I just wanna say how happy I was with the continued improved styling on the girls as the weeks go on. And after four weeks of tying up their hair in all sorts of styles, we finally got to see them letting their hair down and this I must point out brought out their physical beauty a bit more. When they wore fashion designer, Lulu Alhadad‘s Kaftan creations, I thought that this hairstyling thing should have been done from the start. I mean, if you want variations, you can tie them up for one segment and let their hair go in another. Cos some of the girls don’t look that good with hair tied up in certain styles, but much better when they let them down. This I can attribute to the shape of their faces and whether it suits them well or not. But still, it was a very refreshing change to see them. Am hoping we could see more of it in the last three episodes.

Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 Review…

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As promised, I am back with my review on the recently-held Anugerah Planet Muzik event held at Max Pavilion Singapore Expo on 15 December 2012. Unlike previous years, I did not scour through internet forums and social media as much to read through the thoughts of viewers and the media from our neighbouring countries. I only skimmed through Twitter (#APM2012) after I came back from the event and spent a good two hours just reading what people had to say. Not surprisingly, the show was slated by our neighbours (what’s new???) but generally the local viewers were the more happier lot, especially when our local heart-throbs walked away with the popular category awards. Of course I saw the word “boring” being bandied about, but it’s subjective from person to person. Even the recent awards shows in Malaysia like Anugerah Industri Muzik and Anugerah Blokbuster were not spared by the so-called “armchair critics”, but these criticisms are difficult to be taken seriously as most of these comments were made by people who know nuts about the industry nor what goes on behind the scenes.

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The hosts – TG, Sophie Navita and Dato’ AC Mizal

Of course, not every production or show is bound to be perfect, but in terms of entertainment value, I feel that this was one of the better editions of Anugerah Planet Muzik we have had in years, much better even than last year. It has to be noted that this was the first time that Mediacorp Radio stations Warna 94.2FM and RIA 89.7FM were holding this event without the support of Beyond DDB Events Sdn. Bhd. after the passing of its late Managing Director, Mr. Amin Hussen. In the past ten editions of Anugerah Planet Muzik, the company, along with the two local Malay radio stations had worked hand in hand and had been a great supporter of this prestigious awards show. At the first time of asking and doing this on their own, I think the two local Malay radio stations can hold their heads up high, and that the previous ten editions have given them good experience and know-how to stage the event better, bar all the internet talks and complaints.

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Awi Rafael, Anji and Aliff Aziz performed “Aishiteru“, made popular by Zivilia

What the social media critics constantly fail to see is the intention of what Anugerah Planet Muzik stands for and why it is held. Unlike our neighbours (both in the industry as well as those watching on the sidelines) who still think based on nationalistic lines / boundaries and still comparing whose artistes / entertainment industries are better (Shame on you Julia Perez & Zed Zaidi!!!), music and entertainment are probably a few things that unite people of different cultures, background and interests. There is a reason why Dato’ Sheila Majid ended her thank-you speech that night with “May music keep us together” and Gigi‘s frontman Armand Maulana had said “Keep the peace, love and respect for music” in his winning speeches at the 2006 and 2008 editions of Anugerah Planet Muzik. The event is all about our regional acts converging and coming together, build networks, share ideas, plan future collaborations and at the same time introduce / reacquaint themselves to the viewers in the region. Sadly, we are still seeing sourgrape comments and slating our neighbouring artistes, especially on the subject of the popularity awards.

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Taufik Batisah and Shila Amzah performing “Aku Bersahaja“…

The most common gripes I heard were the awards won by both Taufik Batisah (Most Popular Regional Artiste) and Hady Mirza (Most Popular Regional Song). I believe when the organisers held media conferences at both Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta to announce the nominees and details of the awards show, the media over there would have reported as well how viewers could vote for their respective favourites via the official Anugerah Planet Muzik page. No matter where you are in the world, you were given the opportunity to vote for your favourites from 5th November 2012 till voting ended on 5th December 2012. You guys had a whole month to vote for your favourites, but when the winners were announced, you claimed that the artistes are not popular in your countries and you have not heard of “Ku Tetap Kan Menunggu” on your respective airwaves. Well suck it up guys, time to start learning who your regional acts are and what songs are popular in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. YouTube always helps, it is a question of whether you have the initiative to look up on your own or not. Stop living in your coconut shells and start seeing the quality acts around you, not just where you are based at.

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Aweera of MOJO showing his vocal finesse performing “Andai Ku Bercinta Lagi“…

I admit before this I knew nuts about Ridho Rhoma, Maria Calista, Anji, Soo Wincci, and a few others, but thanks to Anugerah Planet Muzik, I now appreciate their talents and understand how they came to be household names in their respective countries. Likewise I hope our regional neighbours would also feel the same way towards our local acts like Awi Rafael, Audionauts, Siti Zahidah, Aliff Aziz, SleeQ and our two idols Taufik Batisah and Hady Mirza. I thought our local brigade who performed that night were excellent and did not let themselves down at all. They definitely stood tall with their counterparts. My only complaint is that Zahidah should have been granted more minutes than she was given when performing “Malam Ini“, cos Najwa Latif was given a slightly longer time to sing her hit “Kosong” (which by the way, she went flat and admitted to it on the entertainment magazine show “MeleTOP” on Astro Ria) and her massive hit single with SleeQ, “Untuk Dia“.

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Maria Calista – A name that needs to be remembered from now on…

Speaking of Maria Calista, I unashamedly say I am a big fan of her voice now. Every time I watch reruns of her singing Kotak‘s “Apa Bisa” during the Best Song nominees segment, my hairs will stand on its end. It was even better watching her singing it live. That night when she performed the song, I could see she was making constant eye contact towards Kotak, her eyes and facial expressions were seen as though they were asking the group for their approval. As I was seated on the floor next to the group, I could see all three members of Kotak (Tantri, Chua and Cella) nodding their heads in approval and when she broke into chorus, the group just stood and whooped. In fact the Indonesian contingent gave her a standing ovation. Such is the spirit and camaraderie being shown for their countrymen that I secretly hope could be replicated here as well. Ridho Rhoma‘s “Let’s Have Fun Together” is also now stuck in my head, yes yours truly who does not have a liking for Dangdut initially.

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Following in his father’s footsteps – Ridho Rhoma

It was a no-brainer when I heard Dato’ Sheila Majid‘s name being added to the list of performers that night, that she would be the rightful recipient of this edition’s Anugerah Khas Planet Muzik. A deserving recipient for her achievements for the past twenty-seven years and a legend in her own right, she is still the same humble, intelligent, articulate and immaculate person that she is. And it seems that she is quite ageless. Her skin is flawless and looks like she is still in her late 30s. Her songs will always be evergreen in our hearts and the tribute that Hady Mirza and Shila Amzah gave her was commendable, if not an excellent one. Of course the diva herself did not disappoint, as always, lapping up the accolades that came her way but still retaining that sense of humility, which all up-and-coming artistes should emulate if they dream of longevity in the scene. And her speech was sharp, concise and brought so much deep meaning to what it means to love music.

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Style and Elegance personified – Dato’ Sheila Majid

The hosts, all first-timers at this awards show, did their best to liven up the crowd, though I felt the energy dropped slightly when it was Tahar Ghalib (TG)’s turn to speak. Don’t get me wrong, I simply love the tone of his voice and still feel he is the best person to helm a show with a love / sombre theme but when the three of them were together onstage, I could sense a certain energy imbalance between him and Dato’ AC Mizal. I dunno, I could be wrong with my assessment, but I did feel that way that night. However, I could definitely see that TG was determined not to let his two counterparts, Sophie Navita and the wacky Dato’ AC Mizal upstage him, by dishing back some punchlines of his own. Maybe it is the difference in the personalities of the hosts, with Dato’ AC being more extrovert and zany, naturally providing more spark to the proceedings. I do however have a little grievance with the hosting script when it came to the part on Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza. I felt that at a time when she is going through a personal family problem, any jokes on her or her husband is a bit insensitive. Not too sure if they knew what had happened to Dato’ Khalid Mohd Jiwa during or before the event, but for the benefit of doubt, my guess is they did not know till much later.

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APM is all about friendships, collaboration and cooperation between artistes of the three neighbouring countries…

Unlike previous editions of Anugerah Planet Muzik, this one ended much earlier than expected, a sign that showed the organisers have learned from their past experiences of over-running the show. Performances and segments were generally compact and enjoyable and these I felt contributed to a very enjoyable show as a whole. Of course there will always be grievances about repeat / recycled performances by the same artistes year in and out, but I think this is what Anugerah Planet Muzik has come to be known for, as they try to showcase artistes from the three countries coming together and sharing the stage, but as always, more artistes could have been featured. I’m sure more of our local acts would love to display their talents onstage. If I were to make some noise about what I find kinda odd about the performances is that maybe Kotak should not have performed a slow number to open the show and “Beraksi” to introduce the hosts afterwards, as they had already performed the same song during the 2009 edition, which was held in Jakarta. Also, we could have had a different closing to the show, rather than a repeat performance of “Let’s Have Fun Together” by Ridho Rhoma. Unsurprisingly, those seated in the first few rows got up and left for the post-event reception before the show ended proper.

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Another enjoyable performance that night between Teacher’s Pet and Judika

We can all complain and vent our frustrations till the cows come home but it has all been done and dusted, the awards audited and given away to their rightful recipients. I sometimes do not understand why our neighbouring counterparts can sound so vengeful when it comes to competition of any kind, be it in sports or even music. I mean let’s face it, they won most of the Best category awards but still made snide remarks over who is more popular. Can’t we just live and let live and share the awards all around??? This is afterall not Anugerah Planet Malaysia or Indonesia. And for those who are saying that the organisers are making a profit out of this event, me being the biggest critic of this event since I first started blogging on our entertainment scene, will say that they are not. Economic conditions and circumstances in our entertainment industry do not allow us to hold our own awards show for our acts, which is why we have separate award categories during the show to honour our Singapore artistes. Singapore does not have the privilege of having mega sponsorships from big companies as what is being enjoyed by our regional counterparts.

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The finale…

I hope that after all is being said by the critics out there, the know-it-alls to the fellow professionals in the industry, the organisers can take stock and continue the good momentum that they have done and even lift the standards further for future Anugerah Planet Muzik events. I for one would love it if Max Pavilion, as a venue, is scrapped once and for all if the show is to be held here again. This was the third time that the event was held there and all three times, the sound system was a major letdown. I have heard and experienced myself how bad it was and am not too sure if it is the sound system or the acoustics of the venue which hinders quality acts from being heard and enjoyed by the audience. Aliff Aziz‘s performance when he sang “Jangan Ganggu Pacarku” was the one most glaringly heard from the speakers, with the crackling sounds being emitted, a major distraction. The Red Carpet event, though slightly better this time, still had the audience coming into the area meant for media and artistes to sit and I don’t think it was a comfortable affair for them with the audience clamouring and jostling forward to snap photographs of the artistes. Some jokes made by the award presenters also went a bit flat and did not resonate with the audience (the panda jokes come to mind, even though it was meant to be an educational / tourist promotion thing) so perhaps something that the region can relate to would be welcomed the next time. Still, it does not take away the fact that this was a much better event than last year, and for that I commend the organisers and thank them for kindly inviting me to the grand occasion…

Ratu Episode 4 Recap…

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Well this is not much of a recap actually as the theme for this week, artistic photography, I must say, is out of my knowledge and understanding. So for me to comment and ramble on the subject would mean, I will be stretching my imagination and maybe to some extent, exaggerate in the process, and that is not something I thrive on. Quite an irony since I snap what some of you might classify as good quality photographs. I only know the simple basics of photography, but not the artistic kind, nor whatever more technical stuff that go along with it, like amount of correct lighting and shadows that are needed to capture the mood and composition of the image. Which, if I may look at it in the big picture, in a way is quite good, as I still have my Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 review in the works and still have not finished editing the remaining outstanding photographs. I hope to post them up by Christmas, God willing.

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Hyrul Anuar was the guest artiste of the show…

This past week, the Ratu competition said goodbye to Ayura and Risliani. While I could understand the shock some people in the studio and on social media might have on the two eliminations, in truth, I saw that coming during the show. Ayura‘s catwalk was probably the subject of judge Nuraliza Osman‘s comments, when she said that some of the contestants were still slouching and during the Q&A session, she looked surprisingly uncomfortable and as though she came unprepared. To be fair to Ayura, I heard she was not feeling well that day but this is something the girls have to learn if they want to cut it in the industry. For the few moments that the spotlight is on them, they have to be calm, composed, prepared and poised. For Risliani‘s case, I allude her elimination to her being very raw in all aspects, but this can be forgiven as she is afterall, the youngest in the competition and is to be expected. Also, as I had mentioned a few weeks ago, the contestants need to cut out the slang that accompanied their speech, which might turn the judges and viewers off. Risliani was guilty of it on many occasions.

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Each passing week sees improvements being made, and confidence soaring amongst the contestants, albeit it differs from one to another. Fatin Amira, who shares the same birthday as yours truly in a few days time, shone like a beacon this week and it was difficult to detect her flaws as she was very much in her element in everything she did that night. Down to the last ten, I think we will get an idea on the Top 2 quite soon within these next two weeks. I have to commend the girls on their Q&A session as this week they raised the bar a bit higher through their wit, variety of answers and adding our traditional Malay quatrain (Pantun) into their delivery. Also for the fact that some of them did indeed come off as natural helped their cause further. Elfiana Ismail is I have to say, very much a consistent performer during the Q&A session since the very start. Her experience in her job dealing with people with different characters and backgrounds, is highly likely the reason behind her confident presentation week in and out.

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The girls looking radiant in their traditional songket outfit…

Before I end my entry, I would just like to remind the contestants to be a bit mindful of what they type on social media as this might backfire on them in the long run. Simple queries and questions which they have in their minds can be done by googling using their smartphones, rather than asking their followers what is the meaning of this and what is the meaning of that. They have to understand that not all followers are fans and some are just waiting to snipe at them when they least expect it. By asking openly, they are actually inviting negative vibes and impressions like lack of initiatives on their part and worse, coming across as “bimbos”, a definite unwelcome tag. If they really need to ask someone, then do it privately or offline. We have all seen all too well the power of social media and how quick it is for our reputations to be destroyed by the little things we say and do. No doubt it is very scary, even to me, but we just have to think it through before we post something. Till then…

Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 Post-Event Reception

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(Cover poster courtesy of Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 Official Facebook page)

When it comes to big events such as Anugerah Planet Muzik, regular readers of this blog will know and expect that you will never get an immediate review here unlike other entertainment portals or blog sites. I think that sets my domain apart from the rest and complement those other sites, in terms of photos and content being shared. Anyway I still have not finished editing the 3706 photographs I snapped that night, but I have whittled them down to about 600 or so. And that was only the first cut!!! I still need to go through a few more QC rounds before I post the rest up along with my review, which might take days or even before the year is out, seeing that I am also doing my weekly Ratu recaps. Nonetheless I hope you guys have liked the photos I featured so far in my past two entries and I’m sure you would like the ones I snapped after the event was over at the customary post-event reception…

Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 – Red Carpet Event

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The pre-cursor to Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 was the Red Carpet event. Not too sure if viewers of Astro Ria on Mio Singtel were able to catch it live as I heard initially it was supposed to be, unless it was only meant for Malaysian viewers. Nonetheless, for the benefit of my fellow Singaporean readers as well as those from outside this country who did not get to see enough from fellow entertainment blog sites / portals, yours truly have captured more photographs for your viewing pleasure. Note that this is not the full compliment of artistes who walked down the carpet as I had missed out on a few, like local groups X-Clusive and Diorama amongst others, due to the speed they were walking down the aisle and did not stop near where I was stationed that night. Some like Taufik Batisah and Hady Mirza did not appear along the Red Carpet at all, but I guess they have their valid reasons. Enjoy the photographs on show!!!

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The Red Carpet event hosts – Hafeez Glamour, Fiza O and A B Shaik

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Fiza O, A B Shaik and Zaza Majid hemmed it up before the event got underway…

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Lynn Malik and Lefttool

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Hafriz (one half of local hip-hop duo Mxnor | Mxjor) and former Singapore Idol season three contestant Faizal Isa

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Haramain Osman and Judah Lyne from The Lion Story

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Local band PULSE! who were nominated in the Best New Duo / Group category…

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Farid and Nash leading the Aryan Band entourage…

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Farhan Shah and Clarence Liew. They are currently working on a single together and expect it to be out early next year…

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Wawan (left) and his band The Auras

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A band Singapore (and Thailand) can be proud of – Audionauts

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Snowball had local actor-host-singer Ashmie Roslan (second from right) and rapper Phalique (right) as part of their entourage…

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Ross and Aidil of Revalina

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Hyrul Anuar looking dapper in his slick suit…

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Awi Rafael and his beau Hanez Suraya

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Hazama looked cool in this outfit, a reflection of his personality…

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A very likeable personality this Budi Doremi

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I didn’t know Ridho Rhoma has quite a following in Singapore till this Red Carpet event…

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Not much is known of local band Arus, but their music is infectious nonetheless…

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The Sallys were not at full strength that night…

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Amanda Imani and Indonesia-based Malaysian actor Keith Foo…

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Rocker Shafyre and his buddy Calito

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The gal who did us proud on stage that night, Siti Zahidah

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The “Ombak Rindu” couple – Adira and Hafiz Suip

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Aliff Aziz and the vocal powerhouse from Indonesia, Maria Calista

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The ever-so-shy Najwa Latif

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A beauty queen who is also a deejay, host, actress, singer and chef – Soo Wincci

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Judika and his beautiful fiancee, beauty queen Duma Riris

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An awesome band from Malaysia, Mojo. They are set to make waves in the scene…

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Resident hosts of Ratu, Fauzie Laily and Marina Yusoff. With them is the handsome and articulate Khairudin Saharom

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A lot has been said about her post-APM 2012. Alyah is still a great singer in my eyes…

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Zizan being flanked by Elfira Loy (left) and Kaka Azraff

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All smiles here – Sharnaaz Ahmad and Shila Amzah

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Ever so loving couple, Mr. Sheikh Haikel and wife Anna Belle Francis…

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SleeQ looking slick as always…

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Singapore Idol season 3 winner Sezairi Sezali and his sweet partner, Syaza Qistina Tan

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Tujuh Band, with Cassidy Anderson

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Good to see Teacher’s Pet revived and active in the scene…

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Dato’ Sheila Majid and husband Acis of Gersang fame…

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Didicazli, seen here with his mother, Madam Siti Rosminah Jaafar of Al-Jawaher fame…

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This photo of Kotak was actually taken during one of the commercial breaks…

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Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 Roll of Honour

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BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE IN A SONG (NEW MALE ARTISTE)

PERSEMBAHAN VOKAL TERBAIK DALAM LAGU (ARTIS BARU LELAKI)

Anji – (Hatiku) Berhenti Di Kamu

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BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE IN A SONG (NEW FEMALE ARTISTE)

PERSEMBAHAN VOKAL TERBAIK DALAM LAGU (ARTIS BARU WANITA)

Raisa – Serba Salah

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BEST NEW DUO / GROUP DUO / KUMPULAN BARU TERBAIK

Audionauts – Maha Bisa Rahsia

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Best Singapore Song

Lagu Terbaik Singapura

Awi Rafael – Pulanglah

Composer & Lyricist – Awi Rafael

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Best Collaboration

Kolaborasi Terbaik

Aku Bersahaja – Taufik Batisah & Rossa

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Best Male Artiste

Artis Lelaki Terbaik

Hafiz Suip – Ku Akui

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Best Female Artiste

Artis Wanita Terbaik

Shila Amzah – Patah Seribu

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Best Duo / Group

Duo / Kumpulan Terbaik

Kotak – Tendangan Dari Langit

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Best Song

Lagu Terbaik

Alyah – Kisah Hati

Composer & Lyricist – Manusia Putih

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Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 Special Achievement Award

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Dato’ Sheila Majid

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New Media Nova

Nova Media Baru

Abdul Muttaleeb (Malaysia)

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Ikon Media Baru

SleeQ

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Popular Radio Hits Award

Anugerah Radio Hits Popular

Aishiteru – Zivilia

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Most Popular Singapore & Regional Song

Lagu Singapura & Serantau Paling Popular

Hady Mirza

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Most Popular Singapore & Regional Artiste

Artis Singapura & Serantau Paling Popular

Taufik Batisah

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Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 Predictions…

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Less than 24 hours to go before Anugerah Planet Muzik 2012 commences at Max Pavilion Singapore Expo. I know rehearsals are being done as I am typing this entry and slowly but surely, I am feeling the excitement of watching this annual music awards event. It is something that I look forward to since I ceased travelling across the Causeway to watch awards shows like Anugerah Industri Muzik and Anugerah Juara Lagu on an almost regular basis the past decade or so. And as is customary for me, here is something that I love to come up with a day or so before the event proper. No prizes for me if I get them right and hopefully no flaks either if I were to get them wrong. It is just something fun before the event descends upon us. I will be covering the event tomorrow, but please do not expect video snippets like last year, as my trusted videographer will not be attending this time round. For those in Singapore, the show will be telecast live on Mediacorp Suria at 8:30pm.

Predictions

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE IN A SONG (NEW MALE ARTISTE) PERSEMBAHAN VOKAL TERBAIK DALAM LAGU (ARTIS BARU LELAKI)

Anji – (Hatiku) Berhenti Di Kamu

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE IN A SONG (NEW FEMALE ARTISTE) PERSEMBAHAN VOKAL TERBAIK DALAM LAGU (ARTIS BARU WANITA)

Lala Karmela – Kamu, Aku, Cinta

BEST NEW DUO/GROUP DUO/KUMPULAN BARU TERBAIK

Audionauts – Maha Bisa Rahsia

BEST COLLABORATION KOLABORASI TERBAIK

Rossa & Taufik Batisah, Aku Bersahaja, Komposer: Taufik Batisah, Penulis Lirik: Taufik Batisah

BEST MALE ARTISTE ARTIS LELAKI TERBAIK

Sammy Simorangkir, Sedang Apa Dan Dimana

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE ARTIS WANITA TERBAIK

Yuna, Terukir Di Bintang

BEST DUO/GROUP DUO/KUMPULAN TERBAIK

Kotak, Tendangan Dari Langit

BEST SONG (SINGAPORE) LAGU TERBAIK SINGAPURA

Fatamorgana, Audionauts, Komposer: Malon, Ryzal, Sham & Zackey, Penulis Lirik: Malon, Ryzal, Sham & Zackey

BEST SONG LAGU TERBAIK

 Terukir di Bintang, Yuna, Komposer: Yuna, Penulis Lirik: Yuna

MOST POPULAR SINGAPORE ARTISTE ARTIS SINGAPURA PALING POPULAR

Taufik Batisah

MOST POPULAR SINGAPORE SONG LAGU SINGAPURA PALING POPULAR

Ku Tetap Kan Menunggu, Hady Mirza

MOST POPULAR REGIONAL ARTISTE ARTIS SERANTAU PALING POPULAR

Shila Amzah

MOST POPULAR REGIONAL SONG LAGU SERANTAU PALING POPULAR

Ombak Rindu, Hafiz & Adira

NEW MEDIA NOVA NOVA MEDIA BARU

Cassidy Anderson

NEW MEDIA ICON IKON MEDIA BARU

Shila Amzah

ANUGERAH KHAS PLANET MUZIK

Dato’ Sheila Majid

Ratu Episod Three Recap…

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This past Tuesday 11 December 2012, the third episode of Ratu aired live on our television screens with the theme of the week being “Sports“. A slight change in judging personnel was made with Hafeez Glamour away in Taiwan on a working-cum-leisure trip with some of his ardent radio listeners. In his place was Hanis Hussey, the guest judge of the first episode. Joining Hanis and Nuraliza Osman on the panel was Muhammad Yusoff Shah Khamaruddin, former national Silat exponent and also a one-time info-ed host on Suria. As opposed to the previous week’s episode where the contestants were put through challenges relating to Malay Culture (making traditional Malay Kuih and performing a simple Malay dance routine), the challenges this past week were aimed at testing the girls on their physical capabilities, to see how they adapt at being rugged to balance their demure and prim image.

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I have to apologise to the girls cos I believe some of them saw me giggling away when they were up on stage in their Silat outfits, which were sponsored by Sports Silat Academy. I was not laughing at their respective moves, but more to how they wore their outfits. Some had tied their belts slightly above their stomachs and it looked quite amusing, at least to me. Kind of reminded me of Obelix, the rotund character in the Asterix cartoon series. Ok I know I’m being slightly mean here, but that’s besides the point. I observed some were rushing through their motions and their facial expressions gave away the fact that they were calculating their steps, while some others were looking down all the time. The ones who impressed me in this segment were Nur Aqilah Kamaruddin (Aqilah) and especially Tiara Atyra. The movements they made were a combination of grace and vigour. It was the perfect balance so to speak. But I just wonder why did some have simpler routines, and others had more difficult ones???

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I cannot comment much on the futsal segment as it was done outdoors and did not show a full account on how each of them fared other than the fact that Risliani won the Ratu-of-the-match award. My only complaint for this segment was some of the girls looked like they lacked enough sleep the previous night, with tired eyes and all, with some looking battered even before the game began. It didn’t exactly look flattering on them. As for the question-and-answer segments, I noticed there were a lot of similarities and overlapping of answers from one contestant to another. What could set them apart in this case and for future episodes are probably their confidence factor and how well they deliver their speech. I noted improvements being made by Jannah Jakasha and Surya Rahmanty as compared to the previous week. Confidence was just oozing out of the former while a bit of research was evident in the latter’s answer.

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Two eliminations were made by the end of Episode Three. I was kinda shocked to know that Sheril Izzyana whom I had earmarked as a potential dark horse of the competition, was the second to be eliminated along with Natasha Tan. It was a bit of a shocker, as I was generally impressed by her showings the previous week and thought she did not do too shabby this week either. Maybe it was the Silat segment that brought down her points, we will never know. Cynics of Natasha Tan on the other hand, might criticise her for her lack of proficiency in the Malay language, but I did observe that she did try her utmost best to find the right words to say throughout the competition, even if that eventually contributed to her elimination. Her over-eagerness could have also betrayed her poise during the Q&A segment. By the way, I will not reveal who my personal favourites are or who I think can progress further as I do not have a definitive list in mind, other than whoever that I mentioned as potentially good, is reflective of their individual showings week by week.

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Eiss was the guest artiste of the week…

So what’s next for the eliminated contestants so far? I cannot give a definite insight on the two earlier ones, Ziza and Diana, as their elimination was too early for me to learn their respective strengths. In Natasha Tan, I observed that she has an infectious and bubbly personality and off-camera, she is the livewire amongst the girls. If she harbours enough interest in the scene, then maybe what she can do is polish up on her language proficiency and join any performing arts company that can hone her interest. She would actually make a good host for a children-related programme due to her personality and energy, and I mean no disrespect when I say this.  In Sheril‘s case, I noted in my last recap that she has a voice suited for radio, television hosting and even news-reading. She can also train up on hosting skills and give it a shot if there are future auditions or openings for those positions I just mentioned. It is definitely not the end of their journey once they are eliminated, provided they still have the passion for it. A fine example I can give is RIA 89.7FM‘s Dzar Ismail, whose potential was discovered when he joined Anugerah Skrin 2010 but was eliminated halfway through the competition.

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On the social media front, I have been a silent observer of some of the photographs that the contestants have uploaded in their respective accounts and read some of the comments made by their friends, family members and supporters. While freedom of speech is welcomed, there should also be a certain amount of tact and respect observed. I saw some unnecessary criticisms made towards the other contestants and though I do not wish to repeat what were said or who said them, I just hope that such comments will not affect the friendship and sisterhood that has been forged amongst the girls. It would be a huge pity that their friendship becomes strained just because some of their supporters / loved ones leave hurtful comments towards the others and in turn might breed hidden contempt and dissent amongst the rest. No doubt it is a competition, but it should not turn out to be negative in any aspects. The bond that the contestants share from my month-long observation of them is a positive one. Let’s keep it that way!!!