It has been a fortnight since Pesta Perdana 13 was upon us. A lot of post-event thoughts and comments were made on the winners or what happened during the event itself, some of which have been downright vile and preposterous in my opinion, but that is something I will discuss on another day. I am still in the midst of editing the 3400-odd photographs I snapped that night but just to satiate your wait, I’ll be sharing selected photographs I took during the pre-event cocktail reception, during commercial breaks as well as during the post-event reception in this entry. Hope this will be a good filler before I share my after-thoughts… 🙂
Sharnaaz Ahmad – Danny
Elfaeza Ul-Haq – Danny
Nick Mikhail – Kasih Berbisik
Farhana M Noor – Belah Hati
Aishah Ahmad – Ingat Tak Mak
Mastura Ahmad – Bingit Sr. 2
Khairudin Samsudin – Sinar Lebaran 2014
Khairudin Saharom – Sinaran Hati 2013
Rilla Melati Bahri (Rudy & Rilla Sr. 4)
Nyla Esman – Ingat Tak Mak
Bingit Sr. 2 (Mediacorp Eaglevision)
Drama Terbaik (Best Drama Series)
Tetap Anak Papa (ThinkPlate)
Drama Khas Terbaik (Best Drama Special)
Te:Ra Seh 2.0 – Mediacorp Eaglevision
Rancangan Hiburan Terbaik (Best Variety Series)
Viva Elektra – Mediacorp Eaglevision
Rancangan Hiburan Khas Terbaik (Best Variety Special)
Terbit – DV Studio
Rancangan Informasi Terbaik (Best Info-Ed Programme)
O.M.G. – DV Studio
Rancangan Kanak-Kanak Terbaik (Best Children’s Programme)
Sanif Olek – Bingit Sr 2 (Fantasi Biru)
Arahan Terbaik – Drama (Best Directing – Drama)
Fadila Abdul Wahid & Zaharian Osman – Viva Elektra
Arahan Terbaik – Hiburan (Best Directing – Variety)
Skrip Terbaik – Drama (Best Script-Writing – Drama) – Bingit Sr 2: Aku & Avatar
Skrip Terbaik – Hiburan (Best Script-Writing – Variety) – Viva Elektra
Haryani Othman – Terbit (DV Studio)
Skrip Terbaik – Informasi (Best Script-Writing – Info-Ed)
Noor Azam Sheriff – Raya Sempurna (Flipside Stories)
Videography Terbaik – Drama (Best Videography – Drama)
Bingit Sr 1 & 2 – Flashforward
Suntingan Terbaik – Drama (Best Editing – Drama)
Desain Pembukaan Terbaik (Best Opening Title Design)
Fatimah Mohsin & Team – Sinar Lebaran 2014
Reka Imej Terbaik (Best Image & Styling)
Mental – Bingit Sr 1
Composer – Reyza Hamizan
Lyricists – Reyza Hamizan & TukangKata
Singer – Eiss Ismail Feat. TukangKata
Lagu Tema Terbaik (Best Theme Song)
Mengejar Mentari – Mediacorp Eaglevision
Rancangan Paling Popular – Most Popular Programme
Pelakon Lelaki Paling Popular (Most Popular Actor)
Pelakon Wanita Paling Popular (Most Popular Actress)
Hajjah Ponisah Bachik
Anugerah Perdana Emas
Graphics photo courtesy of Mediacorp Suria…
The bienniel Pesta Perdana event, will make its long-awaited return this 28 March 2015 at the Mediacorp TV Theatre. The prestigious awards, now into its thirteenth edition, aims to recognise, acknowledge and honour the best talents in the local Malay television industry. It will also take viewers down memory lane with this year’s 50’s theme, in line with the ongoing SG50 celebrations. Pesta Perdana 13 (PP13) attracted more than 145 entries from 13 local production houses who are vying for top honours in the fiercely contested programme and performance award categories. A total of 32 awards and a special Lifetime TV Achievement award are up for grabs this year.
The PP13 media conference event was held at The Ballroom @ East Coast…
Code details are as follows:
MOST POPULAR MALE PERSONALITY
- Fir Rahman – Code: L1
- Hisyam Hamid – Code: L2
- Imam Shah – Code: L3
- Norman Ishak – Code: L4
- Syarif SleeQ – Code: L5
MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY
- Farhana M Noor – Code: W1
- Mastura Ahmad – Code: W2
- Nadiah M Din – Code: W3
- Nurul Aini – Code: W4
- Wahyu Rahman – Code: W5
The media conference was hosted by Fiza O and Fauzie Laily…
I had the honour of being invited to attend the PP13 Media Conference held at The Ballroom @ East Coast on 4 March 2015, to announce all the award nominees. The event venue, as some of you might have known by now, is owned by Warna 94.2FM‘s A. B. Shaik. The media conference event saw the hosting chemistry of RIA 89.7FM‘s Fiza O and Fauzie Laily rekindled. Both of them had a field day tickling the guests with their witty and funny quips. They were also dressed according to the theme of the awards show this year, which is 50s Vintage. The event also saw Hyrul Anuar performing the theme song for Pesta Perdana, “Malam Gemilang“, accompanied by two of his good friends from AltoAura, Reyza Hamizan and Azura Goh.
Hyrul Anuar performing “Malam Gemilang“…
From the list of nominees announced this year, I note the wave of newer and younger generation of actors being nominated for their respective roles in the last two years. Which can only be good for the local entertainment industry, as they continue to hone their craft and complement the established and veterans in the scene. I’m also happy to see the likes of Farhana M Noor and Izyan Mellyna being nominated for Most Promising Actor / Actress. As I’ve said before in this blog, they have caught my eyes for their talent and potential, which can only get better. But do not discount the others nominated in their category. Asraf Amin, Atyy A. Malek (Nurhayati Abdul Malek) and Faizal Rahman will give them a run for their money.
Madam Zakiah Halim addressing the guests…
This year, there are also additions from Malaysia in the nominations list. The last Pesta Perdana event saw one nominee, Fauziah Nawi, whereas this year sees Iqram Dinzly, Keith Foo and Sharnaaz Ahmad being nominated. When asked by Berita Harian entertainment journalist Shahida Sarhid about the influx of Malaysian artistes into the nominations list, Mediacorp Malay Segment‘s head, Madam Zakiah Halim explained that they welcome the presence of the Malaysian actors over here, just like how our very own actors are welcomed over there and being nominated in several of their awards shows. This is good not only for bilateral exchange, but also the sharing of knowledge as well as good sparring in acting for both sets of countries’ actors. And I couldn’t agree more. I believe our actors can benefit from working with some of these actors, in turn even paving the way for them to work across the Causeway and hopefully, beyond.
Keith Foo certainly looked delighted with his nomination…
Pesta Perdana 13 will be telecast live on Mediacorp Suria on 28 March 2015 at 8:30pm. This year’s show will be hosted by Suhaimi Yusof and Huda Ali and the guest-of-honour will be Member of Parliament, Mr. Zaqy Mohamad. I end this entry with the full list of nominations as well as photographs taken during the media conference event.
Pesta Perdana 13 Nominations List
|CATEGORY 1: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)|
|Ashmi Roslan||Walimah Sr 2||Oak 3 Films|
|Iqram Dinzly||Kes 253||Oak 3 Films|
|Sani Hussin||Di Luar Garisan Sr 1||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Sharnaaz Ahmad||Danny||Flipside Stories|
|Syarif SleeQ||Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|CATEGORY 2:PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)|
|Ariati Tyeb Papar||Kes 253||Oak 3 Films|
|Elfaeza Ul Haq||Danny||Flipside Stories|
|Hashimah Hamidon||Mengejar Mentari||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Izyan Mellyna||Walimah Sr 2||Oak 3 Films|
|Nadiah M Din||Danny||Flipside Stories|
|CATEGORY 3: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)|
|A. Mahadi||Mengejar Mentari||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Abdullah Ahmad||Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|Fadhlur Rahman||9 Nyawa||Oak 3 Films|
|Nick Mikhail||Kasih Berbisik||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Taufiq Salleh||Danny||Flipside Stories|
|CATEGORY 4: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA BERSIRI(BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SERIES)|
|Adlina Adil||Di Luar Garisan Sr 1||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Ateeqah Mazlan||Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|Farhana M Noor||Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|Haryani Othman||R&D||Shortman Films|
|Nurijah Sahat||Danny||Flipside Stories|
|CATEGORY 5: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)|
|Keith Foo||Raya Sempurna||Flipside Stories|
|Najib Soiman||Pesan Ayah||Blue River Pictures|
|Nick Mikhail||Bingit Sr 2||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Sharnaaz Ahmad||Cinta Ramadan||Flipside Stories|
|Zaidi Ibrahim||Raya Bersama||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 6:PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK UTAMA – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)|
|Aishah Ahmad||Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio|
|Halimah Ismail||Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio|
|Rosita Hussin||Kasih Ibu||DV Studio|
|Seriwahyuni Jaes||Raya Bersama||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Siti Hajar||Bingit Sr 2||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 7: PELAKON LELAKI TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)|
|Hasif Nasir||Papa Kool||Element Pictures|
|Jeff Catz||Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio|
|Junaidi Sali||Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio|
|Sani Hussin||Pesan Ayah||Blue River Pictures|
|Zaidi Ibrahim||Pesan Ayah||Blue River Pictures|
|CATEGORY 8: PELAKON WANITA TERBAIK DALAM WATAK PEMBANTU – DRAMA KHAS / ANTOLOGI(BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – DRAMA SPECIAL / ANTHOLOGY)|
|Junaidah Ekhsan||Raya Bersama||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Maiya Rahman||Bingit Sr 1||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Mastura Ahmad||Bingit Sr 2||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Nurul Akhmar||Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio|
|Rahimah Rahim||Tetap Anak Papa||Thinkplate|
|CATEGORY 9: PELAKON TERBAIK DALAM WATAK KOMEDI (BEST ACTOR / ACTRESS IN A COMEDY ROLE)|
|Alias Kadir||Bubur Masjid Air Katira Sr 1||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Era Farida||Bubur Masjid Air Katira Sr 2||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Khairudin Samsudin||Sinar Lebaran 2014||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Suhaimi Yusof||R&D||Shortman Films|
|Suhaimi Yusof||Sinar Lebaran 2014||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 10: PELAKON HARAPAN TERBAIK (MOST PROMISING ACTOR / ACTRESS)|
|Asraf Amin||Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|Faizal Rahman||Rima Hatiku||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Farhana M Noor||Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|Izyan Mellyna||Walimah Sr 2||Oak 3 Films|
|Norhayati Malik||Bingit Sr 2||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 11: PENGACARA TERBAIK – HIBURAN(BEST HOST – VARIETY)|
|Khairudin Saharom||Sinaran Hati 2013||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Khairudin Samsudin||Maintain Sr 2||Mediamorphosis|
|Khairudin Samsudin||Te:Ra Seh 1.0||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Nurul Aini||Kita Gerek Sr 2||Dua M|
|Syirah Jusni||POP||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 12: PENGACARA TERBAIK – RANCANGAN INFORMASI(BEST HOST – INFO-ED)|
|Dalina Jaapar||Kembara Kasih||Filmat36|
|Hazlina Halim||Terbit||DV Studio|
|Najip Ali||Kita Orang Singapura Sr 1||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Nurul Akhmar||Jus Sr 6||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Rilla Melati||Rudy & Rilla Sr 4||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 13: BINTANG CILIK TERBAIK (BEST YOUNG STAR)|
|Ahmad Sirhan||Cobaan Kassim Selamat||Dua M|
|Ahmad Sirhan||SAM||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Danish Putra||Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|Dayang Nur Balqis||Danny||Flipside Stories|
|Nyla Esman||Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio|
|CATEGORY 14: DRAMA TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SERIES)|
|Belah Hati||DV Studio|
|Bingit Sr 2||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Mengejar Mentari||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Walimah Sr 2||Oak 3 Films|
|CATEGORY 15: DRAMA KHAS TERBAIK (BEST DRAMA SPECIAL)|
|Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio|
|Kasih Ibu||DV Studio|
|Pesan Ayah||Blue River Pictures|
|Raya Sempurna||Flipside Stories|
|Tetap Anak Papa||Thinkplate|
|CATEGORY 16: RANCANGAN HIBURAN TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SERIES)|
|King Juara Memasak||Mediamorphosis|
|Kita Gerek Sr 2||Dua M|
|Maintain Sr 2||Mediamorphosis|
|SG Mania||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Te:Ra Seh 2.0||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 17: RANCANGAN HIBURAN KHAS TERBAIK (BEST VARIETY SPECIAL)|
|Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014||MediaCorp Warna, Ria & Eaglevision|
|Projek Kasih 2013||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Projek Kasih 2014||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Sinar Lebaran 2014||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Viva Elektra||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 18: RANCANGAN INFORMASI TERBAIK (BEST INFO-ED PROGRAMME)|
|Di Hujung Pelangi||Media Reel|
|Kita Orang Singapura Sr 1||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Percaya Lagi||DV Studio|
|CATEGORY 19: RANCANGAN KANAK-KANAK TERBAIK (BEST CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME)|
|Buli Baik||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Kisah Kita||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Mat Yoyo Berhari Raya||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 20: ARAHAN TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST DIRECTING – DRAMA)|
|Bingit Sr 2: Bayangan Sepi||Nasir & Team||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Bingit Sr 2: Fantasi Biru||Sanif Olek & Team||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Ingat Tak Mak||Zulanan Ahmad||DV Studio|
|Raya Sempurna||Razi Salam||Flipside Stories|
|Tetap Anak Papa||Seriwahyuni Jaes, Diana Salim||Thinkplate|
|CATEGORY 21: ARAHAN TERBAIK – HIBURAN (BEST DIRECTING – VARIETY)|
|Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014||Fadila A. Wahid||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|SG Mania||Zaharian Osman, Samri Badi||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Sinar Lebaran 2014||Zaharian Osman, Fadila A Wahid||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Te:Ra Seh 1.0||Fadila A. Wahid, Zaharian Osman||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Viva Elektra||Fadila A Wahid, Zaharian Osman & Team||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 22: SKRIP TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST WRITING – DRAMA)|
|Bingit Sr 1: Wajah-Wajah||Amanah Mustafi||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Bingit Sr 2: Aku dan Avatar||Wan Firzaleenazrah||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Ingat Tak Mak||Haryani Othman, Janet Liau||DV Studio|
|Pesan Ayah||TT Dhavamanni,Manoj Prabhoda Chandran,Aidli Mosbit, Seriwahyuni Jaes||Blue River Pictures|
|Raya Sempurna||Razi Salam||Flipside Stories|
|CATEGORY 23: SKRIP TERBAIK – HIBURAN (BEST WRITING – VARIETY)|
|Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014||Linilidia Abdul Hamid||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Kita Gerek Sr 2||Ferlini Fandi, Aisyah Mohd Nooh||Dua M|
|SG Mania||Netty Fiona Othman||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Sinar Lebaran 2014||Netty Fiona Othman||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Viva Elektra||Wan Firzaleenazrah||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 24: SKRIP TERBAIK – INFORMASI (BEST WRITING – INFO-ED)|
|Di Hujung Pelangi||Julianawarti Jumali,Seriwahyuni Jaes||Media Reel|
|Jus Sr 6||Johari Aziz||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Percaya Lagi||Haryani Othman||DV Studio|
|Rudy & Rilla Sr 4||Linilidia Abdul Hamid||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Terbit||Haryani Othman||DV Studio|
|CATEGORY 25: VIDEOGRAFI TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST VIDEOGRAPHY – DRAMA)|
|Bingit Sr 2||Sofyan Daud||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Cinta Ramadan||Noor Azam Sheriff||Flipside Stories|
|Ingat Tak Mak||Faizal Ramli||DV Studio|
|Raya Sempurna||Noor Azam Sheriff||Flipside Stories|
|Tetap Anak Papa||Harrywanto||Thinkplate|
|CATEGORY 26: SUNTINGAN TERBAIK – DRAMA (BEST EDITING – DRAMA)|
|Belah Hati||DV Studio Post||DV Studio|
|Bingit Sr 2||Flashforward||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Ingat Tak Mak||DV Studio Post||DV Studio|
|Kasih Ibu||DV Studio Post||DV Studio|
|Mengejar Mentari||Flashforward||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 27: DESAIN PEMBUKAAN TERBAIK (BEST OPENING TITLE DESIGN)|
|9 Nyawa||Oak 3 Films||Oak 3 Films|
|Anugerah Planet Muzik 2014||Post Office||MediaCorp Warna & Ria|
|Bingit Sr 1||Flashforward||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Maintain Sr 2||Safiyuddin Razif||Mediamorphosis|
|CATEGORY 28: REKAAN IMEJ TERBAIK (BEST IMAGE & STYLING)|
|Bingit Sr 2||Intan||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Maintain Sr 2||Razinna Nuri||Mediamorphosis|
|Sinar Lebaran 2014||Fatimah Mohsin & Team||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Te:Ra Seh 1.0||Fatimah Mohsin & Team||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Viva Elektra||Fatimah Mohsin & Team||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|CATEGORY 29: LAGU TEMA TERBAIK (BEST THEME SONG)|
|Belah Hati||Belah Hati||Composer: Zulanan AhmadLyricist: Zulanan AhmadSinger: Sofia Arissa||DV Studio|
|Bingit Sr 1||Mental||Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza Hamizan / Tukang KataSinger: Eiss feat Tukang Kata||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Mengejar Mentari||Mengejar Mentari||Composer: Sulaiman WahabLyricist: Nizam RahmanSinger: Maiya Rahman||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Rima Hatiku||Rima Hatiku||Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza HamizanSinger: Rima Hatiku Cast feat Sezairie Sezali||MediaCorp Eaglevision|
|Walimah Sr 2||Kini dan Selamanya||Composer: Reyza HamizanLyricist: Reyza HamizanSinger: Ashmi Roslan and Izyan Mellyna||Oak3 Films|
|CATEGORY 31: PERSONALITI LELAKI PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR MALE PERSONALITY)|
|Fir Rahman||Code: L1|
|Hisyam Hamid||Code: L2|
|Imam Shah||Code: L3|
|Norman Ishak||Code: L4|
|CATEGORY 32: PERSONALITI WANITA PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY)|
|Farhana M Noor||Code: W1|
|Mastura Ahmad||Code: W2|
|Nadiah M Din||Code: W3|
|Nurul Aini||Code: W4|
|Wahyu Rahman||Code: W5|
Back with the third and final instalment of #theSyarifs‘ wedding. This entry will feature photographs of the wedding dinner event, which I felt resembled a mini Pesta Perdana event, with the local Malay entertainment scene’s personalities making their presence by gracing the occasion. It was a long day for the newly-weds as well as those who had worked hard to make the whole event tick, yet everyone was smiling throughout till the very end, happiness etched on their faces and sharing the joy of the newlyweds. The wedding dinner event was held at the same venue (Alkaff Mansion) as the earlier morning’s solemnisation ceremony and lunch reception.
Like the solemnisation ceremony, those who had tuned in to the couple’s official Youtube channel, would have gotten a glimpse of what went on live via the webstream. Unfortunately I heard that the full clip has been taken down by Youtube due to copyright infringements of some of the songs featured. Though you will not be able to view the clip, I hope this entry would satiate your thirst to view some of the event’s happenings as well as see who’s who in the local Malay entertainment scene who had turned up. This was afterall THE “Wedding of the Year” for 2014, for me. It would be criminal not to feature this entry in my blog, especially when the groom took great pains to invite me and the wife to attend. For that I say “Thank You!!!” to Syarif and Malaque for having us, me in particular, for almost the whole day.
The wedding dinner event was hosted by Ben Muthusalam, Syarif‘s intern-mate when he did his internship with Mediacorp back in 2009. Please don’t ask me why the host’s name has an Indian surname. Maybe his good friends reading this can help to enlighten me cos I’m in the dark myself. Guests were treated to lovely performances by local groups The Trisno Trio and Northbound, as well as a guest performance by Malaysia‘s Dina Nadzir, whose rendition of Katy Perry‘s “Unconditionally“, had my hairs standing. She is such an under-rated vocal powerhouse. We also witnessed Syarif singing a song titled “Malaque“, which he had composed with Trisno Ishak just two weeks leading up to the wedding event.
The eleven-tier wedding cake was specially baked by Malaque herself, whom some of us know specialises in pastries, desserts and cakes. Also, the cheesecake recipe during the dinner event itself, was specially concocted by her, assisted and executed by Chef Siti Mastura and team. Female guests were fortunate to have received a make-up kit by Benefit Cosmetics, to go along with the main door gifts consisting of a Grey by Ortenhill bag, a lovely jar series, Sugee cake by Chef Siti Mastura and Calvin Klein parfum vials. The gifts oozed class in every sense, a reflection of the newlyweds. All in all, it was a wonderful and memorable wedding event and here’s wishing the newlyweds once again a blissful married life with filial kids in tow… 🙂
(Graphics poster courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
You would have seen the music video by Taufik Batisah singing his latest single “Menakluk Cinta” on Mediacorp Suria since it was first aired right after the recent National Day Parade. It is probably from that music video that you would have taken note of an upcoming drama series titled “Kasih Berbisik” (Whispers of the Heart), that will soon be aired on the said channel. This joint production by leading Free-to-Air TV channels Mediacorp Suria and TV3 will bring you a moving drama of heartache, hope and unbreakable bonds of love, spanning three countries. Conceived and written by prolific script writer, Mr. Hamed Ismail, and directed by Jamal Khan, this tear-jerker has finally come to fruition after three years in the works.
(YouTube clip courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
Set against the backdrop of metropolitan Singapore, lush green fields of Malaysia and exotic Bali, the 13-episode drama series debuts for the first time simultaneously on TV3 and MediaCorp Suria on 1 October 2014 at 9pm and 9.30pm respectively. Its main and supporting cast members include Nurul Aini and Nick Mikhail from Singapore, Remy Ishak, Keith Foo and Tasha Shilla from Malaysia, as well as Demmy Febriana from Indonesia. Jointly produced by Mediacorp Eaglevision and Primeworks Studios, the collaboration is aimed at producing a high-quality drama series that appeal to audiences in Singapore and Malaysia, leveraging on both parties’ expertise in High-Definition (HD) TV production.
The stage all set for the media conference…
I was extremely honoured to once again be invited by Mediacorp Suria to cover the media conference and exclusive screening held last Friday 19 September 2014 at Golden Village Grand Great World City. This was essentially my first time covering a media conference for an upcoming drama series and one which is monumental in that it is a joint-production between two countries featuring the scenic scenes, backdrop and actors from three countries. This was also probably the first time that I’ve been to a media conference where fans were allowed to soak in the atmosphere as well. At times, it felt a bit chaotic when the fans got excited seeing their favourite artistes, but generally they were well-behaved and I could see many smiling faces, contented with their respective signatures and photographs. The media conference was hosted by none other than Fauzie Laily.
The main cast of “Kasih Berbisik” – (from left) Keith Foo, Remy Ishak, Nick Mikhail, Nurul Aini, Tasha Shilla and Demmy Febriana…
I believe for the fans (a large majority were females, may I add) who paid to attend the media conference, it was rewarding enough to have been in close proximity to heart-throbs like Remy Ishak and Keith Foo. Even more rewarding when they witnessed Taufik Batisah himself making an appearance to sing the official soundtrack of the upcoming drama series live. Taufik it must be said, has matured so much since we were first introduced to his singing talents on national television exactly ten years ago. He was cracking jokes with the audience, sometimes even acting like a co-host and even took the time to promote his upcoming album launch this Sunday 28 September 2014, 6pm at Causeway Point. Ten years in the scene, he has blossomed and become more outgoing and even forthcoming in comparison to his earlier years in the scene.
Taufik never fails to make the ladies swoon with his mere presence…
But where there was something good to say about Taufik Batisah, a not-so-pleasant vibe emanated when I was observing two of the main casts that night. I will not mention names but for those who were there, might probably agree with what I have to say. One was seen looking detached and uninterested with the whole proceedings, while another was seen fiddling and constantly checking on her handphone, even when she was up onstage facing the audience, not only made up of the fans, but fellow members of the media from Singapore and Malaysia, as well as the important heads from Mediacorp Malay Broadcast Division and Media Prima Berhad. I am just glad that the likes of Taufik, Nurul Aini and Nick Mikhail showed class and accorded respect towards those who came to watch them.
Important figures behind the joint TV production – (from left): Ms. Zakiah Halim (Senior Vice President of Mediacorp Malay Broadcast Division), Ms. Siti Nurlisia Mohd. Nadzri (TV3 General Manager), Mr. Suhaimi Jais (Senior Vice President of Mediacorp Studios and Mediacorp Eaglevision) and Mr. Azhar Borhan (Group General Manager Production and Operations of Primeworks Studios)…
Two back-to-back episodes of “Kasih Berbisik” were screened exclusively that night before its TV debut. Just to give you a gist, it is a 13-episode drama based on love, separation and friendship revolving around an architect, Imran (Remy Ishak), who goes on a business trip to Bali and falls in love with Sulastri (Demmy Febriana), a Balinese dancer. Eventually, Imran marries Sulastri and keeps his second marriage a secret from his wife of 6 years, Nora (Nurul Aini). Imran also has a best friend, Andi (Nick Mickhail) who admires Sulastri. In an unexpected twist, Sulastri’s ex-fiancé, Dharma (Keith Foo), vows to win her back. Dharma is clouded by anger and vengeance when he finds out that Sulastri is married to Imran. Will Nora and Dharma accept their fate as second best? How long can Imran keep his second marriage with Sulastri a secret from Nora?
Tasha Shilla entertaining one of the fans, while Remy Ishak was busy signing autographs on the promotional posters…
From what I’ve seen that night, and from speaking to fellow attendees from the media, the general consensus I got and personally felt was, the episodes were kinda draggy. I dunno if it was because the screening started an hour later than scheduled, due to the casts’ meet-and-greet session with the fans and various interviews with the media brigade, and people (myself included) were feeling tired after a long day. The buildup to what’s to come in the show felt a bit slow and when the second marriage was announced in one of the scenes, it felt like the director was pushing for an impactful outcome out of the blue. But what do I know about watching such drama series??? Am never a big fan of long episodic dramas involving love and romance. I just don’t have the patience for it. For the record, let me state there’s nothing wrong with the acting from all the casts involved, just that the storyline I feel could have been developed better and to give a good introduction to each individual character.
Nurul Aini, Keith Foo, Nick Mikhail and Demmy Febriana likewise were busy signing autographs on the promotional posters as well…
To be fair, two episodes might not tell a bigger picture nor relate the whole story, and that one should actually watch the series religiously to find out the twists and turns involving this complicated love saga. Fans of the two Malaysian heart-throbs would definitely not care at all about the storyline so long as they could feast their eyes on their idols weekly. My only concern was watching how the likes of Nurul Aini and Nick Mikhail performed when given their big break to go regional. Though I’ve heard rumours of how they were scolded by the lead actor for not giving their all, I thought both of them gave a good account of themselves and I really hope this will be their breakthrough drama and join the likes of those who have been success stories across the Causeway. No matter the artiste, I am always proud when I hear one of our own making a name for themselves abroad.
Final group photo with the main casts, crew and television station heads…
As for Taufik Batisah, I hope as well that the soundtrack to this drama series, would go the same way as how “Seribu Tahun” had given Imran Ajmain so much success and newly-opened doors across the Causeway. For those not in the know or have forgotten, “Seribu Tahun” was the soundtrack to the drama series “Kerana Cintaku Saerah” on TV3 back in 2007. Ten years in the scene and still to be a household name regionally, I sincerely hope that “Menakluk Cinta” would go on to be an added success to the one that Taufik achieved through his duet with Rossa, “Aku Bersahaja“. “Menakluk Cinta” which was penned by Taufik himself, has every potential to be a haunting hit across our shores. It has been playing regularly in my head for the past few weeks or so leading up to the media conference and even moreso after I had watched the screening of the two back-to-back episodes. As mentioned earlier, “Kasih Berbisik” will air on TV3 and MediaCorp Suria on 1 October 2014 at 9pm and 9.30pm respectively.
Highlights of Kasih Berbisik Media Conference
It’s back once again!!! Piala Dollah Kassim, a charity football tournament involving the local Malay media and television personalities, which was successfully held last year, makes its return again this year. Now into its fourth edition since it was first conceived and incepted in 2002, the tournament this year has broken the norm of previous years’ editions in having it a year after the last one. Previously the tournament was held once every two years, with a gap of six years between the first and the second editions. I believe due to the success and support from last year’s tournament, especially the Grand Final where two thousand-odd people witnessed it at Yishun Stadium, it is only natural that it has been changed to an annual affair. But for how long it will remain that way, it’s up to the organisers, PERKAMUS, who have worked hard to make it happen again this year. For that, they deserve every pat on the back they get.
The coveted trophy…
This year’s event is probably an emotional one for myself and of course the family of Allahyarham Uncle Dollah. Regular readers of this blog would know by now the family ties that we share as his wife and my mother are sisters. This will be the first time the event is held without him around anymore. Even when he was in a state of coma and bedridden last year, I felt his presence and spirit cheering me on from the stands when I played for the Mediacorp Suria team as its goalkeeper. There were good and bad memories from last year’s tournament, the good of course being able to play in front of a near capacity crowd and the bad, well I’ll just leave it as that, but I tend to take positives out of the few bad ones. This year, I will reprise my role as the team’s custodian once again. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mediacorp Suria for placing their faith in me and it is an absolute honour to represent my family and play in the tournament again.
The launch was hosted by Rosley Jimaen and Deanna Manto…
Once again the tournament will be a four-cornered fight between Berita Harian, Dramatis, Mediacorp Suria and the organisers as well as the defending champions themselves, PERKAMUS. The draw to determine the respective match fixtures was recently held at the rooftop of the Singapore Press Holdings‘ building on 25th September 2011. Representatives and several players from the respective teams graced the occasion, not forgetting the various kind sponsors of the event. This year, the beneficiary organisation who will receive the proceeds from the event will be Darul Ma’wa Children’s Home. Several side-events and carnival have been lined up during the days of the qualifying matches and these are kindly organised by the good people of Bikers’ Aid International, a professional fundraiser and charity organising management consisting of 40 motor clubs with mixed races and genders from 3000 motorcycles members here in Singapore and Malaysia.
Cikgu Yusnor Ef with the opening speech…
Though I will not delve much on what happened during the launch per se, it was heartening to hear the President of PERKAMUS, Cikgu Yusnor Ef, appealing to other organisers of football-related events not to misuse the good name of Uncle Dollah and also to seek his family’s approval before using his name for their respective events. I’m sure older readers of this blog would remember how I went on a ranting spree last year, when some irresponsible people came up with the idea of having a football academy using Uncle Dollah‘s name without seeking his family’s approval. And it was just last week that our family found out that a football competition organised in Tampines also used his name without seeking prior approval. We’re not trying to be high-handed, but I’m sure nobody likes others to use one’s own family members’ names without first seeking permission. Like what Cikgu Yusnor said, “Do not misuse his name to the point that it becomes devalued and cheap…” As a family, we do not want Uncle Dollah‘s name to be used by any organisation for their own benefits. Uncle Dollah was a generous man, any event organiser that uses his name in future should take note that any proceeds from their event, must go to a charity organisation. Over the years, the family has been working closely and have absolute trust in PERKAMUS, because they have been doing the right thing.
Uncle Dollah‘s son, Ezaad, urged all players to check their fitness and health before taking onto the pitch so as to prevent a similar occurence of what happened to Uncle Dollah back on 4th Oct 2009.
I do not know who will be playing in the other teams, other than Nick Mikhail, Izzat Yusoff, Amy Kecik, Khairudin Samsudin, Faizal Ramli amongst others, playing for the Dramatis team and Jeff Catz for PERKAMUS. But I’m quite confident that our Mediacorp Suria team, with the injection of new players from the Anugerah Skrin 2010 competition, and retaining half of those who represented the team last year, will try and give the defending champions a run for their money. This year Mediacorp Suria will be represented by renowned television personalities Rafaat Hamzah, Fauzie Laily, Syed Azmir (captain), Shahril Wahid, Effandy Idris and the Anugerah Skrin 2010 alumnus like Shahril Kahar, Aidil Jufri, Mohd Idris Jamin, Raja Razie and Muhd Dzar. We also welcome into our team the likes of actors-hosts Fadhlur Rahman and Taufiq Salleh, who represented the Dramatis team in last year’s tournament, as well as Khairul Ruzaini (the son of actor Jasmani Basri), and Razif Ariff, who are both part-time actors themselves. In short, this tournament is sprinkling with stars all in the name of charity.
The fixture list…
All qualifying matches will be played at the Singapore Polytechnic stadium on three consecutive Sundays, beginning 9th October 2011. The first match will kick off at 3pm with Berita Harian facing off with the Dramatis team. Mediacorp Suria will play against PERKAMUS at 5pm. The 3rd and 4th placing match as well as the Grand Finals will be held on 20th November 2011 at the Woodlands Stadium. Admission to all the matches is free. So if you do not have anything to do for the next three Sundays, do come down and support your local personalities and also help to do your part for charity. See you there!!!
May the best team wins!!!
From left: Jeff Catz (PERKAMUS), Syed Azmir (Mediacorp Suria), Art Fazil (PERKAMUS), Jasmi Ahmad (Dramatis) and Farid Hamzah (Berita Harian)…
How to get there… (Click on the map to enlarge it)
This weekend marked another milestone in the life of local actor Nick Mikhail when he was betrothed to his sweetheart Noor Ashiqin or affectionately called Nora. For those who have been staying on another planet, this is the actor’s second marriage. I hope no one out there would be quick to judge on what happened to his previous one nor attack his personality as I’ve heard it all before over the years. Like any human being out there, we all crave for happiness, stability and longevity in any kind of relationship we commit ourselves into. Let’s all pray that Mikhail & Nora‘s union will be blessed with happiness, patience and much love and may they last a lifetime with beautiful kids in tow. Congratulations once again you both!!!
Snippets of the Wedding
The lavish spread… It’s whetting my appetite as I type…
Wirama were the performers at the event. One of their group members is none other than Izzat Yusoff of Soldadu fame…
Anugerah 2009 alumnus, Azhar Raz, performing “Gurindam Jiwa” with one of the resident performers of Wirama.
Some of the guests include the recent Pesta Perdana 11‘s Best Supporting Actor recipient, Sani Hussin and wife…
They were joined by his younger sister Rosita…
Anugerah Skrin 2010 & 2006 winners, Erwin Shah Dawson and Shahril Wahid…
Portrait of a happy family – Nurul Aini with husband Sofian Roslan and son, Shan Ehan…
The groom arriving with his entourage…
Bracing himself for what’s to come over at the gal’s side…
The charismatic groom on his way to meet his bride…
The wedded couple with Marina Yusoff and family…
After such a heady month of March where this blog had a post at a rate of every other day, it’s back to its normal hiatus stage. For those of you hoping to view photographs of the recent Rock Elektra event or wanting to read the latest happenings during the Anugerah 2011 auditions held at East Point Mall over the weekend before last in this blog, I have to apologise first and foremost cos I did not attend either events due to more pressing issues at work and at home. I would have loved to attend the latter to see the talents and potentials on offer but alas my schedule was a bit too tight for me to bring to you what went on over at East Point Mall. I know the topic of Pesta Perdana 11 is kinda stale by now, but I did plan a three-parter posting on it, with this being the icing on the cake. Since I did not attend Rock Elektra and the Anugerah 2011 auditions this past weekend, I hope this posting would more than make up for it and acts as a filler. The photographs are a selected few I’ve chosen for your viewing, since only my Facebook contacts are able to view the whole collection…
Roving host & Anugerah Skrin 2010 winner, Syirah Jusni looking splendour…
SleeQ and Fauzie Laily with Berita Harian‘s Entertainment Correspondent, Ms Hanim Mohd Saleh…
One word to describe Azzah Fariha Samat & Silver Ang: Beautiful…
I will never fail to laugh in the presence of these natural comedians – Sufian Ahmad & Junaidi Sali…
Renowned theatre activists, the husband-and-wife team of Haryani Othman & Khairul Famy Kassim…
Anugerah Skrin alumnus Shahril Kahar, Junaidi Sali & Erwin Shah Dawson…
“Slick” is the word to describe Helmindra J. A. Halim, Nick Mikhail & Fauzie Laily…
Without them, our comedy scene is a tad poorer. From left: M. Saffri A. Manaf, B.J. Kadir, Hamzah Adon (striped shirt), Zainal Ihim, Hussin Saaban & Mahadi Shor…
The faceless character in Kopi Bujang, Effandy Idris and wife Sabrina Ali…
My uncle, Jasmani Basri, who came alone that night surprisingly…
Nadiah Mohammad with Erwin… They represent the future…
My favourite couple: Den Sabari and Huda Ali…
Silver Ang, her chaperone and Sufiyan Safee…
Award-winning stylist and director, Azni Samdin (right) with a friend…
Osman Sulaiman and Shahril Wahid did not win anything that night but they were winners in their own rights…
Broadcast journalist Raudha Osman, Shenthy Feliziana and Nadiah Mohammad…
The VVIPs of the event…
The star of Delicatessen, Sufiyan Safee…
Best Actor Award recipient, Rafaat Hamzah, revel in his win…
Two beautiful ladies – Sharon Ismail & Rilla Melati…
The smile says it all… Congrats Fauzie… You definitely earned it…
A face not seen on our local television screens in a long, long while – Nuraliza Osman…
Anugerah Skrin 2010 mentors Seri Wahyuni Jaes & Sani Hussin…
Shahridzuan Selamat and his good friend Sabreena…
Another deserving winner – Nurul Aini…
Mastura Ahmad along with Eaglevision‘s Netty Fiona, an unsung heroine behind the scenes…
Hyrul Anuar and ex-official blogger of the Singapore Idol 3 season, Budi Iskandar… Nice get-up guys…
Nurul posing with beloved husband Sofian Roslan
Another shot of my favourite couple…
Riz Sunawan clowning around with Keatar H M and Hamzah Adon…
The good people at Mediacorp Suria, Siti Zuraidah, Raudaa Razak and Budi Iskandar…
The league of winners – Rosita Hussin, Suhaimi Yusof, Sharon Ismail and Sani Hussin…
Fauzie and Nurul rounding off the winners’ league…
(Photo courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
After three months of hard work, sweat and tears, beginning with 1013 would-be contestants on 2nd & 3rd May 2009 and finally down to the Top 4 finalists, Anugerah 2009 reached its penultimate and closing stage on Tuesday 11 August 2009 with a new winner being crowned, thus adding another name to our ever-growing list of artistes in our small local Malay entertainment industry.
From what I gathered from the general masses, this win by Sarah Aqilah, a female, is very much welcomed and long-awaited. To some, it was a wait too long. A female has finally broken the monopoly and dominance held by the males since 2004 when Noorhaqmal (Aqmal) won that year’s Anugerah competition and Taufik Batisah was crowned the first Singapore Idol winner, followed by Hyrul Anuar in Anugerah 2005 (incidentally all four finalists were males), Hady Mirza in Singapore Idol Season 2 in 2006, and Aliff Aziz in Anugerah 2007.
But prior to this coronation, I was left feeling sympathetic towards the only non-Singaporean in this competition through no fault of hers. In one of my previous reviews I did highlight the fact that there were voices of discontent with regards to her participation in the competition. And it all came to a head when earlier in the day, on RIA 89.7FM whereby the morning show had a segment on listener’s thoughts on the final, a lot of calls via phone-ins and smses were made from narrow-minded listeners to vote for a true-Singaporean. Even a local personality’s Facebook status had a similar tune to it, which made it all the more deploring given the fact that this person makes a living out of moulding the future of our generation.
To the voices of discontent, though I applaud your patriotic feelings, I believe they are very much misplaced. Especially when it comes to music and entertainment. Music is universal, it is diverse, and very much beautiful. Besides football, I think the only other language that can unite the world is the language of music. It should transcend all barriers and is to be enjoyed by everyone. As such we should not look from where the entertainer hails from to appreciate his or her talents. Acknowledge good talent not because of nationality but through his or her own God-given abilities. Even the online forum site of Anugerah 2009 was filled with hate-inclined messages towards Kunjung and poor Chris, her husband, had to go in and defend his wife. I cannot be proud of my fellow countrymen if their attitude stinks like this.
I hope as we move on over the years, this backward mentality would be scrapped from our minds cos I have nothing much to say except shame on each and everyone of you who have this mindset. Reading the disgraceful and uncouth smses on national television left such a sour taste in the mouth. So what if she is a Permanent Resident (PR)??? That does not make her any less willing to represent us if given the opportunity to do so in future. Even PRs are required to serve National Service as far as I know, since I had a few of them serving along with me during my time a decade ago. Please correct me if I’m wrong here in case there are changes to the rules or my knowledge of the Constitution is not up to par. Nowhere in the rules of the competition did they state that non-Singaporeans were not allowed to compete. Even our Channel 8 counterparts opened up their search for new stars to non-Singaporeans and nobody complained.
From the media release that I received, the Results Show aired on the Tuesday before last, garnered the highest-rated episode-to-date with more than 190,000 viewers tuning in. The number of votes tripled over the years with more than 30,000 votes received via sms and telepoll lines throughout the competition. Hosted by the resident anchors for this season, Fauzie Laily and Fiza O, the Grand Finals was a two-hour affair graced by the likes of Imran Ajmain, AhliFiqir, Art Fazil, Noryn Aziz and Anugerah 2007 winner Aliff Aziz. Not forgetting the eliminated contestants from the Top 16 also made a brief comeback accompanying Aliff during his performances at the start and towards the end of the show.
Joining the resident judges Eddy Ali, Ann Hussein and Gani Karim were Singaporean-born singer/composer Azmeer [he of the “Harapan Semalam” (duet with Amy Mastura) and “Zuriat Cinta” fame back in the 90s. For those of you from the younger cohort who can’t recall, he was the composer for Datuk Siti Nurhaliza‘s haunting hit “Purnama Merindu” from her Adiwarna album back in 1998.] and Suria Record Sdn Bhd‘s Director of Artiste & Repertoire, composer and executive album producer, Zulkifli Majid. The latter is also no stranger to the industry having been involved with 2 By 2, the group famous for singing revival songs back in the late 90s. The show was graced by a live band called “Soul Brothers” led by renowned composer Indra Shahrir. It was added with pizzazz by four back-up singers under the tutelage of Irwan Mahpoel, two of them Adam and Afiqah having entered Anugerah in 2005 and 2009 respectively, the latter only reaching the Top 50 in this year’s competition. Oh and if my eyes did not fail me, Fyno of Cucu Datuk Merah fame was also in the backing vocals group.
The Anugerah trophy design…
A brand new trophy was revealed on Tuesday night in celebration of Anugerah‘s success over the past decade. The trophy design was a collaboration between Suria and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Students took on the design of the Anugerah trophy as a special project that is part of their school work. The winning trophy design was selected from over 100 designs and will be used for future Anugerah competitions. The new Anugerah trophy was designed by Muhammad Nasrul Bin Roslin, a third-year Visual Communications student from NAFA. He was inspired by the letter “A” that stands for “Anugerah” and excellence. The prism-shaped trophy also symbolises the strong foundation that escalates to greater heights. The curvatures represent in motion and versatility of the winner.
For the record, the four finalists – Chirul, Sarah Aqilah, Wawan and Kunjung – performed four songs from their own selection where they got to showcase their individuality and identity, a viewer’s choice, a specially composed song by Suria Record Sdn Bhd and duets with professional singers like Azyza, Eiss, Maman and Nana. Originally I presumed that one of the songs to be performed by each finalist was supposed to be selected by the judging panel but somehow I think they did away with that and instead focused more on how the finalists would flex their muscles singing songs they were more comfortable with, rather than having to be “forced” to sing a song that did not suit their tastes. I guess my foreword is long enough already and I wouldn’t want to bore you any further with more informative details. Now on to the individual reviews proper.
The show kicked off with Aliff Aziz singing the Anugerah theme song “Bintang Anugerahku” along with the four finalists as well as being accompanied by the ousted contestants from the Top 16 and afterwards the finalists were given the opportunity to warm up with Glenn Fredly‘s “Dansa“. It was obvious from the sound system that it was a lip-synch performance by them, probably to save their energies for what lay ahead. However, they need to master the art of getting their synchronisations right. Kunjung was guilty of mouthing off the words wrongly during her part. Somehow Asilah Osmera caught the eye with her energetic dance moves as compared to Kunjung. Surprisingly Sarah, whom I’ve noted before that she does not come across as convincing singing a song of a more upbeat tempo, sounded good. I dunno if this was because it was recorded and all she had to worry about was the choreography. The evening would unveil itself and answer all my questions.
Chirul – Ular Berbisa (Hello Band) – Own Choice
I thought it was a good start to the show which showcased Chirul‘s youthful exuberance. Or so I thought. He has the voice to carry off the song well and I liked the way he sung it, especially since he executed the falsetto parts flawlessly. Rewind back to Episode 3 when he was chided for not doing it properly. I think he has improved in that respect over the course of the competition. His only downside in my opinion when singing this song was not to conquer the stage with a more energetic showing and letting himself go as the song called for more strutting and prancing around. Chirul still came across as too laidback and relaxed for someone who wanted to win this competition.
Sarah Aqilah – Rawan (Azharina) – Viewer’s Choice
The competition’s “Power Balladeer” as coined by Gani Karim, stuck to what she does best – singing ballad songs. Like most of the time she sings these kind of songs, she started off slowly but eventually grew as the song progressed and somehow you knew Tuesday night was gonna be a special night for Sarah Aqilah when she hit the chorus and high notes. The judges’ comments on Sarah were also dead give-aways by the end of the first round, which personally to me, ended the competition even before it began in earnest. The showing of the public votes only served to prove my thoughts spot-on on Sarah. My only complaint about this performance of hers was her outfit, cos it made her look as though she was expecting a baby. No offence to Sarah or her stylist.
Wawan – Ketahuan (Matta Band) – Viewer’s Choice
From the semi-finals stage where he sang Diorama‘s “Sanubariku“, Wawan continued to impress yours truly with this rendition of Matta Band‘s “Ketahuan“. I’ve heard the original as well as the dangdut version by Dewi Persik. But this was something different altogether. This version was injected with a touch of jazz-swing to it and the performance was coloured by Wawan and his backup dancers in Broadway-styled outfits. Ann Hussein wasn’t impressed with the performance but I thought it was daring and fresh from Wawan and should be commended for trying out something he has not done so far in the competition. Ann‘s comments on him proved conclusive on how the evening was gonna shaped up.
Kunjung – Rembulan (Kris Dayanti) – Viewer’s Choice
I think it is fair to say that Kunjung is a big fan of the Indonesian diva cos she sang at least two songs from her throughout the competition with a third one afterwards on the night. But contrary to the original version which is of mid-tempo, Kunjung actually sang the other version of the song which is of a more upbeat tempo, and it became a dance-fest that had me bobbing my head to the beats. I think it was infectious enough to make people groove along with her if it had been a different setting than the Mediacorp TV Theatre. I know the judges love her for her showmanship, I do too, but I felt because of the disgraceful noises made by certain quarters, she was losing a battle trying to win over the voting public. The public voting charts certainly did not lie. It has to be said that with this performance, no other contestants could hold a candle to her for showmanship.
Group Performance – Tanpa Ku Sedar
This song was specially composed by Ihsan Mustafa (hope I got the spelling of his name right) and Zulkifli Majid for this Grand Finals and the winner of Anugerah 2009 would go on to record this song as a single in their debut album. The challenge for the quartet was to memorise and get the feel of this song within a few days before the Finals. It is unfair for me to comment on whether they sang the song well or not given the fact that it was my first time listening to the song and have not gotten myself acquainted to it, but judging by the facial expressions and body language from the contestants, Sarah seemed at ease with the song and it helped that she rekindled her partnership with Chirul from the previous round in this performance. A ballad song of this nature was also chicken feed for her.
Chirul – Hanya Kau Yang Mampu (Aizat) – Viewer’s Choice
One of my favourite songs of all time and I had hopes that Chirul would bring some justice to the song. Alas, he mixed up the last two lines of verses one and two and I guess it went downhill henceforth. His continued lackadaisical outlook on stage also did not sit down well with yours truly and the panel of judges, to the point he was chided by Azmeer for being too relaxed and not ready to go to war. Perhaps he knew that he had no chance of winning judging by his earlier performances and the constant updating of what was happening on the voting charts, but it was still not a good reason for him to allow the other three favourites to win at a canter without giving them a good fight.
Sarah Aqilah – Hati Yang Kau Sakiti (Rossa) – Own Choice
If her detractors and non-voting masses were still not convinced by her earlier performances, I guess this one would have clinched it for her once and for all. To me, it was game, set and match. The emotions she put into the song were spot-on, so much so that this was probably the best performance of the night, worthy of her coronation as the competition’s champion. Oh and my hair stood for the first time that night listening to her hitting the high notes. The smses by the voters also jumped from 36% to 41%, indicating it was only a matter of time before we saw the crowning of a new champion. And again it has to be said Gani Karim has a knack of revealing things and spoiling the excitement with his comments, though I have to add I enjoyed his colourful analogies throughout the competition.