Ratu Episode Six Recap…

The Auras opening the show with Projek Pistol's "Wanita Seluruh Dunia"...
The Auras opening the show with Projek Pistol‘s “Wanita Seluruh Dunia“…

Time seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. For all we know, we’re only left with two more episodes of Ratu before the competition wraps up. Before I move on, I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a great and prosperous 2013 ahead. The sixth episode of Mediacorp Suria‘s beauty-cum-talent competition this past New Year’s Day was the first live show to be aired on the station’s channel in the new calendar year, something which the hosts brought up and were proud to be a part of when they introduced us to the show. And since we’re on the subject of firsts, well this is also my first entry of the year. I certainly look forward to sharing more photographs, thoughts and perhaps video highlights (if I have the time and patience to edit them) in this humble domain of mine on happenings in our local Malay entertainment scene, those that I am invited and have the opportunity to attend in time to come, God willing.

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Wawan, the lead vocalist of The Auras

Truth be told, I don’t quite know what to comment on this past week’s episode, simply because there were no eliminations made, in a surprise move made by the show’s producers. Well actually I was given a hint by trusty insiders when I was on my way to the Mediacorp TV Theatre, that the show might not be worth attending afterall, but did not quite understand what it meant till the show was over. I will not say that it was a wasted trip in a nutshell, as I did learn who might be possible finalists in less than a fortnight’s time. Speaking of which, I would like to apologise for my judgment error when I said previously that the semi-finalists will be the Top 4, when in fact they will actually be the finalists. For the first time in the competition, the contestants were given random questions for them to answer spontaneously and it was a good test to see how they reacted and answered when previously they knew what questions to expect and prepared them beforehand.

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Fauzie Laily and Marina Yusoff…

Even though there were no eliminations made this past week, slowly but surely the Top 4 who will grace the Grand Finals on 15 January 2013, is taking shape. If we were to crown the winner now, I think Fatin Amira would win it at a canter, such is the young lady’s calm, confident and composed demeanour. Week after week, her level of progress and improvement seems to be going upwards and if she nails the next episode’s challenges, I think we will not have to wait for the end of the show to know that she would be a straight shoo-in. Everything she does, she seems to ace them. Another name I am inclined to believe would make the Top 4 based on her quietly consistent performances is Wida Alisa. Her eloquence, maturity and calculated answers are a reflection of her personality. From my weekly observations watching them live and listening to their radio interviews on Tuesday afternoons, Wida seems to appear to be resident judge Hafeez Glamour‘s favourite contestant as well.

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Rudy Marican (right) joining Nuraliza Osman and Hafeez Glamour on the judging panel…

Which leaves us with another two slots to be filled. Who else do I feel deserve the remaining two places??? Each contestant has her strong selling point – Nor Aishah Ahmad (gentle and demure), Shillah Marlysha (killer dimples), Tiara Atyra (normally-cool nature), Wan Anisah (exotic looks), Nur Aqilah and Surya Rahmanty (warm and charming smile), but somehow like what the judges had mentioned in their assessments, the girls lacked that wee bit of self-confidence and some still appearing to be quite timid at this stage of the competition. I do not wish to tempt fate or disappoint the others by picking the last two because all of them will begin the seventh episode on equal footing. At the same time I also hope that even though I had praised Wida and Fatin for their consistent performances, they do not rest on their laurels just yet, as the other six can still steal their spots if they up their game and channel their self-belief and confidence for a better performance, which I am sure they will.

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The relief and happy faces upon knowing they were all going into the semi-final round…

I think for a few of the contestants whom I will not name but am sure they know it themselves and even viewers in the TV Theatre and at home would note, the non-elimination this week was like a major lifeline for them to give it one more shot at getting into the Grand Finals. Based on previous weeks’ performances, the judges’ job was made rather easy to give lesser points to those who did not perform well, especially during the Q&A session. Those who had stuttered, lost their composure at crucial points or did not answer to the point, had felt the brunt of the culling. And I believe it will be no different right up to the end of this competition where composure would play a crucial part for them. I was initially surprised when the judges said that some of them still had opportunities to be crowned the champion, which was a prelude to the announcement of the non-elimination. So let’s hope the girls who did not do quite well this past week can atone for their mistakes and do better for this coming make-or-break seventh episode where four eliminations will be made. Till then…

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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