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The final result of MalaysianIdol was in 2005
With 68% of the votes, Daniel’s victory was a resounding one.
Season 2 has been a success to 8TV. There was a 20% increase in votes, from last year’s one million to this year’s 1.6 million with Daniel taking home 1.2 million of the votes.
The concert, held at Genting Arena of Stars, was a success as well. When Daniel was announced as the next Malaysian Idol, the crowd, comprising mostly of Daniel’s supporters, burst into jubilant screams. But at the press conference after, the response was mixed.
The judges, 8TV CEO, Ahmad Izham Omar, and the Idols themselves were often called upon to explain why Nita, the more powerful vocalist, lost to Daniel. Paul said, “We’re here to make careers for these contestants. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s the life and blood of the industry. In fact Elton John once said ‘If 13-year-old girls aren’t buying your CDs, you’re history’”. Roslan added, “Everyone is good and talented. This year is no different just different type of talents. We’ll see after this. Does 1.2 million votes translate into sales? I have confidence because Daniel is talented.”
A caller asked Daniel, who wins a SonyBMG contract as well, if he has the confidence to tackle a competition like ‘World Idol’. “People voted me for my talent so I will try my best,” Daniel replied. “I will try to be more powerful. I never had the confidence before until I started singing three years ago. I can do more if I make it to World or Asean Idol.” And on whether Asean Idol will happen or not, Izham said, “We’re still in discussion. There are a lot of egos to pander to.”
About MI2 in general, Roslan said, “We can’t keep comparing MI1 with MI2 and each subsequent MI editions. Each talent is unique,” Paul added, “I thought we got good talent that fell through. But the season was passionate, intense and unpredictable.”
Nita and Daniel agreed on the show being unpredictable. “We started preparing to be eliminated anytime. As for predicting which one of us will win, I don’t care about the result because I think both of us are winners,” Daniel, whose idol is Jay Chou, commented.
On which of the judges’ comments affected the Idols most, Nita said, “I take their comments as a challenge. But of all the judges, I’m scared to look at Roslan most!” “Three of them sometimes break my heart,” Daniel admitted. “Roslan usually says if he likes something or doesn’t. Jee gives me confidence and Paul is very long-winded. I take the comments and try to improve from them.”
So now that Daniel has been crowned Malaysian Idol, what did he think was his responsibility as one? “I think it’s to be a role model for the kids, try my best and take things positively.”
Well said, Daniel! The rest of the country will be very interested in following Daniel’s career.
The Top 9…
The other finalists have been keeping busy too. Ash and Faizull, the rockers and best friends of the show, has decided to produce a single together featuring English and Malay rock songs. The single will comprise two or three songs, with Ash singing the English rock tracks and Faizull doing the Malay numbers.
It is well known that Ash had been in the midst of recording his solo effort, but this single will be out before his album is released.
3rd placed Idol, Farah, has been busy as well. So far, Tan Sri Lim Kok Weng has gone public in his announcement that he will sponsor his ex-student’s studies as well as album. Farah has also received offers to advertise for some well-known brands.
A PR agent who offered to represent him has approached Azam while Trish has received an offer from an independent recording label. All have been kept busy singing at functions. Those keen to catch up with Atilia can always visit the Selangor Club where she sings three times a week. All the Idols do not have any immediate plans as they still have gigs under 8 Unit to fulfill.
The Grand Finale showcased the best of the top two contenders for the Malaysian Idol crown.
Season 2 had been filled with surprises, shock exits and more twists than a Dan Brown novel. Even at this last stretch, it was no different. When the top two were announced, many fear they were not suitable to be on the Grand Final stage but Nita and Daniel have proved the critics wrong.
The night opened with the previous top 11 singing ‘Pop Ye Ye'(VE) and ‘Shut Up’ (Simple Plan). Xerra was a show stealer with her metallic blue hair, as she promised. The rest looked like they had matured into artistes as well.
Daniel started the night with the theme song, ‘Mimpi’by Pot Amir of Innuendo. He was his usual pop, boyband self on stage and was very good at working the crowd. However, there were times when the band drowned his weak vocals. As usual, the words he sang were not audible but the total result was not disasterous. Through skilled showmanship, Daniel gave the song hisown brand of pop. “You’re going to be a superstar,”Roslan summed up.
Nita came on next with the jury’s choice song, ‘Berhenti Berharap’. Like in the spectacular, it was stunning and heart-heart-wrenching. Nita showcased her vocal capabilities with that song, and connected with the audience, something that she was not always successful at doing. It was a triumphant effort. “You’re born to be a singer,” said Roslan.”You’ve been inconsistent throughout this competition,”Paul said. “People couldn’t see you at your best then but now they can.”
For his next song, Daniel picked his favourtie, ‘Heaven Knows’. To Daniel, he started his Idol journey with the song and he was going to end it with it too. Like his audition, Daniel was simply mesmerizing with the song.Roslan summed it up best when he said,”I was impressed at your audition. When it matters, you did well.” Jee said simply, “Ëxcellent.”””It’s difficult to make the song intimate on a big stage,”Paul noted though.
Nita was next with her song choice, ‘Big Spender’. This song was arguably the most memorable of the whole Season 2. Nita performed it again, this time in all pink, with such gusto that the crowd loved it. Roslan said,”When I watch you perform, I think you will have an album not long now.”Jee put it succinctly with “You did it.” Paul said, “You showed us your great, big voice.You used the stage to your advantage.”
Daniel took his last chance to win the votes with Ángin Malam’. It was his winning song for the Spectaculars, and it was his winning song for the night too. His rendition was once again touching and heart-felt.Roslan admitted,” “Ï am very impressed.”Jee siad, “Now this is an Idol!”Paul added, “You’re going to have a great career.”
For the last competition song, Nita was up again to perform ‘Mimpi’. Her version was stronger and given a dose of depth, Nita-style. She showed her vocals on certain parts, causing the audience to go wild for Nita. At the end, Roslan could only say, Ï’ve seen you from your audition stage to theatre and then the spectaculars… You peaked tonight.” Ï like the way you let go. Full of energy,”Jee complimented. “”To finally see you show your big voice… it made me so proud,” added Paul.
When everyone thought the show was over, Nita and Daniel came on stage to deliver another song for the fans. They did a duet, ‘Kau Dihatiku/ You’ll be In My Heart’. Towards the end of the song, the rest of the Season 2 Idols came on to join them.By the last notes, many in the audience, including the VVIP section had stood up for a rousing applause.
The Top 2 Showdown – 2005 Finale
After four months, these are your two top contenders to the crown…
After four months of auditions, 9 000 contestants had been trimmed down to these two, Nita and Daniel. And these two could not be more different from each other.
Nita is the club singer with 8 years of experience as a professional singer under her belt. Daniel has only ever sung in cafes. Nita is elegant on stage and her showmanship reflects her experience. Daniel only knows how to have fun on stage. She is reserved, while he speaks with naïve honesty. But both are good looking, young and talented.
Want to know what they’re like in person? Here are some of their thoughts.
How do you feel knowing that you’ve emerged from thousands to make it this far?
N: Hinestly, I feel happy and shock for the first time.
D: Quite surprised actually. It’s hard to believe. I’m very grateful to be givent he chance to improve myself yet there is so much more to learn.
Do you feel you’re better at Malay or English songs? Why?
N: I think I’m capable of both but I feel more comfortable singing in English because of my experiences of performing with the live band in nightclubs.
D: at this stage, I personally feel that I’m more suitable singing in Malay because Bahasa Melayu is my first formal language before I learned English and Mandarin.
What’s your favourite song?
N: Left Outside Alone by Anastacia, because the song is so me!
D: Kini Bebas because of the melody and it suits my style of singing.
What’s the harshest comments you got from the judges?
N: The harshest was when Roslan said that I sang totally out of pitch and that my voice is not as beautiful as my looks.
D: During R&B week, I sang ‘Obsession’ and got bad comments. From then, I learnt that I shouldn’t sing too much rhythmic and melodic songs.
What are you like before MI and how has it changed you?
N: I am a simple girl, a bit of a tomboy, but now I learn how to dress like a girl and wear heels. People recognize me on the streets now.
D: I’ve grown so much. Before, I thought I am good. Now I realize there are so many people who are better than me in singing. I changed in my thinking.
What did you think of comments that you made it this far based on your looks?
D: Maybe people’s first impression is that I look cute but I wish people would love me because of my talent.
N: Roslan and Jee always say it’s about the package. You must have everything.
Who did you think would make the top 2?
N: I thought it was Atilia and Farah. I am just grateful to be in the top 11.
D: Trish and Atilia. At first I thought it was east to win this competition but in the Theatre Elimination round, I found it very hard. I broke down and didn’t think I would get through and be in the top 24.
What do you think of a talent competition with the concept of voting via sms?
N: I think it is a fair competition with sms from the judges.
D: The reason we joined MI is because we know it is voting via sms. So it’s good.
If sms votes not withstanding, how would you fair in this competition?
N: I honestly don’t know because I don’t know how to judge myself.
D: I think my chances will be zero. The top 11 have powewrful voices. As for me I have a unique voice and musical ability. If the contest is based on singing only, I don’t think I will go far.
What is your definition of an Idol?
N: An idol is someone all Malaysians look up to.
D: An idol is an example to other people. Our idol is Jac. She is an inspiration.
Are you ready to wear the title of ‘Malaysian Idol’?
N: Yes, I’m ready.
D: I agree with Nita.
If you win, what ‘cool’ picture do you think will be on your album cover?
N: It will be really cool if I’m in a gothic look and it portrays my charismatic personality on it.
D: It will be cool if it could picture the pop boy band, young and stylish image on the front cover.
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