31 Mar 2008
Lufya – Cinta Ku Seratus Percent
Terbukti she cannot sing dangdut. Semput and pitching ‘everywhere’ (bak kata Ning..:)). She’s forcing herself. For her effort I give, C+
Toi – Sang Pencinta
Kali kedua berturut-turut Toi mendapat lagu up-beat. The good thing about Toi is, kira dia ni ‘kalis semput’ (another new term kah ni?..:)). Kawalan pitching baik walau banyak bergerak. But the green (ala-ala rain coat) outfit is very, very annoying...ergh!. B+
Stanly – Sudah Tu Sudah
Kurang menjadi persembahan Stanly kali ini. Silap dengar macam Pavaroti menyanyi R&B :=) pula. Walaupun nafas and pitching ‘everywhere’ kata Ning dia mampu juga melangsaikan one big note pada akhir-akhir lagu dengan agak baik. B
Rina – Ku Seru
Tidak kedengaran langsung ‘style’ Misha Omar. Nampak agak struggle juga untuk mencapai note-note tinggi but she managed with not much of pitching problems. B+
Aliff – Angan dan Sedar
Very limited vocal range. He can’t even reach the highest note in this song. Still need to improve a lot...kawalan nada, nafas…etc. D
Ika -Malu Tapi Mahu
Penonton terus disajikan persembahan hambar selepas Aliff. Bertungkus lumus beliau menyanyikan lagu ini, mana lagi nak control sebutan (lagu ini banyak perkataan), pitching, tempo etc..hmm kesian terseksa dia aku tengok tapi masih mampu control ayu.. E+
Naim - Aspalela
Duhh…masih belum ada kemajuan dengan pelajar yang seorang ni. Serba serbi tidak kena. Cuma baik sedikit saja dari si Ika. D
Faisal – Ranggi Metropolitan
A lot better than last week. What a surprised he’s very comfortable with this song. Kira menjadi jugalah persembahan rock mamat ni. Sudahlah hidung kena make-up ala-ala Amy Search :=). Kawalan suara juga baik. A
Saida – Doktor Cinta
Firstly thanks kerana kali ini peka dan menukar perkataan “need” in Indon to ‘perlu’ bukan macam lagu yang Ebi nyanyi musim lepas, dikekalkan perkataan b****. Saida rupanya tiada masalah sangat membawa lagu rancak sebegini. Dia ni kira ‘kalis semput’ lah juga. Walaupun banyak bergerak tapi masih mampu kawal suara. Cuma part high note akhir tu she failed to reach properly (siap dijauhkan mic lagi..hehe). Tapi satu yang saya perasan gesture dia ni, tangan kiri asyik meyentuh kepala seolah-olah memastikan hair clip tidak jatuh. Not a bad effort. B
Stacy - Rela
Woww! Very nice vocal tone and good delivery as well, she nailed the song. Cuma hairan sedikit kenapa part korus dinyanyikan hanya sekali (no repeat) tidak seperti versi asal. Majority sebulat suara menobatkan persembahan beliau ini sebagai terbaik untuk konsert kedua. Need I say more. I hope she can do just as good as this one for the future songs (familiar or not) assigned to her. Well done! A+
Riz – Separuh Masa
Another one yang mampu mengawal suara walaupun banyak pergerakan. But then image wise betul-betul mencacatkan persembahan. That hairdo is really funny :=). The outfit…alahai…nampak sangat potongan badan tong minyak. Coordination with the dancers pun macam tidak kena…kasih lah B
Nubhan – Tak Bisa Memilih Mu
This is the second time he gets a slow number and konsep lagu pun ala-ala sama dengan last week so prestasi pun lebih kurang samalah juga (which is excellent). Segalanya seperti ulangan persembahan beliau last week.Cuma kali ini kedengaran beliau hampir gagal kawal suara semasa mencapai high note di akhir-akhir lagu. Pergerakan beliau pun nampak funny sedikit (kaku). The ending looks weird too as if he's not stopping, penonton macam terkeliru and gave him sort of a delay applause (maybe they thought it's not the ending yet). A
Since she’s the last performer I expected something outstanding from her (normally they save the best for last) but it turned out to be not as I thought. I was expecting something naughty, cute and sexy in this song but I didn’t see any. Nadia sekadar ‘carrying the tune’ lagu ini. anyway a good effort from her. Seperti juga Toi, Saida dan Riz beliau juga mampu mengawal suara dengan agak baik walaupun banyak bergerak. B+
Pilihan pengkritik terhadap Ika, Naim dan Aliff as the weakest performers begitu tepat sekali. Bila melihat talent mereka bertiga ni, tertanya-tanya pula atas dasar apa mereka terpilih ke akademi? I hope next week they call upon the three strongest performers pula.
28 Mar 2008
27 Mar 2008
Tu dia...dapat inspirasi menjadi magician dari Gaya Street dia bilang (saya ingatkan dari menonton magic show David Copperfiled...:)). Tapi ngam juga ni kalau dia buat magic show ala-ala David Coperfield, si Noni jadi pembantu dia...:=)
25 Mar 2008
Naib Juara : Mungkinkah Langitmu Lebih Biru - El Widyan/Norman Rasyid/Al Walid/Mawi
Lagu Popular (undian SMS): Joget Lambak - Adam
Persembahan Terbaik: Malu Tapi Mahu - Dina
Do you notice something odd here? Well..ok...Mawi is still listed as one of the winners. But take a look at the verdict for undian SMS. It belongs to Joget Lambak (Adam). Correct me if i'm wrong...but I guess this is the first time a popularity contest by SMS voting that involve Mawi won by other artiste. Could this be a sign that Mawi's fans are running away from him? Has it got to do with the recent article about his relationship with Ikin? The special relationship between them both is very noticeable, it's like a wide open secret. The lady (Ikin) has even put on a busana muslim and looks all set to sprint to the pelamin. Articles like "tudung from Mawi and cincin from Ikin" screams all over the media, yet they are both coolly denying it since day one! *LOL* are they playing jokes to the media/public or just a natural born liars?.
Apa pun syabas dan tahniahlah juga kepada Adam...nampak gaya Adam bakal dimahkotakan sebagai Raja SMS yang baru...ahakkss!
24 Mar 2008
Rina (or shall we just call her Rina Turner) - The Best
As expected, very good! Maklum sajalah 20 tahun nyanyi di kelab malam. I like the way she moves around the stage. I thought of giving her a perfect ten. But there’s something about her that didn’t connect perfectly. Hmmm..I wonder what it is?! Hang on a second I think I got it! It’s her dressing! Taulah dia tu pangkat nenek. Tapi takkan lah nyanyi lagu Tina Turner kena bagi pakaian ala-ala secretary di pejabat. Bagilah pakaian yang ranggi sikit…yang ada bling bling! But again, minus the dressing/image, she really delivers. (8/10)
He started very good and sounded great over half part of the song. Towards the end he sound fatigue. (4/10)
Mancung banget hidung dia ni..:)! A face of a matured woman but a voice of a teenage girl (how’s that?..:)). Not a bad performance though and I just don’t get it when Ajai comments on her pitching problem. Poor girl…my rate for her…6/10
Like a school boy yang kena denda menyanyi masa school assembly. Very amateur….3/10
While watching Tirai Akademi the other day, I noticed one girl struggling with "Janji Manis Mu". Having not familiar with the students, I thought (and hope) the girl is one of those eliminated earlier (not in the top 14). But upon learning that she’s indeed Ika…pakcik hampir pengsan! Siapalah yang tergamak sangat memilih dia ni dalam top 24…then top 14…aduhh! Cantik sangat kah dia ni hingga terpilih!!...hmmm….she should be the one voted out. 1/10
Boleh lah pakai! Walaupun vokal ala kadar saja, yang penting sedap di dengar (tiada nada tersasar) and he looks like one of the Raja Lawak contestants too…entertaining! 5/10
Tone suara mengingatkan kepada Ayu…very thick and loud. But Nadia's voice mostly kedengaran agak keras dan garau. Not much of a pitch problem (an advantage of having a thick voice). Tapi gesture dia ni macam banyak aksi tangan ala Karam Singh Walia…7/10
Vocal wise…lunak! I always believe it’s a brilliant idea to sing a song like this in falsetto for the first chorus before blasting it off in normal voice for the repeat chorus. I’m not so sure if this is how the song is done in the original version, honestly I never heard of it (*LOL* terbongkar rahsia bukan peminat setia Anuar Zain). He gives justice to the song. 8/10
Reminds me of Akma. Not much of a pitch problem and not a bad repertoire, the song suits her vocal very well. 6/10
Selamba ja mamat ni kan! Sekali menyanyi…fulamak…tone suara dia, bukan calang-calang…serak-serak gemersik (I really like his tone)! To me this is another “jujur” performance. I hope he stays long…..7/10
Stacy - No One
One word “Stylish”…now it becomes Stacy Stylish (how’s that sound!?). Vocal tone….sedap banget! Part suara dia yang kedengaran macam terloncat, tersarut, tersangkut (whatever you call it) yang mahal sangat tu. Not many people blessed with such voice. The only setback I think is too much movement. It slightly affects her note placing during the chorus. She should have paused during this part just to focus on the note placing. But overall very impressive, she creates a Grammy night ambience! What! she copycat Alicia Keys’ showmanship? but looks like Mary J.Blige to me *LOL* 8/10
Duhh! Tone deaf kah dia ni?! Bakal menggugat kedudukan Mas dalam carta AF Tone Deafer!...kasilah 3/10
Her facial expression really kena dengan lagu ini (I just don’t get Ogy’s comment on her emotional expression). If I were her husband I may suspect something amiss “Macam real jer bini aku ni? Entah-entah dia ada affair dengan jantan lain tak?! Ishh tak boleh jadi ni….mesti kena siasat ni!”…hehe. Vocal wise, tersasar-sasar lah juga pitching dia ni and the tempo also not very good…macam Genervie Kam (pemain piano) pula yang barabis kejar dia. 5/10
(BTW apasal Ning panggil dia ni kakak? I thought Ning is older?)
Ok! Ok! I know…you guys are amazed and impressed!...yupp…it’s his great vocal tone..I agree and I’m with you! But hang on, don't rush, take a listen carefully to his singing on this video. Let me switch on my radar...
AC Mizal – Boleh lah pakai! Sebab bukan senang mahu jadi pengacara siaran live untuk TV. They need to stick with the timing allocated for the program so that it could end as scheduled (11.30 pm). Yang menariknya juga AC banyak defend para pelajar dari kritikan yang membingungkan (ala-ala Ryan Seacrest in American Idol). Tapi yang kurang menariknya dia announcelah pula kehadiran Sarimah and Siti Sara. Hmmm....buang karan saja! Masa David and Victoria Beckhams hadir di konsert AI last week pun Ryan Seacrest tiada announce. And AC shouldn’t be on stage masa student perform macam semak nampak. My rating (eh mau rate kah juga dia ni?…hehe) kasi lah. 8/10
21 Mar 2008
Another goosebumps performance....hah macam beginilah kalau nak gali lagu dek oi! Penghayatan tahap 5 bintang!
20 Mar 2008
Sebenarnya bukan dia saja yang kalis sumbang ramai lagi (kalau setakat peserta American Idol saja…David Cook, Carly Smithson dan anak si Malubay tu pun kira kalis sumbanglah juga). Di Malaysia saja lagi lah ramai tapi Jaclyn Victor lah yang pakcik paling berkenan.
Dan bersempena cuti umum ‘Maulidul Rasul’ hari ini, eloklah pakcik ulang tayang persembahan budak bertuah ni menyampaikan lagu Imagine (video dulu tu Fox TV komplen suruh YouTube delete!). Yer lah kan lagu Imagine ni, kiranya ala-ala lagu nasyid lah juga…yang menyeru umat manusia sejagat hidup bersatu…aman damai…jangan bertembak-tembak (nanti mati). Pakcik tak sangka pula lagu John Lennon ni boleh dinyanyikan sebaik ini (other than John Lennon himself lah kan)…orang kampung pakcik bilang kalau mendengarnya alamat dapat ‘goosebumps’...amende ‘goosebumps’ tu pakcik sendiri pun tak tahu…kekekek!
19 Mar 2008
17 Mar 2008
A mystery naked man
Stacy seperti yang diketahui telahpun menampilkan sedikit sebanyak kemampuannya menyanyi melalui sebuah kumpulan (E-Voke) dalam program Gangstarz 1. (sebelum itu pernah juga berjaya ke top 80 OIAM 1). Having seen her performed so far, all I can say is she’s got that distinctive character in her voice, a little bit resembling the American Idol ex-contestant Asia'h Epperson, yang tersingkir during the top 16 concert, and sounds a little bit of our very own Clarice as well.
We haven’t seen much from the other contestants thus far. Tapi dari sedikit glimpse on Trek Selebriti, I’m amazed with Stanly capability singing ala El-Divo. Correct me if I’m wrong but as far as local goes, I guess he’s the first ever to introduce this type of singing to the mainstream in Malaysia. What a good idea to be another pioneer in the Malaysian music scene. So if you wanna be the ‘first’, rajin-rajinlah cari idea or sumber inspirasi dari penyanyi luar dengan konsep yang belum terdapat dalam pasaran Malaysia. Another lady with strong vocal character is Nadia and she’s got the x-factor too. That 44 years old Rin, is undoubtedly versatile, so far I’ve a glimpse on her singing jazz and dangdut (I wonder what rock number can she sings). The rest are just OK, biasa-biasa saja. Lufya reminds me very much of Amy AF3. And why are people making so much fuss about Saida? Other than being Siti’s elder sister I don’t see anything special on her. Masa nyanyi (dalam Tirai Akademi), suara hampir-hampit tak sampai (the other sister, Saerah is better than her). Some people even busy forming her fan club *LOL* (maybe they expect high appreciation from Siti by doing so...). Whatever! The bottom line is I’m all set to enjoy the drama in AF this season.
14 Mar 2008
I think penganjur OIAM tidak perlulah canang-canang sangat hadiah bernilai RM 1 juta, nanti ramai orang berpendapat buat apa beli album si juara, dia kan sudah jutawan. Penganjur-penganjur pertunjukan pentas pun either shy away from the winner or bagi bayaran rendah. Sebaliknya ramai pula pihak yang bersimpati dengan nasib si naib juara and then memberi sokongan padu kepada beliau. Last season OIAM had somewhat proven it. I wonder what happened to Suki now. Last time when she didn't make much impact, they gave reason that she's still studying, but now after finished her schooling I still don't hear much from her.
Anyway, I've uploaded Hanya Di Mercu by Ayu on Malay1 playlist. Best juga layan lagu si Ayu ni yang berkisarkan tema seorang insan yang serba-serbi kekurangan (terbatas) tapi memendam impian ke mercu....:). Kalau ada bunyi mercun di akhir lagu tu, lagi best mengkali kan!...*LOL*
12 Mar 2008
...some article about Donggongon
I just goggle looking and reading this article about Donggongon. Firstly out of the many other places in that town, they choose to publish the picture of the messy verandah (most top photo) goodness me! Yet i'm thankful they didn't publish the sewerage treatment plant. There are few other interesting spots, joints and restaurants that are not mentioned (Egypt, The Rock, Hinompuka etc. a new hotel is being constructed and not to mention the controversial Mega Long shopping complex) And what's so important to mention that people with 'alternative lifestyle' frequent pubs in Donggongon *LOL*
11 Mar 2008
And some article about Stacy (when she joined OIAM 1)
And Rin from KL, the 44 years old grandma with two grandchildren also made it to top 25 (hopefully nenek Maimon, the 89 years old nenek who contested in Kuala Terengganu parlimentary seat recently will vote for her)
...persoalannya...errr..."siapakah yang bakal dilontar pen biru kali ini?"
10 Mar 2008
That reporter mentioned the word "melayang"...bayangkanlah kalau Mila melayang terus tersangkut di kipas siling berpusing-pusing...:)
Laporan dari Gua pula melaporkan peserta-peserta OIAM 2 main-main cinta. Intan Sarafina is said to be going out with Shone (the report further said that Shone is a married man..oops). Another contestant, Mark, is rumoured to have frequently exchanging SMS with his duet partner, Farah Asyikin of OIAM 1 fame, who also happened to be bini orang.
Filmed in Semporna
"Duyung" a brand new film by KRU is being screened at cinema now (since 6 Mar). Actually I 'retire' watching Malay films in theatre cause I often fall asleep halfway through the movie (Cicak Man included). I just wait for them to appear on TV. So far I think "Jangan Pandang Belakang" really hypnotised me (but I also watch it on TV...didn't know it it is actually good otherwise I might've watched it at cinema). Back to "Duyung", heard that it is filmed in Semporna (perkampungan Bajau Laut). Good choice!...No?
7 Mar 2008
And these are just some of the warcries that I manage to lay my eyes on (enough to make me grin..:))
(Talking about PKR's logo, we were once trying hard to figure out what the symbol is actually all about when it was first unveiled to the public. My guess is that it's a full moon. While we were busy cracking our head, a friend then asked "what was the crime the PKR president associated with?"..."err..sodoh mee" someone replied....."probably it's a loose ***hole!" **boom! a laugh exploded**. But later we learnt it's "the eyes" symbol, as memory to the bruise eyes Anwar once had while under detention)
The election campaign had also sparked off some dramas. For the curtain raiser we have the episode about the sudden withdrawal of the incumbent Matunggong Assemblywoman Jornah Mazihim (her candidacy had been endorsed and confirmed in the first place before Pairin suddenly dropped her out). This prompted her supporters rushed to see Pairin and begging him to re-nominate her. The scene of her supporters rallied around the Huguon Siou, crying and appealing incessantly is very unusual. It’s like seeing a group of mourners in grief on a funeral day. Phenomenal!
Next up is the claimed by Joseph Kurup that he almost assaulted by the opposition supporters at the Nabawan Community Centre over some controversies during the nomination day. He said “he was nearly hit on the face and almost fell”…sounds to me like the punch didn’t land on his face, yet he was sent to Keningau Hospital for check-up!? (perlu kah? Buang masa doktor saja kan!). Anyway the controversy concerned is reported to be heading to court.
The Boss (Dr. Jeffrey) vs. Ex-Staff (Kanul Gindol) episode, just add up to the collection of comedy drama during the campaign period. Jeffrey described the pullout of his former Political Secretary, from PKR to join BN, as shameful and an act of betrayal “people will know…as betrayers they should be ashamed of themselves…their action proves they are more interested in pursuing personal interests…if you believe in something you should stick with it to then end” he said. Well, if the betrayer happened to be someone who knows you inside and out, be prepared for some pain in the ass reply …. “Jeffrey did not and does not walk his talk. Look, he left PBS, Akar Bersatu, PBRS and briefly with UMNO, so what is he talking about sticking to a party till the end?” said Kanul…(Ouch!). No further comment from the ex-boss since then!
*Sigh!* I want nothing from this election…except to see it ends as soon as possible! I’m so suffocated by those campaign structures….especially the graveyard-like landscape courtesy of the T-boards
And a classic pilihanraya song
...Anyway "Happy Voting" everyone!
David Hernandez‚ a 24-year-old finalist from Glendale, Arizona, once worked as a stripper at Dick's Cabaret, appearing fully nude and giving lap dances to the club's "mostly male" clientele, the Associated Press reports.
"He had the look and the type that people like, so he made pretty good money here," club manager Gordy Bryan tells the AP.
Hernandez — who never sang at the club — worked there for three years until last September. "He never renewed his licensing with the state, so he hasn't been on my roster since then," said Bryan, adding that he believes Hernandez quit to focus on Idol.
Rumors of his stripper past — along with photos of a scantily clad Hernandez working as a bartender at a gay club — first surfaced on Idol fan site VoteForTheWorst.com.
Still no word on whether Hernandez will be be given the boot.
In 2003, Frenchie Davis was disqualified for appearing topless on an adult Web site. But Antonella Barba remained on the show last year even though racy photos of her hit the Internet.
Hernandez is set to perform with the other male contestants on tonight's show.
P/s: What a surprised, cause he's not a mover on stage. Simon even once said that he appears tense and needs to loose himself. This guy looks methodically technical while delivering his songs (as if he's focusing so much on applying the vocal technique that has been passed on to him). For his past two performances, his voice glitched a little bit. Yesterday's show saw him performed better. He's one of the strong contenders with strong voice though. Whether he will be stripped from Idol is an interesting question to ask...:)
4 Mar 2008
Mike Myers: The Love Guru
How much do you like Mike Myers' movie? To me it's not only Mike Myers...but bring me any Hollywood comedies, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Steve Martin...etc, I can sit there for hours watching these comics. Coming June (arrgh! still a long way to go huh!) we have every reason to laugh when Mike Myers' "The Love Guru" will be released. That tiny little actor (what's his name?) is still on the cast list and set to be extra tortured by the hero.
Fulamak lagu "More Than Words" versi petikan Sitar India...cayalah!
And that Justine Timberlake scene in speedo had hit the state by storm..*LOL* (duh! tak kanlah Justine Timberlake pakai underwaer ja terus ribut satu dunia). The words circling around said, that he stuffed some tube socks "there" for the extra bulge...mmm..it's just make you wonder "is he really that bad to have some tube socks stuffed 'there'?"
3 Mar 2008
Mmm..let me see how to fix it. The good point about her voice is the volume is naturally loud. Some not so good point though, at certain time she sounded fatigue and at one time her voice squeak. So di sini pengadil tak bertauliah memberikan markah 5.3/10...:). Dari segi penghayatan pula (including gestures), memandangkan Ayu lebih mempamerkan expresi kesakitan dan sedih seolah-olah kecewa putus cinta (sedangkan tema lagu tiada kena mengena langsung dengan kekecewaan putus cinta) ditambah lagi beliau kerap mendongak 45 - 90 darjah sambil memandang siling (a gesture Paul once commented, as if she sings alone in a room, only for herself)...maka sekali lagi pengadil tak bertauliah memberikan markah 3/10...:D (punyalah kedekut pengadil! *LOL*). Hope to see more improvement from her in the future.
And here's Shila with her single Memori Tercipta
Nikki & Ebi - Rome & Juliet (Preview demo)
Here's the much awaited single by Nikki and Ebi, courtesy of Mr.Manager (at least anxiously waited by me...:))
Before this, I was kind of thought Nikki's voice is way too polished to be matched with Ebi's amateur voice (perhaps you need those giant voices like James Ingram, Luther Vandross, Luciano Pavarotti or that local guy Lan to duet with her) but having heard this demo, bravo! a successful and good colaboration indeed...:). As for the melody, obviously it's nothing like the standard ballads namely Ceritera Cinta (Jac/Rio) or Celine/Ingram's "A Whole New World" (what shall I call this...err..."aggresive balada"?..:P). So personaly I need some times to attune to the melody (maklumlah kan pak cik ni kena lahir zaman perang Jepun). The vocal arrangement is quite difficult or shall I just say challenging (bersahut-sahutan gitu), as if the voices need to overpower one another but as a whole I only hear one brilliant harmony, a great fusion indeed. One thing about Audi Mok, he always comes out with different concept for his works. Having heard Nikki's Cara Mu, I least expected that Drama is actually Audi's work and who would have thought Mahakarya Cinta (Faizal) is his karya too, they come in totally different shape and style (unlike most other composers, KRU for instance, where you can easily recognise their works). To me exploring new ideas, experimenting new things, new concept are his specialty perhaps Romeo & Juliet is just one of them. This is only the preview demo (but sounds good enough) minus the killer bridge (can't imagine how killing it is). Having said that, I’m all prepared to defend myself from being killed by the 'killer bridge'...:D.. once the complete version is released (I hope very soon) and am all set to see this single climbing the charts and wins awards just like most of Audi’s previous works.
1 Mar 2008
Although she lacks some interesting features as compared to Shila, I wasn’t that surprise she wins. This is probably due to the fact that most online forummers are so supportive to her (thanks to her second attempt in OIAM). She must have impressed them with her vocal prowess. No doubt she has a nice vocal tone, especially her ability to generate big resonance during high notes. But to me it ends there, her special feature restricted to her resonance alone. As far as singing skill and stage presentation are concerned, this girl still needs lots and lots to learn and developed. Every time during high notes she tends to twist her neck in the process of adjusting her head to raise it up about 45 degrees (sometimes more). Her facial expressions often show her pain of straining and struggling to reach high notes instead of emotionally interpreting the lyrics of the song. She still subscribes to the belief that high and big notes mean powerful voice (which is not necessarily true). The term ‘raw’ as Syafinaz often mentions is very well described Ayu. She deserves to win if the primary aim of OIAM 2 is to search for raw talents to be further groomed. She’s just the right raw material for that kind of factory.
While Paul was reading viewers posting, somebody asked what sort of songs that suit Ayu. To me just give her any ballad synonym with Ziana Zain or Zaiton Sameon. In fact Ayu’s voice and singing style are very much resembling Zaiton Sameon (don’t you think so?). But just make sure the song doesn’t have too many of the vowel ‘U’ at the end of its big note. I noted Ayu always have difficulty delivering big note ending with the vowel ‘U’ (or sometimes ‘I’). She’s unable to perfectly ‘round’ it to make it sounds soft and pleasant like the sound of a flute. Too bad her single last night was entitled Hanya Di Mercu. She struggled to deliver perfectly the note with the word ‘MercU’. Big notes ending with the vowels ‘A’ (samudera, cinta), ‘O’ and ‘E’ suit her very well cause all she needs to do is simply shout them out and generate big resonance (no need skill one).
Image wise? I don't think she's that bad looking but still needs a little bit of improvement. The good thing about Ayu is she humbly aware of her appearance. She even said to the press, if she wins the first thing she’ll do is to fix (straightening) her teeth (sometimes in this industry a Halle Berry smile/teeth will be helpful...:) what more if you're required to open your mouth wide for those big notes). With the one million ringgit, she has so many choices. She can go for the visible bracelet (like the one ‘Ugly Betty’ wears, it’ll cost her RM 4,500 in Sabah), the radiance or less visible bracelet made of ceramic or polymer (RM 6,000 – 7,000), the totally invisible bracelet they call it lingual treatment (fixed behind your teeth) cost RM 15,000 and the latest technology called 'invisalign' (a plastic casing bracelet) that cost from USD 3,000 onwards (anyway this one is not available yet in Malaysia!).*LOL* just how do I know all these craps (you guess) and I’m not a dentist either. I wonder if our first astronaut Dr. Syeikh Muzzafar still practise orthodontics. Perhaps Ayu can get treatment from him (must be expensive). I guess once Ayu had the necessary dental cosmetic treatment she’ll look just fine. No need to fix the other parts of her body. If Oprah Winfrey can look good, why can’t Ayu…right!?
In short, a proper vocal coaching (I think Syafinaz can easily handle this), graceful stage presentation, suitable songs (ala Zaiton Sameon) and dental cosmetic treatment are all she needs. Having done all these I’m sure she will “berdiri sama tinggi, duduk sama rendah” with other female artistes in Malaysia. There you have it, my 5 sen worth of opinion about Ayu. I hope she will continuously shine and won’t have to go through the same fate as other past Sabahan national winners like Dg. Norani, Azharina, JIAJA (am still waiting for their debut album) and Rey (Fiq I think is doing quite ok). Good luck and all the best to Ayu!