Ken Lim (born 1964) is an album producer, composer, publisher, artist manager and concert promoter from Singapore who came under the spotlight in 2004 as a chief judge of the Singapore Idol series. His remarks and deadpan expressions invariably drew attention with his comments.
He always has a surly face on, and it is rare to see a smile flick across his face. He is not a grumpy man because he does sometimes banter with his fellow judges which injects fun and laughter into Singapore Idol. However, many people have also commented that he is a bit too much like foul-mouthed Simon Cowell. I sometimes even find that they look the same with their no style hairstyle, plain t-shirt and jeans. Admittedly, Simon Cowell has a sharper tongue than his Singaporean counterpart.
Irregardless, there is no doubt that Ken Lim definitely has a lot of experience in the music field and surely has a lot to offer. This makes him one of the most respected and eminent figures in my eyes and to receive criticisms from him will surely be beneficial.
What Ken Lim should have done is to show what is naturally him, unless of course, trying too hard to emulate others is his natural tendency.
The feeling that he gives off is a scary one. I would not dare to approach him for guidance if I was a singer. :( and the other reviewers are right, I get the vibe that he is trying to be Singapore's Simon Cowell. With his squinting eyes, his style of criticizing outrightly.. It's like applying cold water to burned area (you know that meme??).
He being around for so long and successful at his work must has its merits. We should not be jealous or take pot shots at people like him who has helped shaped the local music business. After all, he's done well while we are just people shooting our mouth off. Give credit when due. My respects to such a Singaporean.
There is a time to be all mighty and opinionated, maybe after your show you can start blaming people. But definitely not before it has even got off the ground and when it needs this vital support. Also, people really respect your words when you have actually made it yourself. That is the number one reason I see Singaporeans not having as much respect for Ken Lim even though he can be at times "brutally honest" sometimes this persona just hurts himself. I personally appreciate his honesty at times but sometimes it is just not needed and results in bad PR.
I would also like to see him able to address the problems mainstream English shows like The Final 1 and Singapore is facing. Or perhaps that is not within his scope and I expect too much.
He also owns a record company which has been the medium for many rising stars' performances and albums. While he has been fired at for his comments during Singapore Idol for being cynical and a mini Simon Cowell, I actually kind of like his honesty. As a person who understands music to quite a deep depth, I know that his comments make sense, and in fact was more factually accurate than any other judge other than Dick Lee, who is also very musically sensible.
I hope that in his return to the new show the Final One, he will continue to give honest opinions and not kind sounding ones just make a contestant feel good, for good things can be heard by everyone, but mistakes need to be pointed out and learnt..
I also remembered him desperately trying to warp his image into a positive one via magazine articles and newspapers.
He showed his lavish house, he elaborated about himself. He was everywhere!
I was successfully swayed though via some of the articles. Unfortunately, the article contents escaped my memory system. All that remained was the vivid pictorial memory of his lawn of grey concretes and humongous windows. Oh, and those sofas. The sofas that spanked viewers with bolts of envy.
After Singapore Idol retired from the television screen, never to make a comeback ever again, so did he! Where did Mr Ken Lim vanished to?
I am sure that he is a reasonable enough person outside of the media scene, but after hearing from several contestants from the previous renditions of Singapore Idol (I had a few friends who participated; one was even in the last 8), I felt that he was trying to emulate the bad-boy, tough-guy judge image too much. Plus, I met him once at a 7/11 in town, and when I didn't let him cut my queue, he stared at me.
Ken Lim has also been known to have written and composed a number of the National Day theme songs. He has also produced songs for other occasions and local artistes, proving that he is possibly one of Singapore's leading and/or more sought after music producer.