Hady Mirza is the winner of the second season of the reality TV show Singapore Idol, having garnered 70% of about one million votes cast by television viewers.
He was also the winner of the world's first Asian Idol competition held on 16 December 2007 in Jakarta, in which he competed against 6 other contestants who won their respective country's Idol competitions.
While he has decent looks and good vocals, he has not done much to outreach to his fans who supported him, and I feel that it makes him less of a star compared to his predecessor Taufiq, who continues to be seen in the media industry. Even if he joined the competition as an experience, in my opinion as the winner he has to stay connected with his fans who truly supported him and not just disappear from the media scene when he decides to take another pathway in life. Overall he is good, but his absence from the media industry makes his popularity dwindle over the years.
However, despite his win, it seems that he has faded from the music scene altogether - while Taufik is still active in the music industry in coaching and the like, Hady seems to have disappeared from the limelight. Where has he gone? Maybe he was one of those talents who had their five minutes of fame and decided to choose another path - but it was such a waste, he had such good vocals that could have been paired with good stage presence if he wanted to.
After his performance there, I whipped out my phone and conducted an impromptu mini research of him. The research I did extended for several days. Apparently, he is now active in conquering the Malay radio stations with malay songs that were exceptionally slow paced. Why didn't he release any tracks in English too like how Taufik Batisah did? One album that catered to both the English and Malay speakers? Hady Mirza shot to fame via Singapore Idol; a show that was in English. He didn't rocket into stardom via a Malay-language singing contest! His lingering absence in the English speaking industry was probably the core reason how he morphed in to a fading idol who has diverted himself away from the route towards internationally soaring success.
No doubt he has a good voice and a pleasant face and charming smile, but i guess joining this competition provided just a source of experience to him, for he and the winner quickly lost their popularity.
He is a good singer, and I love his rendition of You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi during the competition. With a proper marketing campaign and connections, I believe he can gain even more success in a nation that puts more focus on music and the arts. If not, he'll never amount to much in Singapore.
Truly deserves much more than what he has now.