Singapore Idol is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by MediaCorp Studios and FremantleMedia Operations BV.
It is a part of the idol franchise and became one of the most popular shows in the history of Singaporean television, and has so ran for 3 seasons.
Another major problem about this show is the unfairness in the competition. Sure I agree they need to make profits, but should the competition really float just based on votes and not with judges opinions as well? There will sure be people who get their richer kith and kin to call in, and the more talented but less wealthy may end up not making it through due to lack of rich voters, something which really puts me off.
Finally, I think that the fact that all the 3 winners are Malays has put some people off, and while I am personally ok with it, I am too beginning to question what part of this competition and show may have caused this.
I enjoyed watching the first season of Singapore Idol very much. I remember pestering my parents so that I could call to support my then-idol Taufik Batisah who eventually still won the competition without my vote. I thought the way the contestants performed were really professional and it was really nice to see how the nation supported singing talents.
Though the aftermath of the competition did not ensure much continuous recognition to the stars, it was one of the better and more popular shows that hyped up singing talents.
Singapore's music industry seemed rather lacklustre. Taufik Batisah is certainly a key ingredient that spices up the what used to be a stagnated and monotone industry. I remembered voting for him religiously too! I dialled. I prayed. Never had I been ever so dedicated in making a fellow contestant clinch the winning spot!
Unfortunately, the contestants in the next two seasons didn't seem to spur my enthusiasm as much as Taufik Batisah did. The contestants were certainly interesting what with the myriad of personalities gelling into one to form a music video each week. It is certainly entertaining to watch the unknown step into the realm of the known. I certainly do not find myself engaged in a yawning session whenever I tune in to watch the show. I find myself glued to the show naturally. This show also shrouds me with the astounding fact that there are in fact grammy potential vocalists embedded within the tiny red dot called Singapore. I am also attracted by how the swoon worthy eye candies or talented beings and me aren't separated by any form of ocean. GPRS is smaller than a thousand! It also raised the chances of bumping into them, discover the chemistry between us and even extending the family tree line.
Otherwise, Singapore Idol is definitely a far cry from the useless Sasuke Singapore which shows men of all forms conquering ( mostly not ) the same obstacles week after week. It deserves a comeback. Bring it back.
Of course, there is the argument that all these contestants are going into the arena willingly, so they should know what to expect. But aside from wackos like Banana Man, who is obviously only there to be a fool (of which I respect him totally for) and create laughs, there are also normal people looking to challenge themselves onstage. It's just too bad that if they happen to be bad at singing, they'll be thrust into the limelight of shame in a heartbeat.
In Singapore Idol, Dick Lee is aptly named, dispensing vital ingredients of the show like hurt and venom out to contestants regularly. I guess the harshness of the judges also serve to accentuate the impact of their praises on the rare occasion they give it to a deserving contestant. Never mind hurt feelings, this is showbiz after all.
However, the structure and content of the show is highly lacking. There is not enough high-quality opportunities for the singers to grow, and I feel that many do not develop because the show does not push them enough. I feel like the director of the show formed Idol merely because he wanted to give opportunities for singers, but in actual fact, Idol should be a developmental process for the singers.
Furthermore, the prizes for Singapore Idol is not good enough to propel these singers. I can't blame Idol for this lah, considering tht our music scene is still in its infant stages, but I do think that Idol should continue, but the producers need to think about how they can make the Idol journey a fufilling one for the singers. Think not just about vocals, but about perfomative qualities and charisma etc.
Pardon me for being too harsh, but I'd rather my Point Of Entry anytime. This show attracts much more viewers than this and the former is just earning and extracting more and more money from the public to vote for the contestants in which I hardly see the winners around in the entertainment scene anymore, besides the occasional one-song-air on reality shows or events.
First thing first, I am here not to degrade the show but to give my honest opinions. If you're going to 'copy' the concept of a popular franchise then you deserve to be compared to the original show. Singapore idol looks ridiculous beside American idol. Our judges seem to have an arrogance, even Rihanna does not have. I mean, how many albums would you have sold ? Are you popular worldwide ? Do you have your own genre of music ?none. Secondly, I just feel that the contestants are better off singing in their bathrooms, instead of getting humiliated by our judges. But you cannot take away anything from Gurmit singh. He was an awesome host, always has been, always will be. He makes the show worth watching.
I just feel people are better off joining the actual American idol itself than join our pathetic version of one. Don't trade your self respect for money. Ain't worth it
The judges here can never compare to those on American Idol. Even Ellen Degeneres did a better job than Dick Lee, and Ellen doesn't even have a singing career. I'm surprised this show even got 3 seasons.
And then there are some, that somehow emphasises on the fact that we should never judge a book by its cover, as proven by some of them.
I don't understand this show and I do hope that SIngapore can come up with something more original and singing-industry-worthy. People are watching Singapore Idol because it's very laughable, and plus, like what the others say, the final contestants fade away. We no longer see/hear about Taufik, Hady, Shazari anymore.
Some may remember Taufik, the winner of the first Singapore Idol. But even he has faded off the scene. I only remember him because my NS platoon sergeant competed in Season 1 and we watched it.
The show itself is quite entertaining to watch. The deluded people who thought they were superstar material were a hoot to laugh at. The "drama" between contestants was interesting although probably staged. And of course there were some truly talented singers who were a joy to listen too.
It is too bad that the music producers in Singapore do not seem to be able to capitalize on their talents. The winners were good, some even had that ever elusive X-factor. But the driving force to catapult them to international fame is sadly lacking.