Singapore Idol

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Not worth its sponsors and viewership
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Call me cynical, but I think that Singapore Idol is not a congregation of talented singers but also hordes of 'entertainers'. The first segment of the show is not just about showing those who passed but also to highlight the various clown acts of some auditionees, and they seem to have overshadowed the true purpose of the show for more people watch these failed auditionees doing their failed acts compared to the actual competition.

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.
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What idol?
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Another example how Mediacorp tries too hard to attract viewers but fails miserably. Firstly, it was a total rip-off from American Idol, what happened to creativity? Secondly, I wonder what happened to those contestants who competed. The only contestant I know about is Paul Twohill, and its not even because of Singapore Idol. He was the host of Chick vs Dick (A clicknetwork show) and I only found out much later he was a contestant from Singapore Idol. I guess hosting is more of his thing than singing.

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.

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A total flop
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I will never be able to understand what went through the minds of the producers on Channel 5 when they decided to create Singapore Idol. Although a franchise of American Idol, Singapore Idol is nothing like the former show when it comes to hype, singers and viewers.

Singapore Idol is a platform for wannabe local singers to achieve their dream, alright I'll give them that. However, it seems like the winners of each season always seem to disappear under the radar after a while. Look at Taufik Batisah - he was probably the most popular guy out of the three winners from each season, but even so, he went MIA after a while, and I hardly see his music appearing in local music stores any more. And Hady Mirza - I barely even hear or see his name appearing in media anymore. As for the winner of the third season, he has undergone such complete anonymity that I barely remember who he is anymore.

If the producers force each wannabe singer to go through such long hours of practice, and the immense stress of appearing on national television, the least they could do would be to ensure that the winners earn themselves a substantial singing career.

Furthermore, the show was a total bore and even the judges seemed like the barely knew what they were doing. In fact, there was even a Simon Cowell wannabe lurking in the judges panel, and I only have four words for that guy - stop trying so hard!

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