Where is the Love?

February 19, 2008

Let’s face it, Singapore is an achievement-fuelled nation. That’s the reason why the Singapore Flyer was built to become the world’s highest ferris wheel (at least for now), while all sorts of missions are frequently organised such as to write the nation into the Guinness Book of World Records (Longest popiah, anyone?).

I suppose that is precisely why, despite the numerous believable conspiracy theories abounding that the voting system was flawed, when local contestant Hady Mirza won Asian Idol (which should more effectively be named South East Asian Idol because it only featured contestants from around the region, with the exception of India. What about Taiwan and China, the land of the singing competitions? Are they ineligible just because those countries chose to be original and not rip off the tried-and-tested, yet unreliable, idol format?) against all the powerhouses, his pretty mug was unabashedly splashed all over the front pages of all local tabloids AND the advertisements were replayed over and over again on television.

Total Overkill.The Amazing Race Asia

Now, Adrian and Collin from The Amazing Race Asia 2 have gone one-up on fellow Singapore competitors Sharon and Melody from the previous season by winning the whole damn thing, furthermore on home soil. And they won by being the underdogs too (like Hady), being last for most of the final leg back in Singapore!

That would have been, all by itself already, such a strong media storyline (and I have not gone into the fact that Adrian is the first hearing-impaired contestant ever casted on The Amazing Race. How’s that for a sweet victory?) Yet, their victory was marginalised to small articles within the newspaper itself.

Where’s the front page news?! Where is the Love? The achievements of Hady shagging his lungs out against other vocal powerhouses in the inaugural Asian Idol is probably on par with the achievements of Adrian and Collin shagging their energy out for close to a month against other competitors from around the region, flying 4 continents in the process.

Is this because The Amazing Race Asia 2 is unavailable on free-to-air television here?
Or is this because Asian Idol is more prestigious just because it is shown live?

2 Responses to “Where is the Love?”

  1. jazzmode Says:

    hello there,

    fyi, asian idol caters to countries that bought the IDOL franchise from FREMANTLE. china and taiwan are not part of it, hence their exclusion.

    i dont understand the comparison between adrian&collin and hady mirza. you don’t get to see the hard work hady put in pre asian idol and during the competition itself. so ,it’s unfair to assume that he did less work than adrian & collin just because on the surface, hady belted a few songs within a span of a few days while the dynamic duo struggled for almost a month.

    as a hady supporter, i understand the hard work, pressure and stress hady had to endure over a month before the big day. the brickbats he received just for being chosen to represent singapore was amazingly ridiculous, what more his unexpected win whom many regarded as a fluke.

    he was the underdog from the get go. he went into the competition with a clear conscience of the heavy burden on his shoulders – to make singapore proud, be sincere in his performances and he eventually won! so, my question to those detractors, WHERE IS THE LOVE?

    you’ve answered your own question. asian idol was telecast live via free to air tv on ch5 while amazing race can only be watched on cable, which many singaporeans do not subscribe to. but andrian and collins win was reported widely by the media. i remember reading their successful journey from three major local papers. not small tiny articles but quite prominent.

    i dont get the privilege to watch their win (no cable) but i’m proud of their win, nontheless. any win from singaporeans are worth a celebrating.

    thank you.

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