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    Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    I have not yet decided which one of the following is the revelation:

    1. The Anugerah Juara Lagu is the centre of the entertainment universe in Malaysia.
    2. I have no clue as to what I have gotten myself into.
    3. Those in the Malaysian entertainment industry really ought to reevaluate what is important in their lives.

    Perhaps it’s a combination of the three.

    It’s Day 5 of the Faizal Tahir ban. And I am getting calls, SMSes, email, Facebook messages from friends, strangers, industry people, and from the one group that has me sitting at the edge of my seat just waiting for their call, the press.

    This here is my official statement. It should save you that phone call to me.

    Faizal Tahir is officially banned from performing for any live telecasts for the next three months. In other seemingly related news, 8TV is not allowed to do any live broadcasts for the next three months starting January 15.

    As of today, I do not know who will perform this Sunday at AJL. Faizal’s record label, Monkey Bone, is currently appealing to have Faizal perform just for AJL. TV3 may have other plans. There is no official word yet.

    I met with the producers at TV3 and with Monkey Bone this morning and my final position on this matter is that both TV3 and Monkey Bone duke it out and figure out who they want to have perform the song since the competition is pre-judged and the performance will not affect the outcome of the competition. In other words, it doesn’t matter who sings the song. And what that means for me is that I don’t really care who sings the song. It is more for the singer and the exposure he/she will get.

    So it boils down to TV3 having to put on a good show with a replacement for Faizal Tahir (Good luck with that!) and Monkey Bone not blowing this chance to showcase their artist and sell a few CDs in the process.

    To answer the highly original questions I’ve been getting....

    Yes, I am disappointed that Faizal Tahir would not be singing “Mahakarya Cinta”, which, by the way, is hidden track number 14 on Faizal Tahir’s debut album “Aku.Muzik.Kamu”.

    Who will be performing the song this Sunday? I don’t know at this point but I am sure who ever sings it will do a good job blah blah blah.... But seriously, Faizal Tahir’s new album, “Aku.Muzik.Kamu” is out in stores.

    Who would I like to have perform this song? Rumours have it that Fiq would be the one to sing it. And it’s the obvious choice since Fiq is a rocker whose debut album isn’t “Aku.Muzik.Kamu” since it is Faizal Tahir’s debut album which is available in stores now.

    But being one who hates the obvious choices, I have three options which are based on direction, rather than who is the better singer. I am torn between using known singers and presenting a new upcoming singer who could use the exposure.

    On using a known singer, it would be between Awie with a good old Malay rock arrangement...complete with the big canyon reverb on the snare drum and...on just about everthing else; AND Farah Asyikin to turn things on its head and have a female sing the song instead.

    On presenting a new talent, I’d go with Badri, the runner-up at LG MyStarz. This guy’s potential style is in between Faizal Tahir and Anuar Zain. I would tone down the guitars and bring up the orchestra and give it a more classical feel. And right after I remove the baton that Ramli MS have stabbed into my chest, I’d bring out the all-male choir at the last chorus along with the swans and fake snow.

    What am I doing to prepare for the replacement singer? Absolutely nothing at the moment.

    What advice would I give to the replacement singer? Sing well. Don’t embarrass yourself. If you have to remove your shirt, remove your pants as well.

    Are you going to the show this Sunday? Yes.

    But in your previous entry you said that you were not going? I changed my mind because I am representing Faizal Tahir. And also, I am bring my mom.

    In conclusion, if there is one thing I am reminded of is that there are more important things in life than this. To encapsulate my official response and my final word on this matter: BFD.


    lyana said...

    muahahahaha. love the sarcastic yet optimistic way you are dealing with the problem at hand.

    seriously, faizal needs all the support he can get, for he is one hell of a unique singer. (and i can understand the obsession with superman/smallville as I have an obsession with Wicked!/elphaba too). boo! to the close minded tv-censoring ppl whose supposedly 'guiding' the morality of the citizens-need i remind them that we are all clever enough to make our own judgement and seeing a topless guy on tv would not make us any immorale.

    Wani Ardy said...

    I believe Badri would be a good choice.

    azyze gomez said...


    A good song will still be a good song regardless of the singer. That became evident during the AJL finale. Fiq did a good job, and although you didn't win, you're now one of the hottest to-watch-for musician.

    Congrats, and keep up the good work.