AF Me­gas­tar

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THERE are some jaw-drop­ping per­for­mances so far on AF Me­gas­tar, where past win­ners and con­tes­tants of re­al­ity singing se­ries Akademi Fan­ta­sia duke it out for the top prize.

Two episodes in, a pool of 24 AF alumni per­formed and only 12, cho­sen by a panel of judges, ad­vanced to the weekly elim­i­na­tion rounds.

Idayu, who was elim­i­nated pre­ma­turely on Sea­son Three, came back with a vengeance, nail­ing Christina Aguil­era’s Hurt with her Mariah Carey-like vo­cals (yes, she even demon­strated her whis­tle regis­ter).

Soft and de­mure singer Mar­sha trans­formed into a pow­er­house vo­cal­ist de­liv­er­ing a spine-chill­ing ren­di­tion of Un­tuk Ter­akhir Kali.

While there were other stand­out per­for­mances by Bob, Amir Ja­hari, In­dah (pic) and Syamel, the per­for­mances across the board aren’t as im­pres­sive as I had ex­pected. Af­ter all, these are ex­pe­ri­enced singers.

I was sur­prised to find quite a num­ber of con­tes­tants choos­ing the wrong songs, mak­ing tech­ni­cal mis­takes or sim­ply let­ting their nerves get the bet­ter of them. Let’s hope the top 12 does a bet­ter job in the up­com­ing episodes.

Ul­ti­mately, the ap­peal of AF Me­gas­tar is the feel­ing of nos­tal­gia you get watch­ing these past con­tes­tants per­form and see­ing how much they’ve grown.

And while you get that feel­ing es­pe­cially from watch­ing con­tes­tants from the early sea­sons per­form (did you know Sea­son One con­tes­tants Rosma and Khai are mar­ried and they have two kids now?), there were quite a num­ber of AF alumni such as Mawi, Hafiz, Hazama and the orig­i­nal AF win­ner Vince miss­ing from the line-up.

AF just does not feel like AF with­out them.

– Ken­neth Chaw

airs ev­ery Sun­day at 9pm on Astro Ria (Ch 104).

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