Main photo: Temasek PolytechnicSINGAPORE - Two's company, three's a crowd, but seven makes for a tight clique of friends. That's the case for some of the Top 40 contestants in local reality singing competition The Final 1.This party of seven, made up of Maggie Syazana Hishamuddin, Laraine Lam, Hashy Yusof, Farah Erfina Mohd Azmi, Glen Wee, Yuresh Balakrishnan and Marc Than, have grown close in the course of the competition, reports The New Paper. All are current or former students of Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and they said their friendship holds them up during the gruelling competition.Maggie Syazana, 18, who is also a third-year apparel design and merchandising student, added: "We're competing against each other, but it doesn't feel like it because everyone is so helpful and encouraging."The winner of The Final 1, which airs every Wednesday at 8pm on Channel 5, will walk away with $50,000 cash and a $50,000 recording contract.Although they are gunning for the top spot, they think nothing of offering advice and help.Recalled Hashy, 18, a third-year aerospace engineering student: "Before I was chosen for Top 40, Farah helped me with my song choice and gave feedback after hearing me sing. "Coursemates Maggie Syazana and Lam had egged each other on to join the competition.When they, received news that they had been shortlisted in the Top 60 in the competition, neither told the other for fear the other did not make the cut."But when I found out, I was so happy we both got in," said Lam.Recently, it was reported that viewers blasted The Final 1's voting system.Read the full report in The New Paper.