Viewers blast local singing competition The Final 1's voting system

10 May 2013 / 3 years 5 months ago

Photos: SPHViewers are lambasting new local TV singing competition The Final 1 because they say it has turned the competition into a "popularity contest" rather than one that susses out true singing talent.Upset over the competition results broadcast live on Channel 5 on Wednesday night, fans have taken to social media sites including Facebook and Twitter to air their grievances about the show's voting system.They complain that because the results are based solely on public fan votes - the judges' opinions have no weight - the show has "unfairly" put popular contestants at the forefront while the ones with "real singing talent" end up at the bottom of the ranks.Such complaints poured in online after singing contestants Hydir Idris, 21, and Kamsani Jumahat, 23, ended up on the week's Bottom 5 list on Wednesday night, even though many fans felt that they were among the most talented vocally.Judge Ken Lim (pictured), music producer and Hype Records label head, is frank when asked about the fairness of the show's public voting system. He tells Life!: "We always wanted it this way so that everyone in Singapore gets the chance to have his say. And I think the voting system is fair, but the results are subjective. Even if the results are based only on the judges, there will be people, who think they are unfair because we all look for different things. Either way, viewers have to accept the results."He says that being a musician takes a lot more than just having a good voice. "Look at the industry and you'll see that it takes a whole package to work. There are many commercial singers who don't have the best voices and yet they are popular and do well in the industry. At the end of the day, it's about how much support you can get from the public. I don't agree or disagree with this, but this is just how commercialism in the industry works."Read the full report in The Straits Times.

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