Malaysian Idol – Spectaculars Show 6 (2 September 2005)

Tema: Klasik
Pemilihan tema yang agak memeningkan kepala para peserta MI yang tinggal. Sekilas pandangan tiada di antara mereka yang saya fikir mampu memperjuangkan tema ini dengan baik dan berkesan. Tahun lepas kita menyaksikan Jac dengan lagu Tunggu Sekejab dan Dina dengan lagu Jelingan manja pada malam tema Tan Sri P Ramlee berjaya membuka mata segenap lapisan masyarakat dengan persembahan yang begitu bersahaja dan versatile sehingga 2 lagu tersebut menjadi begitu popular sejurus selepas siaran langsung Malaysian Idol. Kemudian untuk finale, Jac dan Dina sekali lagi mendendangkan 2 buah lagu tersebut dengan penuh karektor dan karisma sekaligus mengangkat populariti 2 buah lagu tersebut ke satu tahap yang lebih tinggi. Mereka berjaya memartabatkan lagu lagu Tan Sri P Ramlee dengan baik dengan mengetengahkan mutiara yang hampir dilupakan itu ke dalam jiwa anak anak muda yang terlalu ghairah dengan lagu pop ala ala Siti Nurhaliza dan Ning Baizura yang jiwang berkarat karatan. Bagaimana pula peranan yang dimainkan oleh senarai calon Malaysian Idol musim yang ke-2? Saya teruja untuk menantikan persembahan mereka.

Tema klasik memerlukan penghayatan yang luar baik oleh penyanyi yang ingin menginterpret lagu lagu klasik menjadi lebih moden, sesuai dengan peredaran zaman. Namun dalam reinterpretation itu; unsur unsur klasik harus dikekalkan, cuma diadaptasikan sahaja supaya classical edge nya tidak hilang. Bukan sebarang penyanyi mampu melakukannya, pengalaman memainkan peranan yang penting. Datuk Sharifah Aini sebagai pengkritik jemputan merupakan pilihan yang saya rasa cukup ideal. Beliau merupakan penyanyi evergreen yang sungguh diminati sehinggalah hari ini. Pengalaman selama 40 tahun beliau berkecimpung dalam bidang muzik, saya pasti beliau adalah pilihan yang tepat untuk memberikan nasihat dan cadangan cadangan yang membina untuk para peserta.

Pengkritik Tetap:
1. Roslan Aziz
2. Paul Moss

Pengkritik Jemputan:
1. Datuk Sharifah Aini

Persembahan Top 5:
1. Faizull – I Feel Good (James Brown) 5.9/10 bintang
I will give props to who ever gave this song to Faizull and if Faizull himself choose this song for tonight’s show then I give him even bigger props. If there were ever a song for some one who doesn’t really speak English and had to pick a song that they could get by with just shrieking the words then this was it. It was a simple song with simple words that almost nobody can mess up so it should be safe for Faizull at this stage. His diction was fairly acceptable for most parts of the song and there were points in the song that you can just hear his style of singing being inserted in. Unfortunately Faizull lacked the soul to really pull off this classic song. I wonder if he would have a better idea of how this song should be performed if he had a chance to see a clip of the song as performed by the original artist.

2. Farah – Getaran Jiwa (Tan Sri P Ramlee) 6.9/10 bintang
Farah decided to take on the updated version that Sheila Majid did a few years ago which is always bad on this show. The most obvious reason for that fact aside, whenever some one tries to sing this particular version, they most often would come up short by comparison. This particular version of the song has been done badly so many times that they really should pull it off the song list until someone can come up with a different interpretation that worked. As for Farah’s version tonight, I have to say that she still had the same problems with her wavering lower registers that she should really make the effort to solidify but fortunately for her, she recovered nicely with the clear and powerful higher registers. It was a bit pitchy at places but it was a fairly good performance.

3. Daniel – Save The Last Dance (Drifters) 5/10 bintang
Say want I want about this hack, he really knows how to pick songs that he knows that his voters will like. He knows who his target demographic is and he delivers week after week what they want. His performance tonight was textbook in that regards. He came on stage and let loose the breathy orgasmic sighing that the girls voting for him can’t get enough off and absolutely drives me to want to shove sharp implements into my ears. It was a flat performance that only went to show the limitations in his vocal range. The awfulness was compounded by the full body smaltz and cheesiness of the performance. It was way too cutesy and silly for my liking. I love this song so it really pisses me off that now I would have to try to erase the mental image of Daniel butchering it from my mind.

4. Nita – Engkau Laksana Bulan (P Ramlee) 6.5/10 bintang
The good news was that Nita choose a P Ramlee song that have not been overplayed too many times. The bad news was she did it in a way that also imitated Sheila Majid too closely. I was really looking for her to maybe pull something like what Jac did by interpreting an old song into something of her own style but I guess that Nita does not have the level of experience and confidence that Jac had. To give her credit, there parts in the song that Nita almost put her own spin on it but then it just crumbles back into the mediocrity that was most of the song. She was still not making full use of the wonderful voice and tone that she has and at this point of the game she really needed to make the most of every bit of advantage she has if she wanted to stay in the competition.

5. Ash – Kissing A Fool (George Michael) 6/10 bintang
Every time I hear someone refer to this song as a classic, I really start feeling my age because I could still distinctly remember the day I bought this album when it first came out. Ash started the song tonight on a fairly weak low note that has never been his strength vocally. The performance was pitchy at places and at times sounded out of sync with the music that the bad was playing. I’m not sure if this stylistic choice was the best to go with for a song that was all about the swing because by skipping the pace, Ash made the song jumpy at places. At points it sounded that he was forcing the band to follow his pace instead of the other way around as the performance floundered all over the place to a weak ending.

6. Faizull – Jauh Di Mata (Ella) 6.1/10 bintang
I know that someone else did this song before Ella did a remake of this since this song has been around for quite some time but I can’t find the name of the original singer. A typical Malay torch ballad from the olden days, the song needed a voice that could showcased the longing for a distant loved one. That quality of emotion was woefully lacking in Faizull’s vocal performance tonight. His performance was fairly competent with the prerequisite vocal edge that his fans liked but I found myself grimacing through out this performance. I don’t know why but I thought that his voice was like listening to nails on the chalkboard tonight. Overall it was a monotonous but safe performance for him.

7. Farah – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye) 7.5/10 bintang
Farah brought in the much appreciated energy to wake us up after the boring performances with this up-tempo song. She had the correct attitude and confidence in this performance which was better than her first attempt tonight. I thought that her tendency of clipping the notes at the end of the verses fairly distracting and annoying since there was no reason for her not to do them properly. Regardless of what Paul said in the judging tonight, I felt that Farah totally got the meaning of the song despite her young age and it showed in the performance.

8. Daniel – Angin Malam (Broery Marantika) 7/10 bintang
This was another example of how Daniel actually sounded better singing in Bahasa Malaysia instead of singing in English. For some reason, the song and melody flowed much more naturally for him in BM compared to his first attempt tonight. He also kept the cheesiness factor on a tight leash and delivered quite a good performance. The thing that struck me the most was that he was able to take this song and reinterpret it to a more pop style that was closer to what he could successfully tackle. The reinterpretation was not on the same level as Jac did last year but it was enough to make him to really own the performance and deliver a fairly decent one at that.

9. Nita – Big Spender (Shirley Bessey) 8.5/10 bintang
In the last season of Malaysian Idol, the highlight of the ‘P Ramlee Night’ show was Jac’s outstanding performance of “Tunggu Sekejap” which redefined the way people heard that old standard. Nita’s performance of this song , although not at the same level of interpretation as Jac’s performance, could safely be singled out as the highlight and the showstopper tune of the show tonight. She came onto stage with the correct attitude, swing and sass to pull off a song like this. The song didn’t demanded much of her vocals except for the power notes that she already excelled at and that left her to focus more on the performance. Nita has the ability to outshine the other contestants when she chooses the correct song and her second performance tonight was hard evidence of that assertion. You could practically hear the whole audience getting into her performance but the question is now if it was enough to keep her in the running. Nita really needed a good performance after being in the bottom 3 so many times but then again she has been in the bottom 3 before even when she had a good performance.

10. Ash – Jeritan Batin (Tan Sri P Ramlee) 5.5/10 bintang
Ash started the song fairly confidently in the beginning but somewhere along the way he seemed to loose focus and let the song run away from him. He decided not to go with the sustained notes that the song usually requires but instead choose the more clipped delivery that quicken the pace of the song. He sounded that he was trying to make something out of the material that he had in the song but it wasn’t distinctive enough to avoid the comparison with the original. There was a clear lack of conviction to the song and the changes that he made in the delivery. Coming after the knockout performance by Nita, his performance looked more amateurish and karaoke-like that it would normally be.

Rating Fiqarash:
1. Nita – Big Spender 8.5/10
2. Farah – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 7.5/10
3. Daniel – Angin Malam 7/10
4. Farah – Getaran Jiwa 6.9/10
5. Nita – Engkau Laksana Bulan 6.5/10
6. Faizull – Jauh Di Mata 6.1/10
7. Ash – Kissing A Fool 6/10
8. Faizull – I Feel Good 5.9/10
9. Ash – Jeritan Batin 5.5/10
10. Daniel – Save The Last Dance 5/10

Pilihan Bottom 3:
1. Faizull – out?
2. Nita
3. Ash

Kredit: Res-Q Photomedia dan Nick untuk ulasan Bahasa Inggeris.

p/s: Kepada mereka yang telah melampirkan email untuk disendkan video klip, sila bersabar kerana saya masih terlalu sibuk untuk upload video video tersebut – yang anda harus tahu memakan masa yang SANGAT lama. Email yahoo dan gmail hanya membenarkan 1MB setiap kali attachment. Bayangkan setiap video itu sizenya 20-30MB. Saya minta maaf atas segala kesulitan yang timbul.

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~ by Taufiq Lazyduck on September 2, 2005.

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