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A SORRY LOT

28 Feb

A SORRY LOT
Like Tiger Woods, these celebs also had to apologise recently, but are we ready to forgive & forget?
By Germaine Lim
February 28, 2010
 
 

AS the song goes, it’s too late to apologise – or is it?

Disgraced top golf Tiger Woods, 34, delivered not one but two apologies within a week for his extra-marital affairs.

The first came last weekend, when he apologised on TV for cheating on his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren and bedding at least 11 women.

The world watched – and most people didn’t buy it.

Then earlier this week, the couple issued a letter of apology to parents of Florida’s Premier Academy school, where his 21/2-year-old daughter goes to, for ‘any inconvenience… due to the increased media scrutiny surrounding our children’, according to Orlando-based television channel WFTV.

Woods certainly won’t be the last celeb to serve up a public sorry or two.

We read between the lines of other celebrity apologies and rate how sincere they were.

Kanye West, 33

Offence: The hot-tempered rapper crashed country singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards when she won Best Female Video, insisting it was fellow nominee Beyonce who ‘had one of the best videos of all time’.

His mea culpa: West apologised on his blog for ‘going on stage and taking away from (Swift’s) moment’.

He also told US talkshow host Jay Leno: ‘I have to analyse how I’m gonna make it through the rest of this life and improve.’

Forgive and forget? As if!

Hasn’t his track record proved that this obnoxious man is incapable of learning from his mistakes?

Seriously, West, grow up.

The world doesn’t revolve around you.

John Mayer, 33

Offence: In a no-holds-barred Playboy interview two weeks ago, the Grammy-winner singer-songwriter described his popularity with African-American celebs as having a ‘n””’ pass’ and compared ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson to ‘sexual napalm’ and an addictive drug.

His mea culpa: He took to Twitter to apologise for using the N-word.

He wrote: ‘I’ve created somewhat of a monster.’

During a recent Nashville concert, Mayer broke down and said: ‘In the quest to be clever… I did that at the expense of people I love and that feels absolutely terrible.

‘I quit the sound bite game, I quit the media game. I’m out. I’m done.’

Forgive and forget? Oh, for crying out loud. His tears won’t save his soul.

For all his vulgar verbal diarrhoea, his tearful apology screams pathetic.

We’d never thought anyone could trump West in the repulsive stakes. Mayer may just have.

Just too bad for Mayer. Simpson is reportedly going to get back at him when she appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show next month. Grrrl power!

David Letterman, 63

Offence: Sleeping with several female staffers on The Late Night show before his last year’s marriage to long-time girlfriend Regina Lasko.

His mea culpa: Four days after the news broke, talk show host Letterman swiftly apologised on his show, saying: ‘My wife Regina has been horribly hurt by my behaviour. Let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.’

Forgive and forget? We give him credit for taking himself to task and being upfront about his adultery on national TV soon after news broke.

But he tried too hard to win audiences over by making lame jokes like how ‘my navigation lady wasn’t speaking to me’ when he got into his car the morning of the day he apologised.

He even threw in a joke apology to ex-Alaskan governor Sarah Palin for making fun of her teenage daughter.

We’ll let this slide but don’t push it, Letterman.

Chris Brown, 21

Offence: Last February, the R&B singer was charged with assaulting then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, leaving her with a battered face that took weeks to heal.

His mea culpa: Four weeks after pleading guilty, he issued a video apology on his YouTube page and acknowledged that what he did was ‘inexcusable’.

He added: ‘I have told Rihanna countless times, and I’m telling you today, that I am truly, truly sorry that I wasn’t able to handle the situation differently and better.

‘What I did was unacceptable, 100 per cent. I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please.’

Forgive and forget? Brown said it was a moment of folly and had done it in a fit of anger.

Well, that’s what most wife-beaters say. And they usually never change.

According to LA Times, there had been two previous unreported acts of violence on Rihanna by Brown. She forgave him on both occasions.

We won’t be fooled. We will never accept physical abuse. We’ll be praying for you, future Brown girlfriend.

 

The NewPaper

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‘Syair Melayu’ Art Fazil Hangat Di Jepun

27 Feb

KETIKA Art Fazil merakam album Syair Melayu yang melestarikan himpunan lagu kanak-kanak, beliau tidak tahu sejauh mana ia akan berjaya di pasaran kerana kurangnya nilai komersial terhadap keseluruhan konsep album tersebut.

Siapa sangka, album Art baru-baru ini telah menarik perhatian sebuah stesen radio di kota Osaka, Jepun, yang tidak saja kerap memutarkan lagu-lagu Melayu daripada album itu menerusi stesen fmosaka, bahkan wakilnya sanggup turun ke Singapura beberapa kali untuk membeli CDnya untuk di jual di negara matahari terbut itu.

Deejay fmosaka, Encik Maruhashi Motoi, orang yang bertanggungjawab memperkenalkan lagu Art di Jepun, ketika ditemui wartawan menjelaskan, beliau pertama kali dikenalkan kepada CD Syair Melayu ketika mengunjungi toko muzik Muzika di Joo Chiat Complex pada akhir tahun lalu.

Selain bertugas sebagai deejay radio yang mengendalikan rancangan berkonsep muzik dunia, beliau juga mempunyai toko muzik menjual CD yang didapatkan daripada seluruh dunia.

‘Sebulan sekali, saya akan menjelajahi negara-negara tertentu di pelbagai pelosok dunia, untuk dapatkan muzik terbaru dan unik untuk rancangan siaran saya. Ketika berada di Muzika, saya minta disarankan album Melayu Singapura yang baik dan mereka mengesyorkan saya membeli Syair Melayu.

‘Pertama kali saya mendengarnya, saya cukup tertarik kerana irama Melayunya tersangat unik dan asli. Ia kedengaran mudah, tetapi mendalam,’ kata Encik Motoi, dalam bahasa Inggeris yang cukup asas.

Apabila pulang ke Osaka, album Art menjadi pilihannya untuk rancangan dedikasi World Music, diputarkan setiap hari selama seminggu. Stesen itu juga boleh diikuti menerusi Internet, menerusi laman fmosaka.com.

‘Berdasarkan maklumat yang saya dapatkan daripada syarikat pengedar album Life Record, saya menjelaskan kepada pendengar tentang latar belakang album itu dan bercakap tentang Art Fazil.

‘Nampaknya siaran selama seminggu itu mendapat sambutan, sebab di toko muzik saya, terdapat permintaan untuk membeli album Syair Melayu,’ tambah beliau.

Sehingga kini lagu-lagu Art masih diputarkan di stesen tersebut dan sudah mula diintai stesen-stesen Jepun yang lain.

Justeru, apabila beliau mengunjungi Singapura lagi, beliau membeli secara langsung sehingga 200 unit Syair Melayu sekali gus. Beliau juga merancang menjalinkan kerjasama dengan pihak Life Record untuk mengirimkan bekalan daripada katalog yang lebih luas untuk pasaran Jepun.

Apabila ditanya tentang trend muzik di Jepun ketika ini, Encik Motoi berkata J-Pop masih menguasai pasaran, tetapi trend penjualan CD dikatakan cukup lembap kerana Jepun juga dilanda fenomena muzik muat turun menerusi Internet.

‘Mereka akan hanya membeli CD yang susah untuk didapatkan di Internet. Penggemar muzik dunia juga lebih suka beli CD. Justeru, muzik dunia seperti Syair Melayu masih berpotensi dijual di sana,’ ujarnya.

Art, yang turut diinterviu Encik Motoi untuk rancangan radionya, mengakui beliau tidak menjangka albumnya dapat menarik perhatian pendengar bukan Melayu. Di Singapura, kira-kira 1,000 album tersebut telah terjual.

Selain Jepun, Art berkata, label di Indonesia, Bravo Music, juga bakal memasarkan album itu di sana. Pengubahsuaian pada kulit album juga dibuat untuk kedua-dua pasaran Indonesia dan Jepun.

Di Malaysia, Art telah mendapat penghormatan untuk muncul dalam kesemua 13 episod rancangan kanak-kanak, Shana Nina, terbitan TV1. Rakaman rancancan itu sudah pun selesai dijalankan dan episod pertamanya dijangka ke udara pada 17 Mac.

Dalam rancangan itu, Art menyanyikan lagu-lagu yang terdapat dalam Syair Melayu seperti Air Pasang Pagi, Bangau Oh Bangau, Ikan Kekek, Lagu Tiga Kupang, Nenek Si Bongkok Tiga dan sebagainya.

‘Walaupun album ini mengumpulkan lagu kanak-kanak, namun pendekatannya dibuat secara dewasa. Kita menghormati penyusunan muziknya dengan teliti, menggunakan instrumen- instrumen tradisional yang betul, bukan setakat diiringi keyboard biasa.

Saya kira, sebab itulah ia dapat dihargai masyarakat luar yang tahu kualiti muzik.

‘Saya tak berani meletak harapan terlalu tinggi tetapi berdasarkan maklum balas, saya rasa album ini akan berada lama di pasaran,’ ujar Art.

‘Syair Melayu’

Art Fazil

Cyberita

Bintang Idola Kecil TV9 Dalam Misteri Rumah Tua

25 Feb

SELEPAS selesai mengikuti program realiti hiburan kanak-kanak Idola Kecil 2, kini mereka memanjangkan lagi bakat nyanyian mereka kepada lakonan menerusi drama bersiri Idola Kecil Misteri Rumah Tua.

Drama bersiri ini akan dibintangi peserta Idola Kecil 2 seperti Dayana (Siti Amirah Dayana Mohd Amerullah), Azzam (Muhammad Azzammuddin Lop Hisham), Arill (Muhamad Fhazrill Fesol), Maulud (Mohd Farid Mohd Azmi), Ain (Zur’Ain Abd Rahim), Fienaz (Syafienaz Shari), Tasha (Nurul Natasha Jaffri), Nurul (Nurul Ain Sollehah), Jiha (Noranajihah Yunus) dan Sam (Khor Sam).

Misteri Rumah Tua sudah memulakan penggambarannya di sekitar Hulu Pangsun, Hulu Selangor sepanjang cuti sekolah sempena sambutan Hari Raya Cina lalu.

Drama bersiri yang merangkumi tiga episod ini akan disiarkan di TV9 pada cuti sekolah iaitu 15, 16 dan 17 Mac ini jam 7 malam.

Peserta Idola Kecil 2 ini juga akan bergandingan dengan pelakon berpengalaman seperti Illya (Senario) yang melakonkan watak sebagai bapa tiri Dayana dan Arill serta Fizz Fairuz sebagai bapa kepada Azzam. Kisah ini bermula apabila Azzam yang baru kematian ibu sentiasa mengalami mimpi ngeri yang penuh misteri di mana di dalam mimpi itu Azzam sering bertemu dengan seorang kanak-kanak perempuan berpakaian gaun putih.

Kanak-kanak itu yang dilakonkan oleh Dayana seolah-olah mengajak Azzam ke suatu tempat seperti ingin menunjukkan sesuatu. Azzam menceritakan mimpi ngerinya kepada bapanya tetapi atas nasihat doktor, bapanya membawa Azzam pulang berehat di kampung kerana menyangka Azzam berada di dalam keadaan trauma kerana kematian ibu kesayangan.

Azzam ingin membuktikan bahawa itu semua tidak benar. Ketika pulang ke kampung, dia melihat sebuah rumah usang yang sering muncul di dalam mimpinya. Azzam dengan bantuan sepupu dan rakan-rakan, nekad untuk menyiasat rumah misteri yang sentiasa muncul di dalam mimpinya. Apabila tiba di rumah itu mereka dapati rumah itu didiami oleh seorang lelaki yang tidak pernah bercampur dengan jiran tetangganya.

Sikap ingin tahu Azzam berlipat ganda apabila dia melihat kelibat seorang budak perempuan di hadapan rumah itu yang seakan-akan budak di dalam mimpinya. Misteri mimpinya bertambah apabila budak perempuan di dalam mimpinya itu menangis dan meminta Azzam menyelamatkannya. Dengan ditemani sepupunya, Azzam berjaya memasuki rumah itu dan bertemu dengan Arill, seorang budak lelaki yang kurus yang diikat dan dikurung.

Segala teka-teki terjawab apabila Arill memberitahu ayah tirinya (Illya Senario) yang mengalami sakit jiwa mendera dia dan kakaknya, Dayana, setelah kematian ibu mereka. Situasi menjadi semakin cemas apabila lelaki kurang siuman itu menangkap dan turut mengurung Azzam di dalam rumah itu. Apakah kesudahan drama menarik ini? Sampai bilakah roh Dayana akan terus menghantui Azzam.

Berita Harian

Tea At Starbucks

24 Feb

Makan Sites
Tea at Starbucks
By Yeoh Wee Teck
February 24, 2010
 
 

IT’S NOT all about coffee at Starbucks.

Now, you can also order the Full Leaf Tazo Tea lattes ($5.50 for tall-sized) and Full Leaf Brewed Tazo tea ($4 for tall).

These are lower in calories and provide a good source of anti-oxidants.

You can get them in two varieties: English breakfast latte (black tea and freshly steamed milk) and earl grey latte (floral black tea leaves flavoured with Italian bergamot and lavender).

As for the Full Leaf Brewed Tazo teas, besides English breakfast and earl grey, there are China green tips, spearmint green, chamomile, Mind blend (peppermint, spearmint and tarragon) and chai.

And when the heat gets to be too much, as it has recently, ask for the tea iced. It’s heavenly.

 

The NewPaper

IDOL STEREOTYPE

24 Feb

IDOL STEREOTYPE
Wait, haven’t we seen these current Idols on American Idol Season 9 before? Oops, no, but they’re like the carbon copies of Idols past
By Germaine Lim
February 24, 2010
 
 

LET the American Idol deja vu begin.

The Top 24 contestants of the ninth season – who were revealed on the show last week – will be at the mercy of US voters from tomorrow as they advance to the semi-final stage.

And as its judges are wont to repeat every year, it wasn’t – and never is – an easy decision to pick the Top 24.

Oh, really?

Then why do we feel that we’ve seen these faces before?

The reality singing competition airs over Star World (StarHub Ch 18) every Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm and 8pm.

And we can’t help but notice that Simon Cowell and company tend to gravitate towards certain familiar Idol archetypes which have popped up throughout the last eight seasons.

Is it just coincidence?

Or a strategy to choose established musical stereotypes to please the voting masses?

Isn’t this season’s Didi Benami, the emotionally-fragile, guitar-strumming pretty blonde, a doppelganger of the equally weepy Brooke White?

What about Tim Urban, who’s the spitting image of goofy Jon Peter Lewis?

Lacey Brown should have realised by now that women sporting a dyed-red pixie haircut will never go far (see: Amy Adams and Vanessa Olivarez).

Heck, there’s even an Alex Lambert! Okay, so he’s not related to last year’s controversial runner-up Adam Lambert, but still.

Based on American Idol’s voting history, we predict the fate of 2010’s copycat batch by taking a trip down memory lane to see how these new pieces fit into the Idol moulds.

BURLY FAMILY GUY
You know him well.
He talks about his wife and kids incessantly and how much he misses them, but he’s sticking it out because he’s trying to give them a better life.
And he looks like he could be a bouncer.
Huge physique? Yes. Huge voice? Not quite.
That’s personal trainer Michael ‘Big Mike’ Lynche, 26, for you.
Previous seasons had their Michael Lynches too, but they usually end up at the bottom of the Top 12.
Audiences were reminded repeatedly of how last season’s Michael Sarver, an ex-roughneck who worked on an oil rig, was a shy church-goer whose life revolved around his family of four.
Season 3’s football coach Matthew Rogers stated that his goal in life is ‘to be the man that my father is’ and that his late mother ‘is his American Idol’.

THE LONG-HAIRED SOUTHERN ROCKER
He has long, unkempt hair. He doesn’t shave much and hails from the South. He sings folk and country rock.
And oh, his guitar is his weapon.
Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice and Season 5’s eighth-place finisher Bucky Covington, meet your 27-year-old clone Casey James, albeit a hunkier version.
During his audition, Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and guest judge Victoria Beckham asked James to remove his shirt and ogled his toned bod.
Bice and James share a story too. Their mothers egged them on to join the competition.
Which position James finally falls into would depend on song choice – and how nicely his blonde locks are styled.

YOUNG BUBBLY INGENUE WITH THE BIG VOICE
It’s tough to ignore the perky Katie Stevens.
She’s sure of herself and her talent but doesn’t give off any cocky attitude – even after being singled out by the judges as having the ‘potential’ to win the whole thing.
At 17, she exudes a confidence that is seldom seen in girls her age. A big plus? She’s not one of those annoying teens.
Stevens has a strong resemblance to her equally vivacious predecessors Jordin Sparks, Diana DeGarmo and Allison Iraheta.
Sparks is Idol’s youngest winner when she triumphed in Season 6 at 17, DeGarmo was 16 when she became Season 3’s runner-up and last season’s Iraheta was 17 when she was named fourth.
If Stevens plays her cards right, then Idol history may just repeat itself and she could go all the way to the final two.

YOUNG AND EARNEST GEEK
John Stevens was a trend-setter when he joined Season 3 at 16 and became the youngest contestant to ever crack the Top 12. He was eventually eliminated after making it to the Top 6.
After Stevens came a slew of non-threatening teen boys – Season 5’s Kevin Covais in 11th place, Season 6’s Sanjaya Malakar in 7th place, Season 7’s runner-up David Archuleta and now 16-year-old Aaron Kelly, who’ll be coasting along thanks to the tween girl vote.
These youngsters should be singing contemporary pop ditties, but instead, have a history of choosing oldies that belong in their parents’ record crates.
But if Idol’s track record is anything to go by, Kelly may not go very far.
Unlike their more professional female peers, the boys’ tender ages have typically betrayed their lack of confidence. That is, until Archuleta made it to the finals.
However, we don’t think Kelly can repeat the feat. He doesn’t seem to possess the same aw-shucks innocence Archuleta had and used in his favour.

EDGY ROCKER CHICK WITH RAW CHOPS
Dreadlocked and pierced Crystal Bowersox has all the makings of the rebellious Janis Joplin type which judges love to include in the smorgasbord as a novelty act.
The 24-year-old single mum joins Season 7’s cool chicks Carly Smithson and Amanda Overmyer who blew everyone away with their originality and powerhouse vocals.
Tattoos? Check. Bowersox has two and Smithson has a reported nine, including her arm sleeve.
Gritty and tough exterior? Check.
Streetwise vibe? Check.
Unfortunately, Bowersox’s predecessors’ less demure image hasn’t sat well with voters so far.
Overmyer was booted out right after making it to the Top 12, while Smithson progressed to the Top 6 before she was eliminated.

They break the mould

American Idol has gone far beyond the big-voiced ‘cabaret singers’ Simon Cowell was so, um, fond of.

We look at three unique individuals amid 2010’s many copycats who may steal the show this year.

LILLY SCOTT, 20
She’s got unnaturally-coloured hair – usually a bad omen for Idol contestants – but we can envisage Scott down the line.
Her schtick? Accompanying jazz classics like Ella Fitzgerald’s Lullaby Of Birdland with her acoustic guitar, which comes across as less oddball than refreshing.
Plus, she’s got a bright, clear voice, and is bound to stick out among the line-up thanks to that ash blonde mop. And hey, it’s a post-Adam Lambert world. What really is weird any more?

JOHN PARK, 21
The sole Asian face this year will make an impression for being exactly that – like Anoop Desai did two seasons ago.
Also, the Korean student with the Zac Efron ‘do is so cute that guest judge Shania Twain couldn’t resist commenting on his lips on his first audition.
Not that Idol needs help with ratings, but perhaps Park could woo K-pop-mad girlies to the show?

HAELEY VAUGHN, 17
Don’t mistake her for one of those generic R&B divas, as Vaughn will never torture us with a season’s worth of bad Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston impersonations.
This African-American sweetie is a country girl at heart, as she’s made plain at her auditions, tackling classic country and Taylor Swift songs.
She’s also handy with a guitar, and the unlikely combination of all these elements should make her fun to watch – in a good way.

Juliana June Rasul

 

The NewPaper

ABPBH: ‘Santau’ Putri Mardiana Tidak Menjadi

24 Feb

KALAU ikutkan undian melalui Facebook, artis atau selebriti yang paling tinggi undiannya adalah Fara Fauzana, diikuti oleh Scha Alyahya, Yuna dan juga Fahrin Ahmad. Berdasarkan undian itu juga, penyampai radio Hot FM itu sebenarnya layak digelar Bintang Paling Popular. Scha, Yuna dan Fahrin pula ada potensi untuk bergelar paling popular.

Tetapi itu mengikut Facebook. Jika meneliti pula undian dalam Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2009 yang proses pengiraan undinya sedang rancak berjalan di sebuah bilik rahsia di Balai Berita, keempat-empat nama itu langsung tak masuk senarai. Tetapi jika peminat mereka memilih untuk terus memperhebatkan undian, status mereka tidak mustahil boleh berubah.

Siapa pun pilihan pembaca, ingatlah biarlah ia PILIHAN ANDA dan bukan pilihan majoriti kerana hadiah yang menanti mereka yang bertuah BUKAN berdasarkan pilihan tepat. Hadiah untuk mereka yang mengundi melalui akhbar lebih lumayan berbanding melalui SMS iaitu sebuah kereta Grand Livina, motosikal Naza dan juga berlian Habib, pakej pelancongan ke Korea Selatan, perabot Empire Furniture Classic serta pelbagai hadiah lumayan lagi.

Cuma, pengundi melalui keratan borang di Berita Harian/Berita Minggu perlu menulis sebab mereka memilih seseorang calon untuk menjadi Bintang Paling Popular mereka. Ia bukanlah slogan cuma sedikit kata-kata kreatif dalam tidak lebih daripada 15 patah perkataan. Untuk pengundi melalui SMS pula, telefon bimbit, komputer riba, kamera digital, iPod dan MP4 menanti mereka yang bertuah.

Baiklah, kita teruskan analisis undian sepanjang minggu ini. Beberapa artis dilihat seperti tiada peminat kerana undian untuk mereka begitu sedikit. Mengikut jejak Fasha Sandha seperti yang diperkatakan minggu lalu adalah Putri Mardiana. Nampak gayanya, ‘santau’ pelakon yang berbakat besar ini tidak menjadi dalam undian final ABPBH 2009.

Begitu juga dengan Dira yang kurang menyerlah dari segi undian. Bagaimanapun, undian untuk Yuna semakin meningkat. Jika konsisten tidak mustahil dia boleh memberi saingan kepada Tiz Zaqyah dalam kategori Artis Baru Wanita Popular. Dalam kategori lelakinya pula, artis baru yang kurang menyerlah adalah Aril dan Gambit. Saingan semakin sengit untuk Akim, Black dan Hafiz.

Dalam kategori Penyampai Radio Wanita Popular, undian Leya, penyampai Hot FM dan Nana, XFM tidak memberangsangkan langsung sedangkan undian untuk Linda Onn dan Fara Fauzana kembali sengit. Begitu juga dengan Din Beramboi dalam kategori lelakinya. Malah, rakan setugas yang meriuhkan Pagi Era, Aznil Nawawi jauh meninggalkan penyampai yang turut menjadi pengkritik Raja Lawak musim ini.

Dua lagi nama calon Top 5 yang kurang menyerlah dari segi undian adalah Nik Sayyidah atau lebih dikenali dengan nama Mek Su dan Aliza Abdullah (Enot). Hello, peminat Mek Su dan Enot, bangkitlah dari lena yang panjang kerana mereka ini sebenarnya memang berbakat. Dalam kategorinya lelakinya pula, undian untuk Saiful Apek semakin meningkat dan jauh meninggalkan AC Mizal. Entah mengapa dalam undian ABPBH tahun ini, bekas hos Akademi Fantasia ini seperti tidak menyerlah langsung berbanding sebelumnya. Tidak pasti sama ada ini adalah mesej daripada peminat/pembaca yang tidak lagi mahu menerimanya kerana sudah sibuk menguruskan perniagaan bernilai RM200 juta.

Dalam kategori Pelakon TV Lelaki Popular, sesuatu yang menarik untuk diperkatakan adalah buat pertama kalinya Fahrin mula menjadi saingan kepada Remy Ishak dan Fizz Fairuz. Malah, jika undian untuk Fahrin terus konsisten, tidak mustahil dia bakal diangkat menjadi Pelakon TV Lelaki Popular. Pendek kata, ia tidak lagi menjadi laluan mudah untuk pasangan adik-beradik ini.

Kontroversi yang melanda Tiz Zaqyah juga seolah-olah menjejaskan undian terhadapnya minggu ini. Ini bagaikan berita baik untuk Scha yang terus cemerlang. Undian untuk Rozita Che Wan dan Noorkhiriah masih tidak berubah kerana barangkali sejak akhir-akhir ini pula publisiti untuk kedua-duanya begitu kurang. Untuk Rozita barangkali juga peminat mual dengan ceritanya yang tak habis-habis mengenai cinta VIP. Tak salahkan pelakon cantik ini kerana soalan yang ditanya seringnya mengenai soal cinta kerana kebetulan pula dia juga memegang gelaran janda.

Berikut adalah analisis undian untuk kategori lain: Penyanyi Lelaki Popular – cabaran sengit di antara Mawi dan Akim. Peminat Aizat dan Faizal Tahir, di manakah anda? Penyanyi Wanita Popular – memang sah tiada saingan langsung untuk Datuk Siti Nurhaliza. Penyanyi Duo/Kumpulan Popular – Meet Uncle Hussain tanpa Lan bagaikan menjejaskan populariti mereka. Malah, kehadiran Black juga tidak mampu untuk menarik undi untuk mereka dalam kategori ini. Sixth Sense juga bagaikan tidak disedari kehadiran mereka. Ya… saingan sengit memang untuk Adam & Stacy dan Bunkface. Penyanyi Nasyid Popular – setakat ini sah milik Rabbani. Pelakon Filem Lelaki Popular – undian untuk Zul Huzaimy semakin meningkat meninggalkan Farid Kamil. Mungkin kehadiran V3: Samseng Jalanan di pawagam bakal meledakkan undian untuknya. Pelakon Filem Wanita Popular – saingan sengit di antara Maya Karin, Liyana Jasmay dan Lisa Surihani. Pengacara TV Wanita Popular – saingan masih di antara Fara Fauzana dan Sarimah Ibrahim.

Undian ini adalah setakat Selasa (23 Februari 2010) saja dan ia boleh berubah. Memanglah undian hak milik kekal peminat dan pembaca Berita Harian/Berita Minggu tetapi kehadiran calon Top 5 di lokasi promosi jelajah yang akan bermula 5 Mac ini sedikit sebanyak dapat membantu dari segi undian. Road tour adalah platform untuk artis mendekati dan beramah mesra dengan pembaca dan ABPBH menyediakan peluang itu.

Berita Harian

She’s Making It Big On Stage

23 Feb

She’s making it big on stage
But there was a time when actress Siti Khalijah thought she was ‘too big’ to act
By Juliana June Rasul
February 23, 2010
 
 

SHE had never performed in any secondary school play.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL: Siti Khalijah’s love for the stage inspired her to pursue acting as a career despite her insecurities about her size.

Neither was she a literature student.

But Siti Khalijah Zainal’s love for the stage has taken her from drafting classes in ITE to being one of the hottest properties on the local theatre scene.

The 25-year-old has played roles as varied as a 9-year-old girl to Singapore’s first female Malay prime minister. Her time in theatre has even seen her tackling Mandarin like an old pro.

Fierce and powerful on stage, Siti is now preparing to play a strong-headed Indonesian maid in Model Citizens.

Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, the play focuses on the lives of three people affected by one incident – that of a man who stabs a Member of Parliament at a meet-the-people session.

While Siti has racked up critical praise and award nominations for her roles, she almost never made it on to the stage.

As a student in Pioneer Secondary School, she didn’t once try to perform in school plays.

‘I was insecure. I didn’t even know how to get started in acting,’ she told The New Paper.

She would, however, sit up and pay attention whenever there was a visiting theatre group during school assemblies, even as her friends would try to ‘cabut’ (Malay for escape).

‘My schoolmates saw it as a chore but I loved the shows,’ she said.

It was only in ITE Bedok, where she had enrolled to take a course in building and drafting, that she took the first step towards becoming an actress by joining her school’s drama club.

‘I guess I finally had the courage to do so because I knew everyone in the club would be new in it as well,’ she said.

There, she met her first mentors, Tony Quek and Roger Jenkins, who got her involved in the now defunct theatre group Dramaplus Arts’ school shows.

Her first major role was in a musical that involved students from all 10 ITE campuses.

The thrill she experienced from performing live for a large audience inspired Siti to pursue acting as a career.

Her parents, both retirees, gave her a year to explore her options in theatre. She took that time to audition for various plays and work behind the scenes in costuming.

One of the reasons she had stayed away from acting initially was, she admitted, her size.

She was 85kg when she started acting. She now weighs 70kg.

‘I always thought that you had to look a certain way to be an actress. But (veteran theatre actress) Aidli Alin Mosbit told me that it wasn’t about how you looked. As an actor, you take on whatever role comes your way, like that of a 9-year-old girl,’ said Siti.

Which is what she did in the highly-praised one-man show How Did The Cat Get So Fat? in 2007, for which she earned a Best Actress nomination at the Life! Theatre Awards.

Earlier that year, she had done another one-woman play, Rosnah, directed by Aidli, who herself had performed it in the ’90s.

‘Gemuk’ girl

Since then, she has shared the stage with Aidli several times, most memorably in 2008’s Gemuk Girls, where the two played mother and daughter in a story that tackled the issue of political detainees.

Despite the title (‘gemuk’ means fat in Malay), Siti was asked to lose 15kg for the role, one of her biggest challenges yet.

She had to negotiate one of her costumes with playwright Haresh, who wanted her to appear in a bra and panties in the play’s first scene.

She negotiated it up to a full-body corset, though she admitted that it was still enough to make a ‘big impact’ in the play’s opening scene.

‘There are still some things that are no-no for me,’ she said.

She acknowledged that some of her performances involve dress or language that is provocative, and her parents have not seen some of her roles.

‘They don’t come for every show, and I understand, because sometimes I don’t want them to either. But they are incredibly supportive,’ she said.

FYI

WHAT: Model Citizens
WHERE: The Necessary Stage Black Box, Marine Parade Community Building
WHEN: 3-14 Mar (Wed to Fri at 8pm, Sat at 3pm and 8pm and Sun at 3pm)
TICKETS: $27 from Sistic (www.sistic.com.sg or 6348 5555)
 

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