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TV Review: The Final 1 – Season Premiere

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To the uninitiated, The Final 1 is a local reality singing competition created by Ken Lim, Singapore’s very own Simon Cowell, as we like to call him due to his harsh criticism on the Singapore Idol contestants in the years past. In this competition, some lucky individuals (a whole lot of them) will be groomed, styled and trained to be a star. They would have to impress the three judges – Kit Chan, our homegrown talent who is best known for her role in The Forbidden City, Taufik Batisah, the first Singapore Idol winner, and Ken Lim himself. The winner will walk away with $100,000 worth of prize which includes $50,000 cash and $50,000 recording contract.

Earlier, I watched the first episode of the show and I must say that it has a great crop of talent. They all can sing and sing well. Basically, there were 1000 entries and out of those entries, the three judges picked 60 people. These contestants sang in front of the judges on stage and hoped they would go through to the Top 40.

Although the contestants are really talented, as a TV viewer, I would want to see the whole package. I am so used to American Idol, The Voice and Singapore Idol itself where there is a host and this host will be the one doing the voiceover and also act as a supporter for the contestants. There is no host here. Yet. And it makes it bland. Whoever who did the voiceover sounded amateurish. I don’t “feel” what she’s saying. It just takes away the whole enjoyment of the show. It is good that it is all about the contestants and not the judges or the host but if there is no entertainment to speak of, it makes a TV show bland because it is a TV show in the first place. A host like Gurmit Singh would be nice. He is a pro in hosting and funny to boot. Or Najip Ali, etc. it would make the show more lively.

For now, I am sort of “meh” about this local talent show. Let’s see what happens next week then.