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Question: What do Prudential agents and Singapore Idol have in common?
Answer: They both irritate the hell out of me.

Let me explain.

I was walking to a banking lobby from Tampines interchange when I was accosted by a Prudential agent. He was part of the Prudential roadshow, which seems to be a permanent fixture in Tampines now. I was in a hurry and waved him away, saying, “No thanks.” He didn’t seem to get the hint and followed after me, all the while trying to get me to fill up some form. Without looking at him, I repeated, “No thanks.” That bugger didn’t seem to get the hint and continued dogging my footsteps, rattling off some nonsense which I did not bother to listen to. This time, I snapped so loudly that some ladies walking in front of me actually turned around and stared, “NO THANKS.”

Hello, which part of frigging NO do you not understand?
Do I have an “I-like-to-fill-up-stupid-forms?” face?? Or a “I-have-pots-of-money-to-invest-with-Prudential” walk???

And then I get home, only to realise that Singaporeans are a tone-deaf bunch.

I didn’t manage to catch all of the Singapore Idol performances today but those that I caught didn’t leave enough impression on me, except Leandra Rasiah and Maia Lee. Thought that they had solid, mellow voices which had enough power to rock the house down. Well, Singapore made one choice right when they voted in Leandra, who absolutely deserved to get into the top 10.

Felt that Jerry “I’m trying to be Douglas O ver. 2.0” Ong’s vocals were weak and unconvincing. If he had sung his song, “To Love Somebody” to the girl he loves, she would run away, screaming, and hide from him in a cave up in Mount Er-mei forever. It was such a fake rendition, he was obviously putting on a show.

As for Muhammad Taufik, well, his version of “My Girl” was alright. Nothing too fabulous, pretty ordinary. Didn’t watch Nana and Beverley Morata but from the clips shown at the live results show, they seem to have pretty powerful voices but apparently the rest of Singapore didn’t think so. They chose cute over solid. Aww, come on!

I’m beginning to get the feeling that this show is rigged.
Yes, rigged!

In the first place, the performances are not live. I don’t understand why Mediacorp wants to pretend that it is by dressing the singers and the judges in the exact same clothing, when the live results show come on. I’m sure Singaporeans are really media-illiterate people who don’t know what edits and cuts are. But then again, given our penchant for bad-sounding idols, we might be fooled by Singapore’s biggest broadcaster afterall.

Sadly, Joanna didn’t get called back to the Wildcard special. The judges’ choices left me completely flabbergasted.

They actually picked Sylvester “I want to look like Jay Chou and sound like Jon Bon Jovi” Sim and Benjamin “I used to be from boyband” Eio over a multi-talented singer such as Joanna.

Go figure.

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