Thursday, January 12, 2012

My unbiased Twisties Superstarz experience.

In the admittedly short period in which I have restarted blogging, I have yet to actually hammer out an "event" post, which basically is about any sort of outing I've recently been for.

My reasons are simple, besides the everpresent laziness, the most dominant reason is : I HAVE NO SOCIAL LIFE TO SPEAK OF. If I were to list down all my outings, they'd consist of mainly going out for lunch/dinner/supper with the exact same 3-7 people I regularly met up with all year. All are old high school mates; unfortunately have had little to no luck of really clicking with anyone in college. 

Another reason is that blogs that always seem to feature outings can only be successful if they're written by famous people, otherwise noone cares who you went out with, what you wore, or what you ate. It gets extremely self-indulgent and falls flat, and I personally don't enjoy writing "event" posts that much.

But anyway, writing these in moderation won't hurt, and this isn't just any typical outing!

As the title suggests, I was at Twisties Superstarz, which was held at KL Live Centre last Saturday. It was a singing reality show thing ala American Idol, and I was singing back-up vocals for Nick Ng, one of the 8 finalists in the running to win the RM20k reward.

I managed to convince close friends Paul, Tzi Ying, and Sze Jie (3/7 of the usual people I hang out with) to come for the event to ahem support me. Thats what I told them, but honestly just wanted to be sure that I wouldn't be feeling madly alone and left out that night.

With Sze Jie & Tzi Ying, who shall be referred to as Zinc (my nickname for her) from now on. And umm since I have never posted a picture of myself on this blog before, I suppose you wouldn't know which person in the above pic is me.

I'm really self-conscious about this because I am unbelievably unphotogenic. But I suppose I shouldn't lie to my non-existent readers. Please turn your attention towards the person at the far right of the pic wearing a neon orange jacket.

Yup, that's me. Sexy eh?

With Paul & Sze Jie, after having kfc for dinner, which was the only affordable place to eat nearby.

I was free to hang out with them the whole night until the 2nd round of performances (finalists had to prepare 2 songs each), because Nick only requested back-up help for his 2nd song.

I really enjoyed most of the 1st round performances! 2nd round ones were mostly super disappointing. I'm no music expert so am not gonna bother doing a long, boring rundown on every single song choice like a narcissistic judge wannabe.

However, the most standout performances in terms of vocals, stage presence, and crowd interaction in my opinion were Cheryl's "Last Dance", Heart Attack's "A Thousand Years", and Jason's "Nothing", in exactly that order.

I honestly can't recall any other performances so they must've sucked (only my personal opinion mind!), and Nick isn't included there because I know him personally and I was involved in one performance so I don't trust myself to be unbiased in ranking him, but rest assured he was amazing!

This is Cheryl Koh. She won first runner up for the competition, but I am firmly convinced that noone deserved the title more than her. She's the youngest contestant at just 16, and everything about her is small (she's really short and skinny, pocket-sized really) except for her voice. By oh so far the strongest singer in the competition, and probably one of the best in Malaysia.

Check out this video of her! Admittedly not great, but was the best I could find and does not by a mile justify her talent.

I'm probably rambling on a bit too much about her, I'm sorry, but she really did blow me away! I was probably staring at her with googly eyes the whole night too, bet anything she thinks I'm creepy. (which I am)

This is Jason O'Malley. His name reminds me of Aristocats, one of my fav childhood movies. Must download that movie soon.

Took a pic with him because he is the best looking guy in the competition, and I'm only human. The fact that he did one of my fav performances that night had no influence whatsoever on my decision to ask for a picture. Gosh I am so shameless.

This is Nick, who very sadly did not place in the top 3. Have known him for a few years now, and have always loved his performance style; will probably never ever stop supporting his music. Check out his YouTube channel here if you're curious or just bored!

Nick's first song was Sunday Morning by Maroon 5, which went off really great, and the second one was Man In The Mirror, which he asked me and another guy called Jeremy to sing back-up for.

One big perk of being backstage : pics with celebrities!

This is Jin, you may know him as one of the's radio hosts. He was one of the emcees of the night, along with VJ Holley from MTV!

Small side note, VJ Holley was probably the worst professional emcee I've ever experienced. She did not bother to interact or connect with the crowd at all, and was probably only there to represent MTV and look pretty. (She's soo pretty!)

With Mizz Nina! One of Malaysia's most famous artistes!

Spot me if you can! This was literally the only pic I could find of his performance where I was actually visible.

My experience of being a back-up singer wasn't as glamorous or exciting as I had hoped. Wanted to get out of my comfort zone and experience new things this year, hence jumped at the opportunity Nick offered. But honestly? You're nothing but an invisible support net for the main singer.

Zinc later told me that the back-up singers were barely audible; only where we were harmonizing could she hear tones (no actual words) of Jeremy and I.

I know that's the point of having back-up vocalists, but I dunno, just wished people could actually hear me sing. And I'm not being completely unrealistic, there were a few lines that were only sung by the back-ups while Nick did vocal runs, which were probably not heard and may have ruined the impact we envisioned.

In conclusion? I would only ever back-up sing again if my voice would actually make a difference to the overall performance. I did enjoy the rush that comes with being on stage!

And so this wraps up my unexpectedly long post on Twisties Superstarz. I sincerely thank you if you've remained enthralled thus far!

The winner and 2nd runner up of the competition were Eddie and Avantgarde respectively, whom I both think did not deserve to win. I'm sure they're nice people, but there were much better others that far outshone them that night.

Definitely an exciting start for 2012! Am so looking forward to the rest of the year!

(Images sourced from here, here, and here.)

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