After months of searching, 8TV has selected Paul Moss and singer Syafinaz Selamat as judges for its latest reality TV show One in a Million. This comes after the station had sieved through lots of experinced artistes to find the right ones to judge the much anticipated show.
According to the station’s chief executive officer Ahmad Izham Omar, four candidates were short-listed bit the ultimate choices were Paul Moss and Syafinaz because of their talent and credibility. “It was a difficult tast selecting the judges. We have to choose carefully because of the show’s concept and prizes, which amount to RM1 mil. “The judges are experienced and can guide contestants and viewers right through to the finals,” said Ahmad Izham during the One in a Million press conference recently.
Moss and Syafinaz will play a vital role in giving their comments about the participants’ performances. Ahmad Izham is expecting some fireworks as both hail from different fields of music and may debate on which contestant qualifies for the finals.
One in a Million, which will be aired on May 26, is different from other talent search shows as the aiditions are open to both amateurs and recording artistes. The prizes consist of cash and recording contract, including, production with top-name producer, collaboration with top-name artistes and a marketing campaign.
The competition will see the contestants singing songs in English and Bahasa Malaysia.
Ahmad Izham expalined that several artistes have voiced their interest to participate in the competition, but declined to reveal who they are. “Recording artistes are invited to join but they have to take risks. Paul and Syafinaz will choose 12 finalists. Following that, viewers can vote for their favourite finalists via SMS.” Paul, best known as one of the judgs for Malaysian Idol, was one of the key members of a popular New Zealand band, Aishah and the Fan Club, in the 1980s. The band is now defunct.
This multi-award winning producer/writer/arranger was also involved n the production of albums by succesfull artistes such as OAG, Too Phat, Innuendo, Poetic Ammo, Ella and Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao. Syafinaz, on the other hand, is an acclaimed recording artiste and music lecturer at UiTM. She clinched the gold medal at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 1999 and is an advisor/vocal master of the national choir in Kuala Lumpur. She also has two albums, Ingin Bersamamu and Syyh…Syafinaz, under her belt.
“I’m looking forward to the show as I expect lots of suspense. I can foresee Syafinaz checking on me throughout the show,” said Moss, who is noted for his harsh criticisms on Malaysian Idol.
Syafinaz said: “We are looking for finalists who are unique. The competition is in search of a singer with his/her own style. We hope the winner will be able to make a different in the industry.” Ahmad Izham also announced that model Awaluddin Ashaari and 8TV Quickie presenter Marion Caunter will be the hosts.
“Awaluddin has been hosting severeal TV programmes and has appeared in several drama series and movies. In fact, Awaluddin is no stranger to reality TV shows, having made it to the Top 30 in the first season of Malaysian Idol.
Caunter, who holds a degree in broadcast an electronic communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee, the United States, is no stranger to the entertainment scene. Apart from being a TV presenter, she is also 8TV’s urban content executive in charge of pre- and post- production of the station in-house shows, Latte at 8 and Flava.