I know it has been 3 days since the Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) 2012. However, when I heard Aris Ariwatan being interviewed by Hot FM’s AM Crew this morning, I feel compelled to write my thoughts about the event.
Firstly, I must say, Aris Ariwatan’s voice is still fresh and crisp for someone who has not performed on the big stage for so long. The guy gracefully admitted to his blunders on stage that night, but I believe his voice was so awesome, nothing else mattered. He should sing more.
Now, let me say, “Well Done!” to the event organizers, for their outstanding efforts. There were many ‘Wow!’ factors that deserve our praise on display that night. The hosts were both great.
As most of us know, Yuna’s ‘Terukir Di Bintang’ snapped the ‘Best Song’ or ‘Song of the Year’ in the 27th Anugerah Juara Lagu held on 6.1.13. Her song won her RM35,000-00 despite the fact that she was not able to perform due to recording commitments in Los Angeles – ‘David Foster’?. Second place went to ‘Idola’ performed by Azlan & The Typewriter, and followed by ‘Ku Akui’ performed by Hafiz.
Congratulations to Aizat who was able to shoulder the responsibility of singing the song last night, weaving a relaxed Parisian atmosphere, sporting a thin moustache a’la 1950’s and a mug of something in his right hand. So casual! And so grown-up when compared to his days in Akademi Fantasia. Of course, a few confused the ‘Best Song’ with ‘Best Performance’ and raised objections to the victory. But that is easily rectified.
As always, there are differences of opinion, but let’s just admit that it’s Yuna’s rezeki. For a Malay song, ‘Terukir di Bintang’ is unique, with simple lyrics and a terribly sweet melody. It’s so sweet that Zizan sang the song during one of the Super Spontan episodes which is etched in my memory like a video clip whenever I hear ‘Terukir Di Bintang’. Like I said, it’s a unique Malay song, with a Parisian melody. If you haven’t heard it before, you can hear it here:
Hafiz, Black and Azlan’s vocals were outstanding. Being young and talented, they had the vocal stamina and performing skills to outshine the others. Still, I have a sneaking suspicion that Hafiz held himself back during ‘Ombak Rindu’ or else there were not enough chemistry between him and Adira. If he did, he made a right choice, for he repeated last year’s win and bagged RM10,000-00 for ‘Best Vocal’ through ‘Ku Akui’. One thing for sure during the performance of ‘Ombak Rindu’, Aaron Aziz did not need to sing to get the screams from the audience.
Black & RJ truly deserved the ‘Best Performance’ award, but I do wish the decision was equally divided between the viewers and the professional judges. That would give the award more credibility. As for ‘Ombak Rindu’ garnering the most mobile download, it shows that many users are sentimentalists and romantics. J
Whatever the opinion, I believe nobody will argue about Misha Omar’s impressive opening performance. Her voice was so good, I wonder where she has been all this while. And the closing performance by the Great Guitarists and Great Male Performers was mesmerizing. Aris Ariwatan’s (let me repeat this) and Rahmat’s vocals were vow! Ramli Sarip’s mere presence was enough, as always, to hypnotized the audience – truly a living legend. He recently sang with other legends (Jamal Abdillah, Datuk Hattan & Datuk M Nasir) during the New Year Eve celebration at Putrajaya. Let’s not forget the rock kapak guitarists – Rodi (Kristal), AG Coco, Edrie Hashim and Man Kidal. Syabas to the event organizers for making an excellent choice in picking the guest performers.
One thing that didn’t impress me was the over-crowded stage, during the first few contestants’ performance. All the lights, the background screen, and the props were a bit too much and overwhelming. The contestants’ voices and even their presence were almost eclipsed by the stage. Maybe that’s why Aizat’s simplicity captivated many tv viewers, in comparison.
Fortunately, some things were eventually remedied and improved. Nothing much can be done for the artists who were too tired. I heard on the radio that Aris Ariwatan and the other ‘seniors’ had a rehearsal from 2pm to 2am before the evening’s performance. With the new technological advancements in stage performance, I admire their ability to cope. No wonder Amy (Search) looked exhausted and a few of the younger artist could hardly reach the high notes.
Overall, it was an event worth watching, though it caused sleepiness the next Monday morning.
- Anugerah Juara Lagu 2012