Sunday October 10, 2004

Jaclyn Victor voted as the first Malaysian Idol


First Idol Pub singer Jaclyn Victor singing her way to victory in the first Malaysian Idol competition. — STARpic by RAJA SHAMSUL BAHREN
GENTING HIGHLANDS: Just a few months ago, Jaclyn Victor was just another hopeful waiting in line with 10,000 others, eager for a chance to become the first Malaysian Idol.
After almost three months of performances, near-eliminations and constant tension, the 25-year-old club singer’s dream of becoming an Idol superstar has finally come true.
In the result shown at the Arena of Stars here last night, the winner, more popularly known as Jac, received the most votes from the public after Friday night’s musical showdown with fellow finalist Faradina Mohd Nazir.
Jac, from Kuala Lumpur, was in tears after the announcement by show hosts Soo Kui Jien and Sharifah Aleya in front of a 6,000-strong live audience.
VICTORY IS SWEET: Jac expressing her joy after winning the much sought after title in Genting Highlands last night. With her is Faradina.
“Thank you, guys. You don’t know how much this means to me. This is for you, mum,” said the lass with the powerful vocals, before launching into Gemilang, a song written and composed by Aubrey Suwito and Asmin Mudin for the winner.
Jac now becomes the latest addition to the list of victors from the globally renowned reality TV series, joining other Idol celebrities, such as Fantasia Barrino, Guy Sebastian, Kurt Nilsen and Will Young.
She won the grand prize of a recording contract from BMG, and will be presented with the opportunity to share the stage with other winners on World Idol next year, which features contestants who succeeded in their own various national versions of the show.
At the grand final last night, Jac sang a duet with Faradina.
The duo belted out Akhirnya by Camelia and Innuendo and Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder.
The show, a nationwide talent search pitting hopefuls against each other for a shot at fame, began in Britain under the title Pop Idol in 2001.

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