Just returned from judging the Piano Idol finals at the Copthorne Orchid Hotel here. It was a blast, although it took the better part of 4 hours. The winner of the Senior section was Tan Jin Yin, who gave an impressive rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# minor (see the picture below). Seven-year old Vincent Ong grabbed the Junior section win with a surprisingly mature performance of Chopin’s Nocturne in C# minor. Want to make it in Piano Idol? Go classical, snigger. The winner of the freestyle ensemble section was Candy Rock comprising three enterprising ladies (Carina, Joy and Rachel) giving a performance of Avril Lavigne’s “When You’re Gone.” Ladies, consider getting yourselves on YouTube, you might make it big. MC Ricky, who came along dressed as the Love Guru, did a great job of holding the competition together.
The three judges, Helen, Angie and myself had an enjoyable time sitting through the contestants’ playing. It was a bit sad to note that many of them were let down by poor song choices. Contestants, remember that in future, prepare something that is dynamic and will impress us! Richard Clayderman’s songs are great for easy listening, but for a competition like this, they simply don’t cut it. Or at least, make up your own arrangements.
The Yamaha C3 was there in all its glory, thanks to the kind folk in Yamaha Kuala Lumpur who loaned it to us for this special event. Mr. Hitoshi Mochizuki (Managing Director of Yamaha Malaysia) was gracious to attend the event, together with Ms. Sharon Wong (General Manager, Musical Instruments Division) and Pan Pai Ling (Senior Manager). Thank you. Last but not least, kudos too to Fong and Swee Lin for organizing this competition.
And I just had to get my claws (nah, fingers) on the C3, after the event was over. Here’s a snap of yours truly for posterity. Isn’t this something that a certain establishment should be getting for me, LOL? Anyway, I can always dream.