Adam Alli: Life after Malaysian Idol 2

Jude Toyat
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IF YOU FOLLOWED the second season of Malaysian Idol in 2005, I bet you might still remember Adam otherwise known as Adam Alli.  He was a hot favorite among fans for his charm and looks, and professional local singers including Jaclyn Victor, whom he still considers his mentor.

Unfortunately, his bitter moment on the show came when he was eliminated from the fifth episode on August 27, 2005, leaving his friends and fellow contestants; Ashvin Nair, Faizull Herman Mohammad Yahya, Farah Zulkifli, Norhanita Hamzah, and Daniel Lee Chee Hun, all of whom subsequently advanced to the Top 5 of Malaysian Idol Season 2.

Although he may not have won the MI2 title, Adam remains a very positive individual and an inspiration to other Sarawakians who want a glimpse into how it feels entering into such a huge singing competition, in this case, Malaysian Idol.

Today, the 32-year-old Adam may still be a versatile singer who can sing in various genres including ballad, pop, rhythm and blues, Dangdut and irama Malaysia but he’s currently focusing on his own online business.

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Born and bred here in Kuching, Adam describes himself as a simple man, although he is well-known (especially among teenage girls) for his looks, charm and his ease joking around with his fans.

Tell us about how you first started singing and who inspired you to sing?

I began singing as early as 10. I joined various singing competitions around Bandar Sri Aman and other shows such as Bintang Kecil 1994 (Champion), Bintang Remaja 1997 Peringkat Negeri Sarawak (1st Runner Up), Bintang Asli Remaja Peringkat Negeri Sarawak 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 (Champion), Festival Lagu Melayu Asli Peringkat Negeri Sarawak 1999 and 2003 (Champion).

As for those who inspired me to sing, I do see myself as my inspiration in singing because I am confident in my own ability. I always see singing as a unique branch of art through which I can express and deliver my feelings and emotions.

Who are your idols – either local or international singers – who have influenced your singing?

When it comes to local singers, my idols are Anuar Zain, Hazami, Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza, Dayang Nurfaizah, Jaclyn Victor, and Ziana Zain. For international singers, on the other hand, Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson.

Do you still get singing offers now?

I have received many invitations from various agencies and programmes but for now, I have been focusing more on my online business.

Tell us about your experience with Malaysian Idol 2.

I am often dissatisfied with myself and always want to see how far I can go in life.
So, in 2005, I tried my luck in Malaysian Idol Season 2. The audition was held in Kuching and nearly 3,000 people came to this audition  but only 8 of us from Sarawak were selected to advance to the next stage in Kuala Lumpur.

While there, we once again had to go through the basic elimination stage otherwise referred to as ‘theater elimination’ that lasts for three consecutive days, and at that time, only 150 out of more than 10,000 people who came to auditions held throughout Malaysia were chosen to advance to the next stage.

On my first day, 5 of us (Sarawakians) were eliminated. The first day of the elimination stage saw 150 people cut down to only 75, reduced to 50 on the second day and then reduced to only 24 people on the last day. Three of us from the second and third days who remained in the competition lasted until workshop week.

The Workshop week had been divided into 3 weeks and every week there were 8 participants competing to advance to become the 11 finalists of Malaysian Idol Season 2. Those of us who remained from the Sarawak auditions were Yasser (currently singing in Pentarama), Shila, and I.

The three of us had been eliminated during Workshop week but I am fortunate enough to have been selected during the Wild Card week. During my battle on Wild Card week, I received the highest SMS-votes with my rendition of ‘Januari’ (originally sung by Glenn Fredly) and felt very happy and excited when I was listed as one of the Top 11 Finalists for Malaysian Idol Season 2.

From that moment onwards, I started to feel and enjoy my life as a celebrity.

You gave Sarawakians hope and pride in your singing abilities, but unfortunately, you were eliminated a week before making it to the Top 5 of MI2. How did you deal with the elimination?

Prior to joining Malaysian Idol Season 2, I was already aware that the contestants’ fate was in the hands of the voters. So, I was already prepared from the beginning to meet such an event. It was initially sad for me when my name was announced for elimination on the sixth week, at which point, only six of us remained in the competition including me, Ash, Faizul, Farah, Nita, and Daniel.

Speaking about the competition in MI2, who do you think was your greatest competitor?

For me, every person has their own singing abilities and strengths. All 10 of them were my greatest competitors on the show.

Tell us more about your life after MI2 and how the experience changed you?

After Malaysian Idol Season 2, I received many invitations for singing performances. I also received an offer from a recording company in Kuala Lumpur, but I had to let go of it because at that time I was still studying in Kolej Kesihatan Awam Kuching for a position as a public health assistant in the Ministry of Health.

I served the government for 5 years, and then decided to quit my job in Nov 2013. Now, I am focusing 100% on my online business called ‘BossVenture’.

I see, so that is why you’re a bit quiet on the entertainment scene. Did you become a better singer after you joined Malaysian Idol?

I have learned a lot from Malaysian Idol, especially on the basics of singing and vocal techniques. That is what I bring along with me until now, especially now that I’m growing older; the imminent changes in vocals is pretty obvious and I have learned ways to overcome it. Alhamdulillah, with the techniques that I learned, I was able to survive as an entertainer although I rarely sing now.

What do you think your strengths in singing are, which makes you different from other singers?

Each individual has their own strengths and abilities. As for me, I guess, my strength would be that every time I perform, I try to keep everyone entertained and never tremble on stage.

Do you also create your own songs?

I once had an ambition to become a songwriter. I have created a number of songs, mostly for competitions, and I have produced four modern and two traditional nasyid songs.

How would your fans be able get in touch with you?

They can always keep in touch with me through my Facebook pages: ‘Adam Boss’ and ‘Adam Rich’.

What tips can you share with us especially for those who are interested to venture into the music industry and become singers?

I have no special tips, but for me, if you want to succeed in any field, you should be sincere, honest and always strive to achieve what you really want in life.

Last but not least, Adam, any message to all your fans out there?

I just want to say million thanks to all those who supported me until now, my family and my fans, and I wish the best of luck to everyone.


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