Sarawakian Abdul Halim wins Bintang Kecil 2015
Ten-year-old Abdul Halim Hisamudin won back the champion title for Sarawak in RTM’s Bintang Kecil singing competition during the grand final held at RTM Kuching on December 13.
Despite failing to make it to the Top 3 of the competition last year, Abdul Halim proved that the second time around was indeed the charm. His dedication and hard work paid off as he gave a powerful rendition of Caliph Busker’s ‘Hanya Namamu’ to score high points from the judges.
“I am shocked and extremely happy to finally win this competition,” said the SK Bandar Baru Samariang pupil when met after the prize presentation. “I dedicate this to my family who never failed to provide me with support, encouragement, pick me up with words of advice and always inspire me to do my best in life.”
The youngest of four siblings, Abdul Halim comes from a singing family and started to sing when he was still in kindergarten. He loves all genres of songs especially Irama Malaysia. His first taste of victory in singing competitions was when he won the Bintang Kecil Karaoke organised by P Ramlee Fan Club Sarawak (KPPRS) in 2013, in which he is also the youngest member of the club.
“I love singing, and I will take this victory as my stepping stone to go further in the entertainment industry,” said Abdul Halim who also aspires to become a pilot.
All finalists were judged by five professionals in the entertainment industry, including Champion of Bintang RTM 1983 Juliza Adzlizan.
“I can say that Abdul Halim delivered the song he sang tonight better than the original singer. I can hear his singing clearly and his low notes are incredible and it was a brilliant performance,” Juliza said when asked for her comment after Abdul Halim’s performance.
“Abdul Halim definitely brings fresh vocals in the music industry and I believe he can become a great singer in the near future.”
As the winner, Abdul Halim walked away with a cash prize of RM15, 000, while Farhana Naslyn Suhailin from Sabah and Hafi Danisha Lili Mohd Hafiz from Terengganu brought home RM10, 000 and RM7, 000 by winning the first and second runner-up places, respectively.
The top three winners also received banking account worth RM2, 500, RM1, 500 and RM1, 000 for the champion, first runner-up and second runner-up respectively, sponsored by Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN).
Muhd Harris Mukhriz Haron also scored another victory for Sarawak as he won ‘Best Performance’ after he entertained the crowd with his amazing rendition of M. Nasir’s ‘Malam’. He received a cash prize of RM1, 000, a trophy, and other side prizes sponsored by Petra Enterprise and Mellyes Production for winning that category.
Consolation prize winners during the grand final were Sharifah Alia Farisha Syed Azizi from Pahang, Muhammad Rizki Shukri Rosdi from Terengganu, and Muhd Harris Mukhriz. They received cash prize of RM3, 000, a trophy and a certificate each to make sure they did not go home empty-handed.
Prizes were presented by Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and Director General of Broadcast (Strategic) Dato Adilah Shek Omar.
The contestants fought a tight battle by performing solo performances and singing batlle between the girls and boys.
For the solo performances they performed Caliph Busker’s ‘Hanya Namamu’ (Abdul Halim), Zaiton Sameon’s ‘Kabut Serangkai Mawar’ (Hafi Danisha), M.Nasir’s ‘Malam’ (Muhd Harris Mukhriz), Alyah’s ‘Sesal Separuh Nyawa’ (Sharifah Alia), Ezad Lazim’s ‘Hati Mati’ (Muhammad Rizki), and Elyana’s ‘Niat’ (Farhana Naslyn). As for the battle songs, the boys performed Fourteen’s ‘Linangan Terakhir’ and the girls performed Stacy’s ‘Not For Sale’.
The grand final of the national-level Bintang Kecil 2015 themed ‘Aerospace and Robotics’ and accompanied by Kombo D’Aspirasi RTM Kuching was broadcast live on RTM’s TV2, TVi, SARAWAKfm, NASIONALfm, and www.rtmsarawak.gov.my/SARAWAKfm.
Held annually, Bintang Kecil has entered its 29th edition this year with 13 contestants from throughout the country and all received coaching from experts Patrick Khamis, Embat Lala, and Awang Arabi Awang Bujang.
Other contestants who did not make it to the final include Salvia Rumpet (Sarawak), Nurul Maimanah Abdul Qahar (Melaka), Awangku Zaq Amirul Awang Jamaludin (Kuala Lumpur), Muhammad Amirul Haziq Rozi (Negeri Sembilan), Muhammad Danial Hafiz Mohamed Zaharim (Perak), Azizan Hajan (Sabah), and Chrisy Elvira Mathius (Sabah).
Guests artists including Anis Natasha Zeilani, Mohd Azirul Afzan, Mohd Adryan Danial (Bintang Kecil 2013 finalist), Siti Erin Shahira Jamaludin (champion for Bintang Kecil 2014), Ryan Brakhma (vocalist from Mojo) and Black also attended and performed their hit songs at the star-studded event.
The main sponsor for ‘Bintang Kecil Kebangsaan 2015’ is the Sarawak State Government, while other sponsors include DNC Asiatic Holdings Sdn Bhd (Demak), Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Coneli, Petra Enterprise and Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN).