With the shocking elimination of two of Malaysian Dreamgirl's favourites, Valerie and Eyna, it's pretty safe to say the show now is starting to get pretty interesting. ;)
I'm glad as well that a lot people's initial complaints about the show is being addressed.
We still have a long way to go, but if you've been following the episodes of Malaysian Dreamgirl (like you should!), then you'd have noticed that the editing and post-production value of the show have improved tremendously.
Granted, comparison with similar shows in America is inevitable. Then again, those shows have thousands of sponsors and 100 over people working on the production team, whereas I can count the number of people working on Malaysian Dreamgirl with two hands and maybe one foot.
You can't compare it that way.
Besides, where else can you find a bunch of Malay, Chinese and Indian girls on a model search reality show, speaking in a mix of Malay, English and Manglish?
Malaysian Dreamgirl is a show about ordinary Malaysian girls going through the difficult process to become extraordinary models. It is a show made by Malaysians, for Malaysians, because we want you to be able to relate to these contestants and what they're are going through.
You can't say the same for American-based shows now, can you? Those contestants in those shows are like aliens ok.
One question I get asked a lot even until today is why Giselle, the long-legged kindergarten teacher from the auditions, didn't get through to the Top 12.
I admit, I was a fan of hers during the first-stage auditions. Lim Jimmy was the first to notice her pimples covered under her unusually thick make up, but we didn't make a big fuss out of it.
Problem is, by the time the second-stage auditions come around, the kindy teacher's face isn't just dotted with pimples anymore. It has turned into a full-blown GRAND CANYON. It's almost like she was infected with some sorta disease.
I know a lot of people love her, but there's simply no chance in hell we could let her through in that condition. Not when there are other girls more deserving to be in the Top 12.
Anyway, next weekend I'll be travelling to KL (again) to issue the girls a brand new challenge.
I can't wait for it. It's been almost a month since I last met up with Adeline, Cindy, Fiqa, Hanis, Nadia, Jay and Ringo. I'm just anxious to see how far they have progressed now that the end is near.
In less than 4 weeks time, we shall crown our first ever Malaysian Dreamgirl. And here's what I think each contestant's chances are.
Cindy Tey is exactly the type of girl that a lot of guys will like, but many girls hate.
And many girls also hate the guys who like Cindy.
It's very sad lah. You really gotta pity her for not being able to get along with the other girls in the house. Even the comments on her blog were laced with vicious attackers calling her names normally reserved for Samy Vellu.
I'm impartial towards Cindy. One thing I must say is that she's not as bad as many make her out to be. You gotta admire her also for the lengths she's willing to go through to succeed in this competition.
Her passion shows, more so than the other girls. The fact that her family drove 5 hours down from Johor to KL for the auditions is just one example of how bad she wants it. And for that I give her credit.
The problem with Cindy is that she tries too hard.
During the Women'Secret photoshoot, Cindy tries to be sexy, but often times her sex appeal borderlines on being trashy. Instead of taking small steps one at a time, Cindy tends to do things her on way and ends up falling all over the place. Her catwalk at 1Utama was the very definition of the word 'atrocious'.
She has a lot to learn lah, but I wish that she goes far in this competition because I can see that she wants it very much.
Jaishana Loganathan is the most experienced model of the top 12, having done many runway shows and appearing on magazine covers as recently as February.
In Malaysian Dreamgirl, Jay sets the standards for all the other girls, and many of them are still struggling to catch up.
But being experienced does not automatically mean that you will win this competition. This show goes for 10 weeks. And viewers will get bored easily if she does not produce something that will blow people pants off with each photoshoot.
When I last blogged about Malaysian Dreamgirl, many kennysia.com readers criticised Jay for having a "man face". Seriously, I don't see that as being a problem. Jay was great in the Women'Secret photoshoot. But when it comes to Precinct 2 where they all have to dress up like men, Jay's shoot completely blew all her competition away.
I just could not understand why she came up in the Bottom 3 last week.
Vote for her dammit. Jay is Top 3 material.
Her name is Adeline Lee and her favourite food is SOO-SEE! :D
Enough about her lack of fluency in English. ;) Honestly, she has improved a lot after staying with the girls.
Adeline consistently takes amazing photos, except maybe for the ones where tries to look cool because those ones made her look like a clueless duck instead.
Adeline's favourite Malaysian model is Amber Chia.
In more ways than one, Adeline reminds me of Amber. That's very good because Amber is a very successful model. But that's also very bad because like Amber pretty much only appeals to the Chinese market and not the mainstream.
But Adeline is actually one of the better contestants left on the show. Not as good as Jay or Nadia, but good nonetheless.
I thought her photos are the best among all the girls in the White Summer photoshoot.
She's my favourite at the start of the competition.
Me likey this photo of her.
Very vogue. Very mysterious. Tasteful.
I like her looks, I like her personality. Nur Afiqa Liyana Chong is a tomboy trapped in a woman's body, and I've got a thing for that too.
During the auditions, she playfully played with her tongue piercing and that was enough to win me over. Hehe.
But somehow, while the photos of the other girls keeps getting better and better, Fiqa's photos seem to get worse and worse.
Since the Women'Secret photoshoot, none of Fiqa's other photos seem to make an impression. Even on the show, Fiqa was quite forgettable. She seems to have lost the X-factor as the show progresses. Her bitch-hunt against Cindy may have worked, but it earned her a few detractors as well.
Me no likey these photos of her.
Fiqa was on the bottom 3 last week. At this stage of the competition, I gotta say I am not surprised.
Now here's a tough one for me to judge.
It's no secret that I know Cheesie and that I'm close friends with her. As her friend, obviously I wanted her to go far.
At the same time, I don't wanna be accused of biasness and let the show lose credibility. This show cannot afford to lose credibility. Which is why during the auditions, I sat back and let the other two judges decide whether to put her through to the Top 12 or not. They decided against it, so I got nothing to say.
(By chance, one of the original Top 12 pulled out and Ringo was called back in.)
But still, you gotta be impressed with Ringo's photoshoot after her makeover.
Ringo is the smallest in size among all the girls, but yet she's able to deliver results in her photoshoots. With the exception of Precinct 2, all her photos turned out amazing.
No doubt Ringo is gonna stay in the competition for a long time in part due to the huge following of her blog. This competition is based on popular votes, yes, and her fans are gonna vote to keep her in. None of the other contestants have that advantage. Question is, can they win over Ringo's fan base?
"Datin" Hanis, the public's favourite contestant from Malaysian Dreamgirl.
Almost every single one of my friend who watches the show enjoy watching Hanis.
Whether it's that little dance she did when Jimmy praised her, or her manja voice everytime she does an on-screen interview, or how cute she looks when she cries everytime a girl leaves the house - Malaysia just could not get enough of Hanis the Manis.
I can see why. Hanis is a little girl who comes across like she is everybody's high school best friend. All my female friends watching the show told me that they can relate to Hanis as a young innocent girl put into a stressful situation.
There is no denying of Hanis' popularity, but the problem here is - Hanis cannot take good pictures!
We have done three photoshoots so far, and all of them came up subpar.
How lah to model with photos like that?
Not only does she have the best body (in my opinion) among the top 12, Nadiah Johary is easily the most confident of the lot.
That is a compliment to her because in modelling, confidence equals sexy.
And Nadia is incredibly sexy.
The only thing working against Nadia is that she comes across being very competitive. Even more so than Cindy.
As much as I think she's one of the best in the Top 12, Malaysian Dreamgirl is based on popular vote. People might not like her and people might eliminate her although she is good, just like how the people eliminated Eyna.
When she first came for the auditions, the judges all agree that Nadia comes across a little "fierce". It's in her eyes and the way she portrays herself. But in her defence, being "fierce" may not necessarily be a bad thing. Angelina Jolie is "fierce" too, but look at where she is now.
(Personally I'd like to see Nadia in a tight-fitting leather suit carrying a whip, but that's a different story for another day.)
That being said, she gotta tone down the attitude a bit when it comes to photoshoots and it seems like she is listening to the judges' advice. Because of that, Nadia has produced better and better photos, and that is a testament to how seriously this girl takes this competition. I like that.
At this point of the competition, if Nadia wins I'll be very, very proud.
This must be longest blog entry I've written since the interviews I did for the Elections, so I sure hope people WATCH THE SHOW!
And with only 4 weeks left till the end, it goes without saying that voting is extremely crucial at this point.
Who will win Malaysian Dreamgirl?