The Indonesian Idol competition has begun.
From over 90,000 hopefuls who had tried out for the Indonesian Idol competition now 24 contestants have begun the final stages of the event, lasting from 16th to 28th April. The 24 come from these cities in Indonesia, they being Ambon (2), Bandung (6), Denpasar (1), Banjarmasin (1), Jakarta (6), Surabaya (6), Makassar (1), Manado (1), Manokwari (1), and Medan (1).
2006 winner Mike, bucked the looks trend.
Anang Hermansyah, the husband of singer Krisdayanti and one of the judges for Idol, says from the perspective of look, all the contestants are suitably attractive. Being good looking, as Endy Bayuni points out postglobal, seems to be the main thing about Indonesian Idol:
....most of them were voted into Indonesian Idol not so much for their singing abilities as for their looks.
And it wouldn't be Indonesia without corruption:
Many also made it into the final rounds because their supporters and family members were able to mobilize people to send in the text messages, sometimes even doling out money or prepaid cards to people to send text messages voting for them.
None of the previous four winners of Idol have gone on to anything special, except:
become second-rate TV actors.
Some couldn't even manage that, and none of them are still singing, he says, although "controversial" 2004 winner Joy Destiny Tobing may still be belting tunes out.
2004 runner-up Delon, still popular with the girls.
Anang Hermansyah is one of two new judges who have been added to the panel, the other being Jamie Aditya of MTV VJ fame. Pre-existing judges, "Indonesia's Best Television Host" Indy Barends, good-guy Indra Lesmana and, unfortunately, the hideous Titi DJ, are still on the team while long-haired, scruffy Jay seems to have been given the boot. gatra