Saturday, March 08, 2008

Malaysian Dreamgirl... another flop? Can't tell yet...


Malaysian Dream Girl??? Please, not another corny Malaysian reality show. Akademi Fantasia, Malaysian Idol, Cornetto Love Perhaps and may more were all failures. This one remains to be seen. From the 1st 2 episode, I really can't tell whether its a failure just yet but its walking a very fine line.

The show is called Malaysian Dream Girl but its actually a model search reality show. Stealing the concept from America's Next Top Model. My definition of a dream girl does not relate to models in any way. I mean a dream girl does not have to be a model and a model does not have to be a dream girl. They are 2 separate things. For a dream girl, I would firstly look for qualities of the heart. For a model, I would rather look for physical qualities mostly. This is because a dream girl is someone that you would eventually love to fall in love with and she has to have the perfect qualities in terms of a compatible character and something mysterious about her that makes you want to dream about her when you sleep and think about her when you're awake. As for model, you would want to make sure that she has that mass appeal that would make anyone want to watch her on the run-way and you would definitely want her to have commercial value, to attract clients, therefore so cannot be appealing to one person alone.

Why on earth did they pick Kenny Sia as a judge? He's horny everytime a girl gets to within 20 feet of him. His favorite lines: "Sex-bomb. sex-bomb", "You were one of my favorite contestants from the last round" (God knows how many times he had said that to most of the contestants) and the classic "*drools*". The website said that the reason they picked him was to get the opinion of a normal Malaysian guy, but he makes Malaysian guys look like sex-hungry beasts who drool over any girl thats shows off skin and wears a short skirt. Thats not normal, that just Kenny thinking with his private part and not his head. I would say thats being a bit too biased. Thank god they picked Elaine Daily and Lim Jimmy to be the other 2 SENSIBLE judges. I think the both of them are very fair to the contestants and they really speak their mind from their experience in the fashion world.


My evaluation of the Top 12 (actually 13 because I don't know why the top 12 on the show is different than the one on the website)

Fiqa
- Her problem area was so obvious in Episode 2, her tummy. I could see it from the moment she started walking towards the stage. She seems like the typical 'dumb blond', metaphorically. When asked who she would like to represent (in terms of a product line), she said "Victoria's Secret"... please, with a body like that? She would make Heidi Klum look terribly skinny. I really can't think of any plus points for her, everything seems to be negative. Word of advice, do you know what Victoria's secret really is? The secret is... lose weight and look like a real model! (Rating: 1/10)

Hanis - Sweet and very straight forward, she doesn't pretend to be someone she's not, like most of the other contestants. The fact that she ditched her boyfriend to join the show proves that she's motivated and ready for challenges. I guess the only problems with her would be that she seems very shy and nervous when she exposes herself (in relation to the tights she wore in Episode 2). Has a lot of potential if groomed properly and she need to put on a bit of weight. Note to Hanis: get the extra weight from Fiqa, she seems to have a bank full of it. (Rating: 6/10)

Adeline - A bit too stiff and nervous at the same time. Does not speak up properly, shows a lack of persona and can't really stand out in a crowd because of that. She needs to learn to talk more to sell herself to the public, instead of just talking when there's questions to be answered. Bad catwalk. She won't last long in this show. (Rating: 3/10)

Ringo - Bubbly personality, thats good. But sadly she was marching instead of cat walking. I think she lives in a bubble (like the malay proverb: "katak di bawah tempurung"), because she said she hasn't had a sad moment in her life... which is very weird. Has potential... a bit... not much... By the way, she kinda looks like presenter Jamie Yeoh, the one on ESPN's Football Crazy show. (Rating: 4/10)

Valerie - Really amoi-ish. Where's the model personality??? Tummy, tummy, tummy.The tummy problem seems to be a common issue among the 12 girls in this show, except for a select few. Finally the big hair? Val, this isn't the 70's anymore. Please get rid of it, straighten your hair! Even Elaine Daily agrees with this. Its like when people sit directly behind her at the cinema and they can't see the movie screen. Another bad call by the judges? (Rating: 1/10)

Elya - Shy and conservative. Needs to learn to communicate and be more outspoken. She needs to learn how to smile more often and to try not to look so dull all the time. I think she might have a chance if she can overcome those weaknesses. She has the looks and the built. (Rating: 5/10)

Jean - Tall and looks good. Has a great smile. Outspoken and can stand out in a crowd. With hard work and dedication, I think she can make it to the finals. But i want to see more from her before she gets the thumbs up from me. I'm still on the fence with this one. (Rating: 5/10)

Jay - Her height is good. Doesn't look very photogenic. Nothing personal, but her nose stands out, there's just something about it that i just don't like. Maybe she'll be good on the cat walk but as a dream girl she doesn't have the full package. (Rating: 2/10)

Natasha - A bit too skinny (same problem as Hanis). I can't say much about her because she hasn't really been on the camera much. Her height might be a problem when it comes to modeling but other than that she does have a great look. Comparing her and Hanis, I would say that Hanis stands out more, because Hanis has that radiance about her that makes her so lovable. Maybe she should adopt that same radiance that Hanis has in order to gain an advantage over the other girls. (Rating: 4/10)

Cindy - The first thing would be that her hair is too long for her look. If she can cut shorter (to maybe around her chest height), then she would look better. But she's very dull at first sight. Does not bring anything special to the table. I would mistake her for someone in the crowd a first glance. I seriously can't figure out why Kenny calls her a sex-bomb. She's far from it. Needs a lot of improvement, way a lot of improvement. (Rating: 2/10)

Nadia - Seems a bit too aggressive. Need to tone down a little and look more natural. She's the type of girls that i was mentioning about earlier, very fake. She's trying to be someone else so that the judges would like her. She has sexy appeal, she needs to learn how to use that to her advantage. Doesn't really have a good fashion sense, even in both Episode 1 and 2. (Rating: 3/10)

Suriana - Can't figure out why the judges chose her, she doesn't look like a potential model at all. I refuse to comment further about her because I think its a really bad call by the judges. (Rating: 1/10)

Alison - Oozes confidence and speaks the best among all in the top 12. Thats the limit of her positive side. She doesn't have a particularly attractive look and does not have that figure that screams out "I'm a model!". I don't think I would go ga-ga over her if i saw her on the cover of FHM one day. I would not put her through if I were one of the judges but I guess Kenny Sia has better taste in women than I do.... *sarcastically*. (Rating: 2/10)


So overall, I think only 3 have got the goods to make it as a potential model (Jean, Hanis and Elya). I'll name them as my personal Top 3 for this show. Having said that, those 3 have a lot to work on and I wish all the best to them because I think the deserve to be on the show. The other 9... I'm pleading to the judges to open their eyes and see what a big mistake they have made by letting these girls through. Too me, they're just there to warm the seats. I don't see them having the potential and character that they need to be at the top of the Malaysian fashion industry, thus far.

I would really like to follow the show to find out whats going to happen in the end. I hope it does not turn out to be a disappointment in the end. I'm betting on my Top 3 and I hope one of them wins it.


Catch all the episodes of the show at http://www.malaysiandreamgirl.tv

15 comments:

Alain said...

The hot ones were rejected during the initial round...

Anonymous said...

You should check out Epi 3....soooo much more interesting.

Im[a]She said...

Im a big fan of Valerie and I think big hair doesnt mean she 70s..That is her style..I dont think you have to follow the fashion trends to be a model..if u watch antm, they have all kinds of hairstyle...afro, short, long, bold, mohawk and etc..and that hair is what makes her stands out...

About Elaine Daly disliking her hair..I dun think she dislikes it..I huess she just want to see whether Valerie can carry a different look other than afro..

Jonathan Nathan said...

I wouldn't disagree with you about Valerie wanting to be different but I would blame the whole concept of the show as a whole. The show says: Malaysian Dreamgirl but all the better girls (in terms of looks, the way they carry themselves and personality) have been eliminated in the auditions. I don't think thats fair, based on the title of the show. Val would be great for the show if it was called Malaysia's Next Top Model instead. Correct me if im wrong.

Im[a]She said...

yah..i really agree that the name of the show is totally wrong..but, I don't think they would to name it Malaysian Next Top Model..Imagine how they will need to spend just to use the name..British Next Top Mode, Australias Nest Top Model, I guess they all have to go through Tyra Banks before the are able to use the name..

The name of the show is very important to attract viewer..One in a Million (a singing competition..) Do you think the name suits the show?

Jonathan Nathan said...

Yeah i understand that The Next Top Model brand belongs to Tyra but what I actually meant is that this show could have had another title that was related to modeling. I know One In A Million is an example of an ambigious title but at least the title is general and the title does not suggest what type of show it should be. Malaysian Dreamgirl on the other hand should be about selecting a DREAMGIRL.

Models do not have to be dreamgirls and dreamgirls do not have to be models. Thats why I pointed out that Val can be a model but she does not suit the 'dreamgirl' stereotype. U won't c majority of Malaysian guys (except for guys like Kenny Sia) going Ga-Ga over her and I say this based on the opinions of my guy friends and other guys that I happen to meet. None of them said that Val has that Dreamgirl status.

Anonymous said...

if u smellllll-aahhhh...what kenny sia is cooking...
all he says is sex bomb, sex bomb...u darn fcuk up biatch a/p mat rempit...
u get it...the whole darn show is all abt kenny sia staring at the girls boobs at nothing about choosing the dream girls...haha...talk about super maximum male horniness...

Im[a]She said...

"Models do not have to be dreamgirls and dreamgirls do not have to be models."but I guess they still can right..'

"U won't c majority of Malaysian guys (except for guys like Kenny Sia) going Ga-Ga over her and I say this based on the opinions of my guy friends and other guys that I happen to meet. None of them said that Val has that Dreamgirl status."..as you know, this is a modeling competition. and i guess their target viewer is not only guys but girls like me who loves fashion. Sometimes I just wonder, is it hard to accept Malaysian Dreamgirl is a modeling competition .

Btw, U said something about Giselle. About why she was kicked out from the competition..Well, I know.Her complexion.

Jonathan Nathan said...

Yeah, they can be, thats why I said "do not have to be".

I can accept that it is a modelling competition but I think that the concept is confusing. Its like 'eating chocolate that taste like vanilla'. Get my point? Overall, I'm not really scrutinizing the models but mainly just the organizers.

Gisele was out because of her complexion? That's a horrible reason. I thought models can have any complexion? Dark, tanned, fair, dull or bright... who cares? That's not one of the main criteria. I think the organizers are nuts.

Im[a]She said...

ermm.. i mean not because of her skin color or what..but she has skin problem( i've seen her during the audition..i was there supporting Vale)..no offense but i really think she should do something with her facial skin.. and I dont think model should have skin problem..its like the very basic asset for model..

Jonathan Nathan said...

Hurmmm... I guess so but she really had a lot of potential. Well, good luck to Val and I think she has good support from friends like you who are supportive and loyal. Keep it up.

I would really like to see how this show turns out in the end. I hope the judges pick the rite person. In most Malaysian reality shows, often the wrong person gets all the glory. No offense but the best example was Daniel winning Malaysian Idol. Compared to the other finalist, Nita, i think she had much more talent than him because of her age and experience. I think she should have won. Daniel won because all the teenage girls went nuts over him. The show was suppose to be about TALENT and ended up being be a popularity contest.

Im[a]She said...

I agree that Nita should have won instead of Daniel. Btw, can u please define Dreamgirl? Because I do think each person has their own definition of Dreamgirl..

Jonathan Nathan said...

Yes, I do agree with u that each individual has their own take on what a dream girl should be like. But my point is that this show implies that a dream girl must be a model (based on the title and concept). Thats wrong. A dream girl is suppose to be someone who is most importantly beautiful on the inside rather than just the outside. In fact, external beauty doesn't matter at all. But this show cares more about external beauty, from my point of view. Do you agree?

Anonymous said...

"I agree that Nita should have won instead of Daniel. Btw, can u please define Dreamgirl? Because I do think each person has their own definition of Dreamgirl.."

If the title is call Malaysian Dreamgirl, the idea is to find a girl that most Malaysians will find hot, and think she is our dream girl.. not based on Kenny sia who any girls who show some skin are hot..

If this show is about Malaysian dream girls, we would not be focusing on cat walks, heights etc. This show is about looking for models. Of course, we can say everyone has different taste, but the main thing is, for most people, we can find people who are hot enough that most men will agree are hot, e.g. Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Aniston etc...

I think I can find more hot girls in KLCC than girls on this show...

A.Chong

Anonymous said...

A dreamgirl would define as someone who may or may not be a model like material but rather someone who you would find dreaming about her...
it could be her smile, it could be her eyes, it could be her personality, it could even be the way she speaks...
so if the malaysian dreamgirl focuses on making it into a model scouting talent show...
based only on face appeal, body appeal and photogenic appeals...
then it would be a total misconception on the viewers of the show as well as the way the show is being run...
As it is suppose to be a dreamgirl show rather then a modeling talent search show...
Just my 2 cents...

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