Bintang Search finalists dazzle in final concert

Hakim Hayat

The top five finalists of the hit local online-streaming based reality singing contest, Bintang Search, battled their hearts out during the final concert that premiered last evening.

Earlier, during the final elimination rounds on Saturday, five contestants – Mimi Wahab, Najrul Maznibi, Khairul Nadzri, Maya Walker and Sami Alli, who have amassed large number of followings since their debut in the auditions, were named the finalists of the contest, which its producers said has garnered over 700,000 unique views on YouTube since its premiere in June.

The final concert saw each finalist belting out three different songs of different genres – a Malay language song, a ballad and an upbeat or rock number, making the evening their most nerve-wrecking and challenging feat.

With all the talents giving rousing performances, three celebrity judges – singer-songwriter Fakhrul Razi, entertainment producer Nana Farhana and singer Rizal Rasid gave professional advice, comments and also mentorship throughout the show.

Some of the evening’s highlight performances included Mimi Wahab’s rendition of the popular song Matahariku from Indonesian artist Agnes Monica, where commenters on YouTube applauded the vocal powerhouse’s performance that also amazed the three judges with her high notes.

One of the finalists, vocal powerhouse Mimi Wahab during her performance. Photo: OOPs Brunei

Meanwhile, one of viewers’ favorites Najrul Maznibi’s performance of the pop hit from Harry Styles, Sugar High, also captured the hearts of many with his fun and energetic performance.

Bintang Search finalist Najrul Maznibi during his performance of a rock number at the final concert. Photo: OOPs Brunei

With the conclusion of the final concert last evening, viewers can now vote for their favourite contestant through www.oops-brunei.com until Wednesday August 26 at 11.59pm.

The winner of the competition, who will be determined by half of the viewers’ votes and half from the judges, will be announced during the Grand Finale Results Show on Sunday through the OOPs! YouTube Channel.

More on this story on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin