Hairul Bakri gave the performance of his life and won the judges over at the 17th Best 914 finals at the One City Shopping Centre on Saturday.
According to the 20-year-old from the Belait District, the win was unexpected and he expressed gratitude to Allah the Almighty for the victory.
The singer said finalists Farah Haslan, Izzul Amin Ibrahim and Shair Adli were tough competition.
The avid artist, book reader and sports enthusiast said the finals were nerve-wrecking as they had to do their best in singing and showmanship, particularly in interacting with the audience.
He walked away with BND1,000; a trophy; a certificate; a voucher for accommodation contributed by Wafa Hotel & Apartment; and a sponsored recording and music video production.
The runners-up were Izzul Amin Ibrahim in second place and Shair Adli in third position. Fikki was named Star Best 914.
The second and third prize winners received BND800 and BND600 on top of trophies, certificates and vouchers for accommodation.
Consolation prize winners received BND390 each.
Star Best 914 was awarded to contestants with the most likes on Pelangi FM’s official Instagram account.
The competition was an effort by Radio Television Brunei (RTB) through Pelangi FM to scout for talents.
Acting Director of RTB Haji Azman bin Haji Abdul Rahim was the guest of honour.
The other finalists were Balqiss, Farah Sani, Firah Ardhi, Hairul Bakri, Hazwan Mohamad and Rafy.
The finals also saw performances by local artistes Zirah Jamal, Guardian of Rhythm, Habib Adanan, Isyraf Yusri and Aznniel Yunus.