Realiti's Nickson: How his story came about

"Why was Nickson kicked out? To prove the point that gays can't be on reality TV? That's tragic isn't it?"

That's what Karin wrote below, as a comment to episode 8 of Realiti. And yes, I agree that if that was the point, then it would be extremely tragic. But, of course, that wasn't really the point we were trying to make.

(I was going to reply to this in a comment, but then realised that it would have taken up a little bit too much space. And everything I write below is from my vague and fuzzy memory. Ping might contradict what I have here, and if he does, I'll edit this post to accommodate his comments.)

First of all, the idea of Nickson as an effeminate character was Ping's from the very beginning. He felt that people would like watching him, and I think the original preview audience feedback supported it. People like a campish character who bitches about everything and generally acts silly.

I personally didn't like that we had to resort to that kind of humour to reach an audience. It's a cheap shot, and because we're doing it over and over again, it's a bucket-load of cheap shots. Like buckshot made of rock salt or something. Not difficult to get hold of, and leaves a funny taste in the mouth. On the other hand, there were real-life people who fitted the mould (Adam of Malaysian Idol 2, for example; or Bob from Akademi Fantasia), so it wasn't really that far of a stretch to put them in.

Never mind, I said. What's the story? What is it about them that will change throughout the series? I don't remember there being any doubt that we would be tackling Nickson's effeminity (is there such a word), one way or the other. Exactly what, we debated upon that.

One choice would be to have people insisting that he be more manly, that he stop being so soft. This is exactly what happened to Adam of MI2. Judges kept telling him to firm up, add a little masculinity to his performance. I always wondered, "Why?". The core of every performance is honesty, and if somebody feels a fake in what they do, then I don't think they do so well. So, I thought this would be an interesting dilemma.

The other choice was to actually step up and make Nickson gay. If we did that, the dilemma would be different. He would have had more to lose. Can an openly gay character win votes on a reality show? Maybe, maybe not. There certainly would be controversy, but I think there have been plenty of Malaysian artists who have that implicit lifestyle. So being gay, in itself, may not cause that many problems.

But what if his fanbase were primarily young, teenage girls? How would that play out? As I asked, what if Daniel of MI2 had told all his teeny-bopping pink-clad hyperactive female fans, "sorry girls, I'm more interested in guys". I think he would alienate his core base, and lose votes.

Of course, it doesn't have to be sexual orientation. In fact, we put Amir through a similar sort of wringer with all the accusations of him being involved with Baby. But the big difference is, Amir doesn't choose which way to go. With Nickson, we tried to put it at his feet. Make a choice: Deny your close relationship with Calvin, or lose your chance to win Malaysian Star.

(Incidentally, Karin, it is this element of choice that is important in storytelling. Remember, Raz or David said that you shouldn't have an Act of God as a key plot element? It should be a choice. And it can't be an easy choice. That's what I like about the Burn/Melody storyline in episode 7. After Mac discovers the drugs, everything that happens to them is a result of choices made. I think that the Nickson story in episode 8 lacks that build-up.)

Despite what you may read into what I've said above, I need to make one thing clear: We were NOT trying to tackle homosexuality as an issue. We were trying to tell a story, and those issues happened to be the mechanisms to tell that story. We were certainly not trying to say whether it's right or wrong.

If we had Nickson admit his relationship with Calvin, and then carry on to get the votes, then there wouldn't be a dilemma. He wouldn't have lost anything. It would have been a bad story.

(Myself, I feel that a personal lifestyle choice is... well, personal. As in, not anybody elses business.)

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posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - permalink
yeah. totally agree with you! artists are also human and they have thier own privacy. didnt know why the public is making a big fuss about their personal life. :)
just wanted to let alvin know votes doesnt mean nobody likes you. ;)
you act reaaaally well...and youre singing is about the best among the lot!
dzof: 1 thing about malaysian mini-drama series.... tooooo short!!! 10 episodes oni?
Hey, thanks for your kind words fashionasia. da poll doesn't do anything to me. as long as people laugh at my super lame jokes and nonsensical adlibs, i'm happy. by da way, i think i sound best singing Hokkien songs. Chelsia should know.
so er... ya wanna do dinner sometime? you can choose to date Alvin or Nickson, or both if dat's your thang...
Trust Alvin to organise a threesome with himself.
Hie Dzof! Lol, cheap shot or not, it works! I love Alvin's acting and Nickson's character! I think without him, the show would have been a lil dull! :)

P/S: 2 more episodes!! :(
Hey, thanks for your kind words Cherz... so er, ya wanna do dinner sometime?... but seriously, dat's too much credit for me to digest. typically, a character like Nickson's is pretty much pre-designed for a certain degree of, well, tickles. a character like dat will always lighten up the mood of da show. except this time Nickson da drama queen did have some dramatic moments, with Nickson and da mom getting slapped and abused by da dad and all.
So what's your schedule like?...
too bad nickson was voted out. he's my favourite character.i agree that alvin act very of the best actors from the i feel like watching all over again from epi 1. nickson is soooo funny. wahahaahaha.

p/s:alvin, i saw you in the curve some time back.if i ever see you again, can i take a picture with you?LOL.i dare not approach you tat day.respect your privacy ma hahaha
okay, here it goes again... Hey, thanks for your kind words jade_butterfly... so er... nevermind. next time you see me, run!!! there's no tellin' when i'm gonna break wind. ask Chelsia and Melissa, they KNOW.
anyway, i'm not sure if it's fair to say this but, in my opinion, Naz, or rather Jay, was da best among all of us. no traces of ACTING at all... he's got a great future ahead. fellas like Farid Kamil, Rosyam Nor, Jehan (sorry man) dun even come close... plus Naz is a newcomer. he should bloody well be pelakun baru terbaik...
Wow!I am flabbergasted.I didn't realised my comment would provoke such a response.But thanks Dzof for clarifying your stand on the issue.

Initially when I wrote that comment I wanted to know why Nickson had to be the one to be kicked out and what was the rationale behind it.Was it because he was gay?Was it becos of his singing or was it simply the fact that female teenyboppers are more inclined to vote for someone who is 'straight'?I personally don't think the issues surrounding his sexual orientation is less controversial than that of Amir and Baby's saga.But I suppose you do have a point when you said it would have been a bad story had Nickson continued getting votes despite admitting to his relationship with Calvin.What's TV without a little bit of drama huh? :)

On a personal note,I would like to say to hardcore fans of Alvin Wong that I have absolutely nothing against gays and I certainly have no interest to know if Alvin Wong is gay or otherwise.If my comment have implied that I am butting into their personal lives or their privacy then I apologise.

As a matter of fact,I happen to think Alvin Wong is one of the better actors Malaysia has seen in recent years.He has long earned brownie points in my own hall of fame ever since his days in Each Other
been following the show. but it sucks how it's only 10 episodes - missing one is like missing everything.
i'm glad something like this is finally pushing the envelope and setting a whole new benchmark for local tv. the cast, storyline, direction, production quality etc... awesome, awesome, awesome.

and Alvin like totally rocks my socks.
haha...alvin....see u have alot of fans!..u should star in hokkien series.
keke....agree about Naz as Jay. he's acting terror merror......and to think that we were coursemates...studying a NERDY course!! slipping off frm my anonymicity(correct spelling or not?)better shuddap now. Gotta download episode9. Missed it...
okay, this is me, as much as i'm having fireworks in my stomach getting compliments, at da same time i have a problem dealing with them. i get restless for some twisted reason. especially when it comes to acting. saying "thanks" is da best i can do. seriously guys, i dun know what to say, i'm speechless. i can't begin to describe da way i feel about all this...
however, i'm constantly trying to improve my acting. believe me, i'm annoyingly critical with myself. but working with Ping is always very assuring cuz you know you've nailed it when he proceeds to shoot da following scene. just leave it all to him to judge. it's da kind of trust dat's rarely seen between a director and an actor.
hey lifeluvliberty, i swear to god i ain't fishin' for compliments but Each Other? i felt like bending over whipping da crap out of myself when i was evaluating my own performance in Each Other. *cringe* In fact Table For Two was my chance at redeeming myself for my bad performances in Each Other.
hi alvin, im watching realiti over youtube here in new york after a colleague of mine couldn't stop talking about it and this morning, i almost missed my meeting because i went to bed really late trying to finish all the ten episodes. it was a very good drama series, especially on the issue of sexual preference. there was certainly higher degree of exposure of the issue in that series as compared to any other series with related issues. im impressed with you, for taking up on that role, and of course the writers. (btw, i think calvin is hot)...
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Realiti - Episode 8 notes

Who would you have voted for after the second showdown?
Amir (Venusia)
Baby (Meant To Be)
Burn (Khayalan)
Nickson (Katakan Saja)
Carmen Soo. Her sweet criticisms are music to my ears.
Free polls from
We're heading to the final stretch now. My feeling is that the fan-base is growing, which is good but it's unfortunate there's only two episodes left after this. I have no idea if there will be a second season, you have to ask 8TV about that.
If you missed it on Sunday, say thanks to YouTube: YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Realiti. 10pm Sundays on 8TV, starring Azizan Nin, Ashraf Sinclair, Melissa Maureen, Alvin Wong, Chelsia Ng, Radhi Khalid. With Nazrudin Rahman, Juliana Ibrahim, Kee Thuan Chye, Gambit, Reefa, Ian Ng, Wong Yok Kim, Lydia Ibtisam, Nell Ng, Cheyenne Stutzriem, Aishah Sinclair. Special appearances by Fat Fabes, Carmen Soo and Fly Guy. What would you do to become a star?

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posted on Monday, October 23, 2006 - permalink
It's so sad to see Nickson leaves! Esp after that performance.

Oh and I love Naz as Jay! :)
i love realiti! for someone who don't watch malaysian production much, realiti is really a great show!

one question tho:
when nick is singing, the ppl behind his mom is booing, but THEn after that one of them was showing the big cardboard TMNet hands with NICKSON's name on it..didn't she just booed?

the show's becoming better and better! sad only 2 episodes left. and good thing 8tv didnt reveal much on what's coming next week. i was almost too scared to watch! :D
Hmm...Why was Nickson kicked out?To prove the point that gays can't be on reality TV?That's tragic isn't it?

PS:I enjoyed your frank comments and discussion on scriptwriting last Wednesday with Raz.Hope to catch up with you soon.
Cherz: You can actually hear Alvin holding back the tears when he sings that song. Great acting. Or perhaps by the two hundredth time of recording that song, you might want to cry as well.

Rebekah: When you see something like that happening, just lean your head back, stare at the ceiling, and hum, "the magic of television, the magic of television".

Karin: Read the post above about Nickson's story.
i'm really enjoying 'realiti'. good work, u and all involved.

btw, the link to ur version of nickson's confrontation with his father doesn't seem to work.
only 2 eps left...really? tat's pretty short for such a good show. Neway, i really lurve the insert song, may i know who sang that song? douglas lim or disgree? mind to tell? thanx!!
dat means realiti will onli last till episode 10?! *sad sad* i dun reali like episode 8.kinda boring.well, its kinda weird 2 hv a 2nd season.does that mean that there will be new contestants 4 Malaysian Star or will it be d same ppl? hmm...
i'm totally, helplessly addicted to this show rite now..

-Ppl have been commenting on baby's singing, and sorry, i have to agree to all. But melissa's acting has improved so,so much. impressed me.

-alvin can sing quite good,eh? pity he got eliminated.based on singing, i'll vote baby or burn out, for sure, man. how come burn got 1st place?... well, tv shows..

really, if they compete in the real world, i'm telling you, amir is gonna win. m'sians will easily love him..

-nway, Naz is really good. I didnt expect he'd act so well. But, boy, was i wrong.

note: that guy who played the guard outside the show who didnt let Calvin in, was also the guy who was the head of amir's supporters from the kampung, rite? haha..
DAMN, i really hate it... WHY MUST NICKSON LEAVE? I really hope the next episode Nickson come back... why not? First, you can't judge the book by it's cover. Although Nickson IS gay, so? He has a GREAT VOICE indeed! OMG, i feel like send letter to 8tv to tell them to return Nickson! NICKSON!
Spookedfroggy: The link seems to work fine for me. Try again.
calystarr: If you're talking about the theme tune played in the introduction, it's Scarecrow Adams by Disagree. Incidental music during the show comes from many sources (but practically all of them by Malaysian artists).
just two episodes left? sigh...
anyway, does anyone know what was the song played when nickson was kicked out of the show? the one with "i dont believe in second best, bla bla bla"..and where can i get douglas lim's music in mp3 files maybe?? i lovee his tunes..
da song dat was originally played while shooting dat scene was even better. it was "here comes the flood" by Peter Gabriel. Ping Ho used dat song to set da mood for us, to achieve the ultimate tear jerking effect... it worked for all the actors, especially Melissa who was on da verge of sobbing then... then of course, copyright is way too expensive for a foreign song...
i love the scene where Mac and Burn was talking in the hospital.
"anak dia coma, dia tak mampu nak bayar bill hospital, whats his problem,I dont know Burn, you tell me"
hahaha love this part
Hey Lynn, if u happen to find any douglas lim's song, do tell me... gosh, me lurve his songs!... i oni hav his "one n only" album collaborated with chelsia (good vocal) DOUGLAS... HOW 'BOUT COMING OUT WITH AN ALBUM?!?!?!
Dzof: thanks... i do hav disagree album btw... but me actually referring the same song mentioned by lynn.
Realiti is the BOMB! honestly i've never expected much of malaysian tv series but this one has got me hooked even while i'm wayyyy down south! no 8tv but luckily for me there's youtube(thank you yatiehanny)! i think generally the acting's great, dialogues are believable and storylines gripping. oh yes... and the soundtrack superb! like the others, i'm curious what's the last song in episode 8. sounds good.

oh last thing... i like that different languages are used in the show(ie. english, malay and hokkien). it makes it all the more real. what's more malaysian than mixing our languages right? it's my 40-mins of home.
Thanks cj, for the comments. Now that you've mentioned it, it'd be really nice if Singapore would deign to pick this up. I've seen some Singapore drama, and I reckon Realiti can easily match the best of them, so there's no reason why it wouldn't find an audience. It certainly seems to be more popular with the urban audience.

Anyway, now we're talking about this, hmm... MTV Asia...
anybody knows the english song Amir sang in episode 5? it is from John's Mistress...but i dont know what is the name.

Maybe Flower & Bees....

how can i have that song...anyone can help me? in japan....
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New and good stuff on TV these days

That time of the year again when I talk about new television shows. What's interesting is that every year, the way I source these shows gets a little more sophisticated. At this point in time, practically all the television I watch (including Malaysian shows) comes across the Internet.

What's changed this year is that it's even easier than before to do this. It's now possible to set up your PC to automagically download shows as soon as they are available, and you can watch it at your leisure, whenever you want, (and if you're using a laptop) wherever you want. It's kind of like Astro Max except... better.

Even if you don't want to do this, you can pretty much watch everything directly off the net. The first three shows listed below have the latest episodes available on the official websites, Battlestar Galactica can be bought off iTunes (if you can get a bloomin' account with them!), and the last one has episodes on YouTube.

Let's face it, TV won't be TV anymore. It'll be anytime, anywhere via the 'net.

Anyway, what's on that's new and good these days?


posted on Sunday, October 22, 2006 - permalink
Realiti is probably the best production locally by far. It's giving Kopitiam a run for it's money.
Television, no matter how flat they've become, I'll still prefer watching downloaded shows or Syoktv from the comfort of my laptop. Anytime and Anywhere.
As much as I love Gol&Gincu, I honestly feel "Realiti" tops the Malaysia's Best Tv Shows chart! :)
"Heroes" is good stuff! Thanks for the tip, dzof.

Can someone put "Realiti" up on the torrentsphere, to satiate my curiosity spurred by you all?
If you're looking for it on the Internet, Realiti is actually most easily accessible from YouTube. See to get started, or search for the actors' names (don't search for just 'realiti' on it's own - you get too many hits).
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Comments on comments

Wow, didn't expect there to be so many comments to Episode 7. Of course I'm pleased (my baby, my pleasure, naturally), but as you can see, I haven't designed the website to cater to that much feedback. Gets a little messy, like graffitti. Anyway, here are some thoughts:

Okay. That's it. Don't know what else to write.
posted on Saturday, October 21, 2006 - permalink
dzof...i love your blog. you know i do. and it IS a trendy place to hang out. and its nice having you on set and arguing with you about the existence of dragons. and you're one of my favorite people on earth for saving a picture of that rehearsal room notice board prop. you see readers, me and alvin spent about half an hour writing all that nonsense on it and giggling ourselves mad. that whiteboard is the peak of me and alvin's humorous ingenuity. i'm surprised ping allowed it to be used in the rehearsal hall scenes. albeit blurry and backgroundy. i'm putting that picture on my blog.
I think I took that picture! and guys.. we still have to figure out which charity to give our RM11.50 to. Mel=7.50, Chels=2.50, Ash=1.00, Alvin=0.50, Zizan=0.00, Radhi=0.00
Chelsia, you'll have to explain what the fines are for. Is it for the number of times an actor/actress flirted with Ping?
Wow, in that case, i must have flirted a LOT. No, I lost the 'word' game we played every lunch break. I'm bad at trying not to say stuff like "cool" or "lah". Azizan and Radhi have less fines because they wisely just shut up. And Ashraf tries to catch us out by leading up to it, but it backfires, because he's not very good at it. But HA HA HA....flirting..yeah...ha ha ha ha. Ping. ha ha.
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Realiti - Episode 7 notes

Who would you have voted for after the first showdown?
Amir (Venusia)
Baby (Baby)
Burn (Tiada Lagi Cinta)
Melody (Ratu Hati)
Nickson (Detik Bersamamu)
Can I vote for Carmen Soo?
Free polls from

So, finally, the first elimination episode. This episode is special because I wrote it, and because it aired so close to my birthday - and because it's actually pretty good. Or at least, I think so. Of course, I am biased and am watching it with a very refracted sense of criticality, but I really do think it works as an episode. Of course, anybody out there who watched it and thought it sucked, I apologise profusely. But if any of you liked it - cool.

Missed it? Don't fret, say thanks to You Tube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Realiti. 10pm Sundays on 8TV, starring Azizan Nin, Ashraf Sinclair, Melissa Maureen, Alvin Wong, Chelsia Ng, Radhi Khalid. With Nazrudin Rahman, Juliana Ibrahim, Lydia Ibtisam, Nell Ng, Kee Thuan Chye, Cheyenne Stutzriem, Aishah Sinclair. Special appearances by Fat Fabes, Carmen Soo and Fly Guy. What would you do to become a star?

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posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 - permalink
what happened to Baby's "abductor"? did he get the money? or was the money still in the bag when Mac found her in the car boot? what was their connection?

maybe 8tv should stop showing spoilers.... potong stim only... :)
The money is gone, the abductor is gone, and you're not meant to know who the abductor is yet (as in why he's after Baby, etc.). Sorry that wasn't made clear in the episode. I didn't really do very much on the Baby storyline, so it was a low priority for me in the script.
ya agreed with ladida..

erm 1 question....why dont u get baby to lip-sync??(sorry mel)

love aishah sinclair. dont like the other girl who interviews everybody sorry but abit too overdone

overall i kinda like this episode.
the show keeps getting better by the week....i was pretty sad that Burn was eliminated but it kinda makes the story more interesting!

well, this episode is great but i was kinda confused bout what actually happened to Baby?
fashionasia: Technically everybody is lip-synching, if only to their own voices. The decision as to whether to dub or to use the actor's original voice was at Douglas Lim's feet. He said that if they used other vocals, there would have been a problem matching it up with their practice voices, or something like that. I not technical audio guy, don't understand this much-much.

blushpal: Last episode, Baby was going to pay off the ransom, and the police were ready to jump the bad guy. Unfortunately, he got away with the money. Baby was rescued, and despite Mac's advice to take it easy, she insisted on carrying on with the show. She's a real trooper, that girl.
One of the best episodes so far (I love 2 & 3 and this one).

The argument scene btwn Jay, mac ngn bapak Melody I rasa macam bukan menonton drama local. HAts off to you guys.
Thanks artyfeelhome. That scene's is pretty much Ping's baby, and there was a lot of growth (read: editing) to it. He'll be happy you liked it - he's proud of it too!
I loved Realiti!! Really enjoyed watching it... :)

When I know that Amir is still in the competition despite his poor performance, I kinda feel that he might win the Malaysian Star.. hmm..
'relaiti' is actually my 1st malaysian tv series i've watch =p.& i kinda like it.even my frens love anyways.i juz wanna request u guyz 2 upload 'realiti episode 1' in you tube. pls? i wanna c how it y do dey need 2 find a 5th contestant & blah blah blah..oh yea, im reali upset dat Burn was voted off d competition.reali wasn't expectin dat 2 happened.well, i juz wan 2 say dat dis is a great show & i hope it gets more interesting.cheers.
i understand the reason to use the actors real voices, but baby really cannot sing to save her life. wasn't that aspect taken into consideration during the casting sessions? to at least put some realism in the show when some of the judges actually praised baby for her singing..
fur.: You can actually find the first part of episode 1 here, and I'll trust you'll know how to find the rest (it's all on my Realiti page on this site anyway).

anon: Not trying to defend Baby, but I hope you noticed that the judges were saying she moved well, not that she sang well. And based on the (admittedly unscientific) poll above, Baby would have been voted in to the next round.
baby REALLY can't sing to save her life! ha ha ha ha! and i know it. ya la, all ping's fault. blame ping. ha ha ha!
actually....the only person who can sing is melody=chels (they kept calling her mel and i just got confused with the real mel=baby)
dont be sad peeps....burn will still be there...the next episode trailer gave it away....:)
Thanks for the insight info dzof! *clap clap*
Oh and also kudos to Ping. Love em all (his shows) ever since the good ol' kopitiam days.
Dat nervous laughter of yours sounded, or rather seemed quite disturbing Mel. it sounded like you're holding a screw driver, with eyes wide open and saying "ha ha ha, yeah, i can't sing to save my life, *stab* *stab* ha ha ha ha yeah, i can't sing *stab* *stab* *stab* ha ha *stab* *stab* *stab* *stab* anyway, dat "ikan kat pasar tu kan? dia orang potong dengan laser tau?" line actually came out? i missed dat episode lah! ha ha ha ha, i'm jumping with joy! ha ha ha ha! i can't believe it actually got through! woo hoo! *pats my own back*
Hi Alvin, long time no talk one. Yah-loh, hentam your own lines only. Actually you did something similar in episode 1. Cheh. Remind me to give you very complicated dialogue next time.

As for Mel stabbing... don't you get that feeling anyway when she a little kooky on set? Why do you think I never sit so close to her?
actually kan, should be our show la. i mean yeah yeah, melody can sing, bla bla bla, la di da....but we...aha. we're ENTERTAINING. appparenly ping didn't think it should be an ENTERTAINING show so he left out our ENTERTAINING bits and concentrated on melody's drug-induced singing. ha ha ha! *stab*
lol...alvin u're so funny about what mel said.. hahaha *stab* *stab*

"ikan kat pasar tu kan? dia orang potong dengan laser tau?"

LOL...which part.. i'm gonna watch some repeats now...hahaha
hahah the first episode one is about... "Nampaknya Lembu tu ditelan oleh burung hantu!"
now still search for the ikan dipasar mereka potong dgn laser!
I absolutely love Mac and Jay's face off. really cool. both good actors. this is by far the best episode. fast paced and lots of drama. ;) nickson's character is starting to shine a bit more. and i'm finding him quite likeable. ;D
ya lah Mel, our brilliant ideas all buried in Gag Cemetery by Ping... sigh. Da deadliest rejection by him by far was when i asked him what he thought of the idea and he pulled a seemingly acknowledging smile and said " think leh??" dun even get me started on what Mel and I wrote on da prop whiteboard in da background of da rehearsal hall.
anyway, in da undercover reporter episode, when we all walked to da lift and Burn wanted to explain to Melody what really happened in dat room, without anyone's anticipation and out of da blue, i said "...itu kambing kan? kalau tak mengandung pun boleh keluar susu..." then i heard Ashraf chuckled through his nose and gave me da most puzzled "what da hell?" look. we couldn't continue dat scene of course. we had to do it again, with me maintaining da same kambing story... hahahah!!!
i know this has nothing to do with realiti. but since i've got alvin's attention...have you read the nonsense that douglas writes in the frankenstein in love blog? god, i miss you guys. we're reduced to chatting in posts on DZOF's page. mamak time!
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Malaysian Star Poll

Yes, I know it's a fictional reality television show, yes I know your votes don't really count, but the question needs to be asked:

posted on Sunday, October 15, 2006 - permalink
saya semakin menggemari realiti. good job !
I think you should put up another poll: Which Malaysian Star would you VOTE FOR?

Hee. Would be interesting! ;)
tengah tunggu realiti Episode 6 notes. hee... tak sabar nak baca.
Cherz: Good point. Dang. Okay, after next week's episode I will ask who would you have voted for based on their performances in the first showdown.

artyfeelhoneyme: Raz (penulis karya episod 6) belum hantar nota dia lagi. Sabar, beb...
Ya Dzof, always want to have the last say. Possibilities of Amir and Melody present but tak fun! Anyway. it went not your way. hahahahaha
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Realiti - Episode 6 notes

Sorry this has taken some time, but I shall put the blame squarely on Raz (who had written the episode) because I only got her notes from her today.

Watch before you read, courtest of YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4

Photos courtesy of Popiah Pictures and Chelsia Ng
Fazrina and Constance in happier timesWho will you vote for?What Ping does to difficult actorsSome guys can pull off a pink shirt

Notes are by Razlina Ramli. Notes in green by me.

By the way, Raz's employers, 95% Trainings, have a writing workshop this Sunday (15 October 2006) - get in touch with them if you want to know more.

Realiti. 10pm Sundays on 8TV, starring Azizan Nin, Ashraf Sinclair, Melissa Maureen, Alvin Wong, Chelsia Ng, Radhi Khalid. With Nazrudin Rahman, Juliana Ibrahim, Maria Farida, Lydia Ibtisam, Nell Ng, Reefa, Mazin Siraj. What would you do to become a star?

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posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - permalink
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Realiti - Episode 5 notes

A word before I begin this. Despite what some people might think, I am not a producer for Realiti, merely a humble scriptwriter. The real producers are Ping Ho and Anne Low of Popiah Pictures, who do the hard work of coming up with the original idea, figuring out the structure for the whole series, selling it to the studio, finding sponsors, casting the actors, approving locations, directing, and, yes, occasionally writing for the show.

Because I get along with Ping relatively well, we also spend hours in coffee shops throwing ideas at each other, as well as dissecting scripts. Note that he is the one who decides what stays and what goes. On the other hand, I take immense pride in having helped shape a large part of the series. This is, without doubt, the proudest piece of writing work I have ever been involved with. I'm sure it's not the best I can do, but it feels like I'm getting there.

Anyway, as usual, I have spoilers throughout this post. So, if you prefer, you can first watch it on YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

By the way, Melissa has her own Behind-the-Scenes thing for this episode on her blog. Because she doesn't believe in permalinking her posts (WHY?!!), you'll have to scroll down to the post marked 'excess baggage', and then scroll down a little more after the list. In it she talks about wiping her tears and mascara on Amir, sleazy fans and what she thinks of her singing.

Realiti. 10pm Sundays on 8TV, starring Azizan Nin, Ashraf Sinclair, Melissa Maureen, Alvin Wong, Chelsia Ng, Radhi Khalid. With Nazrudin Rahman, Juliana Ibrahim, Maria Farida, Lydia Ibtisam, Gambit, Kee Thuan Chye, Nell Ng, Cheyenne Stutzriem, Reefa, Aishah Sinclair, Mazin Siraj. Guest appearance by Douglas Lim. What would you do to become a star?

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posted on Monday, October 02, 2006 - permalink
That was quick! Thank you for making my days a little less mundane! You rock!
cool site...kudos!
hmm.. was wondering if u could actually post those mp3 they sang in the show... lol... i meant the original version :P except chelsia ler... i'm still looking for her album... where to cari??!!
Well, even if I did have the mp3s on my hard disk, I don't think I could post them because of copyright and license issues - for example, what if 8TV wanted to release a soundtrack album? If you pester them, they might, you know... (I'm assuming that when you say 'original', you mean the original recording tracks that Zizan/Ashraf/Melissa/Alvin/Chelsia sang in the studio.)

If you want the original artists' versions, try - RM3 a song, and you can pay by SMS too!
although baby cant' sing...
but her song kept ringing on my head!!
I like to think of it as 'Baby sings in her own special way'...
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