Malaysian Idol TV fans have started to fall after the tv sms interactivity thing. Apparently, this is also a reason to annoy cultural purists that are against the reproduction of unwanted foreign values. Their recent strictures against the "bad" examples and "negative values" being promoted by TV reality shows have found ready listeners among old-fashioned democrats who are embarrassed by what they consider to be a misguided exercise in populism. Based on the results of the final of AF3 on Saturday, there seems to be some basis for thinking that participatory democracy may not be the best way to judge musical talent, after all.
P.s. Anyway, it’s not well-informed judgment of singing ability we’re talking about…it’s about swaying cellphone users to cast their SMS votes as many times as possible.