The finale of Malaysian singing show “Big Stage season 2” has finally closed its curtains over the weekend. For those who might not know, South Korean singer Hanbyul (한별) managed to win the whole competition.

Not all are happy with the news though. Despite all the congratulatory messages, local netizens took to social media to express their disappointment towards the overall results. They also bashed the 29-year-old for not being eligible enough to become the winner of a local TV show.

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One of the programme’s resident judge, Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza has stepped in to address the issue. During the press conference after the finale ended, the “Aku Cinta Padamu” songstress clarified that Hanbyul’s victory should not be further questioned. In this case, all of the contestants were judged based on their talents and skills.

“As a jury and also based on my own experience, (I feel that) music is universal. We shared what we have and put our talents at stake on stage,” Siti shared during the session.

Siti then responded to the backlash received following the former LEDApple member’s win by saying, “It doesn’t make sense to open the competition for non-Malaysian artistes only to insist local singers to win at the end. That’s not a competition.”

In addition, Siti also shared her experience with guest jury, fellow songbird Misha Omar during the time they participated in an international singing competition. According to the mother of one, they didn’t receive this kind of controversial remarks despite winning the show.

“We participated in this one programme in Shanghai, China and competed against fellow local singers. Based on the judges’ diligent scores, both of us managed to bring home the glory. So in this case, it doesn’t matter who wins the competition – be it local or foreign artiste,” the talented songstress shared.

For those who are interested, check out the full press conference here courtesy of Budiey Channel:

Apart from Hanbyul, the full results of the finale are as follows:

  • First runner-up: Neeta Manisha (Malaysia)
  • 3rd place: Adzrin (Malaysia)
  • 4th place: Irfan Haris (Malaysia)
  • 5th place: Dinda Permata (Indonesia)

Congrats to all the winners!

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Sources: mStar, OhBulan, AWANI.

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