"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Project SuperStar

I find it amusing to read in Today's that some people claim that Project SuperStar quarter-finalist Tan Wei Lian had won because of sympathy votes. Laughable to me. Would any sensible judge place a croaking voice, handicapped candidate as the winner of Project SuperStar merely on the account that he is handicapped?? That would be truly unfair and unprofessional, wouldn't it be? Logically, if Tan Wei Lian's application had been passed in the first place, he must have something in him that attracts people to his talent. It is a fact that he is blind, and forever will be that little bit different from the rest of the people, but that shouldn't let us conclude that blind people don't have talent in them.

If anyone claims that he is simply winning by sympathy votes because he is blind, I think the authority should have considered making it clear that the SuperStar and all contestants shouldn't be blind. But hey, this begs the question whether one of the criteria for being a SuperStar should be one of good vision. Are we out for a medical showcase then, or what? Maybe we should after all sympathize, not towards Tan Wei Lian but those who got beat down by him. They could have chosen a better time to participate.

At ay rate, judging who sings better is, in actual fact, a subjective matter. What one likes, the other might dislike. So for those who are anti-TWL, I feel miserable for you because there are more people who likes Tan Wei Lian than your kind. It works pretty much like the election of any constitution. One simply couldn't please all people. Furthermore, if the public should be the voters and judges, we should trust their choice. Afterall, the SuperStar should be accepted by the public and in this case, by their votes. If there's any one good reason that Tan Wei Lian's competitors lost, it is that their supporters had not been voting hard enough. So what if you don't like our president, S. R. Nathan? Live with the fact!

Personally, I have not seen any of the Project SuperStar shows. But I am still able to comment that music should be one flowing out of the heart while that of a good music should be one that is able to touch the hearts of many. A nice harmonize sound is not music per se. He may not have eyes to see, but that inconvenience certainly has helped in refining his music. And one's music is largely dependent on one's history. Can the rest of the contestants offer that? Or perhaps those who are anti-TWL have not come to know what is music to begin with? In case you are asking, I have not voted for anyone.

I have not heard others, but I have heard another blind street performer (pardon me for mixing up while writing late last night) once when he was doing street performance and I think he got the X-factor in his voice and singing. And by the way, for the readers' interest, I know which church this man usually attends.