Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:00 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com): The producers of "American Idol" are offering a seemingly sincere show of support after the seemingly manufactured blow-up between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Following a leaked video of an altercation between Minaj and Carey, and even a report of a possible death threat, "Idol's" producers collectively issued a statement late Friday, saying that the current crew is "passionate, dynamic and invested."
"This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had," the producers say.
"We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can't imagine a better group to find the next American Idol."
The producers added, "Despite all the accusations and media speculation - much of which is inaccurate - production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge."
Reports of tension between Minaj and Carey erupted earlier this week, when TMZ published a leaked video from an "Idol" audition in Charlotte, N.C., during which Minaj hurled several choice words in Carey's direction.
The situation escalated later in the week, when Barbara Walters revealed that Carey had told her that Minaj had threatened to shoot the singer.
"She said that when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun I would shoot the b***h,'" Walters recalled on the daytime talk show "The View" on Thursday.
Very dramatic stuff. But many - including TheWrap - have suggested that the brouhaha had been ginned up in order to build interest in the long-running series, which begins its next season early next year.
Nice to see the "Idol" producers working to mend fences - and assuring that people will still be talking about the incident into the weekend.
Posted: 08 Oct 2012 02:26 AM PDT
AFTER a month of preliminary rounds held nationwide, an accountant from Malacca outsmarted other finalists to walk away with RM30,000 in the finale of 988 Be Smart, Pay Your Bill shopping sweep.
An ecstatic Loh Mei Hui and her three team members plan to donate part of the prize money to charity and use the rest to go travelling.
An accountant, Loh applied her expertise in the game. In the finale held last Sunday at Giant Hypermarket Bandar Puteri Puchong, Selangor, her team completed the challenge in seven minutes, 47 seconds.
The finale saw eight teams – two teams each from the regional rounds in Penang, Johor Baru, Klang and Ipoh – battling hard and smart.
The finalists were given eight minutes to carry out their task which includes solving a mathematical problem that would decide how much they could spend. Besides that, their shopping list had to include a few must-have items.
Much to the delight of the participants, they had 988 deejays Yin Yin, Kian, Anson, Yi Hui, Jason, Teddy, Mike and Piao Ming on hand to help.
The finalists also received a Brand's hamper and a RM1,000 Giant shopping voucher each. "Be the smartest and we'll pay your bill" was a fun and challenging supermarket sweep organised by 988 and sponsored by Brand's, with venue support from Giant Hypermarket.
A total of RM100,000 in cash and prizes was given out in this month-long campaign.
To witness the excitement of the finale, view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ZKdNEDmEw.
For more information, visit www.988.com.my.
Posted: 08 Oct 2012 06:01 AM PDT
Grab your chance to win tickets to Big Bang's concert.
CAN'T get your hands on any Big Bang concert tickets? Tune in to 988 and you won't be disappointed. Here are more radio highlights for the week:
The Feature (Monday and Tuesday, 9am-10am)
"I want to fight 10 people!" is a famous quote many will remember from the movie, Ip Man. The film franchise played a big role in popularising Wing Chun martial arts. On the other hand, Muay Thai, a combat sport from Thailand, is a hit with Malaysian women. Let's find out more about the rise of Muay Thai here.
Street VIP (Wednesday-Friday, 9am-10am)
A young Chen Sheng ventured into big cities, determined to make a name for himself as a singer-songwriter. Unfortunately, the Taiwanese lad didn't have it easy. However, through hard work and determination, Chen finally achieved success. Here's his story.
Music VIP (Monday-Friday, 2pm)
Sodagreen is one of Taiwan's biggest indie bands. The band is well known for its vocalist and songwriter's poetic lyrics, unique performing style and ethereal voice. Learn more about this six-member band which also features a female bassist.
K-Pop Chuego (Monday-Friday, 3.30pm)
Let's K-Pop (Saturday, 3pm-4pm)
Good news for those who failed to secure Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 In Malaysia tickets. 988 is extending its ticket giveaway, so you have the entire week to try and get tickets to one of the biggest music events this year. Oh, there's also a little surprise in store for the listeners.
Night Chat (Monday-Friday, 10pm-midnight)
Talented Taiwanese singer William Wei Li An will be hosting tonight's instalment of Night Chat, sharing inspirational stories with listeners. How will he fare as a radio DJ and will he be serenading listeners with a song or two as well? Remember to tune in.
> For more information, visit www.988.com.my. 988 is owned and operated by The Star.
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