Gao Mei Gui was crowned the winner of SPOP WAVE! last night (Dec 21), but amidst the congratulatory comments was also a lot of unflattering talk about the Mediacorp singing competition being fixed in her favour since YES 933 is one of the official channels for the show… and she is a DJ with the station.
“Ownself give ownself la. It’s like Manchester United hosting [a] competition between Ronaldo, Messi and Fandi Ahmad,” scoffed one. For those not into football, Ronaldo plays for Manchester United while the other two do not.
Another pointed out that the competition is “not a level playing field for” Ridhwan and Sherly Devonne Ng, who placed second and third respectively, since 50 per cent of the final results come from public votes — the judges decide the other 50 — and that clearly favours the popular Mei Gui.
Of course, there were supportive remarks as well. “Let’s not use words like ‘rigged’, ‘bias’, ‘unfair’, etc to undermine the hard work of all contestants and the whole team,” one netizen urged, while another proudly declared that they “predicted” Mei Gui would “win from the start” because of her stellar vocal prowess.
The 32-year-old is certainly aware of what's been said, as she revealed during a phone interview with 8days.sg this morning, but she also has a response for the naysayers.
“A lot of people are saying the whole competition was rigged from the start and that it was made just for me, but I’m like, if that’s the case, then why go through all the effort to do an eight-episode show?” she questioned. “They might as well have spent less time and money to just help me cut a song!”
Mei Gui also addressed allegations that the entire show was scripted, including the judges’ comments.
“Nothing was scripted, and the judges gave us scores according to what they heard,” she clarified. “All of us worked hard to get through each round of the competition, so I hope people recognise our efforts.”