Malaysian Dreamgirl Finale at 1-Utama – The Finals!

So it came down to the Malaysian Dreamgirl Final 3 for Season 1!

Adeline, Cindy and Hanis – Hanis being the clear public favourite, Adeline seeming to be popular amongst the young Chinese population and Cindy being expected to win due to certain ‘outside factors’.

The finale itself was held as part of Fashion on 1 at 1-Utama new-wing Oval, on the main catwalk for the Fashion shows.

I propped myself up on the photographers platform with Kimberly and Mike and my new monopod and got a few shots in.

The stage was set for the MDG Finale in 1-Utama.

MDG at 1-Utama

There was a pretty decent crowd in and outside.

MDG at 1U

And the photographers were ready on the platform.

MDG at 1U

Elaine Daly was emcee for the night, I was expected Sazzy – but she wasn’t around.

Elaine Daly

Dennis Yin (From So You Think You Can Dance) warmed up the catwalk with a dance performance.

Dennis Yin

Then the girls came on and did a dance performance with some black vs white theme (The final 12 minus Jean).

Final 12

The crowd enjoyed the show of course.


All the girls.

MDG Final 12

Then the fashion show started.

MDG Fashion Show

Jay seemed a lot more confident after the pressure of the show was off and she REALLY rocked the catwalk, she has a career in catwalk for sure.


Fiqa was fabulously sexy and rocked all of the best outfits, she has the height and figure for it and she turned out as many people’s favourite for the night.

Fiqa MDG

Hanis of course owned the catwalk as she does with style and grace, super slow and relaxed walk and good poses. She had super support too, everytime she came on the catwalk the crowd roared.

Hanis MDG

Adeline has the height and looks but she needs to STOP SLOUCHING and work on her facial expression…witless is definitely the word that comes to mind.

Adeline MDG

Cindy, still walks a bit too fast although she’s not as bad as before and her walk is rather robotic (not that it makes any difference!). She looks better with this new haircut tho.

Cindy MDG

Despite being one of my favourites, Alison went out extremely early. I haven’t seen her on the catwalk before but she was excellent – strong and confident poses and a very pleasant happy look.

Alison MDG

Our bloggers babe Ringo from Cheeserland was looking fab, obviously feeling a lot better after leaving the show.

Ringo Tan

Bubbly Val did pretty well, but I don’t think her look suits catwalk either.

Valerie MDG

Nadia was good as usual, she was a lot less fierce than usual too with a lot more smiles – very much better!

Nadia MDG

IMHO Eyna would make a great print model, but she should stay off the catwalk.

Eyna MDG

Mid-way there was some blah-blah-blah from the 3 stooges Kenny Sia, Lim Jimmy and Elaine Daly.

Kenny Sia, Lim Jimmy and Elaine Daly

Then some more catwalking (won’t bore you with that)….ok apart from these nice legs!


All the girls on stage for the final spin before the results.

All 11

Then the results…First runner up….Hanis – silence runs through the Oval….Second runner up (Cheers of CINDY! ring out) Adeline – double wtf! OMG Cindy won!

See Hanis face also tulan already. More below after the pics.

Final 3

Nadia had good support too.

Nadia Fans

So did Fiqa.

Fiqa Fans

I could tell a storybook with the before and after pictures of Hanis, but I won’t. Anyhow many people think that it not a justified win – but at the end of the day Cindy won fair and square (according to the unlimited SMS voting system..)

I think there should be a limit on the amount of SMS any 1 number can send for each vote (weekly as it is now).

And I think that the judges should have some input, SMS can play a part but it should be down to talent. Anyway please do bare in mind this a new show, it’s the first of its kind and it’s pushing boundaries in online media in Malaysia which is why I fully support it.

Yes the show wasn’t perfect, but it improved and they took the suggestions and criticisms in and improved from episode to episode.

I’m sad that it’s over but I’m looking forward to a next season.

To finish a picture of me and Hanis Manis.

Me and Hanis

You can view the whole set on Flickr here:

Malaysian Dreamgirl Finale – April 2008 (Details and Slideshow)

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31 Responses to Malaysian Dreamgirl Finale at 1-Utama – The Finals!

  1. June May 2, 2008 at 2:16 am #

    Kenny looks like a clown next to Elaine and Jimmy. So out of place Hhahaha

  2. Ling May 2, 2008 at 2:32 am #

    You know what would be a good and fair voting system besides the one vote per number thing ? (okla, maybe 5 votes, 1 seems so kedekut! lol)Do it like ‘make me a supermodel’ reality show in America. (which…IMHO…MDG has a lot to learn from that program) The judges pick the bottom three…and then the people decide to vote who goes off! Maybe you can pass this suggestion on to the organizers =)

  3. sutheshkumar May 2, 2008 at 3:30 am #

    I couldnt agree more tht hanis was far the best bet.
    i m surprised to see nadia. she was so different from the show. way smiley! no garang looks.
    cindy hair on tht day was BAD. like her earlier short cut tho.
    val. hmmm, o comments on cat walk. she did good lar. :p

    and it was nice meeting you too on tht day! see you round next time! πŸ˜‰

  4. fish fish May 2, 2008 at 4:39 am #

    Great photos ST. Hanis, Jay, Fiqa, Alison and Nadia looked great under your camera. πŸ™‚ I especially like that photos of Nadia, sexily adorable.

    Hopefully the next season will be more of the qualified 12 in the final. And a better judging system.

  5. Michael Yip May 2, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    WAH! You’ve been quietly sniping sexy legs ah… BWAHAHAHA

  6. tmot May 2, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    a very good post….
    did u get an autograph from Cindy’s dad? hehehe…

  7. charis May 2, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    They should do that they did in Rockstar, the bottom three will be determined by the number of votes from the public. Out of the bottom three, the judges will determine which one should leave.

    And while you are at it, please tell the judges to judge more and host less, and the host to keep hosting but to stop judging. And congratulate the producers for reviewing our comments/criticisms, and their efforts to improve the quality of the episodes. Most of all, thank them for being able to forsee the disastrous results by taking the necessary actions for damage control before the Grand Final. And finally, to you, my dear, thanks for the great pictures. Maybe they’ll hire you as their official photographer next time round πŸ˜‰ Please, also tell them that we need to hear the photographer’s views as well.

  8. Yatz May 2, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    omg..your pic of Adeline still gives me the feeling of dumb-blond-look..LOL

  9. Danny Foo May 2, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    Dude, those are some sw33t shots. πŸ™‚

  10. Oh Snappp! May 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm #

    OMG. HANIS SHOULD’VE WON INSTEAD πŸ™ and i’m disappointed that Fiqa got eliminated. sigh. i somehow personally think Fiqa looks flawless in all her catwalk pose pictures in yr facebook πŸ™‚

  11. ViaN May 2, 2008 at 6:39 pm #

    seem like hanis is every1 favourite πŸ˜›
    but too bad~~~

  12. wei May 2, 2008 at 7:34 pm #

    why i did not notice of this competition

  13. Simon Seow May 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    Fiqa is really great that night.

  14. jassed May 2, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    hi, did you use a flash for the shots, or was it natural lighting?

  15. matt May 2, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    fiqa’s the best! she will always be my mdg.

    and yeah, i think that hanis should win. hands down. the whole crowd was cheering for her. and when cindy was on stage.. nobody actually cared. cindy’s arms were like.. i-dont-know-where-to-put-them during her catwalk too.

    and yeah, natasha’s legs. WOW.

  16. littlepolaris May 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    Hey shaolintiger!
    Your photos look so nice and you made all the girls look even more beautiful. Great photography skill there!

  17. Ling May 3, 2008 at 12:00 am #

    I prefer Fiqa. She look so beautiful that day!
    sigh. If only she was in top 3

  18. Jia Ren May 3, 2008 at 12:14 am #

    Hi Shaolintiger,

    All of your photos is nice.Great work πŸ˜‰

    p/s – i prefer Fiqa too.

  19. ahlost May 3, 2008 at 1:23 am #

    Owh.. I got to know Cindy won through a friend before the clips were out. All the girls looked great that evening πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait for season two πŸ™‚

    Thanks ST for the cover. Won’t know so much if I didn’t read it here πŸ™‚

  20. grace May 3, 2008 at 9:43 am #

    Wow, thanks for the coverage as I didn’t make it for the finale.

    Certainly, Hanis is still my preferred champion for this MDG.

    P/S… Your pictures turn out really awesome.

  21. xess May 3, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    Yeah, boo! Fiqa should have been MDG!

  22. Elle Zhang May 3, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Oh hey what happened? I watched the first episode, found it completely entertaining and now there’s a winner? That was fast! The only contestant I remembered and rooted for was Jay though.

    As usual great pictures! I got a much better impression of the standard of the competition from these still shots than the first episode which made me cringe.

  23. jules May 4, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    You know what, the loophole is clearly within the MDG voting system, and if they are happily pocketing Cindi’s family sms money, I don’t think Cindi deserves all the abuse she is getting about how unfair she won bla..bla..bla..bla..

    Yes, I think Hannis is a better model, FIQA IS EVEN BETTER! I wanted her to win, but it’s ok because I am sure she will have a good modelling prospect anyway. But if the producer decides they should leave the final crown to the hand of voters, what’s the hostility towards Cindi?

    and reading some of the popular blogs, I have always thought Alison is a smart and articulate person. until the last episode that is! Alison sweetheart, you should know launching a bitching tirade isn’t very wise eh. Giving Cindi a piece of your mind is fine, but picking on her, getting personal and rambling on and on and on and on……..? Gosh! for the first time I am extremely glad she is out early :)!

  24. xess May 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    Yeah, I agree. Alison shouldn’t have attacked Cindy like that. Even though I do think that Cindy wasn’t a very nice person, and is a terrible model. But she did play by the rules and won(with rather underhanded methods). I do hope the producers learn from this error, and take steps to prevent these kinds of exploits in the voting system.

    I still feel quite upset that Fiqa lost out so early. She had some of the best photo shoots, was one of the better models and had the sweetest personality. Fiqa honestly should start a blog. I think she’d be very popular. Whoever knows her in real life, please tell her to start one! Fiqa, you have many fans!

  25. Luna May 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    tell me why la kan… why hanis isnt the first runner up? why?

  26. jessie May 5, 2008 at 2:56 am #

    fiqa has the figure?!
    havent u seen her in bikini before? look at the video clips in mdg. her tummy is bloated. shes just a typical girl.

  27. julian May 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    I was rooting for Hanis too. She was more professional at the end too – recovering quickly from learning she was 2nd runner-up and doing a decent walk.
    Cindy had to be reminded to do her walk…

  28. Death Note May 7, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    hahaha… from the video… it when Adeline was announced… it looks like she thought she won!! that’s why english language command matters, model or not..

  29. Jing May 10, 2008 at 12:12 am #

    i have nothing to say if Hanis is the first runner-up, then you can say Cindy won unfairly.. while Cindy got her family to vote for her, Hanis got her lot of “pakcik” and “makcik”. It is rather unfair that the production just showed the conversation of Cindy and her family but not the others.. Frankly speaking, Cindy is not the tea of my cup neither Hanis. I like Adeline more but I just don’t understand why she can’t make the good picture. And I have noticed that the lighting is always dim when Adeline took the photoshot while it’s never happened to Hanis. Thus, I think this game is not playing fairly anyway.

  30. chyu May 10, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Jing: thanks for ur support ^^

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