Aisyah Aziz speaks out following heavily criticised Channel 5 countdown show

Nurul Azliah
Senior Lifestyle Reporter
Singapore singer Aisyah Aziz performed a rendition of “Symphony” by UK group Clean Bandit and Swedish singer Zara Larsson. The performance was accompanied by violinist Shalynn Tsai and electronic duo Rave Republic. (PHOTO: Video screenshot/Mediacorp/Facebook)

Let’s face it, Singaporeans are savage when it comes to criticising others on social media – and the latest victim of this behaviour is local singer Aisyah Aziz.

The 23-year-old shared her thoughts on Instagram on Wednesday (3 January) following a heavily criticised performance with violinist Shalynn Tsai and electronic act Rave Republic for MediaCorp’s New Year’s countdown show on Channel 5.

“Won’t let one bad gig define me. It happens, days like this. But I know how good I am and I’ll keep moving forward and get better. Vilify me all you want, I always come back stronger  ,” said Aisyah in her post, who is also a popular figure in Malaysia. 

Singapore singer Aisyah Aziz (right), violinist Shalynn Tsai and electronic duo Rave Republic performing a rendition of “Symphony” by UK electronic group Clean Bandit and Swedish singer Zara Larsson. (Photo: Video screengrab/Mediacorp/Facebook)

Aisyah performed a rendition of “Symphony” by UK electronic dance music group Clean Bandit, featuring Swedish singer Zara Larsson. The three-minute performance was meant to combine the singer’s vocal prowess with Tsai’s classical violin playing and musical beats by the local electronic duo comprising Russia-born Stas Madorski and Swiss-born Mathias Schell.

Unfortunately, viewers had few good things to say about the act. From being called a sloppy showcase of diverse talents to being slammed for the poor use of vocals, the performance – which has been viewed over 100,000 times on Facebook and has garnered over 700 shares – attracted harsh words that targeted Aisyah Aziz, the show’s producer, and the crowd, which seemed to enjoy the performance. Perhaps the audio quality sounded better in a live setting?

Here are some of the comments the performance received:

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You can view the performance here.

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