I did not follow the recent Singapore Idol contests; only caught the last episode when the phone lines for voting the second Singapore Idol opened.
I found Hady Mirza to be the better singer. My family voted for him. I am happy Hady won!
When Taufik Batisah became the first Singapore Idol, I had shared in a newspaper, "The Singapore Idol contest, where 3 million votes were cast, could also be viewed as a mandate for equality. And the winner, Taufik Batisah, is a shining example of the fact that meritocracy, not ethnic considerations, mattered in the end."
I am also happy that this view still holds water.