Do I think it was rigged?
It would be very difficult to rig a reality TV show... but not impossible. All it would take is strategic planning and a number of alternative routes. For instance, the use of wild cards, or immunity (or withdrawal of immunity), even with the choice of the grouping and who you match people up with in different challenges.
Was S-Factor rigged? I honestly don't know. There are some who believe so.... and some who say otherwise.
I did feel (as I pointed out in my previous blog post) that episode 7 felt like a fix to me, because (I re-watched the episode) we were told by Max (the host) right before the first challenge started that the winner of the first challenge (paper boats thingy) would get immunity... but later, when Sherine won... suddenly the "surprise" was that there was no immunity. Maybe they should not have mentioned immunity for the first challenge at all, that way there would be no contention when all 3 girls are told to move on to the second challenge.
Yes, Max did point out at the start that there was going to be a "surprise" after the challenge. But if Sonia or Kay kay had won the paper boat challenge, my gut feeling tells me that they would have gotten the due immunity. What's the surprise then? That the challenge was not based on time at all but based on character (and patience).
But since Sherine won that challenge, we ended up with 2 surprises instead. That's just my gut feeling... it's not a sure thing and I don't have concrete evidence.
What about the last episode?
Yes, we knew that all 12 girls would be back in the last episode. But the producers never gave us details about what was going to happen. (Element of surprise makes for good drama). So I didn't know they were going to dig up videos of the girls saying things about each other, etc. And I didn't know there was going to be a QnA round for the 2 finalists. In fact, I didn't even know who the last two finalists were (as I was eliminated in episode 4). I did think however, there would be some form of voting (but that was purely my own assumption, and was not told anything).
Did both Sonia and Kay kay stand an equal chance?
I know that Kay kay knows David Furhman Lim (the FHM judge) and she has worked with FHM previously for a cover. Sonia, as far as I am aware, has no affiliations with them.
[With regards to FHM- I think the producer pointed out that other girls in the competition(including myself) appeared in FHM previously as well. I don't know about the other girls... but my friend (Levan) sent my picture in for the FHM Girls Next Door competition last year. And that was it... I hardly exchanged one word with David F Lim... so it's hardly anything close to the rapport that Kay Kay has with him. ]
But is this rapport enough to skew the results? I actually don't think so. In addition, the other two judges were from neutral ground. And I feel that David would not mind giving Sonia the win... as she would look equally sexy (as kaykay) on the cover of his magazine.
I think that even though many may think that Sonia answered the questions more truthfully or with more sincerity... in my opinion, Kay Kay did fair better.
During that round, Sonia looked defeated and lacked confidence. So if I were a judge, comparing the two, I would say Kay kay should win, because she did better that round.
Why did I pick Sonia to win then?
Actually... I was thinking about who to pick right up to the point where it was my turn to answer.
As a contestant, I judged based on the whole competition and how it was played by these two individuals.
And I realised that yes... Kay Kay is the ring leader in her clique (which includes Sonia), and yes, she is more articulate and intelligent than Sonia.... but I also saw a hard side to her.
That is why I said that she was like the Queen Bee... but had no problems letting her minions take a fall.
(By the way... when I said that.. the camera panned to a shot of Sherine's face looking sad. But I was actually not referring to Sherine at all. I actually meant people like Sonia... who came off looking so bad in the earlier episodes...).
I realised that Sonia had such animosity (and aggression) towards Kris... not because she was a bad person... but because she's (I'm sorry to put it like this) stupid. She was manipulated by those around her to hate Kris... and because she was the gung-ho one... willing to lash out at Kris, they happily let her do so. Let her take the fall... for their entertainment.
If I were Sonia's true friend.. I would have pulled her aside and talked sense into her. Kris did nothing wrong to her. In life... there are too many battles to be fought... you just have to learn to fight the battles that matter... and rise above the battles that don't.
But instead.. they willingly let her look like an idiot... and even supported and encouraged her actions.
So even though I started off disliking Sonia's aggression and "bullying" in the first few episodes... I ended up realising that she was a mere pawn and that she didn't really give her actions much thought. And I started to see a very human side of her. We all make mistakes.
And to address Kay Kay's statement that I should have defended Kris during the second episode when the girls were mocking Kris behind her back... Hello?? I only just met the girl the episode before.. I don't know anything about her other than her name. I didn't find it funny so I didn't join in the hysterics. What was I to say? That Kris is a fantastic person and all of you are bitches (when I don't actually know any of you either)? Or would it perhaps be easier to just join in the bullying so as not to appear the prudish-odd-one-out that the whole group starts to dislike?
Was it Scripted?
Many have asked me this. NO. It wasn't. Whatever stupid (but damn cute) thing Xuesha said, or whatever prejudiced statement Sonia made about Kris.... was not scripted at all.
What do I think about the Sherine-KayKay debacle?
I think that Sherine can blog whatever about whoever she wants.. and KayKay can't sue her or anything because she did not mention her name.
I don't remember exactly what Sherine said in her blog. But I do remember thinking at the time... that it was very childish of her to lash out at anonymous people on her blog. And not as if they were sensible gripes. But it was like " %$#! ......short....*blah blah*.... Fucking Bitch... with the Fake boobs... %#@&!!" type of statements.
And of course... if I knew she was referring to me.. I would hate her, not help her and leave her out of my clique. But to start printing out her blog pages.... when my name wasn't even mentioned in it in the first place??? hmmm... I don't know if it's an over reaction...
And it's ok if they bitch about Kris behind her back. But it's not acceptable if Sherine bitches about them behind their backs?
I also think Sherine could have manipulated the situation to her own advantage... but didn't. She should have flat out denied that the person she was writing about was Kay kay. After all... no names were mentioned. And Kay Kay would not have a case at all if Sherine maintained that it wasn't about her at all.
But instead, first she totally denied writing it. Then she said it was to entertain her readers (?!). Then she said it was because Kay Kay was unfriendly to her so she was angry with Kay Kay?? But I thought Kay Kay started being unfriendly towards Sherine only AFTER the blog post (at least that would make sense to me). Well, anyway... she did end up looking like she just cannot be trusted.
When asked about plastic surgery, Kay Kay did say that she would not have any plastic surgery but wouldn't mind small things like botox etc as they were not permanent changes. (I think this was during the first ettiquette challenge in episode 6, or maybe some other episode, but definitely not my imagination)And then in the last episode, they attack Sherine for claiming she was au naturel and hiding the fact that she has a nose implant. I find all of it very hypocritical as Kay kay herself is no stranger to silicon.
Do I regret doing S Factor?
Nope. It was such good fun and such a great experience. I've learnt some good lessons from this show (that you can't pick up no matter how many universities you attend!). And I'm sure all this publicity is good for the show.
If there is a new season next year.. I'll definitely watch it... I do find it damn entertaining. Such a pity everything had to be condensed into half hour episodes.
Ok.. now for 13 hours of torturous transience. But this time, I've got a comfy pillow with me (in fact 2! one for Mark as well!). Can't wait to be back on home ground. Back to skin pampering humidity! (it's too dry here)