Akademi Fantasia logo
|Created by||Francel Diaz Lenero
|Judges||Fauziah Ahmad Daud (5, 6 & 9)
Hattan (5 & 9)
Adlin Aman Ramlie (4, 7 & 8)
Aznil Hj. Nawawi (8)
Edrie Hashim (7)
Khatijah Ibrahim (7)
Ning Baizura (6)
Fauziah Latiff (5)
Kudsia Kahar (1 - 3)
Edry Abdul Halim (10)
Sharifah Amani (10)
Roslan Aziz (10)
|Theme music composer||Aubrey Suwito|
|Country of origin||Malaysia|
|No. of seasons||Original series: 9
New series: 1
|Running time||approximately 3 hours|
|Original channel||Astro Ria|
|Original airing||Original series: June 3, 2003 - June 12, 2011
New series: June 25, 2013 - present
Akademi Fantasia (commonly abbreviated as AF) is Malaysia's first reality television show in which a number of contestants called students compete for the winning title and a chance to start their career in the entertainment industry. The first season premiered in June 3, 2003 and was one of Astro Ria's highest rated shows. The theme song entitled "Menuju Puncak" was performed by Juwita Suwito, who is the sister of the composer, Aubrey Suwito.
The format of the show is taken from "La Academia", which originated from Mexico. Malaysia is the first country in Southeast Asia to have its own version of the show. Subsequently, it has also been followed by Indonesia and Thailand, which garners positive response in comparison to the Idol series.
The show made its own history in Season 5 when Norsyarmilla Jirin was crowned as the first female winner, breaking the streak of male winners for the first four seasons. The record was later continued when Stracie Angie Anam was declared as the winner of Season 6. On January 13, 2011, it was announced that the ninth season will be the last season of the original Akademi Fantasia.
"Akademi Fantasia" returned for season 10 in year 2013. It has the same name as the first season in the franchise, and fans usually refer to this program as New Akademi Fantasia or Akademi Fantasia 2013 in order to distinguish it from the original.
Each season of Akademi Fantasia has 10 concerts including the finale, and starts with 12-16 contestants who are called students. However, in Season 3 and Season 4, a prelude concert was conducted in order to determine the ultimate students. Once the ultimate students are chosen, they will stay in a house called Akademi, practising songs, acting and dancing lesson, and other activities that are related with performing arts for a period of 10 weeks. The classes are held by professional trainers, called teachers, who have an established career in the entertainment industry. Diari Akademi Fantasia, which is aired on weekdays, showcases the students' activities in the academy. The academy is led by a principal, which varies every year. However, in Season 6, the academy is led by Ramli M.S, who is the academy principal of Season 2.
The judging system totally depends on audiences' SMS votes and Astro decoder votes (Astro users may need to connect their decoders to the phone line to vote). The student with the lowest vote will be eliminated at the end of the weekly concert, though in rare cases a double elimination, a triple elimination or no elimination was given by consensus of the production panel.
Nevertheless, there are cases where eliminated students are recruited into the competition through a voting line called 'AFMASUK'. In this case, audiences are given a chance to vote for all the eliminated students within a short period of time. The student who receives the highest vote will be recruited back into the competition.
The eight season saw a new change to the format of Akademi Fantasia. Instead of eliminating a student at the end of each concert, the elimination process is conducted in a new 30-minute segment called Debaran Akademi Fantasia, one day after the concert.
In January 13, 2011, it was announced that the ninth season will be the last season of the original Akademi Fantasia. In this season, a new format is implemented where students who do not show any improvement will be expelled by the management in a twist known as Operasi Gugur in order to give opportunity for new students to join the academy. The announcement was made at the end of the second concert in Season 9. In addition, the elimination process returns to its original format where each student is eliminated at the end of concert every week.
Hosts & Judges
Aznil Haji Nawawi, who hosted the show for the first five seasons, announced his retirement as the host for Akademi Fantasia at the end of Season 5 due to scheduling conflicts. He was replaced by AC Mizal in Season 6 and seventh season. In Season 8, Sarimah Ibrahim and Jimmy Shanley were selected as the new hosts replacing AC Mizal. In season eight, Aznil Haji Nawawi returned to Akademi Fantasia as one of the judges. However, in the ninth season, he is appointed as the host, replacing Jimmy Shanley and Sarimah Ibrahim. In the tenth season, Zizan Razak replaces Aznil Haji Nawawi.
As of the ninth season, the current judges are Fauziah Ahmad Daud and Hattan. Previous judges include Kudsia Kahar, Fauziah Latiff, Ning Baizura, Khatijah Ibrahim, and also Edrie Hashim. Usually, an additional guest judge will be featured in every concert.
Akademi Fantasia is also very connected with a programme called Trek Selebriti. During AF season, students who are eliminated in every concert will be featured in this programme which showcases their life journey before and after being selected as an AF students. Following the promotion to host the weekly concerts of Akademi Fantasia, Jimmy Shanley, who has been hosting Trek Selebriti since it first aired, is now being replaced with Khairil Azam Pilus, who was a runner-up of the seventh season of the Akademi Fantasia.
The main controversy during Akademi Fantasia season is about the judging system which is solely based on the audience through SMS and Astro decoder without professional jury. This judging system is heavily criticized because of allegations that most audience only vote for their favourite contestants, as well as judging the contestants based on their looks rather than their talents.
When the production team announced that Season 6 of Akademi Fantasia would be eligible for those aged from 18 to 45 years old, the show continued to be criticized for choosing contestants whom were rejected from other reality TV shows. Furthermore, the selection of two female contestants in Season 6, Hairina Abdul Halim, a grandmother of two grandchildren, as well as Siti Norsaida Tarudin, the eldest sister of Siti Nurhaliza were said to be the most important element of the season which was aimed to draw audience's attention and further guarantee vast publicity to raise the show's rating.
Since the introduction of the Akademi Fantasia, Hotlink has been closely associated with the branding of the show. Nevertheless, the eight installment of the show witnessed the departure of Hotlink as the major sponsorship after seven consecutive years of sponsoring the show. The sponsorship was taken over by Cerebos with its branding of Brands, Innershine and the Generasi Hebat campaign.
|Season||Winner||Runner-up||Third||Finalist(s)||Other contestants in order of elimination||Number of contestants|
|AF 1||Vincent Chong Ying-Cern||Mohammad Khairul Nizam Mohammad Wahi||Ahmad Azizi Mohamed||Siti Harnizah Tahar & Nurlizawaty Mohd Ismail||Azariah Suaymi, Adi Fashla Jurami, Suriati Abu Bakar, Rueben Thevandran a/l Ramanath, Rosmayati Sidik, Nurul Hana Che Mahazan, Sahri Mohd Sarip||12|
|AF 2||Ahmad Zahid Baharuddin||Norlinda Nanuwil||Mohd Aizam Mat Saman||Farah Diana Anuar, Yusrizan Usop & Wan Mohammad Khair Wan Azami||Edlin Abdul Rahim, Mohd Fitri Zainal Abidin, Anding Indrawani Zaini, Zarina Zainoordin, Nurullah Abd Hamid, Asma Ghani||12|
|AF 3||Asmawi Ani||Felix Agus||Amylea Azizan||Marsha Milan Londoh||Elliza Abdul Razak, Fuad Razlan Abd Azri, Nor Farah Idayu Yaakob, Syaiful Reza Mohamed, Amylia Mohd Azlan, Nik Mohd Aidil Nik Zamri, Norashikin Abdul Rahman, Asiah Tunakma Abdullah, Mohd Yazer Yusof, Mohamed Zulkefli Mohd Idir||14|
|AF 4||Mohammad Faizal Ramly||Lotter P.Edwin Edin||Nur Farhan Azizan||Hazwan Haziq Rosebi & Velvet Lawrence Aduk||Nordawati Daud, Karen Tan Lee Suan, Richael L. Gimbang, Nur Azilah Seeron, Nor Salima Habibi, Syamsul Hirdy Muhid, Amirul Azwan Mohd. Ghazali||12|
|AF 5||Norsyarmilla Jirin||Ebi Kornelis||Muhammad Nur Aswad Jafar||Nur Heliza Helmi & Candra Clement||Wan Nurul Zhana Wan Mohd Hanizan, Adyana Khalid, Mohd Shafiq Mohd Ramadzan, Nurul Fatin Yahya, Mohd. Farha Jasmen, Nonny Nadirah Zainuddin, Aryanna Najwa Ahmad, Hasfarizal Ayub, Muhammad Aizat Amdan, Gadaffi Ismail Sabri, Mohd Shawal Ruslan||16|
|AF 6||Stracie Angie Anam||Mohd Idris Mohd Zaizizi||Ahmad Nubhan Ahamad||Khairul Nizam Baharom & Nadia Haswani Hasnan||Marliyana Omar Walid, Ika Nabila Abdul Rahim, Lutfyah Sheikh Omar, Muhammad Shauqi Naaim Salmi, Muhammad Faisal Abdullah, Siti Norsaida Tarudin, Hairina Abdul Halim, Mohamad Alif Mohd Razali, Stanley Maringai David Impi||14|
|AF 7||Mohd Hafiz Mohd Suip||Khairil Azam Pilus||Afiq Hakim Ahmad||Mohd Yazid Ibrahim & Ismaliza Ismail||Nas Adila Mohd Dan, Ahmad Sobri Hasmuni, Zuzafrini Zulkifli, Rubisa Tiasin, Nur Fazelah @ Zizie Mad Tahil, Mohd Rashidi Mohamad Isa, Mohd Qhauhd Abdul Rashid, Claudia Fay Geres, Siti Aishah Bujang||14|
|AF 8||Ahmad Shahir Zawawi||Siti Adira Suhaimi||Muhd Shahril Firdaus Eli||Muhd Firdaus Maulana Mohamed & Emirza Azwan Zulazrin Chew||Muhammed Shahril Mohd Saleh Hussein, Erma Suhaimi, Dayang Nor Anum Arjuna Aharun, Muhammad Alif Kadim, Nadia Emilia Roselan, Zafarina Jamhari, Nadiawati Ainul Basir
|AF 9||Hazama Ahmad Azmi||Lenaber Hadir||Nur Syafinaz Jebat||Mohamad Azri Abdullah||Zulaika Zahari, Nur Atiqah Shariffudin, Roshammizah Rosli, Nur Suhada Jebat, Mohamad Amirullah Jahari, Fahrur Raqib Abdul Majid, Ahmad Afif Tirmizie, Nur Khaidir Muhid, Queennera Francine Francis Kitingon, Hairul Najmuddin Abu Samah
|AF 10||Mohd Faizul Sany||Hal Husaini Razmi[Hael]- Mohd Azhar Osman [Azhar] (Azhael-Duo)||Nadia Amira Othman||Siti Ruhailah Hussein, Nur Nabila Mohd Razali, Nur Aisyah Aziz||Kamsani Jumahat, Chin Teik Meng, Muhammad Ikhtiman Che Ismail, Rasmawatie Mohd Thamrin, Irmiza Sahabuddin[Irmiza] - Irsa Sahabuddin[Irsa](Irmisa-Duo), Abdul Suhadah Unding||12 (14)|
- Indonesia: Akademi Fantasi Indosiar - has finished 5 seasons. The show will return for the sixth installment in 2013 after 7 years of hiatus. Season 1 was aired in December 2003, on Indosiar.
- Mexico: La Academia - has finished airing its 11th season, the 12th season will begin in 2014.
- Thailand: Academy Fantasia - has finished airing its eighth season in September 2011, the ninth season will begin in June 2012.
- United States: La academia USA - The first season was aired on November 20, 2005.
- Singapore: Academy Fantasia - The first season was aired on 2012.
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