Well, that was an interesting twist. Hady Mirza, the second Singapore Idol and the country's representative to this regional competition, beat the crowd favourites! Even the judges hadn't mentioned him, when asked for their final comments.
Which just goes to show the wisdom of the crowds. Of course, Singapore was probably also helped by the "two vote" requirement, i.e. each SMS vote needed to include two singers/countries in order to be counted as a valid vote. That eliminated the domination of votes by large countries. I guess the final vote shows that either Singapore was seen as a "safe" choice, or Hady Mirza really can belt it out like the pros. Or someone rigged the votes ("kelong!").
Whatever it is, this will be a double celebration for Singapore. First, our athletes come back with 43 golds at the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games, and now we've won the first Asian Idol. Yay!
Sidenote: No, I wasn't watching the entire show. I only tuned in the last few minutes because I was curious.