It starts at 3:25. Not surprisingly, Sherman received many negative comments on YouTube. Too eager to impress the judges with his vital capacity, he appeared as “angry”. Ken actually thought he was not good enough. At that point in time, Sherman probably thought that Singapore Idol was his only way to start a singing career and at 30, he thought that was his last chance. He was so desperate and so reluctant to take no for an answer that he had to be urged to leave by the security guard. I’m not sure how Sherman would feel about this video now, but I think he ought to feel proud of himself.
Like the minority of us, Sherman was beaten by expert opinion, on their turf and terms. His last statement on Singapore Idol must have been brushed off by critics. But just two years later in 2011, he had published his own music, showing off not just his vocals, but his linguistic talent. His album included French, Malay, Chinese and English songs. Though they were made on relatively low budgets, the enormous effort he put into the album is obvious. He even brought the cameras to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I’m truly impressed with the opera-style singing. Here’s the trailer:
Do you think you has proven the judges wrong? Worlds Apart starts at 2:57. To have inspired a young musician is the best thing that my book has done. The moral of the story? Dick Lee was right. There are many chances in life. If you believe in yourself and are willing to put in the effort, don’t care what the experts say. Just go for it. Support local talent. Sherman Ko deserves to succeed. His album is available at BooksActually.
© Chan Joon Yee