Friday February 11, 2011
A chat with Siti
By SHEELA CHANDRAN
Songbird Datuk Siti Nurhaliza now has her own TV talk show.
DATUK Siti Nurhaliza has added another feather to her cap by being a talk show host. The eponymous Siti is further proof of the award-winning songstress’ diverse talents.
Having been in the music industry for 15 years and dabbled in musical theatre (playing a prominent role in P. Ramlee The Musical in 2007), it’s a natural progression for Siti to venture into TV hosting.
Interestingly, Siti was inspired to host her own TV programme by none other than American chat show queen Oprah Winfrey.
“I’ve always admired how she is able to use her talent to build a vast entertainment empire,” Siti, 32, has said in an earlier interview.
The 13-episode Siti, which starts airing on Astro Ria tomorrow, is divided into four segments: V.I.P. Siti, Sentuhan Kasih (Caring Touch), Siti’s Perspective and Siti’s Symphony.
V.I.P. Siti lines up interviews with a plethora of political and public figures who have made meaningful contributions to the nation.
In the premiering episode, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad shares his thoughts on fostering unity among the different races, his passion for carpentry and secret to looking youthful.
The upcoming episodes will feature guests such as national football coach K. Rajagopal, eye surgeon and motivator Prof Dr Muhaya Mohamad, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar, also a columnist with Sunday Star’s health pullout Fit4Life, and founder of Jamu Mak Dara products Halimah Shuib.
“This segment showcases elements of inspiration, aspiration and motivation. Guests will share stories of their struggles in achieving success in their respective fields,” says the songbird on Siti Talkshow@AstroRia on Facebook.
Sentuhan Kasih zooms in on Siti’s quest to help the underprivileged. Each week will show her extending aid to a less fortunate family.
“The audience will see how challenging life can be, having to survive with bare necessities. Hopefully, this will educate viewers in our goal to help the needy,” Siti notes on her Facebook.
Siti’s Perspective explores topics ranging from obesity, foot problems associated with wearing high heels, baby-dumping and the K-pop culture.
“This segment is my perspective on issues and interesting topics. The audience will also have a chance to voice their thoughts,” she writes.
Siti’s Symphony is an entertaining segment where she invites a uniquely talented person in the music industry to be her guest, who may be a street musician or someone who rarely gets public attention. Not only will she give them a platform to showcase their talents, Siti will sing with them as well!
Guest musicians include nose flautist Bahtiar Abdullah, Johor-based rock band Mistaken Identity drummer Parijan Bibit (who was born without a right hand), musician Ismail Jejaka who uses a saw and a bow to create music, orang asli musician Sasimah Latiff and kereb (a traditional instrument) player Abok Angah.
Siti’s latest venture does not mean the end of her singing days. She is currently working on her next album and is happy juggling between singing and hosting.
Siti airs on Saturdays and Sundays at 9pm on Astro Ria (Astro Channel 104), beginning tomorrow. For details, browse Siti Talkshow@Astro Ria on facebook.com.