Hady Mirza bounces back after bad year to co-win Malaysian music reality show Gegar Vaganza

Former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza was named co-winner of the sixth season of Malaysian television singing show Gegar Vaganza, sharing the first place spot with Malaysian singer Naqiu.

This is the first time the annual Malaysian reality singing competition that features regional veteran singers has had two winners.

Both winners took home RM100,000 (S$32,700), a trophy, a holiday to Eastern Europe and the Middle East, home renovation packages and hotel stays.

Jatt Ali, Singapore singer of veteran band Black Dog Bone, was the runner-up and won RM30,000 in cash.

The finale was broadcast live from MBSA Auditorium Hall in Shah Alam on Dec 22.

The judging panel for the show - made up of music veterans Datuk Ramli MS, Hetty Koes Endang and fashion designer Datuk Rizalman - gave both Hady, 39 and Naqiu, 33, a score of 87 per cent.

Singaporeans and Malaysians have expressed support for Hady whose comeback comes after a difficult year.

He left the entertainment industry in 2013 and in 2017, a post went viral about him becoming a Grab driver.

In 2018, he was arrested for drug offences but bounced back and restarted his music career earlier this year.

Stomper Gunawan said: "Congrats brother Hady.

"We are proud of you. 

"Singapore Idol, Asian Idol and 2019 Gegar Vaganza winner."

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Home Affairs Amrin Amin congratulated Hady on his Facebook page as well.

Hady Mirza and Naqiu Boboy rock! Congrats to our co-winners of Malaysia’s Astro Gegar Vaganza 2019!

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Posted by Amrin Amin on Sunday, 22 December 2019

Hady posted videos on his Instagram page the morning after winning the competition (Nov 23) thanking his family and friends.