Tomok born Shah Indrawan bin Ismail on 17th May 1984 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a Malaysian singer and the winner of the third season of One in a Million (OIAM), a reality TV singing competition. He became the first male contestant and the first recording artist to do so in the history of the competition. He is also the lead vocalist of a Malaysian band called New Boyz. He is the fourth of six . His older brother Ismaliza Ismail (Isma) is also a singer and participated in Akademi Fantasia Season 7. Tomok is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Creative Industries Management at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) campus in Kuala Lumpur.
He started singing at the age of 8 and was inspired by his favourite group, Exist after he went to see their concert in 1992. Tomok also named Tan Sri P. Ramlee as his idol. His nickname “Tomok” was given to him by his childhood friends as he was known to be the chubby kid in the neighbourhood. Tomok is derived from the two Bahasa Malaysia words “Tamak”; meaning ‘Glutton’ and “Gemok”; meaning “Fat”, thus Tomok.
At the age of 15 he was enrolled as the lead singer of a band called New Boyz. He gained instant fame with the band. However as the years went by their popularity waned . Tomok recorded six albums together with New Boyz between 1999 and 2008. While with New Boyz, Tomok was often criticised by the public for singing with a nasal voice . In one of the OIAM episodes, Tomok mentioned that the band was pelted with stones during some of their live performances.
Tomok One in a Million
Tomok signed-up for the audition of the third season of a reality TV singing competition called One in a Million organised by local TV station, 8TV in December 2008. As the show has a reputation of selecting only the best talent and voice around the nation, many predicted that he wouldn’t advance far in the competition.
Tomok went into the audition with his guitar and a new image, but one of the judges, i.e.; Paul Moss commented that his new image is like “a busker in the LRT station”. During the audition Tomok was asked by Syafinaz on what is to become of New Boyz. He explained that the band is still around and he would still be with the band. His band mates actually encouraged and supported him to try out for the show. Even though both judges weren’t too impressed with Tomok during the audition, he was given a pass through to the next round because both judges think that he has the talent and potential.
One of the show’s hosts, Awal Ashaari congratulated him after the audition, for advancing to the next round and thanked him for participating in the competition. Awal also wished that through OIAM, Tomok would be able to portray a different image from what he was previously known.
Tomok sang Jeritan Batin Ku for the blind test and passed in the Top 80. In the Top 60 elimination round, which was the group singing round, he, Farmy, Nine, Sam, Affan, and Zack were assigned to sing M. Nasir’s song, Juwita (Citra Terindah). Tomok chose Nor Rasfan as his duet partner for the Top 40 elimination, which was a duet, and they sang Mentera Semerah Padi (M. Nasir). While he made it to the next round, his duet partner didn’t.
Tomok sang Carefree’s Belaian Jiwa during the final elimination round, i.e.; Top 20. Syafinaz commented that the direction of which he had shown during the course of the elimination round was rather confusing. After Paul Moss delivered the judges’ decision, it took a while for Tomok to realise that he was chosen to be in the Top 12.
Tomok kicked off his campaign in the OIAM3 Top 12 by singing Faizal Tahir’s Coba. After the performance, both judges urged him to prove that he deserves to be in the competition. However, Paul Moss also commented that the dramatic knee drop that he did for the performance was vomit worthy. After he was criticised for not making the right song choice for the Top 11 show, Tomok made his breakthrough performance in the Top 10 Week with his rendition of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love. For the Songwriter’s Week (Top 9), Tomok brilliantly executed the challenge that was set out for the week and delivered Meet Uncle Hussein’s La La La Kerjalah with his own style and musical arrangement. As he has cleverly changed the song to suit his style, he was granted Immunity for that performance.
After a disappointing performance in the Top 8, Tomok chose to perform Ingin Bersamamu, Syafinaz’s hit song in the following week. It was regarded as a risky move, but it bore fruit when he was granted his second Immunity. Syafinaz even branded him as musically smart. However, the guest judge, Francesca Peter didn’t fancy his version of the song. Tomok once again captivated the audience with his version of Rihanna’s Umbrella in the Top 6. Paul Moss predicted that he would be one of the finalists for the Grand Finals. In the Top 6 episode, as a response to one of Marion’s question, Tomok revealed that he had tried a solo act before, but he couldn’t manage to gain the public’s trust in his credibility. He believes that OIAM is the perfect platform to display his talent and show that he can perform a solo act.
He performed Aku Cinta Padamu for the Dato’ Sheila Majid themed week, h and Syafinaz remarked that if Immunity were still up for grabs, he would be the rightful winner of it for the week. Paul Moss called it a class act. Tomok paid tribute to Alleycats, one of Malaysia’s greatest bandsin the Top 4-week by singing a medley of the group’s songs. He cited that the in Concert theme posed the biggest challenge for him throughout the competition as he has to find the right song for the week’s performance.
In the Top 3 performance for Coba, he donned spectacles and strummed his guitar for the first and only time in the competition. He attributed his lack of playing guitar on stage to one of Paul’s comments during the audition. In the episode, Tomok mentioned that he felt that OIAM had managed to unearth his talent and make him feel like being again in the music industry.
At the Grand Finals of OIAM 3, on 1 May 2009, he emerged as the winner of the show by gaining 39.3% of the SMS votes, followed by Esther with 33.29% and Aweera, 27.41%. He became the first male contestant and the first recording artist to do so in the history of the competition. Earlier that night, Tomok was announced as the contestant having the least votes amongst the three and was up for elimination. Fortunately, he was saved from elimination as a result of a week-long opinion poll set up by 8TV in which fans chose all three to compete rather than only two of them.
In the Grand Finals, he performed a cover of Aizat’s Hanya Kau Yang Mampu and a new song, Rindu Terhenti . Paul Moss called it a class performance and Syafinaz regarded it as the best performance of the night. The win was viewed by many as a triumphant comeback for Tomok in the music industry. His involvement in OIAM has managed to shed his previous image and transformed him to a better singer and performer. The public opinion on him has also changed since then.
On 1 July 2011, Tomok 27 years old and Rahayu Abas, 32 years old married on Friday night 9.30pm at Dewan Serbaguna AU2 Taman Keramat, Kuala Lumpur.
- Rindu Terhenti
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KUALA LUMPUR: Award-winning singer Tomok’s Instagram posts of his firstborn Arriansyah Akid are proof that the 5-year-old is wise beyond his years.
He knew his ABCs, children’s songs, favourite animals and Pokemons, but who knew that the pre-schooler also had a knack for composing original melodies?
A melodic tune that he came up with randomly one day was used as part of the theme song for Astro Ria’s reality programme Rockstar Junior Arrian & Andra, which he and his family are featured in.
“I’ve been tasked to produce the theme song and was searching for ideas,” said Tomok, 33, in a recent news report.
“One day my wife recorded a video of Arrian singing some random melodies, which I found were catchy and interesting enough.
“I decided to use them as a base and tried to expand the melodies on the piano.
“And the result is the Rockstar Junior theme song and our first official father-and-son musical collaboration.”
Tomok whose real name is Shah Indrawan Ismail, also recorded the vocals for the tune with Arrian last August, said that the process went smoothly.
The singer said that he wouldn’t encourage Arrian to take up singing as a career, even though the child had shown some interest.
“I don’t want him to face hardship as an entertainer just like how I did. So the best thing for him is to focus more on academic and Islamic knowledge.
Rockstar Junior Arrian & Andra details how Tomok and his wife Rahayu Abas raise and educate their two princes, Arrian and Andrashah Iman, 2.
The One In A Million Season 3 champion added that by agreeing to be part of the show, he was ready to have his life be exposed to the public and judged.
“We’ve thought long and hard before saying yes. Besides, I’m used to criticism in my 19-year career.
“I’ve been sharing photos and videos of my family on Instagram, so my followers are already familiar with them.”