KUALA LUMPUR: He may be a junior amongst Akademi Fantasia (AF) alumni but Syamel Fodzly from AF 2016 seems to have pop queen Datuk Siti Nurhaliza's endorsement.
The manly-voiced 24-year-old impressed audiences, and Siti, with his own interpretation of her song Diari Hatimu at the second AF Megastar concert last night.
"Oh, Syamel! Your voice is truly captivating," tweeted Siti shortly after Syamel's performance at the Royal Theatre in Shah Alam.
Syamel also earned an all-round praise from Netizens who deem him one of the favourites to win the all-star reunion season, AF Megastar, which began on Sept 3.
Some of them even suggested that he sing a duet with Siti after the eight-week contest is over.
Touched by the support from fans and Siti, Syamel subsequently posted a "thank you" to all of them for their support on his Instagram account.
"Thank you fans, thank you Datuk Siti for giving me a chance to sing your beautiful song," he said.
Syamel, whose performance also earned the thumbs-up from judges Datuk Ramli MS, Syafinaz Selamat and Ziana Zain, was announced as one of the Top 12 contestants of AF Megastar shortly before the end of the second concert at 11pm.
A pop ballad, Diari Hatimu is a track from Siti's 1998 album Adiwarna.