KUALA LUMPUR: Singers Syamel Fodzly and Ernie Zakri have been riding high with their power-packed duet Aku Cinta since late last year.
The Duo Star winners earned a standing ovation and a "big hand" from pop queen Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin after they performed it with futuristic stage props at yesterday’s Anugerah Juara Lagu 32 (AJL32).
Siti, who viewed their performance on TV3, described on Twitter that Ernie and Syamel performed "hebat giler" (superbly), and fans fully agreed with her.
One of them Fatihah Najwa tweeted: "Ernie and Syamel make a perfect duet!" while another, Fazlein Isa said: "Truly the best vocalists of the evening!" Siti's tweet generated 3,550 likes.
It was not the first time Akademi Fantasia 2015 runner-up Syamel earned praise from Siti. In AF Megastar last year, Siti praised Syamel for giving his own rendition of Siti’s hit song Diari Hatimu.
Siti tweeted "Oh, Syamel! Your voice is truly captivating" shortly after Syamel's performance at Shah Alam’s Royal Theatre. He made it to the final five of the talent show, but luck was not on his side when AF3's Idayu Yaakob took the top spot.
Aku Cinta earned Ernie and Syamel Best Vocals award which came with RM12,000 cash prize and RM2,000 worth of CJ Wow Shop vouchers.
AJL32, held at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, was broadcast live on TV3 at 9pm.