Battle of songs.

Will Siti continue her reign? Or will there be someone to steal her throne like what happened recently at the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2002? A total of 30 songs have been selected for the three-day semi-finals which will take place at the Sri Pentas 2, Plaza Alam Sentral in Shah Alam today.

Each 90-minute contest will be aired ‘live’ on TV3 at 4pm.

The 30 songs are divided into three categories (one category for each day), namely the Irama Malaysia (Oct 28), Pop Rock (Oct 29) and Balada (Oct 30).

Only four songs will be chosen to enter the Juara Lagu 2002 finals that will take place at a later date.

All 10 songs for each category were chosen based on its strength and popularity in the weekly Juara Lagu 2002 chart which started in the first episode on Feb 9 this year and lasted to the 35th episode (Oct 10) recently.

Although artistes get the most adulation from the public and fans, the Juara Lagu 2002 is also pitting local composers and lyricists against each other.

This year, the usual famous names have again cropped up but a few new ones have generated more excitement in this race for music recognition.

Heavyweight composers like Pak Ngah, S. Atan, Rosli Selasih, Eddie Hamid and Rahim Othman have sparked the careers of well-known artistes like Siti Nurhaliza, Noraniza Idris and so on.

As for newcomers like Syazliana, Anis Suraya, Amilah Amir and Salwa Abdul Rahman, they’ve definitely added spice to the competition.

A point to note is the comeback of veteran Asli crooner Samsudin Lamin, whose decade-long absence was ended with the release of his latest album, Cinta Wayang this year. Samsudin’s entry is his hit tune Cinta Wayang, a self-composed classic Asli number that has climbed the charts much to the surprise of many.

Here’s the list of semi-finalists: Irama Malaysia Category: 1) Bagai Gahara Artiste: Ziana Zain. Song by Pak Ngah and lyrics by Ce’Kem.

2) Nirmala Artiste: Siti Nurhaliza. Song by Pak Ngah and lyrics by Ce’Kem.

3) Tenung Tenung Renung Renung Artistes: Datuk M. Daud Kilau and Syura. Song by S. Atan and lyrics by Nurul Ashikin.

4) Dendang Pusaka Artistes: Datuk M. Daud Kilau and Syura. Song by S. Atan and lyrics by Nurul Ashikin.

5) Hala Timur Artiste: Noraniza Idris. Song by Eddie Hamid and lyrics by ND Lala.

6) Cinta Wayang Artiste: Samsudin Lamin. Song and lyrics by Samsudin Lamin.

7) Joget Langkah Delapan Artiste: Syazliana. Song and Lyrics by Pak Ngah.

8) Joget Madah Bicara Artiste: Anis Suraya. Song by Rahim Othman and lyrics by Mega Mutiara.

9) Dabus Jodoh Artiste: Salwa Abdul Rahman. Song by Rosli Selasih and lyrics by Tok Wan.

10) Putus Kasih Artiste: Amilah Amir. Song by Amir Atan and lyrics by Khalil Shariff.

Pop Rock Category: 1) Jesnita Artistes: Exists. Song by Harun Ahmad and lyrics by Fauziah Hashim.

2) Julia Artistes: Exists. Song by G. Nola and lyrics by Loloq.

3) Indahnya Percintaan Artiste: Siti Nurhaliza. Song by Nyzar and lyrics by M. Zulkifli.

4) Cinta Artistes: Flop Poppy. Song by Fatullah & Baby and lyrics by Baby.

5) Jatuh Cinta Artiste: Liza Hanim. Song by Helen Yap and lyrics by Haslan Hussain.

6) Aladin Artistes: Spider. Song by Tam and lyrics by Loloq.

7) Permata Artiste: Anuar Zain. Song by Johan Farid Khairudin and lyrics by Azalea.

8) Slumber Artistes: OAG. Song and lyrics by Mulo.

9) Akan Datang Artiste: Amy Mastura. Song by Iman Wan and lyrics by Amran Omar.

10) Keliru Artistes: Nurul & Ajai. Song and lyrics by Aidit Alfian.

Balada Category: 1) Menadah Gerimis Artiste: Ziana Zain. Song and lyrics by Azmeer.

2) Bicar Manis Menghiris Kalbu Artiste: Siti Nurhaliza. Song by Aiman and lyrics by Lukhman S.

3) Kau Tetap Di Hati Artistes: Zul (of 2By2) and Liza Hanim. Song by Ajai and lyrics by Hani MJ.

4) Terkenang Jua Artiste: Ziana Zain. Song by Ajai and lyrics by Amran Omar.

5) Niat Artiste: Elyana. Song and lyrics by Patrick Kamis.

6) Gelisah Mimpi Artiste: Liza Hanim. Song by Aiman and lyrics by Alam Maya.

7) Asmar Ini Artiste: Fazley. Song by Ajai and lyrics by Ajai & Aidit Alfian.

8) Duhai Malam Artiste: Intan Sarafina. Song by Aidit Alfian and lyrics by Ad Samad.

9) Retak Artiste: Ella. Song and lyrics by Amin Abdullah.

10) Syair Si Pari Pari Artiste: Zamani. Song by Aidit Alfian and lyrics by Ad Samad.

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