Barely 24 hours after student Farisha Ishak was crowned the winner of Channel 5 reality TV singing show The Final 1 on Wednesday night, head judge Ken Lim made it clear that he wants to put his big plans for his latest protege into action "as soon as possible".
He wants to start discussions with the 19-year-old soul singer "next week or as soon as she finishes her celebrations". His plan is to work on her debut album as soon as the end of the year.
Lim, 49, told The New Paper yesterday: "I need to understand her, find out what her personality is like, what her strengths are and make sure she understands what is expected of her. This takes time and we have a lot of work to do to get her ready for the market."
Farisha, a first-year arts and social sciences undergraduate at National University of Singapore, beat rocker Shaun Jansen, 28, to the $50,000 recording contract with Lim's company Hype Records and a $50,000 cash prize.
She was the public's choice after votes by telephone, SMS and Facebook were tallied.
MediaCorp declined to reveal the number of votes received and the winning margin.
The two had battled it out in front of a 5,000-strong crowd at The Star Performing Arts Centre.
Farisha displayed poise and maturity in her performances, scoring herself positive reviews from judges Lim, Taufik Batisah and Kit Chan.
After her rendition of Run by alternative rock band Snow Patrol, Taufik, 31, said that he was mesmerised by her voice. He added that "a star was born... and her name is Farisha".