A more interactive Da'i, TV3

FOLLOWING the successful first season of TV3's religious reality TV show Da'i, eight finalists will compete in the second, writes Faisal Asyraf.

In line with technological developments, religious outreach takes on a new approach to appeal to all, but particularly the youth.

When the first season of TV3's religious reality show Da'i (which means dakwah) aired last year, it received overwhelming response from the audience. And because of this encouraging viewership, the station has brought Da'i back for a second season.

Airing every Friday, viewers will meet the new eight finalists shortlisted at nationwide auditions. They are Ammar Ismail, 25; Nurul Dayana Mohd Zahari, 18; Mohd Elyas Yusof, 27; Ahmad Izzhar Ahmad Nazri, 22; Nurul Amirah Mohd Azmi, 20; Wan Dazrin Wan Din, 22; Nik Ahmad Farhan Nik Muhamad, 24; and Mohd Annas Khamis, 22.

The winner will be crowned the millennial preacher and stands to win RM50,000.

The first season's winner was Nor Adibah Rozain.


Last May, TV3 held auditions at eight universities, including Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

Helming the programme as main host is renowned actor Datuk Rosyam Nor, who takes over from Nurul Syuhada who hosted Season 1. He will be assisted by hosts Tajdid Hadhari and Azam Al Kankari, who were first and second runners-up of the previous season. The jury are Ustaz Sharhan Shafie and Ustaz Harryanto Rizal Lokman. Their scores will represent 70 per cent of the overall marks, while the balance will come from the public.

At the recent launch in Sri Pentas in Bandar Utama, Da'i producer Shukri Ibrahim said: "This season will be more interactive. There will be a lot of one-on-one interactions, compared with group assignments in the last season. We don't want contestants to just be good speakers on stage; we want them to be approachable and have the ability to mix well with society."

Finalists will present sermons in mosques, provide guidance to youth in boarding schools and spend a day with new converts.


Mohd Elyas, one of the eight finalists, said: "Three weeks after the audition, my grandmother passed away. I almost declined the offer to be a contestant because I was not in the right frame of mind, I was still mourning. However, my mother advised me to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity."

A Science and Philosophy graduate from University of Malaya, Mohd Elyas teaches Math and English at a private school in Kuala Lumpur. What he loves most is sharing his knowledge, especially with youth so that he can play a part in forming their minds.

Rosyam feels honoured to host a reality religious TV show like Da'i.

"I enjoy watching spiritual programmes and Da'i is one of them."

Meanwhile, TV3 and TV9 group general manager Sherina Nordin said that she is happy to see the overwhelming response at all audition venues. "We want to produce versatile, high integrity da'i. Besides that, I hope this programme will help in shaping today's youth."

Present at the launch were Media Prima Television Networks Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Izham Omar, Roselle White Managing Director Azhar Mohd Yusoff, Media Prima Customer Service Group Managing Director Dorothy Empam and Sekolah Integrasi Masjid Darul Ehsan principal Mezlan Hamat. faisal.asyraf@nst.com.my

* Da'i airs every Friday at 9pm on TV3


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