Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Singapore Idol Top 24 : Sylvia Ratonel

In The Shower with :
Sylvia Ratonel
(nickname : Nurse)

I think Sylvia's 3 words are spot on. She is laidback, but at the same time, she's crazy too! And the girl has her own brand of funk - check out her broken-limbed, America's Next Top Model pic here!

Sylvia is of Filipino descent, which probably accounts for her amazing voice and exotic looks. But she's pretty Singaporean through and through. And although she comes across shy, she's also the resident Idol party animal :)

Quick facts about Sylvia :
Lives in : East
Occupation : Secretary
Favourite MJ song : I'll Be There
Favourite Judge : Ken
Single/Attached? : Single

Who does she think will win Idol 3? Farhan.

If music is your first love, what is your second?

I am a fastfood junkie! I like hamburgers and oily food like pratas. And chocolate can send me to heaven.
(how do you stay so slim???)

I love Mcdonalds, KFC and Burger King for a quick junkie fix. And if I'm feeling prata-ish I will whack the plaster (the egg has to be bulls-eye and has to be slightly runny and not totally cooked!!! YUMMMMMY) at the Shah Alam at Boat Quay for late night supper with my colleagues. <-- again, how do you stay so slim?

I also love to just chill at Starbucks for my favourite caramel frapp (ooohhh and the lava cake at Starbucks is awesome. You've got to eat it with whipped cream NICEEEE!!! Just imagining the gooey fudge *crinkles toes*) <-- definitely a foodie!

I also have a sweet tooth and my fav Ben and Jerry's ice cream is "Smores" ♥ ♥ its cholocate with bits of marsh mallows, literally heaven!

And when I feel like eating something spicy and seafood-y I'll head down to bugis for steamboat!

Secret Single Behaviour : What do you do on your own that no one knows about?
I don't eat vegetables...AT ALL...I always pick them out from my burgers. Unless its like the mushroom is stuck to the melted cheese then I'll just pretend its cheese and just gobble it. (tsk! Veggies are good for you girlfriend!)

I will be going down the cafeteria line and picking all the meat and swiftly walk by all the vegetables. Now the cafeteria auntie doesnt bother to offer me vegetables anymore LOL!.

I also have to HAVE mayonaise when I'm eating my fries (ahh, you and Ben can be mayo-fries buddies!).

I guess my deep set "hatred" for veges goes way back when my dad would carry a rotan and make me eat my veges hahaha. <-- so poor thing!

I know I'm definitely not the poster girl for healthy eating but I am trying to at least eat....*GASP* the lettuce....LOL! <-- good trying! keep it up!

I also HAVE to have a packet of Milo before going to work in the morning. Ooh and on a random note, I snore like a trucker but only when I am very tired. <-- so totally unexpected ROTFL!

summerr's take :
Judge Ken went out on a limb and said at the early auditions that Sylvia would be in the Top 10. Well, she's made it to the Top24 so far, but the judges apparently felt she wasn't up to mark at the last few rounds of auditions.

I think it was the pressure and the nerves. When relaxed, Sylvia is such an amazing singer (as can be seen in the videos below).

Sylvia needs to let loose and let her personality and crazy side come through on the show. At the moment, all her clips in Idol show her stressed, quiet and reserved. So come out of your shell babe, you know you can do it, and the fans will love you all the more for it!

note : A little birdy told me there may have been a couple alert as per the pic ... aw, we're sad that didn't happen - woulda been cute no? Sylvia and Jon :) Oh well, all the girlies out there are breathing a sigh of relief that Jon's still available!

This is a vid of Sylvia singing Rihanna's "Take A Bow", courtesy of her fanpage on facebook (link at the end of this post)...I really enjoyed this one. More vids at her fanpage.

One more, an impromptu vid of Sylvia singing "Mercy".

Make a date with Sylvia!
Saturday, 5 Sept Aug : Lot One, 3pm -4pm
Catch Sylvia in person at the second Idol roadshow where you get to meet the 2nd group of 12 that will be performing at Piano Show #2.

Monday, 7 Sept : Caldecott Hill, 9am - 930am, 987FM
Tune in to 987FM at 9am to catch Sylvia's first radio interview, alongside Sezairi, Duane and Gabrielle.

Wednesday, 9 Sept : Caldecott Broadcast Centre, Studio 1
Singapore Idol Piano Show #2, 8pm and The Results Show later at 10pm, on Channel 5.
Sylvia will be performing Duffy's breakout hit "Mercy".

To vote for Sylvia :
Call 1900 112 1206 or text 6 to IDOLS (43657)
Each call/sms costs 60cents.
Lines only open from 8pm on 9th Sept 2009.

Find Sylvia online :
Sylvia's facebook fanpage

xoxo, s.


  1. You are a blast with that Mercy song. I actually like the way you interact with the audience both in the studio and viewers at home. Good job!

  2. Hi Sylvia, congrats for making it through to the top 13 in SI. Fanstastic job with regards to your performance on piano show 2:) I must say I am rather impressed and delighted with your rendition of "Mercy". It was thoroughly engaging, enjoyable and energetic. It totally mesmerised and blew me away completely. In my opinion, it was one of the best performances of the night. I can picture you going pretty far in this competition. Just believe in yourself, do your best in singing no matter what happens and stay positive like what you have already been doing! I believe your idol journey would prove to be a very fulfilling and sucessful one ultimately.

    Don't be discouraged and as always remember to pursue your dreams and goals in singing. I know you can do it. Well done and keep up the good work Sylvia!! You have arrived. Sustain this quality of effort in your performance and continue to sharpen that knife of yours. I would be very surprised if you don't make it to the top 3 in this competition. Cheers:)

  3. Hmmmmmm someone commented that you, Sylvia can't sing and it is only because of Ken that you are on the TV...If Sylvia can't sing....then who can ? ? ? Ken spotted and he doesn't have to prove

    Well done

  4. The bangs u have on ur hair made u look much better compared to the past.

    The lights at the beginning of ur performance and the interaction and energy u have on stage plus the correct choice of song was the perfect mix for the best performance of that nite. I also tot, along wif Dick lee, that u were like the guest artist who has come on instead of a nervy contestant.

    keep up the energy and interaction :) and the right song choice also :)

  5. In short, u were appealing in that performance :)
    The only down side was u shudn't have tried imitating Duffy's slangs on the "yea yea yea" at the beginning and other parts.. also there were some pitching problems.

    But overall the energy and interaction won it the best performance of that nite:)

  6. Pls keep those bangs ! :)

  7. Those bangs make you look AWESOME.

  8. I wan to meet u in person right now.

  9. YOU ROCK!!!! OMG it was so good! I love the voice, I love the song and I LOVE YOUR NEW LOOK! :)

    YOu were the Best for the night Sylvia!

    I will vote for you, the next Singapore Idol.


  10. thank you so much for your support. i would love to meet you guys in person and thank you so please do come down to the roadshow this sat at sembawang to meet your top 13 SI!!

    Sylvia ratonel

  11. I won't be free on sat to go down to bugis so I'm going down to Conrac hotel to meet u !!! LOL!!

  12. I vote for Sylvia baby, yeah... (",)

  13. Your vocals tonite were good.. presentation wasn't that appealing as las week but the vocals were the main focus for ur performance and they held up. congrats !!

  14. You're very pretty & talented! :D I hope you can be the next Singapore Idol! (:

  15. sylvia, try to sing suddenly i see by KT tunstall, i think it suits your voice and style. best!

  16. Great site. Anyone knows though, if Sylvia Ratonel is Singaporean? Thanks!

  17. Hi anon, Sylvia is 100% Singaporean, born and raised here (she lived in KL for a few years when she was young though). :)

  18. Yeah, silly me - I just read her Asian interview, where Sylvia said she is Singaporean. So thanks, Summer!

  19. Thought she's half filipino, half european? she said that in her interview before.

  20. hi anon,
    that's her race - she's half filipino (her dad) and half eurasian (her mom), not european. Her nationality is Singaporean, born and raised here.
    hope that clears it up?

  21. hi
    this msg is 4 all sylvia fans
    don't stress out too much
    sylvia's already ahead of the rest
    but still vote but knowing she's ahead it's most likely she'll already make it the next round :)

  22. Yeah people!

    Scores are combined, so it's alright.

    Sylvia is way ahead of all the other contestants.

    So, no need to stress people. Sylvia will get in.
    So no way any of the other contestants will beat her especially those in the bottom 2.

    All Sylvia fans, relax , u noe & have faith that she'll make it so don't stress lah!

  23. Sylvia,
    Congrats! I'm so proud of you and your entire performance. Will continue to support you. Will pray that you become the next Singapore Idol!!!
    ...Mother of 3 teens

  24. Hi Sylvia, We are following you from Scotland! We are related to Ian Falconer (you know who he is!)
    You have an amazing voice - absolutely terrific that you are through to the final - best of luck from the McFarlane family!

  25. we are so proud of you... from your FILIPINO fans

  26. You are a star no matter what :)) We love you Sylvia!!!....from your Bedok fans

    -from Bukit Batok xD

  28. How can filipino be a race? It is a nationality. Just like Singaporean.

  29. OMG Could you BE more ignorant? Just cos Singaporeans have a separate column for 'race' doesn't mean every other country is so specific. So is it wrong for an american of italian descent to state 'italian' when asked his/her race? Cos thats what they'll tell you. Btw, in case you don't realise, 'Chinese' is also a nationality - ie the people from 'China', and so is 'Indian'- ie the people from 'India' or do you think they have separate 'races' there too?
    Its not so 'black & white'.
    If you're born in Singapore, you're Singaporean. Period.

  30. ah, i wanto post and i wanto sylvia to see this comment. sylvia, i love you to bits. i really wanto meet you !!!!

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