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Local ‘Idol’ worship

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Some 1.7 million viewers saw 23-year-old National Serviceman Taufik Batisah win “Singapore Idol” on MediaCorp TV Channel 5 on Wednesday, making it the highest-rated local English-language program since 2001, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres.

Via mobile phone (SMS texting) and phone lines, 1.1 million votes were cast during the final. Over 3 million votes were cast throughout the show’s season, which bowed with 1.2 million viewers on Aug. 9.

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