Arrogance vs confidence

20 Nov

I came across Taufik Batisah’s first audition on Singapore Idol from back in 2004. The voice-over starts out by telling the audience it’s dangerous to be “overconfident” and “arrogant” when leaving a first impression.

What exactly did Taufik do to make the judges think he had a huge ego? Nothing much – he just walked and sang like he knew what he was doing. I can’t imagine an American Idol judge tearing into a contestant this way, especially in a competition where you’re supposed to sell yourself.

Maybe it’s simply an Asian trait to go the other extreme when it comes to modesty?

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