Singer Tony Hadley has helped a Singaporean quizzer win $10,000 (£5,800) after a controversial decision over whether he had said his name right as an answer.
Muhammad Shalehan had entered a radio station quiz but was denied the $10,000 prize when it was deemed he hadn’t pronounced ‘Tony Hadley’ correctly in the Celebrity Name Drop game.
Despite getting the answer correct, radio station Gold 905 maintained that he hadn’t pronounced the Spandau Ballet singer’s name correctly and therefore lost one point which made him miss out on the prize.
Muhammad had appealed to the radio station after the decision on 21 April, but they put out a clip of the answer and a statement reading: ‘As part of the rules of the game, a caller will be entitled to win the prize if his/her answer is fully correct.
‘A fully correct answer includes accurate identification of the celebrities’ names in the correct sequence, and the correct pronunciation of the celebrities’ names in the way the celebrity will pronounce it himself/herself.
‘In the case of Mr Shalehan’s entry on 21 Apr, his pronunciation of “Hadley” did not meet the criteria as stipulated in the rules of the contest. As a result, his entry was judged as not having all the correct answers.’
Thinking this was a bit unfair, Muhammad reached out to Tony himself to see if the singer could convince the judges to change their decision.
After his manager told him about the decision, Tony shared a video message of support backing Muhammad, saying the contestant had got his name completely correct, and that the discrepancy might be due to his accent.
Due to the singer’s support, the radio station then said: ‘Since Tony Hadley has said that Mr Shalehan said his name correctly, who are we to disagree?’
Muhammad, a father of three with another baby on the way in August told the BBC: ‘[I was] so shocked [but] so happy. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Mr Tony Hadley.’
He added: ‘My message to Mr Tony Hadley is a big, big, big thank you. His video was a great, great game-changer.’
However, the surprises didn’t end there, as Tony has since posted another video inviting Muhammad, the other winner and the radio station staff to his rescheduled concert in Singapore in October.
Tony posted: ‘I am delighted to hear that Singapore’s Mediacorp @gold905 have acknowledged Muhammed Shalehan’s answers as being correct in their Celebrity Name Drop competition.
‘Awarding both winning contestants $10,000 each is very fair and honourable.
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‘I would like to take this opportunity to invite both Muhammad and the other winner, Jerome Tan, along with ‘The Gold 905 Family’ to my rescheduled concert in Singapore on 10th October 2020, and to meet backstage after the show. Best wishes, Tony Hadley’.
All’s well that ends well – and now Muhammad will also get to meet the man himself in October too.
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