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Shahir AF8, or Ahmad Shahir Zawawi, (born September 5, 1988 in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia), is a Malaysian singer, who rose to fame after winning the eighth season of Akademi Fantasia. Shahir’s winning of the Akademi Fantasia, Season 8 finale concert is the first winning in the history of Akademi Fantasia for a student who formerly was eliminated and then accepted back to Akademi Fantasia by using the method of AFMASUK.

Shahir’s father’s name is Mr. Zawawi Abdullah (54 years-old) and a teacher by profession. His mother’s name is Mrs. Mahanum Othman (45 years-old) and a housewife and baby-sitter as profession. Shahir is the first child from 5 siblings. He is residing in Kampar, Perak, Malaysia and his hometown is in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. Shahir formerly studied at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampar, Kampar, Perak from Year 1 until Year 6 and then he studied at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Slim River, Slim River, Perak from Form 1 until Form 5. Prior of audition in Akademi Fantasia, Season 8, Shahir was an engineering student at Centre of Foundation Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia. He is also former member of Saujana’s nasyid group.

Shahir competed against twelve other contestants to win Season 8 of Akademi Fantasia.
Throughout the competition, Shahir remained safe when the voting session was closed at the end of every concert, but in week 7 concert he was eliminated after received less votes from voters. In week 8 concert, the AFMASUK vote was introduced and in Debaran Week 8 Concert he was accepted after received the highest votes. At the end of the finaleconcert, he was crowned as the eighth winner of the show, beating 4 other students. He took back the winner crown from previous winner seventh season’s Hafiz. Shahir became the first student in the history of Akademi Fantasia to took the crown as champions after being eliminated before and then accepted back as student of Akademi Fantasia by the method of AFMASUK votes.

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