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|What's in a song? Plenty|
|TV's talent hunt shows do more than guarantee a singing career. Our correspondent looks at what they have done for winners and even losers|
Question: What does a reality talent hunt show do for you? Well, it gives you a career in the heady world of Bollywood playback singing, maybe. Discs are being cut faster than a participant can sing a song. And there's more to it than singing: there's money, comforts and instant fame. From Popstars to Indian Idol and Fame Gurukul to the recently concluded Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenger, we have seen a whole new generation of talented youngsters become singers, actors and even writers.
The winners must have more than a good voice. Strong audience appeal and histrionic abilities are a must. A middle class background and strife-ridden home state are also preferable. A sense of drama helps.
As Sa Re Ga Ma Pa heads into a new season, there's lingering criticism of the voting-judging process that launched an sms war between supporters of Debojit in Assam and Vinit in Lucknow. ''This time the judging process will be a 60-40 spilt: 60 per cent based on public votes, 40 per cent from the judges,'' says the shows producer Gajendra Singh.
''The voting system was introduced to make it interactive and give the viewer the power to decide,'' adds Kaul, ''It's upto viewers. We won't change the rules of our business because some (contestants) don't feel good about it,'' states Zee's Kaul.
Says Star head Deepak Sehgal: ''These are early days for reality TV. Let things settle down and people realize the importance of each vote. Three years from now, I'm sure we'll have better things to say about reality talent hunts.''
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