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The X factor!
Usha Thomas
Monday, September 11, 2006  22:44 IST

'Fame Gurukul' (Sony) is back on SAB with a whole new look and a new name to boot. Titled 'FameX', this show promises to be modern and spunky.

Announcing this initiative, the senior VP and business head of SAB channel Vikas Bahl says "A large part of this show will have reality based content. We will focus on honing the talent rather than changing it over a period of time. It will be more cutting edge than the earlier show."

The channel has been airing shows like 'Left Right Left' and 'Twinkle Beauty Parlour' with a view to attract younger audiences. "'FameX' is another show that will bring in younger viewers to the show. The 'X' in 'FameX' stands for the potent X factor that is so talked about in India nowadays. We will be looking for this aspect in participants in their performances, singing talent and in every little trait of theirs that makes them connect with the viewers," says Vikas.

The channel will be conducting auditions across select Indian cities from  October 10 and will span over a period of three weeks.

The judges, principal and hosts have yet to be finalised for the show. The show is expected to go on air in the second week of November. 

Vikas concludes by saying, "The timing of the show is perfect. The winner will sing a song for the Indian cricket team and it will aired during the World Cup.

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Will Himesh step on the small screen?



   Fame X, the second season of Fame Gurukul, is going to be launched soon and the buzz is that somebody from the singing industry is being considered to be the anchor this time. While many singers are being considered, Himesh Reshammiya's name tops the list. So will the flavour of the month step on the small screen as well? Now that's something everybody will be looking forward to!
 
 

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By A.L. Chougule


When it comes to generating instant eyeballs, there is no substitute to live one-day cricket matches and reality shows. KBC, Indian Idol, ICC Cricket World Cup and Champions Trophy are the best examples which did wonders to the fortunes of Star Plus, Sony and MAX respectively. Now Sony's sibling SAB is following in the footstep of its peers and will air the live telecast of ICC Champions Trophy matches to be played in India from October 7.

"We will be telecasting only India matches because we do not want to disturb the telecast of our daily soaps and our 8.30 comedy band which are doing very well," says SAB's business head Vikas Behl, adding further that cricket helps boost distribution and attract new viewers.

SAB will also air its first reality show called Fame X, which will kick start in the first week of November. Once Champions Trophy comes to an end in the first week of November, SAB will launch Fame X, which is the revamped version of Sony's Fame Grukul. When asked why the show is being moved from Sony to SAB, Vikas says major audience for reality shows is in the age group of 15 to 35, which happens to be SAB's target audience.

Keeping with the channel's viewership profile Fame X will be given a complete makeover. "It will be cutting edge and will have a younger and spunky look," says SAB's business head, adding further that the auditions will begin from October 10 in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. The channel is also on the look out for a fresh panel of judges and new anchors too.

http://www.deccan.com/Sunday%20Chronicle/Sunday%20ChronicleD escription.asp#Different%20strokes

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Fame X for Sophie

Sophie Chowdhry

HiTLIST's favourite star sublet Sophiya Chowdhry, better known as Sophie, now gets a slice of Fame. Literally.

She is now part of SAB's reality show, Fame X (the hip version of Sony's Fame Gurukul).

Sophie is not just hosting the show, but she will also play buddy to the contestants and give them a shoulder to cry on.

The host with the most, eh? SAB is looking at adding a dose of oomph to the show, hence Sophie is their host of choice.

Hmm.

http://www.mid-day.com/hitlist/2006/october/145154.htm

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Four new shows!

Sahara One's Hare Kaanch Ki Choodiyan will give way to Solahh Singaar from next week. The Snigdha Akolkar starrer was one of the channel's strong properties, which is making a graceful exit at the right time. If Solahh... can live up to it's predecessor, it would have served a noble life. But Solahh, with its protagonist Meera, and those of its ilk on other channels, are living a very insipid life right now. Saathi Re's heroine puts one to sleep, and the myriad Betiyann (Paraya Dhan or otherwise) are yet to make a mark.

Which is why the new bahu of Kuch Kadvi, Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi, may turn out to be the surprise package post-Diwali. The sequel to Star Plus' Tu Tu Main Main, will feature the older saas and bahu team of Reema and Supriya, but the bahu gets her own bahu to add to their comic travails. This time on Star One, the sequel promises to be as good as the first, if the promos are to be relied upon.

It's another sequel on a sister channel, but in a different genre - Fame X will attempt to find fresh music talent from all corners of the country, with the X factor added. If it clicks, it would mean a fresh lease of life for Sab, which is yet to catch the fancy of the new generation, inspite of Left Right Left. Still, one wonders if a sequel to Fame Gurukul will work, when the first itself left behind no winners one can recall easily? Does anyone know where they are now?

One strong property that may do well is Sony's Bigg Boss, the adaptation of Big Brother. Even though the names of participating celebrities leaked by the media are nothing to drool over, the concept of a voyeuristic show should appeal to Indians.

http://india.indiantelevision.com/special/boxpopuli/y2k6/oct /boxpopuli25.htm

 

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'Our reality shows so far have not been any good'

Daler Mehndi on his new role of judge on Fame X

Sapana Patil Poojary

Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi will be on the judges' panel on SAB's forthcoming reality show Fame X. "This show is all about finding the right candidate who has got loads of X factor", informs Daler.

The 'Dardi rub rub' singer then explains why he is the ideal judge. "When I started off as a singer in my career, I had no one to guide me on how to dress up properly and how to present myself. In fact, not many people know that I was born in Patna and sxpoke only in Hindi. Singing songs in Punjabi was quite an achievement! But over the time I've reached a point in my career where I've started getting offers from big Bollywood stars to perform with them. I think I will enjoy my new role".

Talking about Indian television's new crush - reality shows, Daler says, "Our reality shows so far have not been any good. Fame Gurukul was no exception. Firstly, the audiences do not vote carefully and even the winners of such shows (including Indian Idol and the ones on Zee TV) disappear soon, without a trace. Through Fame X, we intend to identify candidates with God-gifted talent and then give them the necessary push to make them truly famous."

About the controversies surrounding the 'judge species' of the reality world, he vows to be clean. "I will never compromise on the quality of music. There are some judges who sympathise with the contestants and end up giving biased judgements. If I do that, I know I'll be putting the future of the Indian music industry at stake," he says. 

When asked if he will maintain his signature style of his jewelled turban and shimmering sherwani, he smiles, "Well, let's see. Until today, I have myself worked on all my costumes. This time I may even hire a designer."

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=19&am p;am p;articleid=103020062212269310302006221215187

 

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Palash Sen fooled

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Meanwhile, singer Palash Sen, who plays dean of faculty in Fame X, was fooled by a contestant during the auditions for the show yesterday. Shilpa Vaswani, one of the participants of the show had a showdown with Palash Sen as they argued over the term 'sexy'. While the girl kept insisting that it means beautiful, Palash disagreed. Later Shilpa challenged Palash that he had no option but to select her. She sang a Sindhi song that left Palsh spellbound.

The girl in question seemed pretty confident and she kept refusing to behave according to the judge's instructions. Later she performed another song well above the judge's expectation. Impressed with her singing calibre, Palash congratulated her and declared her selected.  Leaving Palash shocked, the girl then decided to quit the show. By that time, everyone was in splits and Palash was made to wear the 'Bakra' cap. Palash was later told that the girl actually works with the channel and this was just a practical joke.
 
"I know I have been fooled, but I must admit that Shilpa had everything going for her. Auditioning so much people makes me go blank sometimes, so I guess the channel guys tried to spice up the proceedings a bit," he said.

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=19&am p;am p;articleid=1030200622143065610302006221320531

 

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SHOWBUZZ NETWORK

Fame X, the second season of Fame Gurukul is back on SAB. After auditioning over 10,000 aspirants across the country, Fame X is all set to rock the nation with the 16 talented aspirants set to showcase their singing talent coupled with X factor starting tonight at 10.00 p.m. The 16 contestants will live together at the prestigious 'Fame X Academy' where their raw talent will be tested by industry experts, who train them vocally. They will get to meet and perform alongside some of the music industry's biggest stars who also mentor the contestants. Meanwhile cameras follow the students' every move, 24/7. Each week on Friday, the individual contestants perform live and the judges will nominate four contestants for eviction. In the moment of high drama, the faculty will save one out of those four contestants and three still remain in the danger zone. Every Monday, fellow aspirants get a chance to vote in to get their fellow contestant back in the show while, two of the contestants remain in the danger zone.

Every Tuesday you will get to watch the reality episodes, behind the scenes drama, training sessions at the Fame Academy. Wednesday, two contestants in the danger zone are pitted against each other where they showcase their performances in the caf round. The voting lines close on Thursdays and the viewer's verdict is announced wherein one out of the two nominated contestants gets evicted from Fame X. Fame X will air every Monday-Thursday at 9.00 pm on SAB and every Friday at 10.00 pm.

http://www.cybernoon.com/DisplayArticle.asp?section=xtras&am p;am p;subsection=showbuzz&xfile=November2006_tvtrack_standar d326&child=tvtrack

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