Musical Reality Shows of the Week : Critical Analysis

Some brilliant performances, but with a contract in the general ambience in both shows; while one made the viewers wanting 'Some more', the bad vibes in the other left viewers crying 'No more'...

Monday, October 29, 2007 | 11:47:22 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright: india-forums.com  |  Comments 18 Comments  |  6621 Views


The week saw the starting of Zee SaReGaMaPa L‘il Champs International studio rounds. The show took off brilliantly with some great song selections, brilliant performances, constructive and very fair judgments, good hosting and a very positive ambience full of innocence, fun and frolic, that befits a children’s show. The kids gave astounding performances.

Tough songs were rendered so effortlessly by some of these little kids leaving the viewers totally spellbound and turned into a judges’ nightmare to select the final 14 from the short listed 25 talented contestants. The performances of the Indian contestants were of such superior quality that the International participants stood absolutely no chance to match it up and all of them got eliminated. The title - “L‘il Champs International” now seems like a misnomer. It is still not very clear to viewers if more participants, who were supposed to join this week as mentioned by Aditya last week, would be joining at a later stage. If that is the case, then the question that arises is – how fair will it be to the contestants who got eliminated so far? Worth mentioning is the way the two eminent judges are handling the kids in this show,providing them all the required encouragement in a very subtle, simplified and playful way, without demoralizing the little ones. However, how far these little contestants are able to understand the technical aspects explained by the judges’ only time can tell, but yes, it could prove very educative for the viewers as well.

This week in SVOI, Irfan got eliminated becoming yet another victim of the fallacy of public voting or to be precise – of the regional voting. Irfan was at the top as far as the “Rest of India” votes were concerned, but after the addition of the votes from the respective home regions of the contestants, he was found to be at the very bottom. Alka's reply to one of the members from the audience citing that the show has some rules and "Usools" when she questioned if Toshi, Abbhas and Priyani could be brought back, then why not Irfan, seemed quite unpalatable as far as this show is concerned. Does the show have any set rules in the first place? The thing that one member from the audience felt as being unfair, was probably the general sentiment of all the viewers. The sliding TRP's of the show even though it has reached its climax stage, is the prime testimony to this fact.

If the new judges of SaReGaMaPa showed exemplary behavior, it was just the opposite in SVOI. The tug of words between Prithvi and Agni judges were unfortunate. But worse was the way they were pitting one contestant against the other without realizing that by doing so, they may end up demoralizing the contestants at this stage. The attack on Ishmeet by Lalit, almost blaming Ishmeet for the elimination of other contestants like Irfan and Priyani, was uncalled for. When the decision is left on the audience to decide, why is it that every time they blame a contestant for getting support from his region? On Friday, Shekhar with his mistimed jokes, and judges with their favoritism for Harshit when they were asked to choose between Harshit and Irfan seemed very insensitive towards Irfan. The creative team of SVOI seems to be getting short on ideas too. It was awesome hearing the stringed instruments, and the orchestra really did a wonderful job. But again, this reminded of the very same theme and stage setup of the rival channel show. Even the drama's being done on the sets involving the celebrity guests seems too far from original.

The fabulous performances of the participants in SVOI got overshadowed by the negativity and verbal wrestling between the judges. It left a very bitter taste. On the other hand the positive, balanced and fair approach of the judges in SaReGaMaPa L'il Champs managed to brighten up the viewers' faces watching such simple childlike innocence, thus making the great performances enjoyable even more. This little kids’ show is now setting an example for all the reality shows as to how fun can be brought into the sets without any unnecessary drama, thus making it more positive and viewer friendly.

Author: Barnali

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  • Posted on: 30 October 2007 at 12:11pmBhaskar.T

    Anything to Everything can happen in this show called VOI.

    The way things have taken shape till now I have doubts if Lataji will be there as judge whose ratings would be taken. You never know we may find Lataji has been brought there just to hand over the trophy. IT CAN HAPPEN!!! :)

    As far as judges are concerned. I think words would fall short to appreciate such great people.

    I have just one question for the whole team there be it the producers, channel house, Director, judges or the host : Do you all have any responsibility towards the contestants??? They are playing with the career of these contestants.

    I seriously hope this team don't go ahead with the kids show. If they do the same with those kids it would be the worse thing that can happen.

  • Posted on: 30 October 2007 at 9:16ampaulnarula

    Right on the money! The SVOI judges are so biased and make comments that are so hurtful to some of the participants. I suppose they think that they can influence public voting by siding with some singers. I think it backfires as people see right through them. Look at what the public reaction has been to Abhijeet's attacks on Ishmeet.While I think that he is the weakest of all singers left on the show (including Irfan), I cannot condone what some of the judges say about him in snide underhanded ways.

    I hope Lataji picks the winner with no input from these judges or the public. That will probably not happen for they are not going to forgo the public voting revenues.

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 9:01pmadvil

    Regarding SVOI siding a contestant, I think the major culprit there is Shaan's script,Every week he is the one asking who do you trhink will be in Chakravath, who do you think should stay. Why ask such insensitive questions in the fiorst place. A judge showing favoritism is bad, so is a hosts asking such silly questions.

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 8:26pmspsharmila

    Saregamapa lil champs rocks!!!!

    Sonu Nigam & Suresh Wadkar are handling the kids with lot of sensitivity which is really commendable.

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 7:54pmknumnum

    I thought SVOI wud be a different show where the real talent will get the recognition. But sadly, Even this show turned out be a disaster. Its just not right to blame the viewers for Irfan's elimination wen the judges themselves are biased and partial.

    I still dont understand as to why they picked 3 wild card entries. Isnt it unfair to the top 4. And becos of this stupid decision, the talented singers are getting eliminated.

    I really want to ask the show producers, Is this a Reality show or some publicity making show. Wats the need for them to create such a hype for Toshi. I dont really agree tat Toshi is the best singer and Y is tat Judges always praise him as if he is some 8th wonder.

    Coming to Irfan's elimination, This is the most shocking elimination in VOI. I never expected tat judges will be soooooooooo biased with the contestants. And they are supporting Harshit!!! Harshit has never showed any impovement, He just got stagnated at the same level since the beginning. And more over, his performances were bad in the past few eppys. Then how can the Judges support Harshit and not Irfan?

    As my frnd says, The judges really behaved as if Irfan is some stranger or a step child. He definitely didnt deserve to be eliminated. He has become the scape goat becos of this unncessary drama.

    Iam sooooooo not going to watch VOI from now on. Iam just waiting for the finals to see Irfan singing once more.

    My request to the production team: Please change the judges. They are all dramabaazis and no stuff at all.

    Thanks for the article Barnali.

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 6:36pmlive_life

    srgmp LIL champs rocks!

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 5:01pmsmartc

    I personally think that Harshit is a good singer. But his singing does not have that soul in it that would connect with me. I have nothing against the guy but the way he has been given preference over others despite not being so great in previous rounds is utterly rubbish in my view. I dont care how much someone is seekha hua or not! Yes, that learning may go a long way for the contestant's own growth as a singer but SVOI keeps forgetting that we vote from week to week basis and the peepz who perform the best should be given encouragement and support without any bias. Unfair treatment was given to Irfan by all judges and I thought I'd never say this but I actually missed Abhijeet that day as he was the only supporter of the guy in that lot! You call Irfan after he sings a marvellous rendition of Tadap Tadap Ke.. You give him your blessings and hugs, and still when it boils down to who you would support in the end, you go ahead and shamelessly choose Harshit over Irfan??? What kind of message is SVOI is sending across? That it is okay to stick to one person despite his not-so-good performances lately but one who is working hard day by day will still get the short end of the stick? Its appalling in my view. I used to be such a huge supporter of this show but with Irfan's elimination and the inclusion of the wild card round at an incorrect moment has really turned me off from the show. Now, I cant wait till finale.. Not to see the finalists wrestle it out but to see Irfan and Sumitra back!!

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 4:38pmammmu

    Good article Barnalidi, yup, for SRGMP Lil Champs, I found that either there were some who were really good or really not very good... it really differs though, but i hope all of them take sur very seriously... thanks for the article!

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 3:33pmumi82990

    Thanks.
    Good article/pictures.

  • Posted on: 29 October 2007 at 11:55ammaha786

    i totally agree the judges of svoi r completely biased abt harshit forst he is an expression less person secondly i feel irfan sings way better than the remaining contestants on svoi i just cant understand wht ppl r seeing in the rest of the singers
    as for saregamapa lil champs international the name shd def b changed i mean i can see more of the indian singers than international wht is the pt they had to keep the contest for the indian singers only no doubt those kids sing far better than the rest of the world singers but an exception has to b made in the end only the local singers will b left tht is all thx for the article

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