This week two new musical reality shows have started in two different channels, Star Plus and 9X,
to give company to Zee SaReGaMaPa L'il Champs. After watching all three
shows, one thing was sure - the viewers were left spell bound and at a
loss of words. If Ali Khan
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in Zee L'il Champs mesmerized all, then
in SVOI Chhote Ustaads, it was Shreya and the little kids in the
company of Kunal and Pritam who did it, while in 9X, it was the
incapability to understand the concept and all that talks by Simone
Singh, which left viewers flabbergasted and at a loss of words.
In Zee SaReGaMaPa L'il Champs
there were two eliminations to make up for no elimination last week.
Two popular kids Sagar and Vaishali got eliminated. There were some
power packed performances and Amir stole everyone’s heart with his
“Teri Deewani” so much so that Sonu went up to him to give him a hug
and a kiss. Rohanpreet’s Punjabi style birthday celebration was another
highlight – it was totally unique. Ali Khan">Soha Ali Khan
impressed everyone with her vivacious and yet down to earth nature. The
viewers could hardly take their eyes off her. She was such a brilliant
guest making the participants feel so cherished and wanted.
The Star Voice if India “Chhote Ustaad’s
kicked off without a host and the judges played the role of hosts.
Between the three, Shreya was most impressive. The atmosphere in the
set was very pleasant and very positive. The pranks, the songs and the
interactions were pleasant. While Kunal seemed a bit loud and “Put On”
in his presentation, Pritam seemed uncomfortable and feeble. As per the
announcement by these three judges - Kunal, Pritam and Shreya, the new
host will take over next week and he will announce the show format and
from their hints, it seemed like the decision for selections of winner
would be a combination of public votes and jury’s decision.
Mission Ustaad of 9X
show was a big disappointment. In their effort to convey the socio
economic objective behind the show, some how in between all the talk,
it lost its viewers completely. Viewers are as ignorant about the
concept as they were before the show. The cause is noble but the format
in which it will be executed was not at all clear. The three judges –
ARR, Javed Akhtar
and Lara Dutta
although all talked a lot, but it was
not clear what they expected. The show seems more like a remix of a
political campaign and Oscar curtain raiser interspersed with some
musical entertainment and looked very unlike a musical reality show. If
it has managed to create any awareness so far - it has managed to put
off the viewers. The 4 selected jodi’s are impressive, but hopefully
from next week, we will see more of musical action rather than Simone
wanting their reaction.
Three shows, three different channels, three different choices. We will
have to wait and see which one appeals to the viewers most, and
which one does not. All three shows have two things in common –
respectable judges, and impressive participants. Now all that remains
to be seen is the packaging of the show to hold on to the viewers’
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