Shortcut to touch the hearts of public - Go the Melodious Way!

Attract public attention by hook or by crook. Is that the motto of the channel houses in the reality shows when public voting is the decider?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007 | 10:10:49 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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In the first week of public voting, the ugly head of manipulation surfaced yet again in what could has been otherwise one of the greatest musical week. If in Zee L'il Champs, it was the parent’s and judge’s outburst on voting, then in SVOI Chhote Ustaad, it was the deplorable AV presentation created to manipulate the publics’ emotions to garner sympathy and more votes.

Jayant-1.jpg" align="left" border="" height="238" width="285">In SVOI, the participants were very impressive as they are always. Because of Nach Baliye finals on Saturday, both the day’s episode was merged into one turning it into a marathon episode. It seems the judges of the show believe more in giving superfluous adjectives rather than some constructive comments to rectify the mistakes of the contestants. But what was sore to the eyes this week, was the AV’s shown of the participants. The AV round for Sonia showed people questioning her age and even the participants being asked if she was really 10 years old or more which was rather insensitive to her. The AV also showed her father offering to produce her birth certificate to prove her age, something really demeaning for her and her family. But worse was the AV shown of the contestant Jayant. The production house was really insensitive in releasing the medical information of Jayant to the public. They sensationalized the whole thing. Why? Was it done just to attract public sympathy and garner sympathy votes? When he can see now, why make public aware of it and make a mockery of the whole thing? This is one fact that Jayant, his family and his doctors needed to be aware of, not the public. In which way was it connected to the contest?

When it came to sensationalizing issues, SRGMP L'il Champs was no way behind too. The outburst by the parents against the wild card voting results, to which the judge’s decided to give them a fitting reply, was in a very bad taste and unfortunate. If according to the judges it was wrong on the part of the parents to drag the kids into politics of votes and best is to let them just perform, then they too were very wrong in their outburst against the parents in front of the contestants. The whole issue could have easily been sorted out behind the screen away from the L'il Contestants. Richa Sharma as a judge was very good. She knew how to handle the kids - be sweet and honest at the same time. It was really sporting of her to step in as a substitute Judge when the regular judges walked out. Saturday again saw the same masti back into the show. “I Love you” declaration to celebrity judges will never be over it seems.

Another new musical show K for Kishore was launched on Sony Entertainment this weekend. With Amit Kumar as one of the judges, viewers are getting little tidbits too from Kishore’s personal life. But the first week, performance wise was not up to the mark. All the contestants are professional singers but baring a handful of them none could touch that level. Bappida as a judge is turning too monotonous and he was found using the same tag lines that he was using in SRGMP’s previous season.

Mission Ustaad as usual gave the viewers some wonderful musical performances. The show being connected to a social cause, it’s really good that they have Javed Akhtar, a long time social worker as one of the judges. It was really nice to see the way he was correcting the contestant’s reasons as to the selection of the songs and showing them the drawbacks of our society. The choice of Roop and Sonali as the Jodi at times seems bit unfair to the other contestants. These two have been singing together for many years now, and so it’s very natural that they would show the best chemistry.

Four channels now have four very gripping musical shows. While two are dedicated to children, one has a social mission and one is resurrecting the magical melody of the phenomenon called Kishore Kumar. To hang on to the objective of each show, the most musical way is the sure shot shortcut to public’s heart and getting show appreciation. It’s time for the channel houses to rise above routine TRP gimmicks and give something uniquely special through melody to sustain the interest level.

Author: Barnali

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Posted on: 26 December 2007 at 4:19am
Bhai log aur behan ne itna kehdi ab mai kya bolo....

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Posted on: 25 December 2007 at 10:32pm
I watched Lil Champs thru the uploaded videos this week and all the drama and the walkout that happened between the parents and judges was quite pathetic... Specially sad, since when Sonu came to the show - he said that he is going to correct the show, and now he is falling pray to the same gameplan... The channel should have clearly stated what votes count and what not.. else they are only cheating the common junta

In VOI, making the Jayant disability an issue is really in poor taste! He is such a fab singer and gave such an outstanding performance on Friday that at least he does not need anything else to give a very tough fight to Anwesha/Aishwarya or even win the contest.. I hope its not made an issue in the future... As for the Sonia AV - I also personally think that she is much older than 9 years old; but the channel should have confirmed that earlier before taking her in, isnt it? As for singing - we saw brilliant performances from many kids... Happy that judges take the final call in elimination and the weakest kid Alpansh was very rightly eliminated! Sad to see Jayant, Geetashree and even Shaily in the scaryland though..

Was just not impressed with K for Kishore as a show! Dont think will continue watching it anymore!

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Posted on: 25 December 2007 at 4:32pm
nice review. i stopped watching voi long time ago so i have no idea whats happening there but from what i read, that's just sick. it just tells me that i shouldnt start watching it again.

k for kishore is a really nice show, even though i agree the contestants have a big scope for improvement.

srgmp was just ruined on friday. although i dont agree that the judges are equally at fault. its natural for someone to get dissapointed and react in that way after hearing so much. akhir sonuji aur sureshji bhi to insaan hi hain. but yes, i liked the way richa handled it later on.

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Posted on: 25 December 2007 at 11:10am
It was really unfortunate that Jayant had to be put through this turmoil.He is a very good singer, but now everytime he gets good scores or votes, there will be a lot to say it is the sympathy factor which did the trick...why can't these channels realise where they should draw the line..?

I agree about the Parents Vs. Judges case in SRGMP. The judges and the parents should have sorted it out behind the camera and not in front of the kids.

Although all the performances of K for Kishore was not up to the expectations, but I enjoyed the show immensely.... the songs, the ambience, it was soo kishore. Sudesh Bhosle ji would make a very good anchor...and Bappida..well, when will he get above chirodini ami je ... and his gheese peete... comments.Uff

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Posted on: 24 December 2007 at 11:54pm
Need a correctionPlease dont get me wrong but i just want 2 tell u that the pic ur seeing in chotte ustaad thats VYOM not JAYANT.

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Posted on: 24 December 2007 at 11:03pm
It's true the whole SRGMP fiasco could easily have been done behind the scene. That the kids were effected was very evident from the way Loria and Sagar reacted on the stage. That part was really very sad and hope the judges and the parents both do keep this in mind and not repeat the same.

VOI.... What the production house did with those AV's is nothing short of sick!!!! To use someone's illness for their own benefit is just ridiculous. It's too sick to even get into discussing that part. They should be ashamed of themselves!!!

But problem is this particular production will never change. They will make sure to again get down to such a cheap level when next they get a chance.

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Posted on: 24 December 2007 at 10:07pm
I was upset with what happened on Friday with the parents, and what Sonu said was exactly right... unfortunately, i dont think he had a choice but to say it then and there. If the parents can fight about the voting in front of their children, then the judges may have to reply back in front of the children as well... hopefully this wont happen again, though! So so happy Sahil got in, but I wanted someone other Vaishali.. anyways.

Hmmm, K for Kishore hasnt really impressed me in terms of contestants, really nice to see Apurva there, but nobody has been sensational yet.. let's see, hopefully!

thanks Barnalidi!

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