As the race for Indian Idol 3 gets bitter, Annu Malek speaks to
Telly Buzz about who he thinks is the best horse, to lay one's money
Your first view on Chang's exit?
Its very sad that such a great singer like Chang had to go. I
really liked him. But then, that's the format of the show.
Somebody had to go, Remember, as the race slims down, there will be
more heart breaks not less. But rest assured, this good looking dentist
from Dhanbad has firmly arrrived on the Indian music scene.
Now with just 4 contestants left, how do you assess them indiviually?
has the ideal combination, of both a great voice and a superb personality.
Emon is a very versatile singer, but needs to work on the over all package.
Ankita's stage presence is mind blowing.
Prashant is the dark horse of this contest and may yet end up surprising many of us.
Playing a devil's advocate, who would you want to win?
Amit or Ankita. Amit is the find of Indian Idol 3. Ankita, for she will
be the first female to wear this prestigious crown.
Why do you keep fighting with the other judges?
The problem is that I call a spade a spade. When Emon was
faltering, I told him off. And the results were there for all to see.
Yes, I do argue with the other judges, for they act unfair
with some of the contestants.
Don't you think that too much emphasis is being placed on presentation?
See, Indian Idol is an audio visual experience. Having said that, a
perfect voice still remains the no 1 requirement. For if tomorrow, I
bring in a very besuri, but sexy looking chic, will it work?
Even the judges seem to be giving extra emphasis to looks?
Now that's where you are making a mistake. What we say is, look
after your health. Is it wrong to look good and fit?
You have been a part of Indian Idol, since the very beginning...
Its great. Infact I have been called the face of Indian idol by
the higher ups at SET. The fact that I alone survive season after
season, clearly shows that the public loves me.
The format is criticized on the front that what does audience know of sur tal. Your take on it..
Don't ever underestimate the smartness of the voting public! They
can choose the right voice. After all, could Annu Malik
have become what he is today, without the janta's support? They
are the ones who buy my cd's.
Will the contestant get work, after they finish from here?
See, we have given these talented set of
youngsters a platform, the rest depends on
their hard work and determination. When we came up, there
were no such opportunities. Now atleast when they go looking for
work , people know who they are.
folks, here were the free flowing words of the most controversial judge
of Indian Idol. You love him or hate him, but you just cannot ignore
Author: Anil Merani