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February 15, 2006

Talent Hunts

Filed under: The Magical Me,TV — Roshan @ 12:33 pm

i had watched the first version of Indian Idol with lot of interest.. though my fav contestant Prajakta didnt win, Abhijeet Sawant was a deserving winner as he peaked at the right time…. his first album was brilliant.. i loved all his songs.. it was as good as Sonu Nigam’s first album…

and then came Fame Gurukul.. i had some interest for it.. i didnt follow it regularly… i liked Qazi’s personality but i think there were many contestants who deserved to be in his place.. Rooprekha was good.. but the quality of singing had already started losing its place in a talent hunt for singers….

and one thing i liked about India’s choice in both these contests is that they chose golden hearted people.. i liked the acts that – Abhijeet said that Rahul Vaidya was better than him and both Qazi and Rooprekha gave their frens another chance…
and now we have Indian Idol II.. i have no interest to watch it.. but i have watched bits and pieces once.. n yesterday’s result show.. i have read an article on talent shows in TOI… n i have taught a lot about it… yesterday too the judges were saying that sur wasnt getting its due, the contestants who sang well were not doing well in securing the audience’s votes…

i think the whole concept has a flaw.. first of all, the sole intention of these shows is to make money, not promote talent.. if it was to promote talent, then they would have done something like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.. now even this show is going for audience votes but here, atleast imp is given to singing, not X-factor, etc..

talent is there in all talent hunts, no doubt… but the best talent isnt being rewarded.. if talent had to be the priority, only people of good knowledge in that field should have been given the responsibility of judging.. in a talent hunt for singers, singing should be the only priority, not X-factor, dancing, style, make-up, etc.. if not name it as a talent hunt for entertainers n all people who can dance, make jokes, etc will come…
k.. if u want the audience to be the judges, then why do ask other celebrities to sit there n comment.. n when u give audience the power, dont give them incentives of glamour and dont talk about their decision, no judges, no celebrity talk on it… the only thing shown to them should be singing.. even background, feelings, etc shouldnt be shown.. but instead glamour is used to woo the audience..

n one more thing, if u have to take the audience votes, why charge them.. those who have money will vote many times n others wont… i didnt vote even once for any contestant.. i didnt think one vote would matter n i wouldnt have put 10s of votes…
such talent hunts, where audience get a chance to vote should be timed well.. doing so many hunts is no use.. too much of anything isnt good..

to me, the Great Indian Laughter Talent was the best talent hunt.. the format for a talent hunt should be like this.. no glamour, no background.. only after Sunil Pal won the contest, we came to know about his poor financial situation n other problems.. the judges were in the best position n they took a good decision.. now its second installment is coming.. i will have to see whether it retains its freshness or it goes the same way as Indian Idol…


  1. Your blogging frequency is unbelievable. Keep it up.
    I have always loved Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (even when it was without its Pa).Never watched Idols and never understood the craze about it…I had a post on that previously..

    Comment by Rk — February 16, 2006 @ 3:37 am | Reply

  2. “If everyone had superpowers then no one will be super”. quote from “The Incredibles”, yes,I agree that too much of similar talent search will ruin the real taste of it.

    Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is still the best, both the quality and the mode of conduct. I really like it. To be true I only watched the last episode of Indian Idol. so can’t comment on it.

    I too agree on the audience votes’ opinion of yours, but i guess this is the technology revolution, which no one can avoid. Today Mobile advertisements have become the buzzwords, so you ll see some major shifts in marketing, voting is just a start to it.

    Comment by atul tayade — February 16, 2006 @ 4:46 am | Reply

  3. I think these talent hunt shows are nothing but the way with which the telecom companies and the channels book a great margin of profit. If at all these shows provide a big platform to the hidden talents that why the talents coming out these shows can’t remain shining for a long.

    Comment by kaustoov — May 13, 2008 @ 2:54 am | Reply

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