It was another musical weekend with plenty of options to choose from.
While Mission Ustaad aced it on both the days, the other three shows
were not as impressive on Friday. But on Saturday, it was indeed a
treat for all music lovers. Be it the retro nostalgia, or masti or
salute to life – the viewers could not have asked for a better
SRGMP this Friday saw the
elimination of Smita - A justified elimination by the public
considering the below par performance by her in the last few episodes.
Friday the theme was Sufi songs and none of the kids performed as
expected, except for Anamika and Vasundhara. But Saturday they all made
up for their lack luster performance of Friday with Rohanpreet making a
comeback. Vaishali’s non stop chatter is proving quite a distraction
and bothersome. Even the judges felt the same and were quite vocal
about it. In a kids show such fun are a part of packaging to make the
show more entertaining but the producers seems to be now over doing it.
Vaishali getting all "A" grades even after giving out one of the worse
performance brings forth serious questions on the judge’s grading
system. Throat problem was the reason for the grades was Sonu's
explanation - Then why did Smita have to face flak from Sonu in an
earlier round for the same reason??
As usual on Saturday SVOI had a
brilliant episode and all the contestants’ performance was simply
outstanding except for Areeb. It was indeed heartening to see such
young kids do full justice to the songs they sang. Friday's acid test
saw Abeer getting eliminated even after a better performance than
Areeb. How fair are the judges in giving Areeb another chance
especially when he is failing to deliver repeatedly? Reason given by
Kunal that Areeb has more potential in future brings a question in mind
– then what is the purpose of the Acid Test? One thing that stood out
like a sore thumb on Friday was the difference of opinion between the
judges on the elimination and crossing one another on the choice in
front of camera. It has a very negative impact on the contestants and
does not reflect well on judgment. The judges are carrying regionalism
bit too far by making repeated calls for votes exclusively to the
respective home states of their favourite contestant. There was an
announcement of a challenger joining the fray sometime in future. But
at this late stage of the game how fair will that be to the remaining
participants who have literally gone through the acid tests to reach
where they are today?
K for Kishore contestants are
improving with every episode. Apurva on Saturday gave the best
performance till date of the whole show. But host Babul needs to
improve when it comes to his anchoring capabilities. He looks very out
of place beside the bubbly Rajeshwari, his co-host. The show this week
had special guest singer another Kishore fan – Romit Majumdar who also
gave a brilliant performance. This week again, there was a tie at the
bottom and after a test by the judges saw Saurabh getting eliminated.
Kunal Khemu was the special guest on Friday. He himself is an ardent
Kishore fan and made sure to sing and also provide some good
constructive criticism to the participants. It was nice to watch this
new side of Kunal.
Mission Ustaad as usual had an awesome weekend. The theme this week was “Zindagi Salaam”
and contestants had to sing songs based on the theme. Most contestants
chose AIDS as their subject. The show is treating the viewers with some
mind blowing performances, but most of the time the songs don’t match
the theme even though the thought and message behind the selections are
awesome. This week again saw Kailash-Mahalaxmi at the top while
Naresh-Sweta even after giving some brilliant performances, are getting
very low percentage of votes.
Public voting is one factor that still has a lot of room for
improvement. Better singers like Anvesha has to see the darkness and
uncertainty of the scary-land while another good singer - Rohit already
had to bid adieu. Its time Naresh–Sweta also get some appreciation. It
is really time for public to vote judiciously and make sure only the
musically better ones are selected over other factors.
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