Playing with the sentiments and emotions of viewers is becoming the mantra of the reality shows these days and after watching this week’s shows the question that comes to mind is - Is it fair on the public, the participants’ or is it worth it at all?
All the Pakistani contestants fell into the “Trishanku” this week in SRGMP, raising the issue of validity of fairness in voting. The hand of the rumor that had spread across the world via the media that these contestants refused to sing any Indian Patriotic songs maybe was the reason behind them getting low votes than they actually deserved. But what was humiliating here was how these contestants were made to stand in front of the viewers pleading their innocence giving an impression as if all three have been indicted in a major criminal offence. An episode which was supposed to mark the friendship between the two nations turned into a bitter one with all the three contestants and their fans hurt beyond belief. This whole explanation could have been easily cleared out behind the sets with the media, the same way that the false information was passed to them. Why make them face such humiliation in front of the world? Why play with the sentiments of the contestants, viewers just for the sake of TRP?
SVOI is facing a major problem in getting at the top of popularity charts.
The basic thing that the show lacks currently is connectivity with the viewers and with even good contestants giving very inconsistent performances is making things worse for the show. Be it SRGMP or Indian Idol, both show a very friendly and easy camaraderie between the contestants, mentors, host and the audience present, which in turn is getting the viewers hooked to the shows, something that is lacking very much in SVOI. The judges instead of creating a friendly atmosphere or encouraging contestants of other gharana are always found to be going after each other’s throat. With Sonu Nigam as the special judge, Indian Idol saw all the contestants and judges having fun on the sets. SRGMP in turn saw ending the Saturday episode with an impromptu singing performance by all the mentors. These very small minor points are making these two shows close to the hearts of the viewers.
Forgetting the lyrics by the contestants during their performance has become a part of every show. This week Abhilasha in SVOI was not allowed to give another performance just because she forgot the lyrics and could not pick up the Antara while in SRGMP Shekhar took this issue and asked Raja not to write the lyrics in hand. But the question is - These contestants, who are being chosen as future playback singers, will be given the lyrics during the recording – then why cannot they have the lyrics with them while they give the performance? Disparity in
comments and rating by the judges has become a regular feature of these shows now. If in SRGMP Mauli did not deserve 10 from all mentors, then in Indian Idol too, Alisha’s comments for Chang and Ankita that they were flawless was quite unacceptable. Did Mahesh Bhatt come with some special tips from Vishal of SRGMP to the SVOI sets as he was found whistling on the performances through the show? But best was to see Himesh smiling throughout on the show. Seems Poonam’s wish last week to see him smiling has made this wonder of wonders possible.
It’s about time the reality show makers sit and chalk out their main objective in running the show. It’s about time they take a reality check and face the reality themselves to see in the loopholes which is bringing down the popularity and compromising on the objective of the shows and it’s about time talent is given prominence over dramas, and humiliating situations.
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