The musical talent hunt reality show, Voice of India (Star Plus), had six of its eliminated participants – Jaipur's Toshi, Indore 's Priyani. Delhi 's Aabhas, Kolkata's Prantik, Ludhiana 's Arshpreet and a very reluctant Sumitra from Mumbai - belt out songs last week for the nation to once again vote for them. The concept of the show allows two from among them to return to the competition as wild card entries.
The upcoming episode on Friday is filled with drama, surprise and conflicting viewpoints. Toshi and the youngest singing sensation Aabhas are clear winners as far as viewers voting is concerned. But the fact that no girl contestant made it as the wildcard entry infuriated the sole female judge in this contest, Alka Yagnik. She minced no words at her disappointment over the viewers selection and insisted that as a judge she should be given her right to bring back a contestant of her choice.
Stars from the latest to-be-released Yash Raj film Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Konkana Sen Sharma and Kunal Kapoor, are the celebrity guests who announce the winners in the wildcard category. And, Indipop singer Daler Mehndi (who has apparently run into some trouble with the cops over drugs today) will be the celebrity guest on Voice of India's Saturday special 'Cricket meets Music' episode.
On this week's episode, producer-director Gajendrra Siingh says, "Tempers had reached such a point that I thought Alkaji will walk out once again over Priyani. Undoubtedly, the viewers have selected the best singers but both being males got adverse reactions from the audience and judges. There is anyway plenty of debate going on whether India will ever crown a female singer and also if SMS's are the best way to pick winners. To put to rest both these points and to give them all a fair chance, I let the judges pick one singer instead of have them throw tantrums and upset the schedule."
Author : Usha Thomas