For SVOI, it was the last week of wooing the viewers before the D-day next week. This week the two finalists Harshit and Ishmeet performed in their home grounds Ludhiana and Varanasi.
As expected, both the boys got a heroes welcome back home, and the crowd response was overwhelming. The participants also left no stones unturned to out perform one another whenever they got the chance to perform. However at this point, Ishmeet is leading over Harshit by about 10% votes. Two points that stood out this week like an eyesore was the way regionalism was being advocated throughout, in both the Ludhiana and Varanasi shows. The other sore factor was the “Talk-athalon” sessions that Shaan, the judges, the special guest - Ravi Kishen Shukla, the participants' family members resorted to not just in the praise of the participants, but also in praising the states or conducting those numerous “who is better” polls. Between them all, they took up the maximum show time talking while the participants got minimum time to perform. The use of Bhojpuri, the use of “Sasri Akal, Bholenath, Har Har Mahadev, and Ganga Mayiiya and spotlight on all that pooja path/havan were such overkill that performances of the participants got overshadowed. Both the contestants on the other hand gave some really superb performances, and it was quite difficult for anyone to judge who was better.
It’s really strange that while one musical show's simplicity is attracting the viewers, the other show has got so scripted that it has lost its basic essence and along with the changing format, it has lost the audience as well. At a time when the participants should be enthralling the audience with their mesmerizing voices and performances, the show packagers seems to focus more on voting polls, campaigns, and every thing else, but singing.
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