"They came, They performed, They enthralled us, We applauded, They went back "
Where did they all go? Wondering who? Read Ahead ...
It all probably started with "Meri Awaz Suno" aired by DD. Then it was Sa Re Ga Ma hosted by Zee Tv and the more classy Channel [V] Popstars.
Sunidhi Chauhan, winner of Meri Awaz Suno rocks with her offbeat and different genre of singing.
Sa Re Ga Ma put forth "Shreya Goshal". Well, who can match this lady's sweet voice and probably she has been the one to gain maximum popularity and stardom. Jaadu hai, Nasha hai....
Channel [V] Popstars did create a real media hype and I followed it every single day. The band Viva! which formed after that was amazing. One of their songs "Jaago zara" still lingers in my mind all the time. I simply loved this song. Its a pity that they split and no albums were released after that.
Still wondering what I am talking about. Yes, you are correct, I am talking about the winners from the various music and dance shows and all sorts of such competitions. Why music and dance alone because I really love music and dancing (to watch/hear only) and reality shows are not my cup of tea. I still can't understand the craze around them though I did "TRY" to watch them and did "TRY" to like them. I can't understand people back biting against each other or doing those creepy things just to win the show. Anyways thats another topic and I certainly don't want to step on it.
So, slowly down the line, it hit people, talent lies in your home and you don't have to go seeking it elsewhere. So, there was a flurry of shows and competitions. Each Channel vying with each other for hosting competitions at the same time. People becoming SMS maniacs and Channels having TRP wars etc etc. Believe it or not. For a recent talent show, my colleague sent more than 10 SMS's (as he told me) for a particular group just because they were from the same hometown as him. In fact, even his friends also followed suit.
Just a question which crossed my mind at this point. So, what actually wins, talent, voting system or the participants show on the final days. One fault I find with the voting system is the bias. A general tendency of people to vote for participants from their region/state, a general frenzy among girls to vote for cute/macho looking guys and vice versa also - Does this really bring up talent? I would certainly say a definite NO. Being biased towards region, race or for that matter anything else does not bring out talent and rather buries it deep under the ground.
When, these competitions started I don't remember SMS's and votes being used to decide the winner. The participants gave their best and the judges adjudged the best. Now, the voting system seems to gain precedence over judges to move a participant to the safe zone or the danger zone and even for a wildcard entry!!! Semi-Finals to Finals, its only votes, votes and votes which seem to matter. So much in the name of votes. Why not start SMS/online vote system for elections too, I guess everyone will exercise their voting rights then and we can cut down on the election budget too :)
So, ultimately even though you have talent, you must also know to canvas yourself in the best possible way. Reaching to the finals and to the final cream, certainly requires Junta's graciousness to cast the "Oh-So-Critical-Vote" and then you will be crowned with the crowning glory. Fame, Money, Status and Albums will be showered on you. Big time Celebrities will present you the award. So, what after that ?
A few shows, an album as part of the prize and then its back to square one. Its then left to the participant to carve his/her own niche in the world which is already full of best of the class musicians and dancers. At the alarming rate at which these shows are increasing, I wonder how many more talents will come to limelight and then be again submerged in darkness. Certainly a question which time can only answer.
So, Who's Next on Junta's VoteRoll????????