Faded Lights at Indian Idol

Yesterday I tried to watch Indian Idol 3 without my favorite contestant, Ankita. I failed. I did not find a glimpse of that spark I was looking for. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I was working and writing, while Indian Idol 3 show ran in background. A good decision in hindsight, all these remaining contestants had only audio performances, which my disappointed self tried best to soak in while working. I missed better part of the show, later when I did tune, I noted that judges, for a change, liked all the performance of each contestants. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Looks like that judges, in their hearts, didnโ€™t care any more about who won. Alisha easily switched sides to call Emon (or was it Amit?) her Indian Idol. I thought Chang was her Indian Idol! ๐Ÿ˜›

I heard today on news that Emon was out. It was inevitable. Amit is good, as I said he was my second best favorite. But unlike Ankita, he required the anchor Hussain and his two other co-contestants to dance a “twist” on his tunes to make it visually appealing. And as for Prashant, he is good as well but looks like it is going to be difficult to vote him out.

AmitPrashant

Who will win Indian Idol? Amit or Prashant?

Uh huh, do not think that I advocate Prashant to be out. But I figure, from past experiences when good contenders like Amit Sana and Karunya have lost dues to lack of popularity, that this maybe a problem for Amit. I have one more reason to fear that Prashant may win despite Amitโ€™s melodious performances.

This other reason for my fear is a disgusting blog that I stumbled upon while surfing the Web. This blog is intended to garner votes and support for Prashant Tamang. But the reason I call it disgusting and objectionable because it breeds hatred on grounds of regionalism (and skin color!). Check out these two posts to see what I mean: Click here and here. The writer of the blog has no compunctions in calling jury biased against Prashant Tamang. This blog also maligns other contestants. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I agree that Indian Idol judges are not above human error always, but to accuse them of being biased because Prashant is Nepali is grossly unfair.

Indian Idol fans, if you vote, vote judiciously. May the best win, not because they belong to a particular region.

P.S: On second thoughts, I think I did disservice by promoting this objectionable blog in my post. But I strongly wanted to raise my voice against regionalism that breeds hate. There is nothing wrong with garnering votes for your favorite contestant, but it is unfair to paint other people in the same colors of bias.

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12 Responses to “Faded Lights at Indian Idol”


  1. 1 rameshindiatimes September 8, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Oooo madam……Hold on…..though I don’t watch this (rather ,any) show, I felt like making a comment here. (Based on the two articles you have posted here on the same issue)

    Ankita Mishra was your first favourite, 2nd was/is Amit, and assuming that you are also not above human error, you might be a little more biased towards these two and for that any judgement against them is a bad judgement according to you……even you feel the twist in the tone of Hussain, while requesting public to vote in favour of Ankita or Amit, was not enough, is it so ?? or you felt so because they were your favorites??…….

    Again, entertainment for you might be dancing , for somebody it might be singing quality and for other it might be something else. So, making a judgement of your own based on your criteria of performance and comparing them with actual result to decide if it is a good judgement or bad doesn’t seem justified to me.

    (I feel you are behaving like a person motivated with seer emotion this time rather than rationality as you expect from each individual in the mob,in your first article today)

    Again, Statistics says, when there is a large population, the probability density function becomes symmetric….and in this case it would ultimately result in neutrality of the mass population and thus the decision of the official judges will eventually hold……………

    I didn’t feel like visiting the blogs you have linked here……but my immediate reaction will be same as yours………… regionalism could create hatred as we are already experiencing in the selection of Cricket team…….and for that it should be avoided……

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2 Poonam Sharma September 9, 2007 at 8:34 am

    hey, ramesh, it is true my these posts are emotionally motivated, but it also seems my writing was not flawless in these posts. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I meant hussain needed to dance (twist is a dance form) to make amit’s performance visually appealing. other co-contestants also danced in that song. With Ankita, she was not a dancer, but she sizzled on the stage while she sang. She engrossed her worst of criticizers.

    And if I came across communicating vote for Amit, then I am sorry, I never meant that either. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ To be honest, if Amit loses, it wudn’t hurt at all. I m v detached after Ankita’s exit. But I wanted to raise my voice against such a blog.

    I certainly edited my post a bit to make myself clearer. Hope it makes some sense now. I have no judgement anymore on who should win but in the past, it has haapeened better contestants lost out due to lack of looks or popularity. SO I say, may the best one win.

  3. 3 Poonam Sharma September 9, 2007 at 8:36 am

    And Ramesh, I need to say that I am glad I have such a great critic in you. If I slip up, you would let me know unabashedly. It is a pleasure to know that. Keep up, buddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 4 ish September 9, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Those two articles are gross. The one who wrote them is amazingly funny. He’s saying that Sonu Nigam is intimidated by KK and that’s why he said the song Prashant chose was easy? Wow, now that’s something new. Why does Sonu Nigam need to be jealous with KK, he’s sung far far more songs than KK has.

    And when this person was giving the reasons why Prashant should be voted, only the second last shortest point said that it should be because of his voice. Mostly it contained reasons that Prashant should be voted because Assam makes tea and because he is a police officer.

    And he was so brave that he outrightly said that there should be sympathy voting and that the people of a state and community should vote for the particular person from their state. That is a totally insane thought. The show is called Indian Idol and not State Idol. It’s like trying to prove that your state is better than the rest. I guess they need to take a leaf out of Chak De India. Stop dividing the country into states when it comes to things which have the word “India” associated with them.

    I think this system of voting is not fair in the first place. The contestants even pay people at call centres to vote for them and that is not fair. The better singer suffers like that. But if voting was not there, these shows would not get the kind of popularity they do. I can’t see a solution to this problem.

    I just hope Amit wins, and that’s because he deserves to win.

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma September 10, 2007 at 4:41 am

    Ish, you are thinking the same way I did. I thought of Chak de India, will write more details in a next post. In an another talent show, I don’t know if it is Voice of India or Zee’s Vishwayudh, one contestant, a muslim guy, can’t remember his name, said he does not want to make vote appeal to a region rather he wants to appeal to India…said was deeply impacted by Chak de…

  6. 6 ish September 10, 2007 at 5:14 am

    That was Voice of India and the guys name is Irfan I think.

  7. 7 Poonam September 10, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Yes rite the name is Irfan… ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 8 Nishu September 10, 2007 at 8:18 am

    u changed ur name from poonam sharma to poonam?

  9. 9 Poonam Sharma September 11, 2007 at 4:58 am

    Nah, havnt changed my name, when I respond to comments without logging in, it becomes only Poonam ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 10 Raj September 17, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    I was Amit’s fan, but these anti-Prashant mentality of Judges and Hosts, I changed my thought-

    1. It was a great opportunity for us to show the world – we are fair and democratic in every respect. We could vote for Chang (he truly deserved to be an Indian Idol)..I knew, our biased mentality would not let us do that. Sad but true, Chang is now out, despite of his unparalleled ability.

    2. Now Prashant being in top 2 means, at least we still have last chance to prove the world wrong.. that we are not biased (Unfortunately, ALISA – you have already ruined the show.. I feel sorry for your mentality.. on that Sep 15 show)

  11. 11 Poonam Sharma September 18, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Hey Raj, Thanks for sharing your candid opinion.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have complete right to your views…but trust me I never thought or felt that judges did not like Prashant …yes, on few bad days they did say spade a spade..but den that is their job but in the last gala they praised Prashant a lot…

    Also, I saw a special Prashant dedicated episode (I don’t watch Indian Idol anymore, I was merely surfing channels :P) when Prashant was recalling their piano round days…and he was hassled by the other girl who was to team up with him…I guess, her name was Richa…and Javed Akhtar caregorically sided with Prashant…i agree that sometimes judges may not above human preferences but I do not believe that they could deliberately malign Prashant…and I hope our personal preferences for music is not made into a benchmark for equality….

  12. 12 Samuel L. April 22, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    After reading the article, I feel that I really need more information on the topic. Can you suggest some more resources ?

    Samuel, may be these are helpful:

    http://indianidol.sify.com/ Its official site that has information about all four seasons. Here is a wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Idol


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