I have been following season 2 of Indian Idol fairly regularly and as it is nearing completion, I am also feeling quite thankful that another show celebrating mediocrity is coming to an end. It wasn't always like this. There are some exceptional singers like Karunya and Amey but as for the rest, they are just incredibly lucky to have made it this far. The judges panel comprise of Sonu Nigam, Anu Malik and Farah Khan. Definitely an elite trio. Of the three, Sonu Nigam is definitely the better judge, being able to clearly present a thought and criticise with clarity without going overboard. As for the other two, its just painful watching them engage in verbal battle and making a fool of themselves. There were 12 singers who made it to the gala round (shortlisted by the judges). Only 4 of them (Karunya, Amey, Monali and Neha) could actually sing befitting the stage provided to them. As each round progresses, one more singer is voted out based on the votes they dont receive. It becomes very clear how regionalism plays a big part and clouds one's judgement. Sonu Nigam constantly keeps harping about how the best candidate should get the vote irrespective of the region they come from but all in vain.
Also, Sony TV has commercialised it so heavily that more than hearing the singers sing, you see the show's hosts listing out how well dressed the participants are (thanks to some brand) and how delicious eating pizza at pizza hut would be and so on and so forth. The program meant to run for 1 hour features ads and ad related talk for at least 20 minutes and each participant just gets to sing for a couple of minutes. Though primarily meant to judge the participants singing capabilities, they end dancing too on stage resulting in hilarious moments for the viewer. Not sure if that was the intention. Well, no one is expecting Prabhu Deva at his best here but atleast they should perform better than Rajnikanth at his worst.
I was watching American Idol and I was really taken over the quality of the contestants taking part and how very professional and proficient they were at singing. Indian Idol pales very much in comparison to its American counterpart.