The farce that is Indian Idol

As the Indian Idol-3 reaches its climax, here’s a cool song from the winner of the first ever Indian Idol. Abhijeet Sawant with Junoon.

But, i should admit that iam not a great believer in singing/acting competitions. For me, one is born with such talents. And the best talent reaches its milestone the hard way. Sonu Nigam is a prime example. Maybe such competitions give a better platform for the singers to exhibit their abilities. But then, the whole exercise is skewed, with judges taking sides and regional feelings coming into play during the nationwide voting. At the end, the best never wins the competition. Maybe they should rename the competition “The Popular Indian Idol”.

Though am a great believer in democracy and in the power of the vote. I don’t really have much confidence in the common man’s ability to think beyond petty beliefs when they vote. For example, just look at the idiots who rule our country.


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  • hari

    I do not think its a farce. I also suspect that if it was Amit & Emon in the final race and if people from North-East were supporting Amit and all Bengalis supporting Emon people would have accepted it with a pinch of salt. And the rest of the country would have voted who they liked otherwise. The problem is that Prashant includes Nepali people’s vote and that is the issue – even as Nepali people for me are as much part of India considering they safeguard our country for years and years. Next, Indian Idol, by title is about someone more than a singer alone. Of course, the format is singing and it means someone has to be very good, probably the best, but he must also be someone people accept as idol and can idolise. I am not suprised if the ‘very best singer’ is not voted. It has to be the most idolised singer who is sought up there. Surely if some people have the capacity to idolise more than others, than others have lost in their cold calculations. Kishore kumar was idolised for long even though he did not have the best singing capability once, but thats how it is. The people he lent his voice to, the way his voice connected with people’s emotions mattered. So, its not pure classical singing that was the point among people. I personally prefer Prashant. Though I have no qualms watching Amit being the indian idol too, I can sense his ability to be there. But for me, Emon, for instance, however great was not someone I could idolise. I would accept judges setting someone up their as the best singer. But for someone to be stated as my idol… is my choice. And democracy helps there.