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June 26, 2007

American Idol / Indian Idol and Bloody SMS Voting

Filed under: celebrities, India, Music, my views, Politics — nitin @ 8:49 am

A very handy way to communicate cheaply thru cell phones.But no one ever thought that one day it wud decide the fate of some singer to be an American Idol or an Indian idol.Recently SMSvoting/web voting is being used to list the top Seven Wonders of the World)

So what u think..does it really look that simple to you..Not to me ..I just cant digest so many things which bother me when lot of money ,TRP gets involved in this voting Concept.

1)First point: Judging by ppl vote is not a very good option when it comes to certain competition’s.(why don’t we have voting system for picking up the best architect,best surgeon..)Then why in case of singing we leave it for the ppl to decide? is music so easy to understand…?then why do we need judges(3 monkeys)?
To justify i wud say..that the SMS voting system itself is flawed.Take a case where a contestant if gets 100 votes wins a show.If 95 persons vote for him u dont think that he will be the winner..bcos some 5 guys have more money to spend and they can easily send 200 smse’s within hrs to make the other guy win.Wat the bleep!!!

2) Why TV channels host such shows…i think they somehow play us emotionally and earn a Big Buck out of it..

Consider a scenario..
There are 5 like a guy who comes from a small town..u sympathize with him ,even he sings well…now the host will say..

“If u want “Mr X” to remain in the show pls vote for him”…Now u will definetly vote for him..not bcos he’s the perfect singer(u are not a judge who knws each and every note and the technical details of voice ,pitch ,high ,low)but bcos u like him .and its your got bonded wid him from day one…The TV channel’s  is showing something which doesn’t bother them..The channel’s is least bothered to pick the Best singer for the country….its ok for them if the public makes some one the Winner.The channel will place emotional scenes in the show to raise the TRP.The no. of votes which goes in crores..multiply with 5 rupees/SMS or 3 rupess/SMS is worth taking a note..(why not keep it free)

The Cell operator and the channel both are happy..
We being an emotional fool voted for some guy..he didn’t win…u voted..u got emotional…no one cared if he was worth a singer/winner..and the contestants are not shortlisted bcos of judge’s remarks/feedback..but by the no. of votes they receive.
your side of the argument “i listened to judge’s comment and then made my choice whom to Vote.”

Then my  friend why not ask the judges themselves to decide who shud win,why shud we vote?

Bcos they are the experts in the respective field ,they knws the pitch,soor ,tal etc minor ideally speaking the voting gimmick is just for filling pockets,earnings for TV channels, cellular operator…

Its the channels show.Let them decide by their picked up judges,let them pick up the best in the country.let there be no voting..let it be based on pure MERIT and not on piggy smse’s.It wont happen…bcos then its not a buisness..

Just think u are getting entertained in the process but is it worth? bcos the motive is not just entertainment but only  the money..billions, i wud say..

3)Making money on exit polls or opinion polls.

who cares at the end of the day that how many persons think X or Y..if india has 1 crore population..assume(10 lac has mobile phn to vote).only 10 k have voted.Would u give credit to such an opinion poll? is this surely the voice of india? a Big No…”8888 pe sms kijiye”(smses on 8888) this is the funny line for any silly opinion poll on 24/7 news channels these days.Really pisses me off….

I even doubt the system which is not transparent either…the recent opinion polls abt UP elections show the biggest flaw in the opinion polls syndrome.The opinion was not taken at the grass root level..ppl from villages who actually voted…were never questioned..the result?

Mayawati’s (Bahujan samaj Party) won by the Majority,which is so shocking as the biggest state in india witnessed a single party victory..which the opinino poll never predicted.

I wud say where it really matter’ during the General Elections..not sitting in your couch by SMSing ….

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  1. Very well said Nitin.. I agree with every statement of yours… it is a clear nexus between the Channels and Mobile operators and playing with our emotions, regionalism etc. I don’t think this is going to change for a while… this is a big money spinner…

    Comment by Sivakumar Jayaraman — June 26, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  2. dude,

    So, now that u have raised your voice on sms voting, lemme extend this discussion a bit. Talent hunt shows are some major TRP grabbers and people really have joined the gang of viewers who cant miss watching the shows. I still rem the time when we use to have zee tv sare gama paa (SGP)…hosted by sonu nigam and the show was a very good example of exclusive singing talent present all over India. It was so genuine at that time that I use to wonder that if by any chance I take part in SGP, I will be screwed and have no chance of even clearing one round. I mean they had very good judges in the show and everything was so difficult.

    Later on the days went on, and we witnessed many simliar talent hunt shows…one good example is Indian idol which has changed the definition of talent hunt. Is the show really capable of filtering ” talent “? If yes, then why isnt the winner selected by some person having good understanding of sa re ga ma…etc..surs. Sometimes when I see crazy people votin the contestants using their cell, I feel its not just the show which has characters in it, but the show has attracted many viewers and the whole thing looks like a big drama for me. Some contestant cries…and speak emotional stuff just to cover up his mistakes and people then send him some sympathy votes. I mean this is utter crap! Why in the blue hell, people are given the entire charge of voting and selecting the best singer or watever. Everytime this has happened…and the final winner is not worth enuf to watch again on tv. The show ends…and the winner dissappears. haha..The recent day talent hunt shows are really not worth watching as ‘talent hunt’…coz I watch them as some drama…ot a movie…ful timepass and masti maza. Even I feel more confident now to go there and give I know I am capable of moulding the minds of viewers using my dialogues rather than my singing talent. Keeping judges for initial eliminations and then handing over the control to people is not good idea. People doesn’t vote for talent, they just give sympathy votes. I bet, every person wanting to participate in a show knows how to win it ;-)..

    It’s just the attraction to glamour and lil bit of talent which makes up a show. It’s a very good way of making money. But even on the other end, if we dont think abt such intricacies involved, we can actually enjoy watching those shows and at times I felt damn encouraged watching talented people on national TV. Talent is there, but the way of scrutinizing actual talent is wrong. I enjoy the show as my timepass and I dont give a bit damn about the people who vote. Actually even sometimes I get carried away and vote too. See…it’s all about the way a show makes an impression on your mind..isn’t it?


    Comment by Anoop — June 27, 2007 @ 4:26 am

  3. dude… i loved the last line of your’s “vote where it really matter’ during the General Elections..not sitting in your couch by SMSing ….”

    I don’t follow these programs much but I’ve heard that ULFA is backing a contestant from Assam in the current Indian Idol…. if this is true, then God save India

    Comment by Aalok Pandit — June 27, 2007 @ 8:32 am

  4. Really?
    when did they starting wooing this crap??

    Comment by nitinrohidas — June 27, 2007 @ 8:50 am

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  6. //The Cell operator and the channel both are happy..// This is the moral of the story. What I would like to add is that these shows are better than the Ekta Kapoor soaps so the audience is also happy. If ULFA can be happy by voting an Assamese contestant and are distracted from their violent ways even for a little while we don’t loose anything.

    Comment by pr3rna — July 10, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

  7. @pr3rna
    You missed the moral on one thing.
    My only concern here was to show how we are geting fooled and entertained in the process.
    Dont u have any moral thought about the impact on the audience and how they shud feel?
    Cheated or entertained?

    Comment by nitin — July 12, 2007 @ 6:33 am

  8. well said dude.why not asking india to vote for next p.m. !!!!
    those who can make it , will get the job done.

    Comment by tomojit ganguly — September 14, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

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