There's no denying the fact that Indian Idol 12 has been the longest running reality shows in the history of Indian television. However, the show has been receiving its own shares of bouquets and brickbats. A certain section of online users have often expressed their anger on social media, be it over eliminations or contestants sharing their background stories. While Indian Idol 12 is just a few weeks away from its grand finale, host Aditya Narayan has brutally slammed the trolls for labelling the singing reality show a scripted one.
When we asked Aditya about the criticism that the show receives on social media, he told us, "Honestly, I don't have anything to say to these online trollers because they don't have anything good to say about anyone. It just reflects their sickening mindsets. If your heart is filled with love, you will talk about love, if you have all the hate inside you, you would only talk dirty and nothing else. There hasn't been any show in the history of television that it has not been scripted. There's no show without a script. So if you say that the show is scripted, then I would say every show is scripted. There is a show flow and it is necessary to run the show. So when a certain individual feels that the show is not going according to his/her imagination, it becomes scripted. Isn't it?"
Aditya said that it is impossible to keep everyone happy, however, they do consider valuable feedback from the audience. He further said that Indian Idol 12 has managed to create employment for people working in the industry even during these times of crisis. He added that the show was meant to be successful when these people are showering them their blessings upon them.
"Every successful story has the same ingredients with many different views and opinions. And honestly speaking, no individual has the bandwidth to go through it, we are not designed to consider so many opinions. It's because of the social media that we are getting so many responses. When it wasn't, we were still running the show. But yes, we do take audience's feedback seriously. If the majority of the audiences are happy, we try to focus more on them and we also try to see if we can make the remaining ones happy as well. But it is impossible to please everybody. So we always focus on the positives. In these pandemic times, it has been very difficult to make this show a successful one. So much of hard work has gone behind it. Even during the crisis, we have managed to create so much employment through this show, be it spotboys, lightboys, camera team, sound team or the music team, our makeup, hair stylists, costumes and other departments. I am sure hundreds of homes have been running because of Indian Idol. So when you are surrounded by all these positive vibes and blessings from these people, the show was meant to be successful," Aditya said.
Aditya also addressed the most common query of fans who often say that the show's judges only praise the contestants and never talk about their mistakes. Citing an example of legendary singer Asha Bhosle, Aditya said that "if Asha ji has already pronounced on the show that the top 6 contestants are already winners, then who are we to comment anything on that."
When we asked if the contestants such as Pawandeep, Arunita and Danish, who have already been launched commercially, could have an unfair advantage over other contestants on the show, Aditya agreed to disagree. He said that it's actually a good thing that the contestants are getting work while still being in the competition. Though only one contestant could be pronounced as the winner, Aditya said that people have already accepted them as singers, which is a great achievement for the show itself.
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