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Indian Idol 5 – Sashi emilminated, Who is to be blamed?

Shashi-SumanI usually don’t feel attached to any contestants of a reality show, but this weeks elimination episode of Indian Idol season 5 did find me dumb struck! It was because one of my favorites, Sashi, a 20 year old from Patna was announced eliminated from the show. I never really have even made an effort to reach out for the mobile phone to make a vote, but at the end of it all i didn’t know what to say. It was a moment when my emotions were taking control of my thoughts. What stopped that thankfully, was an array of stupid comments from the judges.. More about it as we go on..

Sashi’s elimination was a shocker especially after the kind of singing Tia, another 16 year old who has a good looking face, innocent looks and a mediocre singing experience; or Swaroop, a 20 year old from the village of Rajasthan who can do only one kind of singing during the previous galas. But who is to blame? But before we get there, here is one of the best performances of Sashi in Indian Idol:

Sashi – O meri Jaan – Pritam Special

The Judge put it on the audience, and here’s what they said.. (Well, of the least I remember, I can’t find the video)
Anu Malik: The Audience have made a very bad decision. You are letting a big singer go away..
Saleem Merchant: We are sorry that Sashi has to go. Don’t know how public voting works.
Sunidhi Chauhan: I really fail to understand what the public needs. Come and tell us what you need, this decision is bad.

I guess the judges were also going through an emotional outcry when they made these comments. Even we as Janta(voting audience) don’t know who is leading and who is not. We as Janta only like somebody because it is the way you show them to us. We as Janta donโ€™t know which contestant is leading. We as Janta don’t like to vote because the voting is not toll free or even if we do vote we donโ€™t know if the voting process is transparent. Even though you keep repeating that the voting process is processed by Ernst and young we as Janta would never find it real unless you have a huge screen that shows the vote count increasing after every vote in real time.

There have been a lot of reality shows where the media has been able to expose the reality behind the reality shows. There was this one time when the contestants of ‘Big Boss’ were seen enjoying the climate of Khandala when they were supposed to be locked inside the house; and this one time when Rakhi Sawant and his ex-current-ex uffff-it’s complicated boyfriend Abhishek who accused the producers of the reality show ‘Nach Baliye’ of forging the voting process. Yes, a media person was able to vote for one contestant and not for the other. Both of these may have been TRP gathering stunts, but both are also the harsh reality of the reality shows.

Why is the Janta wrong in thinking of a forgery in this case too? Why could the producers not made this possible, none of the audience member are going to know about it. Why can’t a vote count of 10000 be change to 1000? It’s all in the game and which is why i don’t let emotions override, and anyway how is anybody winning an Indian Idol going to change my life at all? But all that we care about is the voting process being fair, especially when we pay ‘premium’ charges!

The producers, The Judges and everybody involved with the show including the audience stand to be blamed. The judges for creating melodrama about one contestants performance and completely the opposite for another. Please be fair, the only way to do this is that the judges nominate the bottom 4 after every gala just like they pick the performer of the day and put them for public voting.

The producers, for scripting everything in lieu of better TRP’s. I wouldn’t really blame the audience for votes, everybody has their favorites and wants to help the contestant continually entertain us. I blame the audience for getting stupidly emotional over everything, It’s just a show, nothing is going to change in your life. Just enjoy it and sleep well.

Now that my favorite is gone, do I stop watching the show? No! Another one takes his place. I’ve always enjoyed Sreeram’s singing, and will continue enjoying so. I’d want to see him win Indian Idol, but again wouldn’t be feeling bad if he’s eliminated. It’s just a show and not a moment when i’d hang myself. You deserve to die if you have a temparament that you cannot control! Who Sreeram? Check him out:

Sreeram – Aaja Aaja – Asha Bhosle / RD Burman Special

Sreeram – Khwaja Khwaja – Lamha (Bipasha Basu, Sanjay Dutt, Kunal Kapoor)

Sreeram – Breathless – Shankar Ehsaan Loy Special – WOW!

Until next time I have an emotional moment.
Kunal Janu
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  1. Gail D'souza.
    June 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm


  2. June 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Gail, There can be nothing done about this, except for us stop watching the show.
    If I’m to think further, people only vote for contestants who they think are “going to be eliminated” because of a weak performance to save them, and believe that the other contestants who have done well will always get the top votes.

    There should have been an online voting system in place, because people don’t want to be spending money for every single vote they send, only then will we know who gets the maximum support! Sashi is still the favourite, but there can be nothing done about hs elimination!

  3. Nitu
    July 1, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Now time for everyone to think what they are exactly doing. I feel that the regional feeling dominates the performers’ performance even though their performance lacks quality. So sad. I guess this is thing which is saving many poor performers.

  4. Kunal Janu
    July 1, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Nitu, Yes regional voting seems to be creating a bias. The problem however is also with the number of votes that can be made from one number, which is unlimited. So say, Tia’s father is a rich man and he can afford to spend 10k every time there is a voting, he’d definetely make sure she ends up in the top every single time. The voting process is not transparent, unless that is done we will have to witness more shocks like these! All we can do is wish luck to the remaining contestants!


  5. Ghalya
    July 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Well Mr.Kunal
    That doesn’t really mean that Tia’s father really bribes the show producers. This is all a game of votes. Many rich people have come and gone in reality shows and that does not mean that because of being poor, one went out. We love Shashi for his singing and although its true that he was anyway better and much more deserving to stay in the show, you must not blame another contestant for this. I do strongly condemn this act of yours.

  6. Neelakshi
    July 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    It was really shocking to watch Sashi getting eliminated when poor performers like Tia, Swaroop & Naushad are still in Top 8. The voting process is all bogus as there is no transparancy & no one knows how they derive to such calculations. In comparison other singing reality shows in different channels are much better as atleast they showed state wise break-up of votes & which contestant was leading in votes but in Indian Idol I think the worst singer wins the title coz it is not for singing talent it is for looks hence Tia hardly comes is bottom threee after singing badly each time.Therefore except for Abhijeet Sawant none of the indian idol has made a mark till now. So this time also dont be surprised if in next elimination a talented singer like sreeram gets eliminated these are done just to get TRP’s then in the end there will be wild card entry and some drama by Anu Malick & co. We are bored of such dramas each time …..

  7. July 2, 2010 at 12:05 am

    oae kunal who ever you are please dontmiss guide the public that tias father is arich person aur yae khakar ki sashi paltform pae sota tha is all bakwas paltfor ticket sirf 3 ghantae tak chalta hai samjae aur agar us ko kisi rpf nae pakda nahi tho humare railways kae liyae sharam ki bath hai were as shashi is a trained singer and tia swaroop are un trained one fir bhi itna accha gate hai tumahare jaisae log hi desh kae logo ko ladwatae hai aur jeetaga tho ek hi sub ko jana hai ek ek kar kae tho please dont talk faltu thins is that clear

  8. Surbhi Puranik
    July 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Shashi, you are a rock star for me… You have been deliberately evicted because you were the most strong contender amongst all. You really deserve to be in Top 3…. Up till now such kind of elimination never affected me but this time I really felt that regional voting & public voting is simply biased. This practice shall be stopped..But Shashi you are a true winner because of versatility in your singing… You must come back with veto power or wild card entry, only then the finale of Indian Idol 5 would be worth watching between you & Shreeram… That would be an event which will spell bound the judges & audience & they will at least once regret for your so early eviction.. All the very best to you Shashi… You are a winner for me…

  9. Vijaya Sinha
    July 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Shashi ka elimination bahut galat hai. I m shocked jab Shashi ka naam liya gaya its very wrong. Elimination Tia ya Swaroop ka hona chahiya tha bcz Tia ka har performance weak raha hai but janta use emotionally vote karke safe kar rahi hai n Swaroop sirf fock singing k liye hi fit hai nothing more. But Shashi me har khubi hai like good looking, smart n dashing personality n a best performer than all contestant. He is an allrounder n versetile singer. But u dnt worry Shashi tmhe es se v badi kamyabi milegi tab janta ko apne galat voting knowledge pe pachhtawa hoga. U rockeddddddd Shashi so dekhna ek din tmhri ginti v Shaan, Sonu Nigam Shankar Mahadewan n world’s top singers me hogi n tmhe v dher sari shohrat milegi. Wish u all d very best n God blesssssssss u. Have a nice day everyday n take care. Luv uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu our rockstar.

  10. Kunal Janu
    July 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Ghalya, I’ve never said that Sashi got eliminated because he was rich or poor, What i have been trying to say is that the family close to any non-deserving contestant may have the money or the power to garner more votes, while a person like sashi may not. What I’ve been trying to tell is that the whole voting system is faulty, and then Anu Malik blames the janta for throwing out sashi.

    If you read the blog again, I’ve mentioned that – people are only trying to save contestants who they think have a chance of getting eliminated while they think that everyone will vote for the good contestant. There can be 100 other reasons, but if the format is changed a little bit, I’m sure the deserving contestants will always win a reality show!

  11. Kunal Janu
    July 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Neelakshi: If the voting process is Bogus, I see Sreeram getting into the top 3 without a doubt. If he’s eliminated too, You and I would just stop watching the show! They don’t want you to do that. Even other shows that show the number of votes may be bogus, none can be proven as a fool proof method.
    The best way to get rid of all this nonsense is to try what the star plus guys did during chotte superstars i guess where Anvesha won, was the judges choose the bottom 4, and out of that one goes. But I guess we wouldn’t be talking about the elimintion if Sashi wasn’t eliminated, which is what the producers want.


  12. Kunal Janu
    July 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Simran, Thanks for the comment. I haven’t favoured anybody here, i was just trying to look at the different aspects, I never did want to say tia’s father is rich or sashi is ppor, these personal angles of anybody’s life should be kept away from the show. I just used them as an example so that people would relate better.

    Platform ticket sirf een ghante ke liye valid hoti hai, par lagta hai aapne kisi gareeb logon ko platform ke bridge ke neeche, waiting hall mein, platform ke bench pe, kutton ke saath kabhi nahi dekha? Aap ya tho kabhi train mein gayi hi nahi, ya aapne aankhien bandh kar li hain.

    I haven’t favoured sashi because he is poor or is a struggler, i favoured him because with contestants like tia and swaroop in the game it wasn’t fair for Sashi to leave! I’m just questioning the voting process, after all it’s just a reality show, that isn’t going to change the way you or I live our lives!

  13. Kunal Janu
    July 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Surbhi, Just the thing I wanted to say! Do comeback for more updates on the show and discussion.

  14. Kunal Janu
    July 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Vijay, I hope they change the voting process a bit to accommodate the better contestants!

  15. Surbhi Puranik
    July 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Dear Kunal,

    I would like to say that this is a medium where we can express our views…. But the motto is that these opinions must reach to the judges, contestants & the show runners…

    Also, its a request that Shashi should came back & there should not be a height of more injustice in Indian Idol 5.

  16. July 4, 2010 at 2:23 am

    i like u sshhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiii apki awaz bht bht achi thi i m from pakistan…. kya batao mujy kis kadr gusa aya tha jb ap ko neklna gya.sch kahu tu india k logo ko shad pata hi nai k voice kya hoti hai.mein bht roi thi jb ap ko elminate kiya tha ap ko wapis ana chahye mein sirf apki waja se indian idol dkhti thi yar……….i m 2 sad.shhaiiii plz batao ap kise traha wapis a sktye ho kya aur plz india plz plz vote karo aur wlid card me entry karo shhaiiii ki wo bht acha singer hai

  17. sourav
    July 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    sashi’s elimination is shocking. if a contestant entered into indian idol without any music background, we should favour them and eliminate a good singer? there should be a wildcard entry for sashi and would like to see sreeram and sashi in the final

  18. Tarun Goel
    July 5, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Call Shashi back…………….he is the complete package…………..the strongest contestant to fight with Shivam, sreeramm and bhoomi………call him back………call him back………

  19. Shons
    July 6, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Will these comments reach the right ears, so that we can see Shashi again competing ? You know there is one point which everyone is missing out – even if Tia by hook or crook gets votes and become idol 5, do you really think anyone will even give her chance to sing, if she is not good …. even though the big banner claiming to give the contract, might just give here teeneeweenee stuff. Only versatile singer will survive the challenges. Imagine if Sreeram and Shashi bagging good meaty generes to sing and someone who becomes the idol5, does not get good opportunity to sing… where will be Indian Idol program’s positioning ? ๐Ÿ™‚ …. Relax. Hard work of these talented singers will never get wasted.

  20. Aditya Kaushal
    July 6, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Well today they have eliminated the finest singer present on the show and tommorow they will eliminate Sreeram,this is how Indian Idol works.They did it in the case of Amit Paul who was a brilliant singer and a clear winner,basically no one knows what is going on behind the scenes but i personally think that it is high time we stop watching the show because it is a disgrace that people like TIA and NAUSHAD are still there just because of there looks and can’t even sing properly.There is surely some politics going on behind the scenes.

  21. July 6, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Dear Kunal,
    Even Sachin Tendulkar Gets out for 000000000000000! And so is case with Sashi..!
    Wish him all the best for his next assignment.

  22. Kunal Janu
    July 6, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Sourav, I guess it’s over! We can’t really do anything about it except buy his album if he comes out with one to show his support. I’m pretty sure that the kind of singing he’s been doing will fetch him rewards in the long run. So lets just wish him all the best! As for the voting process, I guess nothing is going to change.. It creates controversy which is what the producers want! ๐Ÿ™‚


  23. Kunal Janu
    July 6, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Tarun, Sashi is gone and we really can’t do anything! All we can do is pray for his success! Yes, it’s been unfair, but nobody except the voting process is to be blamed. Lets hope the producers read this and may be take a note or two about people’s reaction!


  24. Kunal Janu
    July 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Hi Shons, We all know the talent SASHI possesses, it’s a talent that will take him to sure-shot stardom! Will these comments reach the right ears? I’m posting the link to this blog post on twitter to Salim and Sunidhi. They’ve got thousands of fans, i wonder if they’ll read it. If they do, I hope they realize that the voting public isn’t really happy! Lets now hope there isn’t any shocks coming our way.

    PS: Do you vote? Who did you normally vote for?

  25. Kunal Janu
    July 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

    It’s sad, yes! With Tia and Swaroop still in the game we wouldn’t call Sashi’s elimination fair, but that’s just the name of the game. One wins the other loses.
    What’s wrong with watching the show? We are being entertained, and there still are some good singers in the competition! I love sunidhi personally ๐Ÿ˜›

    It’s just a show, we watch it only as long as we are entertained.


  26. Kunal Janu
    July 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Hehe. You’ve compared the greatest to a person who is just starting his career! There couldn’t be a better compliment to Sashi ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Only difference, Sashi will have to struggle for another chance. Hope he puts the phone he got as parting gift to good use and calls some music directors! ๐Ÿ™‚


  27. Surbhi Puranik
    July 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Just give a candid opinion…. Please…… How did everybody find Tia’s performance yesterday????????

    It was really a poor performance of gala at Indian Idol’s platform & when the time has come to select best singers… We are finding for Desh ki Awaz…. So performance should be of higher level……..

    Yesterday I was missing Shashi….. He would have sung so well amongst those remaining singers…

  28. July 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Kunal,

    This is just a popular TV show and the most popular one will win not the best. Look at the politicians who are getting elected, don’t we have better people there. This time Indian Idol brought in some good talent and I am happy for that and watching the programme after three years gap, but if Tia wins then I will take three more years before watching the programme and vote for the contestants.

  29. Shons
    July 7, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Hi Kunal, I have never got involved or voted for any of these television programs. But this time after seeing some outstanding performances, I guess the bug caught me this time ๐Ÿ™‚ The vote from my side was more as a pat on the back on these fellows than bringing down the other guys who have not performed so well.

  30. Kunal Janu
    July 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Hi Shons, Well there isn’t anything that still convinces me to vote because of the kind of system there is in place. I guess I just want to enjoy the show and talk if required! Will write a blog later today on the last elimination! Hoping to see your comment there too ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Kunal Janu
    July 7, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Venkat, Well said! It’s just a TV Show afterall, and with not many of the TV audience voting we shouldn’t really care. It’s however humane to see that good talent is being wasted in the hands of a really bad voting process. The Judges show their distrust in the audience, but never have done anything to try and change the process. Everyone in this industry is money minded, they are using simple people wit dreams to turn their millions into billions. My sympathies with everyone contestant for going through something like this!


  32. Kunal Janu
    July 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Hi Hina, First tho thanks for the comment. We all hope that Sashi is back, but that is the remotest possibility at this time! It’s nice to see that we have audience in Pakistan too, I’m sure any contestant reading this must be really really happy! Do comeback for more posts on Indian Idol.


  33. Surbhi Puranik
    July 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Again Tia is in the game…….. look at the height of injustice & playing with the career of the good singers……….

  34. Taral
    July 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    TIA is sooooooooo to be blamed! she acts like she understands whats going on, but she DOESNT she’s so clueless when it comes to singinG! she’s the worst, i hate the way she sings n i still dnt understand why she gets votes!

  35. Taral
    July 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Kunal Janu :Nitu, Yes regional voting seems to be creating a bias. The problem however is also with the number of votes that can be made from one number, which is unlimited. So say, Tiaโ€™s father is a rich man and he can afford to spend 10k every time there is a voting, heโ€™d definetely make sure she ends up in the top every single time. The voting process is not transparent, unless that is done we will have to witness more shocks like these! All we can do is wish luck to the remaining contestants!

    I actually agree w/ u… i feel the same way…

  36. chandra Sharma
    July 9, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Human being are all biased, so are the judges. In the special episode of Asha Bhosley, Sunidhi Chauhan was not impressed with one singer, but Asha praised the singer. Similarly, Anu favoured Tia but Salim is always upset. All biased…

  37. Kunal Janu
    July 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Taral, Yes she isn’t the best in the lot, but blaming her for somebody else’s ouster is not right. I repeat, I have only questioned the system, never judged the standard of singing! I couldn’t sing even close to what Tia can, so no comments in that regard!

  38. Kunal Janu
    July 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Taral, This was going in as a disclaimer, I’m nowhere telling that Tia’s father is a rich man and everything like it. I’m just making an example, i don’t know what Tia’s father does.. But yes, there is a big group out there who is voting desperately for her, which is obvious!

  39. Kunal Janu
    July 9, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Chandra, When a judge says something and the other disagrees, it’s an opinion, everyone is allowed to have one. Bias is when you keep telling only good things about a person despite bad performances which Anu Malik is obviously been doing, first with Yashraj and now with Tia.

    It’s what I feel!

  40. Nitu
    July 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Well wtever hope dat Sreeram doesn’tget eliminated….Love you Sreeram.
    I personally feel dat Sreeram stands 1st, Rakesh 2nd for the title. Shivam n Bhumi r equally good but s’times ur heart supports only 1 or 2 on a max. So Sreeram tops my list followed by Rakesh. No wonder if Bhumi too wins.

  41. Kunal Janu
    July 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hi Nitu, good to have you back commenting. I have Sreeram topping the list, there is no number 2. Only Sreeram should win, but wouldn’t feel sad if Shivam or Rakesh win, because they both have the judges and the audiences heart alike. Bhoomi has a lot to show in terms of singing, her performances are no comparision to the others.


  42. nirmal
    July 10, 2010 at 6:25 am

    was a good singer
    but we can not compare him with swaroop
    he can be better then tiat i think
    he was not that amazing compared to other 3 or 4 singers

  43. Nitu
    July 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I said that Bhoomi could win only because she gets majority of votes apart from Tia. But I can’t blame her singing in this process. I won’t compare her to Sreeram or Shivam or Rakesh. She has got her own talent and I like her voice. But s’times she lacks the punch or “dum” or wtever ,we say, in her voice. But I feel that she gets many votes because shez a Gujju!!! Her singing too helps her in this matter.

  44. kayhan
    July 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Sashi Bro

    Sashi dont be sad becuase ur the best these votes doesnt mean anything star is the person who show himself or herself after these kind of contests. i like your voice alot actually i am from afghanistan but i was following ur songs i dont know about songs i mean about sor and tal but i know that if a song touch’s your heart that is best singer and for me ur the best

  45. suraj
    July 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    hey sashi iam your favouraite fan and i just love your singing. iam just 13 years old boy but iam mad about your singing.iwant to know what r u going to do next.iam ur biggest fan

  46. suneetha keelu
    July 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    hai sreeram,

    we are very proud of you,hearty congradulations for your first play back song. we like to hear you for a very long period of time just like our andhra proud Balu sir . And I can hundred percent say that ur the next great singer to Balu sir, Iam sure about it.I have a three year old daughter who watche’s u performing and says she will sing like you. I will be so happy if she is chosing you as her ideal. Surely we would like to see you as an Indian Idol,so we loudly say you “ALL THE BEST”.Please mail in return if possible .I know you are so busy.

  47. Kunal Janu
    July 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hi Suneetha, Sorry this isn’t the official blog, But i hope that some point in time Sreeram sees this and does reply to your comment. For now, lets just cross fingers and pray fro Sreeram’s victory.


  48. July 20, 2010 at 12:56 am

    this is really very wrong decision by the audience as well as judges that shashi is eliminated………judges should use WILD CARD ENTRY for him now…..
    he deserves to be in top 5 or we may say in top 3…… please we want shashi back…..

  49. August 2, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Hi great article thanks for sharing. How does the elimination process work on American Idol this season, as opposed to previous seasons?

  50. Kunal Janu
    August 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Sam, Not sure of how the American Idol voting works, but the Indian Idol’s voting system is the same as it used to be in the previous 4 seasons! The audience keeps complaining, but the producers (SONY India Pvt Ltd) lease care about it. Any controversies in the American idol? The season airs after a month in India I guess!


  51. damini rawat
    August 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    hi shashi i am from jaipur.i always wanted you to be in the top three but i am very sad about your elimination.shashi please believe me i stopped watching indian idol after you were eliminated..i have always prayed for u shashi.if you read this message please reply.i have sent u messages earlier also but i did not get any reply.pleeeeeeeese sing o meri jaan if u come to indian idol anytime.plese this is your fans request pleeeese.

  52. damini rawat
    August 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    plese please please who ever reads this messsage please forward my earlier messages to shashi suman.please reply.pleeese.

  53. September 12, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Leave it.Indian idol 6 may start sonner.

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