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Sunidhi Chauhan on quitting Indian Idol: ‘We were all told to praise contestants, and so I couldn’t go on’

Earlier Kishore Kumar's son Amit Kumar had revealed that he was asked to praise the contestants on Indian Idol 12, regardless of however they performed on stage. Kumar had even said that he wanted to stop the episode.

sunidhi chauhanSunidhi Chauhan has judged the 5th and 6th seasons of Indian Idol. (Photo: Sunidhi Chauhan/Instagram)

After Kishore Kumar’s son Amit Kumar revealed that he was pressured into praising the contestants during a special episode that honoured his late father, now singer Sunidhi Chauhan has come forward with her own revelations regarding Indian Idol and the concept of singing reality shows.

While speaking to ETimes TV, Sunidhi said during her days, even she was asked to say nice things to the contestants. The singer said she couldn’t put up the act for a long time. “Not exactly this that everyone had to do this, but yes, we all were told (to praise). That was the basic thing. And so, I couldn’t go on. I couldn’t do what they wanted and I had to part ways. Hence, today, I am not judging any reality show,” stated Sunidhi.

Earlier, Amit Kumar said about the Indian Idol 12 special tribute episode for Kishore Kumar on which he was a guest, “Frankly, I wanted to stop the episode. I did what I was told. I was told sabko praise kamana hai. I was told jo jaisa bhi gaaye usko uplift karna hai because it’s a tribute to Kishore da. I thought it will be a homage to my father. But once there, I just followed what I was asked to do. I had told them to give me portions of the script in advance, but nothing of that sort happened,” Kumar said.

When asked why are the makers hell-bent upon giving the impression that every contestant is doing a fine job on the show, Sunidhi said, “I think it is done to seek attention. I think it is required to be done to hold your audience. Guess it works.”

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For those who don’t know or have forgotten, Sunidhi Chauhan used to be a judge on Indian Idol Season 5 and 6. Apart from this, the acclaimed singer has also been a judge on shows such as The Voice and Dil Hai Hindustani.

First published on: 31-05-2021 at 07:06:02 pm
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