Saiam Hasan, a classical singer, does not like voting for such competitions. He says, “People generally vote for regionalism and not for the singing talent of the contestant”. But we can discount people who vote for the talent. Though, the numbers may be very less. The question of regionalism has been a major factor in deciding the winner. Marilyn Varte, a JNU student, supported Sourabhee Debbarma during the fourth edition of the Indian Idol. She says, “As she was the representative of the North east, I decided to vote for her”. She was the eventual winner of the fourth edition of the Indian Idol.
So, it is not necessary that the voting process helps in judging the best contestant. If we look at the first Indian Idol competition, some claimed Rahul Vaidya was better than Abhijeet Sawant, who was the first Indian Idol winner. The same can be said for Amit Paul too, who looked a far better singer than Prashant Tamang, who was declared as the winner in the third season.
Irrespective of the accuracy associated with the voting process, it is the show, Indian Idol, and the telecom companies, that earn good revenue. Lakhs and lakhs of people vote for their favourite contestants, hoping to see them as eventual winners.
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