Indian Idol 12: Sunidhi Chauhan reacts to Amit Kumar controversy: Sometimes we were told to praise
Indian Idol 12 has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons of late. After the love angle scandal to being accused of commercializing the poverty stories of contestants, Indian Idol has managed to rub on the wrong foot many a time. The latest was when Amit Kumar criticised the show after a Kishore Kumar special episode aired. He accused the makers of forcing him to praise the contestants which led to everyone questioning how authentic these reality shows are. Sunidhi Chauhan, who is known for never mincing her words, in a TOI interview shared sometimes they were indeed told to praise a few contestants and that’s why she quit the show.
Sunidhi Chauhan said, “Not exactly this ki sabko karna hai (that praise all of them) 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.” The singer was a part of the judges panel for the 5th and 6th season but later quit. When asked why the judges are told to do this, Sunidhi shared, “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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A week back, Amit Kumar had said that he did not enjoy the Kishore Kumar episode and felt it did not do justice to the legacy of the legendary singer. The singer admitted that he went to the show for money and also did not appreciate how Himesh Reshammiya and Neha Kakkar sang Kishore Kumar songs on the stage.
Meanwhile, singers like Abhijeet Sawant and Anuradha Paudwal supported the contestants against Amit Kumar’s criticism saying that they shouldn’t be compared to the legendary singer.