'Indian Idol 12' was mired in a big controversy whether the judges should be mere cheerleaders. 'Paa', 'Dhoom 3', 'English Vinglish' singer Shilpa Rao in a frank tell-all chat has a solution to the fracas that built up and can spill over to the next season. Should the judges criticise and/or correct the contestants? Would Shilpa herself have done it if she was a judge? See the video below:
The controversy in question had built up, err, snowballed after Amit Kumar attended 'Indian Idol 12' as a special guest and revealed to ETimes TV that he was asked to shower only praises on the contestants.
Clearly, Shilpa does not subscribe to the theory that the participants should be hurled with harsh statements from the judges' bench. In a frank and tell-all chat, she tells ETimes TV, "But there's a way. It's a 2-way street. You can't look at this from only one side."
Shilpa's perspective spells out that a guru-shishya relation is something that has to exist on a show like Indian Idol. The shishya (participant) has to understand that the guru (judge) is for his/her welfare and not get sensitive about it if and when his flaws are pointed out. "But as I said there's a way. The way is to tell the participant in such a way that it does not deter his/her progress, it should not hurt him/her. The contestants have to be told in a manner that drives home the message that there is room for improvement. A judge's analysis (on the contestant's performance) can become prasad." Shilpa adds that if she was judging the show, she would have done just what she is conveying here.
"For that, a camaraderie needs to develop between the contestants and the judges. I would like to see the judges sitting with the contestants (BTS, she means) where the contestants are not singing or rehearsing or with their make-up on."
Shilpa also says in the above interview that prior to most other things, the judges should know about the mental make-up of the contestants- what they want to achieve, whether they are here to learn and walk on a long journey which would evaluate their passion for singing, or whether they're here looking for quick, short-term success.