There is an ugly side to the reality shows of these days. While we see the bright golden side of it all, there is a bitter underlying truth. It has been talked about in the past too that the contestants pay money to win these reality shows, be it a singing one or dance.
Today ace choreographer, Terence Lewis reflected upon the same and in an interview with Bombay Times, said,”It’s a big game out there. You have to invest a lot to win because it’s all based on voting. Voting can be done in various ways, so contestants put a lot effort in that direction. But at the same time, I feel truly talented people get their dues. Raghav (Juyal, of ‘Dance India Dance’ fame) is a good example. He didn’t just win but he is doing really good work in the industry.”
He further clarified saying,”They (the contestants) invest a lot because they want to win. It’s very simple. They get people to call up or vote (for them) to be in the show. The channels don’t have a problem with that because for the channels it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. They (channel) only want to make a good show, and want people to watch their show. They are not concerned with all of these things. It is the contestant who wants to win and hence takes various routes to win. It is similar to politics, when a candidate is fighting an election. It is obvious he will invest his money to win the election.”
He added: “I feel fortunate I haven’t been part of such shows. I am not a representative of any particular channel so, I can’t take those decisions (on cleaning up the voting process).”
Do you feel that the viewers are being cheated if this is the case?