Looks like Gajendra Singh – the man behind the longrunning Sa Re Ga Ma talent hunt show on Zee – doesn’t want to breathe easy.
Barely after the twin successes of Sa Re Ga Ma Challenge 2005 and Sa Re Ga Ma Ek Main Aur Ek Tu got over, the man is already on to his next instalment of the show called Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs, this time for kids between ages 8 to 14.
Says Singh, “We thought it was a great concept to have a talent hunt show for children especially because I know we have a vast talent out there.” He says that since it’s a show for children “the format will have to reworked a bit because handling the temperaments of children is going to be difficult especially because they are very sensitive and have to be really dealt with a lot of care.”
The auditions have already begun in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai “though children came from virtually every part of the country. Thirty-two 32 contestants will be chosen who will be then trained to give the final short-listed 10 participants,” informs Singh.
The final 10 could be any boy-girl combination “not necessarily five boys and five girls. Alka Yagnikji and Abhijeet da will be the judges of the show and I will soon sign up a music composer as the third judge.”
The show a bi-weekly will go on air on July 6 and will be hosted by Sa Re Ga Ma-regular Shaan. Singh says that voting by sms “will not be the norm this time because since it’s for children, we want to change the format a bit and bring in the viewer participation only in the penultimate stages of the show.”
Fresh from the success of Ek Main Aur Ek Tu (EMET), Singh says that though initially it took time “for the viewers to understand the format of EMET, once they did, they accepted the show whole heartedly.
I always believed that for any duet to work the chemistry between the two singers is crucial especially when you have two strangers singing with each other and trying to find a comfort zone between them.
I think this very idea worked very well for the popularity of EMET because by the time the contest reached its final stages, the couples had not only started ‘feeling’ the song and singing it with a lot of love and passion but they were also perfect in their ‘sur’. Little Champs is going to be difficult but we will try our best.”