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Got talent?

tv Updated: Jan 23, 2009 20:13 IST
Bidisha Singha
Bidisha Singha
Hindustan Times
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Colors will soon launch a song and dance series titled India’s Got Talent. Besides discovering singers and dancers, the show will also talent scout for other entertainers like puppeteers, ventriloquists and jugglers.

Ashvini Yardi, programming head, says that as long as the performer keeps the judges and live audience hooked, he or she will be ‘in’. The reality show will be produced by Siddhartha Basu’s Synergy Adlabs. It’s the brainchild of the American Idol judge Simon Cowell and has had spin-offs in the U S, France, Germany and Australia.

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According to the format, the judges can stop the participants midway through their acts. Won’t this create unwanted drama? “We have never believed in fake drama. The judges’ call is final,” says Basu firmly.

Yardi adds that since public voting will come in at a later stage, there can be no foul play. Both Yardi and Basu maintain that the judges and hosts have yet to be finalised. Meanwhile, online reports say that Preity Zinta could be on the jury.
Yardi says, that the host won’t be someone “as big” as Akshay Kumar or Shilpa Shetty. They don’t want to intimidate the contestants.

What about Basu himself? The original quizmaster laughs, “Why me when there’s so much young talent out there?”