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The fame monster

tv Updated: Mar 13, 2010 01:36 IST

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Although reality shows have increasingly come under attack for putting too much pressure on contestants, the negatives hardly stops people from turning up for auditions in thousands.

During the

Indian Idol 5

auditions held in Noida Tuesday, a dozen people were injured in a stampede when more number of people turned up than what was expected.

“Reality shows are a shortcut to fame, which makes people go to any length,” Abhijeet Sawant, winner of the first

Indian Idol,


In 2008, auditions of



were cancelled when some men barged into the auditorium and shattered window panes, leading to a stampede.

“Reality shows are a perfect platform for anyone to get instant fame. I went to

Bigg Boss

to achieve what I hadn’t been able to in so many years,” said Vindu Dara Singh, winner of the show’s third season.