Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Auditions completed in Trichy..

"Music is in my blood," smiled 17-year old Sherley Joy Cynthia brimming with enthusiasm. Her note was echoed by many in the hall at SRM Hotel where the curtains came down on the three-day auditions for the famed Airtel Super Singer 3 on Monday. The grand finale of the auditions had contestants clutching their cards with apparent tension.

Singing was Shirley's joy and passion. Having crossed several personal obstacles, being waitlisted in the preliminary auditions was a good enough reason to be happy. She believes Super Singer is a great platform for budding singers to culture and nurture their voices.

"I am not here for the money but rather for the satisfaction of becoming a good singer," said Sai Charan, the 17-year old who was a finalist in the previous season of Airtel Super Singer Junior.

"The auditions for the show which have been happening in three different zones in Tamil Nadu had a turnout of about 1,200 in Tiruchi alone. About 40 participants are expected to be chosen from Tiruchi while 78 have been selected from Chennai and 58 from Coimbatore," said Pradeep Milroy Peter, head of programming, Vijay TV. The turnout for the auditions was much better this season, he said.

The preliminary round judges, S. P. Shylaja, Mahathi and carnatic vocalist Sowmya agree that the participants are increasing in number. Mr. Pradeep attributed the huge response to the cooperation from the music fraternity and the success of Airtel Super Singer Junior.

"They all have a passion for music. They are sportive and courageous," said Ms. Shylaja, a famed playback Singer. While Mahathi looks for attitude and style, Sowmya has an eye for detail. All the three judges give priority to contestants with a background of carnatic music as they believe that it helps the singer groom himself. "People of different age groups participate. But what we are looking for is that musical spark," says Sowmya.

The finals of the preliminaries happened after much screening wherein contestants sent their recordings to Vijay TV or recorded their voices in video booths that were placed at prominent points in the city. Forty one candidates were selected from Tiruchi zone to compete in subsequent rounds to be held in Chennai. The musical extravaganza that kept viewers glued is set for another journey.

-The Hindu

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