Eighteen years old Maria Meeer from Faisalabad, couldn't woo the panel of judges with her voice in the first Pakistan Idol (Faisalabad audition). She sang but Bushra Ansari, found her voice little low. Ali Azmat said he couldn't even hear her. Hadiqa Kiyani agreed with her two co-judges. It was a clear NO from all three of them.
She broke down. It got viral on the social media.
To viewers, it was so rude of judges to reject such a beautiful voice. They dubbed their judgement wrong and unfair. This brought Amant Ali, a renowned Pakistani singer's attention toward her. He reached out to her and did a beautiful song with her to slap the judges.
It''s a miracle for her,isn't? I am sure she wouldn't have even dreamed about it. Her song is out before other contestants who started their journey with her. They are still in gala around, she is not only singing professionally, has signed her first contract.
However, I am not totally agreed with everything happened so far.
Don't take me wrong, I am also watching Pakistan idol from it's first episode, and I have watched that episode as well in which she appeared. She might be an amazing singer but at that time of the audition she didn't give her best. Her nervousness was so visible. Confidence level was zero, and maybe that is why judges did not find her right for the competition.
And this is what idol is all about.
It is a singing competition.
It's is a world wide famous reality television singing competition. So many countries has adopted this show as it is. Now it has come to Pakistan as well.
It is a " Reality-Television-Singing-Competiton-Show, "which means you are in a singing competition which is for reality television, with other singers, who can sing just like you or even better than you. Here it does not matter how talented you are, or how beautiful your voice is, what matters is what are you giving at that moment. There are judges and their job is to judge your singing at that moment.
So many are standing in the queue to be judged voluntary., because they are fully aware what this show can do for them. They know It is giving them an opportunity to try their luck to be known and famous. This show will give them. opportunity, fame and money. Young, struggling, unknown singers are desperate to be on the show.They know they will be judged harshly, like I said, no one is less talented, all singers can sing, but here they have to woo the judges with their singing, style, and personality.
They are looking for complete package. And this makes it a fair show.
Those who are its viewer and understand the concept of the reality television know that it starts with an audition by panel of judges who go to different cities, and find the best, then these contestants go through few rounds, after that they are left on the mercy of public votes, where public select their singing idol.
What, when public reject the same talented, beautiful voice?
That is also a rejection.
Audition episode are most watched episodes because of interesting participation of participants in it.
When participants performance good, judges complement them, when they don't, they don't hesitate to give zinger. Sometime they pour scorn on the participants that they broke down.
This is also a (planned) part of a show. And it is like that for so long. Take it or leave it. People know that and still they're there to be judged. Producers are running a reality T.V show not a charity show. And yes, appearance/ presentation and confidence matter too. You are going to be a singing Idol, mind it.
Maria Meer, is not the first person to be rejected harshly. And if you see the video without being emotional, it was not that harsh rejection as people are dubbing it. Judges didn't insult someone for the first time either. Most of the "harsh insults " are for those who are not even singers and in the show for god knows why? Other than that, why would they insult any one who can sing well?
They mostly say, its a NO from them, voice is not that good, not ready for show............and so what? They didn't invite you. You are there voluntary.
And in other idols like American idol, India, etc, etc, participants do come back and prove them wrong.
We are just little more emotional than others. Nothing else.
On the other hand, I am glad this happened to her. All my best wishes are for Maria.
Life is funny.