Sonu Nigam REVEALS Hindi reality show judges are asked to ‘praise contestants even when the song isn’t good’

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Singer Sonu Nigam has stayed away from judging music reality shows for a long time now. He has earlier been a part of the judges panel on Indian Idol and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. He currently appears on the Bengali reality show Super Singer Season 3 as a judge alongside Kumar Sanu and Koushiki Chakraborty. During a virtual media event, Sonu revealed the reason why he doesn’t want to be a part of Hindi music reality shows. He said that the judges on these shows are asked to praise the contestants’ performances even when they aren’t good enough.
“I instantly decided to be a part of this Bengali show (Super Singer Season 3), because I had high expectations. I turned down a lot of Hindi shows. I am tired of being asked to say same old things on the show and praising a contestant when the song isn’t good. I don’t like that. It has become more of a love lost kind of thing now. I don’t look forward to earning money and I don’t see the necessity of being a part of a show just for the sake of it. So I don’t say yes to Hindi shows these days,” Sonu said.
He further said, “I am the grand daddy of music reality shows. 22 years back, I hosted a show when there wasn’t any of such show. I conceived it. Over these years, I have been a part of many of such shows as host and judge. Whenever, there is a new Hindi music show, I am being approached but I turn it down.”
Last year, Indian Idol 12 was embroiled in a controversy after singer Amit Kumar claimed that he was asked to praise the contestants during Kishore Kumar special episode.