Sonu Nigam has spoken about staying away from judging singing reality shows after having judged Indian Idol in the past. He said that he wouldn’t enjoy doing things that he want to and would not like to indulge in melodrama and unnecessary praise that has to be bestowed on the contestants at the makers’ and the channel’s behest. Sonu said that 'today, his instincts don’t allow him to do such shows'
In an interview with a leading daily, Sonu said, “I am a man of clear words. Nobody can tell me how to behave because we belong to that purest school of music and life. If I am asked to do it, I will do it. But will I really enjoy doing things that I don’t want to do on reality shows?”
Adding further the singer said, “I’m judging a show in Bengal – Super Singer on Star Jalsa. I feel it’s a show of my interest. It has Kaushiki Chakraborty and Kumar Sanu, and a purist atmosphere. I feel comfortable there and hope they won’t ask me for such melodrama. If they do, we’ll see!”
Some time back Indian Idol was embroiled in a controversy when singer Amit Kumar claimed that he was asked to praise the contestants of Indian Idol 12 when he came in as a special judge on the show. Sonu had reacted to the controversy and said, “As a judge, we are here to teach something to the contestants. We should give honest feedback to the participants. Always praising them won’t do any good. Humesha wah wah karoge toh kaise hoga (how will it work, if you always praise them)? We aren’t here to spoil these kids. Even the contestants won’t understand when they have performed well and when they haven’t if we keep praising them.”
(Source: Indian Express)