The Next Paul Potts?
And now, there is Susan Boyle. Watch her performance:
I don’t think that Susan Boyle is in the same league as Paul Potts, but that’s just a matter of opinion. The judges gave her a much more emphatic first-impression approval than to Paul Potts (who went on to win the competition, and much else later).
Watch and listen to both and check them out for yourself.
A Dose of Nostalgia: Does anyone reading this remember 1996? The year when Sunidhi Chauhan, barely a teenager, won Meri Awaz Suno. You do? Enjoy this then (but skip forward to about the 4:15 mark when Annu Kapoor shuts up):
Notable differences between then and now, apart from production values? Back then, the audience didn’t “spontaneously and simultaneously” break into applause while the singer was in the beginning or the middle of a song. Applause started only in the final few seconds of a performance. The judges, too, were much more restrained about their emotions and didn’t get up to start clapping in the middle of a song and thereby shifting the focus to themselves. It helped that lights were dimmed on them while a performance was on. On both these counts – audience and judges – the shows seem to have worsened. But that’s just me probably, everyone else seems to love the new show formats just as well.