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Part 5 (b) – They finally shot me – Final post

September 26, 2008

continued from Part 5 (a)

It was declared earlier that only the top three would qualify for the final rounds. As of then, Vikram, Aishwarya and me were in the top three. Vikram is a terrific singer and to beat him with the scores was next to impossible for any of us. Aishwarya, the daughter of the program co-ordinator, was also too good. She only selected the toughest of songs but sang it with élan. All they had to do was to maintain our scores to reach the finals and for me, I just have to make sure that none of the songs are messed up.

Day 2 – July 23rd : Reached the place quite early again. I wasn’t tensed this time, rather very excited. All the three songs that I chose were quite simple and very catchy.

We had the regular pitch check for the songs; SB, who by the way is the director of the show, was impressed with my performance so far and started speaking to me normally, the 6 of us became good sportive participants; Vikram claimed on stage that he liked my voice the most (receiving such a comment from a singer like him was more than enough for me). Had some real fun on stage with Balaji; hope all that gets aired. Infact, Balaji and myself shared a good rapport on and off stage.

All the three rounds went well. No one of us got eliminated and I maintained my number 3 position. At the end of the day, I guess I got carried away with all the appreciations, that, I developed interests to be a part of the finals. I desired to win.

The song for the 9th round was still not known. We were told that it would be an impromptu Duet round, but for some reason, they decided to go ahead with a ‘Best of Ilayaraja’ round instead and asked us to prepare a good melody.

Day 3- July 24th : During the practice session, I had given ‘Vellai Pookal’ from Kannathil Muthamittaal as my choice for the 8th round.. But I decided to sing ‘Ninaithu Ninaithu Paarthen’ from 7G Rainbow Colony because through out the rounds, I wasn’t singing even one melancholy track.

After the pitch check with the orchestra, the cameras started rolling once more for the 7th round. I did really well and managed to maintain my 3rd position yet again. Sudhakar got eliminated this time; based on his low scores. It was five of us then; in the order of the scores – Vikram, Aishwarya, Me, Rajeshwari and Gayathri.

Vikram and me after dressing got into the studio while the rest were checking their pitch with the orchestra. To my surprise, Vikram was made to check his pitch and I wasn’t. I asked SB but she smiled and said I don’t need a check and that she believed in me. I took that as a compliment and delivered my best on stage.

Whatever followed after that, left a permanent scar in my heart. I wasn’t hurt, but I didn’t expect this kind of reaction from the judges, especially for that particular song. According to them, I was affected with something bad that they couldn’t find out. They asked me if I knew where it went wrong. I shrugged and replied that I didn’t. Worst part was when I had to say ‘Thank you’ for the horrible score that I received.

I became 4th in the order – Vikram, Aishwarya, Rajeshwari, Me, and then Gayathri.

Usually, after each round, all of us would be made to stand on the stage and declare our total scores till that respective round. The judges would then declare the elimination and the bonus points. For some reason, after this round, that wasn’t done (Its going to be evident on TV too). We waited to hear from the judges :

Judge-M.V. : We have decided to eliminate Vimal.
I involuntarily went one step back; literally, taken aback.

Balaji, who kept a note of everyones scores, immediately waved at SB who in turn stopped all the cameras.

Balaji to SB : “ How is it possible ? Gayathris scores are lesser than Vimals. Ideally, she should be eliminated, right? Is there anything wrong with the calculation ?”

SB : No. Judges decision, Balaji.

Balaji seemed helpless. I smiled at him and said ‘the show must go on’ (dialogue from a Malayalam movie ‘Joker’ delivered at a similar situation)

Camera rolled, retook from where it was stopped and Balaji continued his job as a host.

Gayathri, who was in the fifth position, got in and I went out. No one knew the actual reason for my elimination. All of them including Balaji said I performed well. I was upset, didn’t express it there though, it wasn’t about getting eliminated. I wanted a perfect reason, that’s all.

According to Vikram and Gayathri, I would’ve got eliminated because the succeeding rounds required technical knowledge in music. Their logic was that I did well and since they couldn’t find a reason to eliminate me, this was the only way. Some of them even claimed that I would have been a part of their script right from the beginning of the show. The makers, probably, expected me to create a fuss on stage after my elimination, which they could use for publicity stunts to increase the shows TRP. Damn, I am still not convinced with any of the pacified remarks. I have to watch myself on screen to console my conscious.

I stayed back to watch the next round. I was so impressed with Vikram that I gifted him the shirt that I was supposed to wear for the 9th round. With my elimination, all of them were a little tensed especially Gayathri.

Result for the 9th round – All four got through for the finals (when it was earlier declared that only three would qualify). A blow yet again; I was number 4 and I should have been there. It happens all the time; I get things unexpectedly, and don’t, when I really need them to. Bid good bye to all of them when they were on the stage and left the studio.

Went out, looked up, and realized, I don’t even have a God to ask him, why me?

The finals were shot on 28th July. They did have classical round initially, for the finals, but due to time constraints they decided to replace it with a Melancholy round. I did go to the studio to watch the finals and also to collect my consolation prizes. Vikram got hospitalized and could not make it for the show. Now, that’s even worse than my situation; he truly deserved to be the winner.

The rest is for you all to watch; who wins and who else gets eliminated.

Show details :

Jaya Tv – Raagamalika; airs at 9 am only on sundays. Repeat telecast on saturdays at 11pm.

Try watching the entire series and please do not stop with the first episode of mine, which, according to me, is horrible. I would be on air from this Sunday, ie, 28th Sep to Nov 16th.
Thanks a lot for being so patient in reading these posts and commenting here.
Its just the beginning…..

Also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3(a), Part 3 (b), Part 4 and Part 5(a)

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Oxy permalink
    September 26, 2008 11:54 pm

    I am just speechless. And so are you as you posted at this hour and so I am as I am commenting at this hour.

    I will be direct. I have heard you ad whatever tiny winy knowledge of music I possess I can claim you are good, so does that mean they(judges) all were keeping something in their sub-conscious from the beginning it self?? ah?? You yourself in the beginning told them you are not aware of song of yesteryear. Did that go against you?

    Ah!!! I am .. I don’t know what to say. Vimmuuu boy, I do not want to utter those ‘oh, so sorry’ n ‘it’s ok’ crap. Man, for me you rock. You will always rock. Remember you promised to sing for my date.:)hehe

  2. rakesh permalink
    September 27, 2008 1:11 am sure AR RAHMAN will call u after seeing u sing on TV!!
    last time u couldnt even tell him abt ur singing..i hope he watches the show and calls u!!

  3. Reema permalink
    September 27, 2008 2:21 am

    I’d removed all other language channels on TV now I have tune and search for Jaya TV today. Have to watch u!!
    Awww dont worry..surely next time.

  4. indiapavan permalink
    September 27, 2008 4:45 am

    I hate that stupid bitch SB! They will go to any extent just to increase their TRP rating. :@ Sadists all of them! Will comment on your singing after I have heard you on TV.

  5. soneeta permalink
    September 27, 2008 4:55 am

    hmmm…strangest of strange things happen in media.really difficult to understand.well,still nt sure abt the reason of ur elimination,bt may be there is something better to happen.u will b on TV n u will surely be recognized.n yes,itz juz d beginning.good luck

  6. Reets permalink
    September 27, 2008 8:12 am

    Ur the Best irrespective of whether u win or not. I have heard ur version of the song- Ninaithu ninaithu which u had sung for the competition and I can bet u can never mess it up.I am sure u must have done total justice. Its not that easy when one has to perform in front of many people.U have gone ahead and sung in a Tv prog tat too in a classical music one , which many of us cannot even dream about…Getting selected to the top 12 among 5000 people is no small achievement…And u did not lose the game cos u were BAD, it was just due to some mean double game they were playing with u ….U guessed it right u were a part of the script they had made..U always rock in whatever u do….Someday I am sure u gonna make it BIG!!….Simply fond of ur music… ur voice has the potential to reach places….Keep it up buddy!!

  7. alphabetworld permalink
    September 27, 2008 11:37 am

    Noooooooooooo !


    But well, you know yur worth, now that you lasted so long. Belief in oneself is the biggest award!
    Cheer up!

  8. Smita permalink
    September 27, 2008 11:54 am

    Hey Vimal

    I guess we can never know how the midsn of tehse people work…and as Oxy says you rock so forget these buggers.

    🙂 and I'll be hunting for the channel on my TV now…saw the changed timings as well 🙂

    But the detective in me & the suspicious me feels that when we will be watching the last episode you'll be up there performing. I mean you have yourself said that Vikram fell ill so it is possible that the next deserving contestant is called, nahin??? Bolo bolo tell tell…

  9. Bedazzled permalink
    September 28, 2008 4:19 am

    i actually got on to your blog to see what time the episode wud be aired and saw the “postponed” message scroll across.. Just like the show your success is merely postponed sure bigger , better things are in strore for you ..
    nice of you to be so positive about your co-contestants ..

  10. wtml permalink
    September 28, 2008 6:41 am

    I guess you have what it takes.. to be emotionally stable, is a big asset.. and if you could go back, without vengeance, you could wish the best for those who stayed, you have nothing to worry, my friend..

    Oct 19th!!! 😀

    Most of these shows though, is all glam Vimal! The winner may get a huge album, and tons of money, but, it is those who fall out, who make a career! Keep the faith! Good Luck! 😀

  11. Vinz aka Vinu permalink
    September 28, 2008 8:56 am


    considering this was your first attempt, just let the bitterness go and enjoy the pleasure of getting such an experience..

    more tothat, in this world of opportunities, lotsa number of reality shows, you got more chances…

    just believe in your singing and rock..thats it..!!


  12. Poonam Sharma permalink
    September 29, 2008 8:58 am

    I am sad. That is sheer injustice. Are they not supposed to be fair? Who would believe them? 😦

    Why did you not ask them why they ahd decided to go against the rules? Perhaps they expected yuo to create ruckus. But yet, I dont think I would want to let injustice prvail without fight. And those participants who think you would ahev been eliminated. How can anyone write the otehr person off without giving them a chance.

    Hey, keep singing with more vigour. I am sure you will go long way, vimu.

  13. Poonam Sharma permalink
    September 29, 2008 9:02 am

    Please nominate this series of post under best human interest story category for Avant Garde BLoggie awards. It makes for spell-binding reading.

  14. September 29, 2008 9:17 am

    omg! so u u really werent tryin to mislead us?!
    well.. don wry dude.. u gave it a shot.. n u did ur best.. tats wat really matters. n u r gonna come on tv!!! wow! gr8! but wat do u mean wen u said ” I don’t even have a God to ask him “??

  15. vimmuuu permalink
    September 29, 2008 10:51 pm

    @ Oxy :

    How do you comment at these times?? Are you a nocturnal like me???

    Thanks buddy for the words.I would seriously sing for you and your date. and yes, you can bring Rakhi Sawant this time 🙂

    @ Rakesh :

    Thanks man! Well, hope what you hope happens!!!

    @ Reema :

    That was very sweet of you, reema. Yeah, theres always the word ‘next’.

    @ Pavan :

    Ayyo. Iam sure you would have strangled her if you were there in the studio!!! Sure do comment. Will also be posting the youtube links here once I get them.

  16. vimmuuu permalink
    September 29, 2008 10:58 pm

    @ Soneeta :

    Thanks soneeta. I am hoping the same.

    @ Reets :

    Thanks a lot Reets. I dont think I would have fared without the encouragement from friends like you. Infact, you guys were my scapegoats with my uploaded songs before even I entered the show.

    @ Priya :


    Even more worse was when the show got postponed. So much of hype and then nothing.hehehe.

    @ Smita :

    Thanks Smita. and I am so happy that you are going to watch the show too.

    Btw, your bad as a detective 🙂 Please find the real identity of WIAN first !!!

  17. vimmuuu permalink
    September 29, 2008 11:12 pm

    @ Bhargavi :

    Thanks a lot. Sorry for the show getting postponed.

    @ Aparna :

    Wow. That was some words.Thanks Calvin. Guess what the first prize won, a Prestige MIXER. But its all the recognition that matters in these kind of shows.

    @ Vinu :

    Thanks for the encouragement buddy…Thanks a lot 🙂

    @ Poonam :

    Its ok. Like I mentioned, I still dont know. According to me and a couple of others, I sang well. Lets see how the final product is like.

    Thanks, I will do my best.

    Btw, are you sure about the nomination ???

    @ Archana :

    Thanks, now thats what I am thinking. ‘yeyy, im coming on TV’ !!!

    Errrr..agnosticism my friend!!!

  18. Smita permalink
    September 30, 2008 4:49 pm

    I am not a bad detective & I already know her identity 😀

    I know I am right, come on accept it 🙂

  19. October 4, 2009 9:03 pm

    Vimmuuu !!!! I am commenting after reading all the parts where you got shot !!!!

    Vim : 🙂

    My God !!! You were there in that episode ????? 🙄 I remember very distinctly Malaysia Vasudevan and Uma Ramanan, as Uma, my namesake is my fav !!! I just love the high pitch she can go and come so easily !!!

    Vim : Oh yeah. She sang a couple of songs for us during those days; awesome singer. M. Vasudevan has become weak and he was unable to sing.

    WERE YOU THERE ????? OMG !!!! I dont remember the participants faces !!!!

    Vim : Good for you ! 😀

    Anyway, it was a fantastic experience, na ??? Thinking abt it now, you shld be very happy that you did that, thanks to Priya !!!! 🙂

    Vim : It was ! and thats my first time too ! I enjoyed it. and yeah, Im indebted to priya for the rest of my life for this 😀

    Winning is not everything, participation is !!!! Thats what I tell my girls !!! 🙂

    Vim : Thats right ! 😀

    Wish I had known you earlier, to cheer for you !!! 😆

    Vim : Thanks 😀

    Your voice rocks, I am grt fan of ur voice !!!! Pl sing one song from Jhankar Beats, for all the praise I’ve showered on you !!!! 🙂

    Vim : LOL !!! Even I would love to try that song. just not getting the karaoke ! 😦

  20. Savitha permalink
    December 15, 2009 7:21 pm

    Vimmuuu, read through all the posts on raagamaalika, which I’ve nver watched, though!! Congrats on making to the top 4. And all these crap are part of the politics that happen everywhere. I listened to the vellai pokkal song, man, what a rendition it is!!!

    Vim : Thanks a ton for reading all those. how did you come across these posts in the first place? Thanks for listening to the song too 🙂

    And what a gesture it was, to thoughtfully pass on the shirt to Vikram. The people person you are…..:)

    Now, neyar viruppam: I would love to hear that song from Karna–“Ullathil nalla ullam..”, that’s one of my favorite!! Please………(would love to have it posted on your blog)

    Vim : Ya, its an amazing song, na? I would love to try it too; but I dont think I would be able to get the karaoke track for that. But will surely try.

  21. Savitha permalink
    December 16, 2009 8:28 am

    Came to tell you that I had a dream like you’ve uploaded your version of ‘ullathil nalla ullam….’ this morning 😛

    Vim : Dreamin about me, huh ? 😛 😛 😛 Will try for sure 🙂

  22. December 17, 2009 7:04 pm

    I am feeling very uncomfortable after reading this post, Vimmuuu. I must have seen these episodes. Just take it as an experience, a footstep for the next stage.

    I love ‘ninaiththu ninaithtu’ song. Will it be available in ‘you tube’? How can Uma Ramanan be involved in this. I have great respect for her. After so much sincere hard work, this should not have happened. Politics everywhere.

    Many famous people crossed this type of ‘first time’ draw backs and reached the highest place. You will do that. All the best, Vimmuuu.

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