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Singing it out loud

Singing it out loud
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Talent hunts are the order of the day, what with reality TV getting bigger. Delhi got its own talent hunt last Thursday with the Indian trials of the Karaoke World Championship [KWC] coming to town.

‘This time around we have gone to 18 cities, and have 20 lakh participants from all over India,’ said Lalit Kewalramani of Nash Events. The winners will win Rs 18 lakhs in prizes, apart from a trip to Finland and a chance to cut their album.

‘Music keeps everyone young and the young talents could go places,’ said Parikrama’s Subir Malik, who was one of the judges. ‘KWC is providing youngsters with a platform. Karaoke is a combination of presentation, costumes, film orchestra all put together. This competition is also like any other singing competition,’ said singer and judge  Remo Fernandez.  

For KWC, member countries conduct karaoke competitions at local and national levels and send winners to participate in the global finale. KWC is being held zone-wise in India. After the north zone competition in Delhi, auditions will be held for the east zone in Kolkata, the west zone in Mumbai and the southern zone in Hyderabad.

Six finalists from each zone will compete at the KWC India Grand Finale in Mumbai on 7 October. Groups of friends can participate in India, but will not feature in the finals. In India, the participants sang English and select Hindi film songs.

‘The unique aspect of KWC is that unlike a reality show, there are no live cameras to add to the nervousness of contestants. Unpolished and the wildest singers get the loudest applause,’ says Savio D’Sa, a regular at the karaoke circuit.
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