|Created by||Vijay TV|
|Country of origin||India|
|Executive producer(s)||Vijay TV|
|Location(s)||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Running time||1 hour|
|Original channel||STAR Vijay|
|Original run||2007 – Present|
Airtel Super Singer Junior – Thamizhagathin Chella Kuralukkana Thedal (the search for the sweet voice of Tamil Nadu) – is a reality show hosted by Vijay TV, a popular Tamil channel of the Star Network. It is a singing talent hunt for the children of age group 6-14. This is the junior version of the Airtel Super Singer show which premiered in 2006. Auditions are held in various parts of Tamil Nadu, India. The show attracts many kids from all over the state and rigourous multi-level selection procedures are done in order to select the contestants for the stage show.
The first season of the Airtel Super Singer Junior show premiered in 2007 and was compered by Chinmayi. Of the many kids who auditiones for the show, 25 were selected to go on to the stage show which consisted of a variety of interesting rounds. The judges at the studio were K.S. Chitra and Usha Uthup. Krishnamoorthy emerged the winner after a hard fought finals with an equally brilliant Vignesh, who had an amazing flavor for folk. The other finalists were Saicharan and Aparna(a wild card entrant.the airtel super singer junior had a very tough competition.
The second season of the premiered in 2009. The show was initially compered by Divyadharshini during the audition rounds. This role was then handed over to Divya, a former VJ, who hosted the stage show consisting of the final 25 contestants. The judges are K.S. Chitra, Mano and Malgudi Subha. The voice trainer is Ananth Vaidyanathan. This season’s show unlike the first one has been a target of many controversies regarding judgement of contestants which has marred the show’s reputation. Consensus on various online forums indicate a strong preference for contestant Priyanka as finalist, a contestant noted for her impeccable singing and outstandingly melodious voice, but who was eliminated shortly before the semi-finals. Transparency of results of the Wild Card Round has also been subject to much criticism, with viewers highlighting that judges failed to provide the factual breakdown of votes actually received by the contestants and had instead pre-determined the last finalist. . Views have been aired that both wild card winners, Srikanth and Nithyashree, were selected to promote viewership. Finalists are: Shravan, Roshan, Alka, Srikanth & Nithyashree, making it the first time in the competition that 5 contestants will be heading to the finals. To add to the controversy, it has been noted that Priyanka still holds the maximum number votes in the poll at http://www.southdreamz.com/cast-your-vote, much higher than finalist contestant Alka Ajith. Both Priyanka’s and Srinisha’s votes continued to increase even after they were eliminated from the show.
The Last Semi Final round lets 3 of the contestants to enter the Finals. The competition was really tough because the contest would not only compete each others but they would sing with 3 professional playback singers in carnatic,melody and western musics. Shrawan and Alka successfully emerged as top 2 contestants and were qualified for finals then the two least scorers : Roshan (68 marks) and Nithyashree (60 marks) have to compete each other in a 1 minute rapid fire rounds and Roshan was qualified for the finals.
Wild Card Results – 3/6/2010
Wildcard Winners as announced by the judges were Srikanth and Nithyashree and will enter the finals along with Alka Ajith, Roshan and Shravan. The wild card results created a lot of frustrations and disappointments among Vijay TV viewers citing that the public votes were manipulated and played no role in the results. Expectations were extremely high and various blogs were very much in favour of the wild card winner as Priyanka followed by Srinisha.
|Classical||Shravan, Sahana, Sri Hari, Prasanna Sundar||Shravan, Sri Hari (Special Mention)|
|Entertainment||Nithyashree, Srikanth, Srinisha||Nithyashree|
|Folk||Vishnu Sharan, Oviya, Bala Sarangan||Bala Sarangan|
|Western||Nithyashree, Sharath, Sowmiya||Sowmiya|
|Melody||Priyanka, Roshan, Alka||Alka|
|Most Progressive Singer||Priyanka, Bala Sarangan, Prasanna Sunder, Shravan||Prasanna Sundar & Priyanka|
|Most Popular||No nominees||Srikanth|
Week – 7/6/2010 thru 10/6/2010
Finals – Finalists Alka Ajit, Shravan, Roshan, Nithyashree and Srikanth give their finals performance in the classical, folk, western (melody and fast) rounds.
|Classical||Ennai Ennai Seiythai||Paatum Naane||Vanthaaal Maha||Kannodu Kanbathellam||Isai Thamizh|
|Folk||Raangi Rangamma||Thillangapadi||Uppu Karvadu||Kaathadi Pola Yendi||Veyilodu Vilayaadi|
|Western (melody)||Ithu Varai||Nee Marilyn Monroe||Azhagiya Cindrella||Jillenu Oru Kaathal||Nenjukkul Peithidum|
|Western (fast)||Oyaayiye Yaayiye||Girlfriend Venum||Bumchikku Bumchikku|
MEMORABLE & BEST PERFORMANCES
- Priyanka – Chinna Thai Aval, Kathirikka Kundu Kathirikka (Boys vs. Girls), Mundhinam Paarthane (VTV Special), Azhagai Pookuthey (Melody Round), Naalai Intha & Kalyaana Thane Nila (Moon Songs Round), Vaan Megam (Rain Songs Round), Nenjathai Alli Konjam (Unplugged Round), Maraindirundhu Paarkum (Wild Card), Aatamma Perottamma, Kanniley Ennaundu, Machchan Meesa, Mannavan Vanthaanadi (Wild Card Public Voting Round)
- Sahana – Nila Kaiygirathu (Debut Round), Annul Mele Panithuli (VTV Special), Mannavan Vanthaanadi
- Alka Ajith – Sowkiyama, Senthoora Poove, Marudhaani (Melody Round), Mannipaaya (VTV Special), Azhagu Nilave (Special Awards Round)
- Prasanna Sundar – Senthamizh Nattu (Boys vs. Girls), Maadhavi Ponmayila (Classical Round), Taxi Taxi, Something Something (Western Round)
- Nithyashree – Innimai Niraindha Ulagam (Retro Round), Adiye Kolluthey, Pattathu Raani (Wild Card Public Voting Round), sirichu sirich vandan cheena thana doi
- Srinisha – Pon vaanam, Rahathulla, Maasi maasam, Kannodu kaanpathellaam, Vennila Vennila, Chittukurvikenna Kattupaadu
- Shravan – Uyirin Uyire, Strawberry Kanne (Debut Round), Hosanna (VTV Special), Nilave Enndiam
- Roshan – Santhana Thendralai (Grand Opening), Sangeetha Jathi Mullai (Classical Round), Anjali Anjali, Kaadhal Rojavae, Songs in medley round, Ennadi Raakkamma, Isai Kaettaal, Ninaithu Ninaithu Paarthaen, Vedham Anuvilum Oru Naadham, O Divya O Divya (Melody Round), Poove Sempoove, Vellai Pookal, Pudhu Vellai Mazhai, Uyirum Neeye, Sonnalum Ketpathillai (Special Awards Round)
- Vishnu Charan – Chithiram Pesuthadi, Kathilakka Neram Illai (Wild Card), Mayakkama Kalakkama (Wild Card), Ullathil Nalla Ullam
- Sri Hari – Neeye Unakku Endrum (Wild Card Round)
- Srikanth – Singaari Sarakku, Shankaraa, Anjala (VTV Special), Andru Vanthathu Athey Nila