Airtel Super Singer Junior – Thamizhagathin Chellakuralukkana 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 TamilNadu, India. The show attracts many kids from all over the state and rigorous 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 auditioned 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 in the airtel super singer junior) who also gave 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 and upcoming playback singer, 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 contestants Priyanka and Srinisha as finalists. Priyanka was a contestant noted for her impeccable singing and outstandingly melodious voice, but who was eliminated shortly before the semi-finals. Srinisha was noted for her versatility to sing in any genre of songs but was eliminated in the first round of 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.
Alka Ajith was declared the title winner of Airtel Super Singer Junior 2 and was awarded a beautiful villa worth Rs. 25 lakhs. Shravan was the first runner-up and he was awarded a stylish car. Finalists Nithyashree and Roshan were each awarded consolation cash prizes worth Rs. 2 lakhs. Srikanth was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakhs for being the most popular contestant on the show. Special cash prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh each were awarded to Priyanka and Srinisha.
Grand Finale Performances
|1||Singara Velaney||Shambo||Udhaya Udhaya||Mayya Mayya||Maadhavi Ponmayilal|
|2||Munbe Vaa||Uyirum Neeye||Oru Poiyavathu Sol||Ivaloru Ilangkuruvi||Namma Ooru Singaari|
Other good Singers in the show are Monissha , Sanjana ,Sriprasanna ,got eliminated before entering the final 15 contestants’s bandwagon.
MEMORABLE & BEST PERFORMANCES
- Alka Ajith – Sowkiyama, Senthoora Poove, Marudhaani (Melody Round), Mannipaaya (VTV Special), Azhagu Nilave (Special Awards Round), Idhazhil Kadhai Eludhum (Semi-finals Melody Round), Ennai Enna Seidhaai (Finals Day 1), Idhu Varai (Finals Day 3), Singara Velanay (Grand Finale)
- Nithyashree – Cheena Thana Doi, Innimai Niraindha Ulagam (Retro Round), Adiye Kolluthey, Pattathu Raani (Wild Card Public Voting Round)
- Prasanna Sundar – Senthamizh Nattu (Boys vs. Girls), Maadhavi Ponmayila (Classical Round), Taxi Taxi, Something Something (Western Round)
- 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)
- 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)
- Sahana – Nila Kaiygirathu (Debut Round), Annul Mele Panithuli (VTV Special), Mannavan Vanthaanadi
- Shravan – Uyirin Uyire, Strawberry Kanne (Debut Round), Hosanna (VTV Special), Nilave Ennidam, Minsaara Poove (Semi-finals Classical Round), Paattum Naane (Finals Day 1)
- Sri Hari – Neeye Unakku Endrum (Wild Card Round)
- Srikanth – Singaari Sarakku, Shankaraa, Anjala (VTV Special), Andru Vanthathu Athey Nila, Bumchikku Bumchikku (Finals Day 4)
- Srinisha – Pon vaanam, Rahathulla, Maasi maasam, Kannodu kaanpathellaam, Vennila Vennila, Chittukurvikenna Kattupaadu
- Vishnu Charan – Chithiram Pesuthadi, Kathilakka Neram Illai (Wild Card), Mayakkama Kalakkama (Wild Card), Ullathil Nalla Ullam