Last week Akshay Kumar walked in on Lil Champs and introduced a girl called Tejaswini who didn't speak for the first several years of her life but straightaway started singing. And she had a pretty decent voice to go along with a lot of support from her family.
But as she sang, Motorsandal asked me "How can someone not speak and still sing so well?". To which the Drift Memsaab replied "Everyone has a special talent". At this point Youngling, who just turned six and gets away with murder around our house turned to his mother and said "I have a special talent too, Mom. I'm lovable".
Sounds like someone has unusually high self-esteem in our house.
Akshay Kumar arrived in a strange mood - part crabby, part engaging - like he had been dreaming his favorite dream and then had been rudely woken up (that would also explain the sarso-da-khet type stubble). However he did us all a gigantic favor when he broiled Tanmay for that hugely insensitive and unfunny commercial antic that kid pulls on all the guests. Bravo Khiladi Kumar! Your crabbiness has been forgiven.
Now that there are only three contestants left and just a week to go before the final votes are tallied and the winner announced, various vote-grabbing stunts were pulled. And I would like to congratulate the producers for meeting this part of the show (which I lovingly call the House of Reshammiya stretch in fond memory of the rug-pulling antics staged by the newly-hirsute one) head on.
How did they do this? Well, they dressed the kids up as netas and staged vote rallies, thus skewering politicians and themselves in one fell swoop. Can these guys get any wink-wink smarter?
Some SRGMP seniors showed up to sing duets with each of the remaining three little champs. Raja Hasan sang something with Tanmay - he was gracious as he always is and made that I'm-oh-such-a-simple-guy face once or twice, which made me chuckle. Aneek showed up wearing what looked like Mel Gibson's wig from The Patriot and kept putting his foot in his mouth when talking. Both sounded fabulous once they sang.
And then there was Mauli - who played hide and seek with sur once or twice while singing with Rohanpreet - but in general reminded us of her appeal. And that is best explained by this anecdote. Once, hugely confounded by the nationwide appeal of Jessica Simpson I asked the teenybopper daughters of a friend what was so special about her. Both girls thought for a while, shrugged and then said "Well, she seems nice!"
Mauli did really good nice on Lil Champs last week.
So who is singing really well? Clearly Tanmay isn't in the same league as Rohanpreet. And Rohanpreet, despite singing really well, is falling short of holding his own against Anamika, who is trailing in vote tallies so far. But what is nice is that ever since that avoidable fracas where Anamika almost quit over concerns for her father's health, Heart Attack Dad has been in all the shows smiling widely and enjoying his daughter's singing. Well done.