JJWS is about to enter its final round - which these days means three contestants remain. This week will see the elimination of two from the remaining champs and our exclusive little Drift poll on the side tells us its likely to be Abhijit, Harshit and either Rahul Vaidya or Harshit.
On form alone, Rahul should be in and Abhijit out - but the latter remains India's biggest non-filmi musical success of late and carries a significant vote bank with him.
Last week JJWS had a challenge episode. And one incident in particular made it highly worth watching.
Each contestant was asked to pick a particularly difficult song to sing for one of his mates. Everyone ran off to sabotage their singing brothers. Toshi picked Himesh's breathless uper-neeche hit from Aap Ka Suroor called Jhoot Nahi Bolna. But while explaining his choice to the judges he went a bit overboard with the trash talk. If I recall correctly he pointed out deficiencies in Debojit's singing using words like "never" and "always" - dicey because they tend to unfairly typecast a singer.
Debojit got pissed. Black and White sankat ensued.Toshi was stunned - he thought he was being muhphat cool. It was a Jai Matadi Lets Rock (JMLR) moment if I ever saw one.
The end result of all of this was that Debojit announced his sensitivity to one and all by taking Toshi to task. But not before delivering a game and entertaining performance.
Later Debojit returned the favor by making Toshi sing Suno Na (Chalte Chalte) - whose delicate softness put Toshi in some sankat of his own. Judge Vishal - quite rightly - ripped right into him.And then he castigated him for creating a bad vibe with Debojit via his earlier comments.
Here's the interesting part in all this. Often contestants who have been on these shows will tell you that just as much learning to sing, these shows teach you how to present and brand yourself in the world of Bollywood music. And Vishal - who has been constantly encouraging the contestants to speak their mind - was essentially saying this: your lesson on boundaries begins now. Its a tough but essential lesson to learn. Want to be bindaas? By all means do so - but it takes careful calibration and you have to know when to pull back.
But enough about lessons in the business of music. Just a few weeks after I mentioned that I enjoyed singers coming on the show instead of unappreciative movie stars - Harman Baweja showed up on the show. Not that I have anything against Harman - in fact, his little dance contest with the singers on the show engineered a moment of hilarity for the ages.
First Harman danced and then the contestants tried to measure up. And watching people try to dance is always funny in an endearing sort of way. But nothing prepared me for Debojit who shimmied and shashayed in slow motion and executed a move that can only be described as Helen doing a nagin mating dance. Hilarity!
Yet while Harman on the show might have provide a much needed boost to ratings - it didn't do much for me. I'd much rather have watched Sukhwinder or Kay Kay come on the show instead and grapple with the dicey sound on these shows.