Amit Kumar recently revealed that he was asked to praise the contestant of the TV reality shows Indian Idol 12. This lit up controversy and many other celebs came out with the same story. Now, music composer Salim Merchant, who has been part of many reality TV shows, also supported Kumar and said that he was asked to praise all the contestants. However, he always managed to give an honest opinion.
Previously Sunidhi Chauhan, also revealed that she was asked to praise the contestants on the show.
Speaking to TV host Siddharth Kannan, Salim said, “Yes, mere saath bhi hua hai. But honestly, maine kabhi nahi suna unki baat. Shayad aaj main koi judge ki seat pe nahi baitha hoon because of that.”
He further added, “Mere saath bahut baar hua hai when the show directors said that ‘please, aap log negative mat boliye’. But, main na thoda smart hoon is baare mein. Main khaamiyaan nikaal hi leta hoon but achhi tarah se. I don’t get crazy about anybody’s faults.”
He also added that there was a time when the contestants were praised even after their mistakes just to encourage them as singing is not an easy job.
Salim Merchant has been a judge on multiple sessions of the show including Indian Idol Season 5 and 6, Indian Idol Junior Season 2, and The Voice of Indian Season 2.