Zee Tamil Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2009 Challenge

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Zee Tamil Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2009 Challenge
Directed by Andrew Jones
Presented by Bhavna Balakrishnan
Judges M. S. Viswanathan
Nithyasree Mahadevan
Vani Jairam
Sharreth
Country of origin India
No. of seasons 1
Production
Executive producer(s) Sudarshan
Running time 1 hour
Release
Original network Zee Tamil
Original release 22/06/2009

Zee Tamil's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2009 Challenge was a reality-based Indian singing competition that aired on Tamil language TV channel Zee Tamil. It was designed to be a talent hunt in Tamil Nadu. The top 15 contestants would have an opportunity to perform with celebrity singers during the main stage of the competition. The show was sponsored by Clinic Plus.

Prem Menon, Zee Tamil TV's business head, confirmed that more than 10,000 aspirants auditioned for the competition throughout Tamil Nadu from which 15 contestants were selected for the competition, before the competition was filtered down to 4 finalists.[1] Top 15 contestant performances and the finals were judged by music director M. S. Viswanathan, veteran playback singers Vani Jairam and Nithyasree Mahadevan, and composer Sharreth. The four finalists of the competition were Anand, Bhargavi, Deepak, and Gopalakrishnan. Contestant Anand was crowned the winner of the competition, with contestant Gopalakrishnan being crowned runner-up and contestant Bhargavi being third-placed in the competition.[1]

The show premiered on 22 June 2009, and episodes were telecast between Mondays and Tuesdays each week at 9:00pm.[2] Encore telecasts were aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:00pm, as well as Saturdays and Sundays each week at 8:00pm..

Debut episodes[edit]

Episode # Title Original airdate
1"Debut Episodes - part 1"22 June 2009 (2009-06-22)
Chief guests for the debut episode were music directors M. S. Viswanathan, Vijay Antony and Radhika. Singers were brought in a chariot from Vadapalani to the studio set.
2"Debut Episodes - part 2"23 June 2009 (2009-06-23)
This episode introduced the celebrity singers with whom the final 15 contestants of the show would perform.

Auditions[edit]

Open auditions were held across Tamil Nadu. Prem Menon, Zee Tamil TV's business head, confirmed that more than 10,000 aspirants auditioned for the competition throughout Tamil Nadu from which 15 contestants were selected for the competition.[1]

Episode # Title Original airdate
3"Tamil Nadu Auditions - part 1"29 June 2009 (2009-06-29)
First round auditions held in Trichy, Madurai, Thirunelveli, and Coimbatore.
4"Tamil Nadu Auditions - part 2"30 June 2009 (2009-06-30)
First round auditions held in Chennai, and second round auditions held in Trichy, Madurai, Thirunelveli, and Coimbatore. Judges during the second round auditions were celebrity singers Prasanna, Mathangi, Roshini, Mukesh, Srilkeha Parthasarthy, Sathyen, Jeye Dev, Vinaya, and Kalpana.
5"Tamil Nadu Auditions - part 3"6 July 2009 (2009-07-06)
Second round auditions held in Chennai.
6"Tamil Nadu Auditions - part 4"7 July 2009 (2009-07-07)
Behind-the-scenes footage from previous audition episodes.
7"Final Auditions - part 1"13 July 2009 (2009-07-13)
Further auditions where contestants which were selected from the open auditions competed to be selected in the top 15.
8"Final Auditions - part 2"14 July 2009 (2009-07-14)
Further auditions where contestants which were selected from the open auditions competed to be selected in the top 15.
9"Final Auditions - part 3"20 July 2009 (2009-07-20)
Final auditions for contestant selection. The top spots were filled in batches of 6.
9"Celebrity/Playback Singer & Contestant Pairings"20 July 2009 (2009-07-20)
The top 15 contestants were paired with celebrity/playback singers for the competition. The names of the celebrity singers were placed into two bowls. Male contestants picked out a female celebrity singer randomly from a bowl, while female contestants picked out a male celebrity singer from the other bowl.

Competition Rounds[edit]

Top 15 contestants and celebrity singers[edit]

The top 15 contestants selected through the main audition rounds and their pairings with the celebrity singers are as follows:

Finalist Gender Celebrity Singer Gender
Shiva Archana Female Mukesh Male
Deepak Male Vinaya Female
Anand Male Prashanthini Female
Gopalakrishnan Male Vijayalakshmi Female
Diwakaran Male Kalpana Female
Shruti Vandana Female Jayadev Male
Ramesh Male Roshini Female
Kalaiwani Female Vijay Yesudas(opted out of the show before main competition round)
Naveen Madhav (Raveendran's youngest son)
Male
Ashwath Male Mathangi Female
Manasi Female Aslam Male
Raghu Male Sangeetha Female
Bhargavi Female Belly Raj Male
Anush Female Srilekha Parthasarathy Female
Aruna Female Sathyan Male
Swathi Female VV Prasanna Male

Performances[edit]

Introduction Round (27 July 2009 – 28 July 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: M. S. Viswanathan (music director) & Noyal James (music coordinator of music director A. R. Rahman)
  • Performances:
Air date Contestant Celebrity singer Song Original artist Lyricist Music composer/director Source/Movie (year)
27 & 28 July 2009 Shiva Archana Mukesh "Where Is The Party" Priyadarshini & Mukesh Silambarasan Rajendar Yuvan Shankar Raja Silambattam (2008)
Deepak Vinaya "Suppose Unnai Kaadhalichu" Ranjith & Vinaya Vijay Antony Sukran (2005)
Anand Prashanthini "Mundhinam Parthene" Naresh Iyer & Prashanthini Thamarai Harris Jayaraj Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)
Gopalakrishnan Vijayalakshmi "Pallanadhu Pallanadhu" Vidyasagar & S. Rajalakshmi Yugabharathi Vidyasagar Kuruvi (2008)
Diwakaran Kalpana "Madurai Jilla" Karthik & Kalpana Vairamuthu, Na. Muthukumar, Viveka, & Thiraivannan D. Imman Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam (2006)
Shruti Vandana Jayadev "Ean Enakku Mayakkam" Sangeetha & Jayadev Pa. Vijay Vijay Antony & D. Imman Naan Avan Illai (2007)
Ramesh Roshini "Pottu Thakku" Silambarasan & Roshini Srikanth Deva Kuththu (2004)
Kalaiwani Navin Madhav "Daddy Mummy Veetil Illai" Mamta Mohandas & Naveen Madhav Viveka Devi Sri Prasad Villu (2008)
Ashwath Mathangi "X Machi" Nakul & Mathangi Vaali Harris Jayaraj Ghajini (2005)
Manasi Aslam "Kodana Kodi" Ranina Reddy, Suvi Suresh, & Rahul Nambiar Gangai Amaran Yuvan Shankar Raja Saroja (2008)
Raghu Sangeetha "Dialamo Dialamo" Vijay Antony & Sangeetha Vairamuthu, Vijay Antony, & Pugazhendhi Vijay Antony Dishyum (2006)
Bhargavi Belly Raj "Kangal Irandal" Deepa Miriam & Belly Raj James Vasanthan Subramaniapuram
Anush Srilekha Parthasarathy "Kalyanamthan Kattikittu Odi Pokkalama" KK, Yugendran, & Srilekha Parthasarathy Snehan Harris Jayaraj Saamy (2003)
Aruna Sathyan "Kanavile Kanavile" Swetha Mohan & Sathyan Srikanth Deva Nepali (2008)
Swathi Prasanna "Unnai Ninaithen" Shreya Ghoshal & Prasanna Vijay Antony Mariyadhai (2009)

Round of 15 (4 August 2009 – 5 August 2009)[edit]

This week, 15 contestant-singer duos would each present a duet song in front of judges M.S. Viswanathan and Nityashree Mahadevan.[2] Following the 15 performances which were described as "scintillating" by The Hindu,[2] a contestant-singer duo was eliminated from the competition, leaving 14 playback singers and 14 contestants remaining in the competition.

Air date Contestant Celebrity singer Song Original artist Lyricist Music composer/director Source/Movie (year)
4 & 5 August 2009 Ramesh Roshini "Aaiyaiyo en usurukkule"
Bhargavi Belly Raj "Pudhu Vellai Mazhai" Roja
Diwakaran Kalpana "Vaa Vaa Pakkam Vaa"
Shruti Vandana Jaydev "Sorgame Endralum"
Raghu Sangeetha "Idhazhil kathai yezhudum"
Shiva Archana Mukesh "Madurai Marikozhunthu"
Ashwath Mathangi "Andru Vandhadum Adhe Nilaa"
Deepak Vinaya "Sundhari Kannal Oru"
Anand Prashanthini "Malare Mounamaa"
Manasi Aslam "Rathiriyl Poothrikkum"
Anush Srilekha Parthasarathy "Oho Endhan Baby"
Aruna Sathyan "Urugude Marugude"
Swathi Prasanna "Oru Kaadhal Dhevadhai Vandhaal"
Kalaiwani Naveen Madhav

Round of 14 (10 August 2009 – 11 August 2009)[edit]

     – Contestant is eliminated
Air date Contestant Celebrity singer Song Original artist Lyricist Music composer/director Source/Movie (year)
10 & 11 August 2009

Round of 13 (17 August 2009 – 18 August 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: M. S. Viswanathan (music director)
  • Performances:
     – Contestant is eliminated
Air date Contestant Celebrity singer Song Original artist Lyricist Music composer/director Source/Movie (year)
17 & 18 August 2009

Round of 12 (24 August 2009 – 25 August 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: Nithyasree Mahadevan (Carnatic music exponent & veteran playback singer) & Sharreth (composer)

Round of 11 (31 August 2009 – 1 September 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: Nithyasree Mahadevan (Carnatic music exponent & veteran playback singer) & Sharreth (composer)

Round of 10 (7 September 2009 – 8 September 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: Nithyasree Mahadevan (Carnatic music exponent & veteran playback singer) & Sharreth (composer)

Round of 9 (14 September 2009 – 15 September 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: Vani Jairam (veteran playback singer)

Round of 8: Jai Ho (21 September 2009 – 22 September 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: Vani Jairam (veteran playback singer)

This round required the top 8 to perform songs of an Indian patriotic theme.

Round of 7: Freestyle Round (28 September 2009 – 29 September 2009)[edit]

  • Permanent Compere: Bhavna Balakrishnan
  • Judges: Vani Jairam (veteran playback singer)

This round was a freestyle contestant which permitted the contestants to perform any song they wish. Contestant Deepak and celebrity Vinaya were selected last, and sang the song "Chippi Irukkuthu" originally sung by S. P. Balasubramanyam & S. Janaki, with lyrics penned by Kannadasan and music composed by M. S. Viswanathan from the 1980 film Varumayin Niram Sivappu. Anshu and Mansi remained in the elimination circle to face elimination.

Finals[edit]

The finals were held at Kamarajar Arangam.[1] The competition was judged by renowned music personalities, including music director M. S. Viswanathan, as well as veteran playback singers Vani Jairam and Nithyasree Mahadevan,[1] and composer Sharreth. Celebrity playback singers and eliminated contestants also attended the event to support the finalists. Other celebrity personalities were also in attendance at the event and spotted in the audience, including in particular actor-director Cheran, music composer Ramesh Vinayakam, playback singer Chinmayi, and others.

Performances by the finalists of the competition included the following:[1]

Contestant Song Original artist Lyricist Music composer/director Source/Movie (year)
Anand "Oru Naal Podhumaa" M. Balamuralikrishna Kannadasan K. V. Mahadevan Thiruvilaiyadal (1967)
Bhargavi "Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakkathile" P. Susheela Kannadasan Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy Bhagyalakshmi (1961)
Gopalakrishnan "Ullathil Nalla Ullam" Sirkazhi Govindarajan Kannadasan Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy Karnan (1964)

At the conclusion of the performances, the judges selected the winner of the competition.

Contestant Anand was crowned the winner of the competition, with contestant Gopalakrishnan being crowned runner-up and contestant Bhargavi being third-placed in the competition.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "'SaReGaMaPa 2009 Challenge' - Zee TV Finals". Dinamalar (in Tamil). Chennai, Tamil Nadu. 31 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Miss & Mrs: En Manadhai Nee Arivai - The Hindu". The Hindu. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 

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