An Indian television channel is looking out
for good singers in the one place that has escaped the
prying eyes of reality TV -- the bathroom.
"Bathroom Singer," a
new singing contest on the Filmy entertainment channel, will zero in on an
untrained performer who's good at singing in the shower and can enthral
"We are looking for a combination of voice and a certain flavor," said
Shailesh Kapoor, Filmy's content and marketing head, said late on
Contestants, who have to be 18 years and above, will exercise their
vocal cords in a studio set that replicates a bathroom with tiled walls,
showers and taps, but will not appear undressed.
"As the show progresses, there will be specific themes and situations
which ask for a certain kind of costume," Kapoor said.
It was not clear whether the competition would eventually require
participants to sing under a running shower.
Auditions start later this month with the show set to go on air in late
Unlike the many youth-oriented reality shows that have become very
popular on Indian channels, the creators of "Bathroom Singer" also hope to
attract older contestants.
"Age is a huge barrier in other reality TV singing contests," said
"But we are not looking for a professional singer -- just someone very,
very entertaining. That person can be a 50-year-old."
The winner of the show, determined jointly by a jury and the audience, will walk away with
2.5 million rupees ($62,000) in prize