The Voice of Nepal begins

In this first-ever Nepal’s edition of the world’s biggest reality singing show, the contestants will be singing on a 360-degree-designed stage—housed in a 100 ft X 100 ft studio—and music geniuses like Pramod Kharel, Sanup Paudel, Abhaya Subba, and Deep Shrestha, as coaches, will be doing their best to bring out the best singer as The Voice of Nepal.

By Abish Shakya
Photos by Satyan Shrestha
Hair and Makeup by Jyoti Limbu
Wardrobe courtesy of Kapsule 9

Last year, a revolution had eventuated in the realm of Nepali reality show as Nepal’s edition of the international Pop Idol franchise Nepal Idol delivered a total of 38 episodes, and within 10 months on the spin, the much-needed entertainment reality show left everyone awestruck as they got their first-ever Nepal Idol, Buddha Lama.

Now, the same technical production team has returned; not with the same show, but with Nepal’s edition of the world’s biggest reality singing show The Voice, which is getting aired on Kantipur HD from today.

“Nepal is the 193rd country to produce the world’s biggest TV reality singing show, and this is the most expensive one, too. We have invested more than Rs 12 crores just for the production requirements,” says Laxman Poudyal, the director and Project Head of the show.

“NEPAL IS THE 193RD COUNTRY TO PRODUCE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST TV REALITY SINGING SHOW, AND IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ONE TOO. THE PRODUCTION TEAM HAS INVESTED MORE THAN RS 12 CRORES JUST FOR THE PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS.”

With this show, many aspects are happening for the first time in Nepal, according to ANC Event Management Pvt. Ltd, the production company of the show.

Sushil Nepal, the host of first Nepal Idol and now the Execution Director and host of The Voice of Nepal says, “While The Voice of Nepal is itself the first-ever show in Nepal, this is for the first time in the country that a private production house is investing such a huge amount in producing a single 29-episode show. Unlike in Nepal Idol, the franchise for The Voice of Nepal is bought directly from its format owner Talpa Productions, The Netherlands, and they are directly providing the required support.”

Caption for the photo: (Left to right) ANC Event Management Pvt. Ltd. comprises of Firoj Timalsina, Chief of AD/IT Director (now not in the team), Laxman Paudyal, the director and Project Head, Sushil Nepal – Execution Director/Host, and Prahlad Singh Mahat, Managing Director.

The Voice of Nepal is also offering the first-ever chance for the contestants, and it is the freedom to sing songs of any genre and language, except Hindi. The contestants will be provided with a list of songs to choose from, and the production team has already allocated budget for the royalties.

Explaining why Hindi songs were excluded, Nepal says, “If allowed, most contestants will choose to sing Hindi songs, and we excluded it to prevent Nepali songs from being overshadowed.”

The shooting set of the show is also something that is unseen in Nepal until today. The 100 ft X 100 ft studio in Dhumbarahi houses a stage with a 360-degree design which reflects a beautiful sight when illuminated by latest lighting technology powered by a 160KV generator. But when the lighting technology is concerned, it is so advanced that even engineers from India couldn’t install it, and we hired engineers from China. Setting it up required Rs 5 crores,” explains Paudyal.

“NEPAL IS THE 193RD COUNTRY TO PRODUCE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST TV REALITY SINGING SHOW, AND IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE ONE TOO. THE PRODUCTION TEAM HAS INVESTED MORE THAN RS 12 CRORES JUST FOR THE PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS.”

Besides, the swivelling chair is the unique selling point of the show which swivels when a coach presses a buzzer to select a contestant and a red line of light leading from the chair to the stage turns ‘white’. “Instead of importing the swivelling chair from abroad, young engineers from Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk, created it. Without compromising, we’ve tried our best to use local resources to build the stage; thus, it took twice the time we had assumed,” clarifies Paudyal.

The audition for the show was untraditional too, and it was taken using The Voice of Nepal app for iOS and Android. In total, 12,000 digital clips were received within 30 days, and it took 20 more days to select 108 participants, among whom, some of them are non-residential Nepalis from Japan, Australia, Dubai, and India. The search was led by the talent scouting team headed by Karan Raj Karki.

The Voice of Nepal is also unique in its way of treating the contestants. In this show, the contestants will not be adjudged by judges; however, they will be coached by music geniuses of Nepal. Coaches Pramod Kharel, Sanup Paudel, Abhaya Subba, and Deep Shrestha are themselves researching their best ways to coach their team members.

The Voice Coaches: Abhaya Subba, Pramod Kharel, Sanup Poudel and Deep Srestha (Left to right)

While the production team were busy round-the-clock, restlessness among the show’s enthusiasts was evident from the messages inundating on the show’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel. But now, we know that the wait has ended, as the show has started airing from today.

 

Running format 

‘Blind auditions’ is the most intriguing phase of the show, and it brings excitement and fairness to the show. From this stage, each coach will choose 10 to 12 contestants, and the rest will return home.

Instead of facing the stage, coaches—seating on their respective swivelling chair—face the opposite direction of the stage and listen to the performance of the contestants. If any of the coaches love the singing of a contestant, they press the buzzer signalling that s/he is selected, while the swivelling chair rotates and the selected contestant is finally revealed to the coaches. If more than one coach selects the contestant, the contestant chooses the coach while these coaches try to convince why s/he is the best coach for them. So, it is rather a battle between the coaches, too.

The next round is ‘Battle Round’ where selected contestants are coached by their own coaches, and the team each member will battle amongst each other from the same team. Half of each judge’s contestants—five out of 10—will be eliminated from this stage.

To bring a twist, the coach of the opposing team will have the veto power to steal two of the eliminated candidates for his/her team and coach the contestant.

In stages that advance ahead, coaches will then start eliminating their own contestants; only here does the audience get involved where they can vote to select which one of the bottom two do they want to see keep in the show. Finally, each of the four coaches will have one mighty candidate who will finally face the contestants coached by other coaches. The live show will be up for the audience to vote their contestant and make them ‘The Voice of Nepal’.

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