Thursday, November 06, 2003 | Broadcast | Friction to pick C4's Bollywood Star

Radio One Desi DJ Bobby Friction to Pick Next Bollywood Star

According to this story in the Guardian BBC Radio 1 DJ Bobby Friction, whose radio show with DJ Nihal is broadcast on Radio 1 in the early Saturday Morning timeslot, is going to be the Desi Simon Cowell and tell wannabe musicians what they do not want to hear.

Friction, along with Bally Sagoo, and Anthony van Laast, the choreographer of Bombay Dreams, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar will burst into the nation's living rooms on prime time TV next year, on the forthcoming Channel 4 reality TV show Bollywood Star. The show will pit potential movie stars against each other for the prize of a Bollywood movie deal. Auditions held in December will pick 20 hopefuls who can dance in the Bollywood style - using a mix of bhangra and hip hop moves - and lip-synch their way through songs in English and Hindi. In January six finalists will travel to Mumbai to learn the art of Bollywood acting and dancing and be groomed by costume designers and stylists before working with movie director Karan Johar.

Friction and Nihal (whose show I sware by) won a Sony gold award, the radio equivalent of an Oscar, earlier this year for their program, which is broadcast from 3am to 5am on Saturdays and showcases a diverse selection of South Asian beats.

I don't know if this would work in America, but I think it is a fantastic idea for the UK.


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