Impact of Reality Shows: From Contestants to International Stars

Reality shows have gained popularity in Nepal as a platform for showcasing talent and providing quick recognition. In recent years, a number of reality shows have emerged in Nepal, including “Nepal Idol,” “The Voice of Nepal,” “Himalaya Roadies,” “Saregamapa,” and “Dancing with the Stars Nepal.” These shows have gained a large following and have even led to some Nepali participants becoming famous and appearing on international reality shows.

Menuka Poudel

Menuka Paudel first gained recognition on the Nepali reality show “Nepal Idol,” and later had the opportunity to participate in the Indian singing competition ” Saregamapa.” Despite being blind, Paudel captivated audiences with her impressive vocal abilities and made it to the top fifteen on the show. The judges were highly impressed with her talent and praised her efforts on the show. Paudel stated that participating in ” Saregamapa ” was a major success for her, as it allowed her to showcase her skills and reach a wider audience. She believes that such programs are helpful in improving one’s talent and providing quick recognition in the industry.

Teriya Magar

Teriya Magar gained widespread popularity after winning first place on the Indian reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa,” which aired on the channel “Colors Television.” Magar became a viral sensation with her dance performances on the show, and her success on the program brought her recognition not only in Nepal but also internationally. At the time of her win, Magar was only 14 years old. In addition to the title, Magar received a cash prize of 30 lakh Indian rupees and a car as part of her winnings. She has since used her platform to establish the Teria Foundation and conduct various programs.

Parijita Bastola

Parijita Bastola a Nepalese-origin singer, gained attention last month when she advanced to the third round of the American reality show “The Voice.” Bastola participated in the 22nd edition of the program, and her singing garnered praise in Nepal and the United States. At 17 years old, Bastola is the first Nepali American to participate in “The Voice” and is currently living in Maryland, USA. As a second-generation immigrant, Bastola has a bright future ahead in the music industry and plans to continue pursuing her passion for singing.

Ayush KC | Pritam Acharya

Two young Nepalese children, Pritam Acharya from Itahari and Ayush KC from Sindhupalchok, gained fame on the Indian reality show “Saregamapa Little Champs,” a singing competition for children. The 2019 edition of the show, which aired on “G TV,” featured the musical talents of young performers from around the country. Acharya and KC made it to the top 16 through digital rounds, auditions at various locations, and mega auditions. Their singing skills & voices were well-received on the show and greatly appreciated by the judges and audience.

Dibesh Pokharel Arthur Gunn

Dibesh Pokharel, also known as “Arthur Gunn,” is a successful American singer and musician who rose to fame after placing as the runner-up on the 18th edition of a reality show. Born and raised in Kathmandu, Pokharel had a passion for singing from a young age, and his interest was further fueled when his mother gifted him a guitar. After moving to America, he honed his skills by performing at local restaurants. Pokharel has also released an album called ‘Grahan’ (Eclipse) and has been appointed as the World Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal’s tourism, with the goal of promoting Nepali music on a global scale. He is the first Nepali to achieve such success on a reality show.

Prashant Tamang

Prashant Tamang made history as the first Nepali-speaking Indian to win the singing competition “Indian Idol 2007,” which aired on the Indian television channel “Sony Entertainment.” Tamang was also the first Indian police constable to participate in the show. Born in Tungsung, Darjeeling, India, Tamang achieved success on “Idol” despite having no formal music education. His talent and determination earned him the top prize on the program.


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