Jun 29, 2008 at 08:17pm IST

Reality check doesn't always bounce

Chennai: Four hundred stage shows, 25 movies, more than 100 concerts and contests and three reality shows. Fourteen-year-old Vignesh Chandrasekar is a superstar, who started singing when he was just seven. Therefore, he is now used to pressure that the grueling schedule of reality TV demands.

“Whenever you love what you do, you don't feel bad. I love singing so whenever I'm singing, I enjoy it. I don't miss playing with my friends,” he says.

It’s not just the experience that has eased the pressure off Vignesh. His parents too, don't mind or put needless pressure on him.

They ask him to go out there and enjoy despite having lost the first round of Airtel Super Singer Contest

“I just tell him to go there and give his best. Winning or losing is not in our hands. After all participation is more important than winning,” says his father, Karpagam Chandrasekar.

But Vignesh is probably one lucky child among many hundreds, who come under pressure to perform more than they can.

While reality shows are meant to bring out and hone the talent in youngsters, in a lot of cases, they pressure forces the children to stretch their tolerance levels and outperform their abilities, leading to stress and frustration.