So there I was sitting in front of the telly on a cold, damp Sunday night, waiting for Kamal to take his time in announcing who gets the dubious honor of staying on in Sirasa Super Star (SSS) and who gets the easy way out of a fake reality (fake-ality??) show.
And after much rhetoric and a few songs, it was down to Amila Perera (great voice and average presentation) and Shihan Mihiranga (average voice and great presentation) as the two contestants with the allegedly lowest number of votes. Kamal went on yapping in that special way of his which we have all grown to love and appreciate and then he says (translated into English) - "The person who gets to the next level - Shihan - it's - not - you................you - are - leaving - us - tonight...." and then he went on and on and on and I didn't hear a word he said because I was staring at Shihan's expression as he was given the news and let me tell you - the man knew it was coming!!
There was a backlash building up against SSS for quite some time and it became an unavoidable force after the exit of Manjula on Sunday the 19th. So as much as the station tried to portray Shihan as the obvious winner of SSS, it suddenly became apparent that if he did win, there would be a lot of questions raised regarding the SMS voting system and its validity. The prospect of an official investigation would definitely hurt the next season of SSS (auditions are scheduled to take place soon) and to avoid the inevitable hassle of having to prove that the public does in fact get the winner it votes for, SSS has suddenly decided to kick out Shihan as a means of damage control.
After my laughing my head off at the images of a few girls crying in the audience (if they can be called that) I felt a tad sorry for Shihan because even though he may have been involved with a crooked show, he is undeniably talented and deserves a recording deal. News about town is that he is in fact already recording an album and will be releasing it soon. I'm sure the buzz created by SSS to date will help its sales and his looks/personality/stage presence will definitely make him a popular fixture on the concert circuit.
The question of the moment is - who is going to be the winner now that Shihan is out of the picture? Right now, my money is on Malith Perera with Amila as the runner up.