Aditya Narayan is not perturbed by accusations of doctored judgement on the show he hosts, Indian Idol.
"Our producers Sony, Fremantle and TCT -- along with the entire team -- are thrilled with the love and success of the current season," he tells Subhash K Jha.
"This is the most watched reality show in the past decade. We want to focus on that. We would rather not think about the negativity."
He also points out that the current season of Indian Idol is about to end.
"We are in the last four weeks of the show. We want to wrap up the season with love and positivity."
Aditya assures us that there is no pressure on judges to say good things about the contestants: "Everyone, who is giving quotes on being persuaded to be positive about Indian Idol contestants, are colleagues and friends. Let me assure them, as long as I am hosting Indian Idol, no one needs to praise anyone for the heck of it."
"Be yourself, say what you want. Just come visit our show and bless us. I speak only for myself. I can't speak on behalf of the other seasons as the team/production was entirely different," he adds.
What are the plans for Indian Idol's grand finale?
"As of now, we are just glad to be back in Mumbai. Of course, it comes with its own set of limitations and restrictions, but we are planning a huge finale befitting the level of talent seen and heard this season.
"Having all the judges back for the finale will be great, along with esteemed members of the music and film fraternity."