There have already been many incidents where reality shows, beauty pageants etc. had been accused to be ”set up” and ”corrupt” with their results. Kantipur Television’s happening reality show ”Khoj: Yuwa Netritwako (Hunt for Youth Leaders)” which has been funded by the US company Chemonics International has withdrawn its support due to cases of manipulation of contestants scores.
“Chemonics International announces that it is cancelling funding… after determining that contestants’ scores were manipulated,” the agency said in a statement.
“Chemonics understands the contestants and their supporters are disappointed and frustrated with this outcome and shares their concerns for the lapse of integrity in the programme.”
“The programme gave me hope that I could be a role model for young people,” said Prakash Adhikari, a 27-year-old student who claims he was eliminated despite receiving the second highest number of votes. “I spent a lot of time and energy on it, but it was in vain. I feel cheated.”
The show was being hosted by the well-known Prasan Syangden and produced/directed by Suraj Jung Shah.