They say, one hits a perfect 10. But this time, one can say, we hit a perfect 18 when we correctly reported the highly-anticipated contestant names of the Salman Khan reality show #BiggBoss11.
Last week, Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar speculated 18 names on his Twitter which could enter #BB11 and we promptly reported that for you. True to Dale's reputation with #BiggBoss talk, all 18 of them have come correct.
The contestants being Akash Anil Dadlani, Arshi Khan, Bandgi Kalra, Benafsha Soonawalla, Hina Khan, Hiten Tejwani, Jyoti Kumari, Lucinda Nicholas, Luv Tyagi, Mehjabi Siddiqui, Priyank Sharma, Puneesh Sharma, Sabyasachi Satpathy, Sapna Choudhary, Shilpa Shinde, Sshivani Durga, Vikas Gupta and Zubair Khan, a few among whom will reach the semi-finals and finals to emerge winner, plus first and second runner up.
The Mumbai-based PR expert is considered by the media to be the best publicist for reality television contestants, as he has looked after scandals, publicity, controversies and crisis management for a full 20 names who have been on earlier seasons of Bigg Boss. These include some of the most controversial ones like Aman Verma, Amar Upadhyay, Ashmit Patel, Mandana Karimi, Pooja Misrra, Rahul Mahajan, Rakhi Sawant, Sambhavna Seth, Sherlyn Chopra and Sonali Raut.
Meanwhile, some BB fans have cribbed on Twitter that this season has begun with a whimper, with critics blasting the show for mostly unknown names and a contrived start. But Dale's comment on social media comes as a breather.
"Relax fellas. I have a feeling that the initial critical reaction from some people to BB11, is a standard one... before the few obscure faces get established on the show and it starts picking up. So it doesn't seem there is much to worry for the makers ;-)" he tweeted.
It can be noted here that though Salman gave statements like "Bigg Boss can't get TRPs without me" in the media this year, the last season of Bigg Boss had suffered from quite a TRP drop and was pushed behind by many daily soaps and serials in the ratings game.