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Indian Idol
Format Interactive reality game show
Created by Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Simon Fuller
Presented by Flag of India.svg Mini Mathur
(2005-2007)
Flag of India.svg Aman Verma
(2005-2006)
Flag of India.svg Hussain Kuwajerwala
(2007-2009)
Flag of India.svg Meiyang Chang
(2008-2009)
Flag of India.svg Deepali Kishore
(2008-2009)
Flag of India.svg Abhijeet Sawant
(2010)
Flag of India.svg Prajakta Shukre
(2010)
Judges Flag of India.svg Anu Malik
(2005-present)
Flag of India.svg Sonu Nigam
(2005-2006)
Flag of India.svg Farah Khan
(2005-2006)
Flag of India.svg Alisha Chinai
(2007)
Flag of India.svg Udit Narayan
(2007)
Flag of India.svg Javed Akhtar
(2007-2009)
Flag of India.svg Kailash Kher
(2008-2009)
Flag of India.svg Sonali Bendre
(2008-2009)
Flag of India.svg Sunidhi Chauhan
(2010)
Flag of India.svg Salim Merchant
(2010)
Country of origin Flag of India.svg India
Production
Running time Varies between 1/2 hour and 2 hours
Production company(s) Fremantle India Television Productions Private Limited
Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Distributor Multi Screen Media Private Limited
Broadcast
Original channel SET
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run 2004 – 1 March 2009
External links
Official website

Indian Idol, the hugely popular adaptation of the blockbuster Pop Idol format took the nation by storm in its very first season and followed that with an equally popular second, third and fourth season. While Indian Idol served as the ultimate platform for budding singers from across the nation to realise their dreams, the show went on to become the most entertaining and involving show to hit Indian television.

In keeping with its philosophy of offering innovative and distinct content, Sony Entertainment Television, in February announced the launch of the fifth season of this groundbreaking phenomenon, with an even bigger bang!

Indian Idol is a ‘made-for-television phenomenon’ that combines drama and reality with music, humour, thrill and glamour. The last four seasons experienced a collage of emotions, raising levels of viewer frenzy and excitement coupled with the contestants’ tears and joys, heartbreak and jubilation, learning and achievements. With its immense popularity, Indian Idol will continue to showcase exceptional talent on the nation’s biggest platform. The Indian Idol journey in search of ‘Desh Ki Awaaz’ promises to become an integral part of the viewers’ lives drawing ardent support and a voting frenzy.

This year, too, Indian Idol will give the people of India the opportunity to chase their dreams and the power to make one talented aspirant ‘Desh Ki Awaaz’. In addition to a recording contract with Sony BMG, the ‘Indian Idol’ will be awarded a contract with Sony Entertainment Television worth Rs 1 crore, thus catapulting him or her into unparalleled stardom, fame and fortune.

The new series will see two new judges; Sunidhi Chauhan, one of the extremely talented female playback singer of the Indian film industry, created history with her "powerful,"amazing," "husky ... and "sensuous" voice and Salim Merchant, one of the most talented music director and singer, who has been composing music for over a decade having scored for movies such as Iqbal, Chak De India, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Fashion. The third judge is none other than Anu Malik, one of the most successful and multi-talented music directors of today. His straight talking coupled with his ‘singing shayari comments’ has always kept the contestants at ease, making him one of the most talked about judges of Indian Idol.

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Season 1

The winner of the first season of Indian Idol was Abhijeet Sawant.

Rahul Saxena, who failed to make it to the top 6, has been offered a song by Indian Idol judge and director, Farah Khan, in her new film Om Shanti Om and Amit Tandon got work in a new serial from Ekta Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms. Amit Sana, Rahul Vaidya and Prajakta Shukre have released their solo albums.

Abhijeet Sawant participated in Asian Idol, representing India, and placed third. He also released his second album Junoon which was a success and he also did play back for the movie, Ashiq Banaya Apne.

Abhijeet Sawant did some commercials for Spraymint. He started acting with his debut film Lottery, which was released in March 2009.

Rahul Vaidya, the runner up, hosted the show Aaja Mahi Ve on the channel Star Plus. He also hosted the popular dance show, Jhoom India. He did playback singing in the film, Shadi no. 1.

Season 2

The winner of the second season of Indian Idol was Sandip Acharya.

Many of the top 10 contestants have commenced their singing careers. Neha Kakkar has rendered a song for a pop album where she sings "Chandani Raatein". Yashashree Bhave has tied the knot and settled down, teaching students music at her home. Panna Gill is doing stage shows and has just released a solo album. Sixth place contestant Meenal Jain has done stage shows with Sonu Nigam and also received an offer from Anu Malik. In addition, Antara Mitra, a regular favorite of Anu Malik, has also been presented an offer from many music directors and also is recording her solo album. Antara also gets to fifth place instead of fourth place.

Monali Thakur sang the song Zara Zara Touch Me in the film Race (film) as well as the song Sexy Lady (Khaab Dekhe Chote Mote). Impressed with her singing, music director Pritam offered her another chance in the film Golmaal with a song titled, Meow.

Antara Mitra sang the remix of the song, Ye Ishq Hai in the film Jab We Met.

Karunya released his solo album titled Aapka Karunya. Karunya also got an opportunity to sing in the film,Lage Raho Munna Bhai, with the song, Aane Chaar Aane.

Neha Kakkar released her solo album, Tere Baap Ka, by Meet Brothers.

Meenal Jain released her debut solo album, Mehraam.

Season 3

The winner of the Third season was Prashant Tamang, who hails from Darjeeling in West Bengal. The runner-up, Amit Paul was from Shillong, Meghalaya. Voting count of Indian Idol 3 Finale has broken many records, around 7 crore (70 million) votes were received. Prashant Tamang has cut a solo album as per contract with Sony. He also conducted a world tour of shows. Suhit Gosain (Top 14) appeared in a successful KitKat chocolate advertisement. Four finalists, Chang, Suhit Gosain, Parleen & Abhishek entered into a contract with Sony BMG and cut an album named Tu To Na Aayi as a band of Boys named F4. Videos of the title song and another number Udd Chale have been released. F4 was also declared 'The Next Big Thing' on channel V. Emon Chatterjee from kolkatta and Deepali Kishore sung a song I Love You, composed by Anu Malik for the film Don Muthuswami.

Amit Paul sang the song "Pyaar Ki Dastaan" in the film Luck by Chance (starring Farhan Akhtar and Konkona Sen Sharma). This song was offered to him by Javed Akhtar.

Season 4

Registration for season 4 began on April 1, 2008. The fourth season saw Anu Malik and Javed Akhtar on the hot seats as they took judges' chair once again for the show. New to this season were singer Kailash Kher and Indian actress Sonali Bendre.

Like the previous season, the first four finalists to be eliminated were female, and the judges believed that some of these girls were better singers than some of the remaining boys. All the previous years' top 3 finalists have also been male, leading to speculation of sexism against women among the Indian voting public.

For the first time in Indian Idol history there were two girls in the top 3 after Rajdeep Chaterjee was eliminated on February 14. Sourabhee Debbarma won the title of the Indian Idol and became the first female contestant to do so.By doing so she won a contract of Rs. 1 crore with Sony Entertainment Television and a TATA Winger. Kapil Thapa finished second and Torsha Sarkar finished third.

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