India's Got Talent is a televised Indian Hindi language talent show series and is part of the Got Talent franchise. The program is produced and distributed by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. The show aired on Colors TV until season 8. Since season 9 the show is airing on Sony Entertainment Television.

India's Got Talent
Created bySimon Cowell
Written by
  • Ajay Bawa
  • Gaurav Bhalla
  • Manoj Muntashir
  • Gunjan Joshi
  • Pratyush Prakash
Directed by
  • Arun Sheshkumar
  • Huzefa Qaiser
Creative directors
  • Aradhana Bhola
  • Chitra Langeh
Presented by
Narrated byVijay Vikram Singh
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons10
No. of episodes191
Executive producerAradhana Bhola
  • Chitra Langeh
  • Akash Tiwari
  • N.B. Rajkumar Patra
EditorNitin Pant
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60-105 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkColors TV (season 1–8)
Release27 June 2009 (2009-06-27) –
29 December 2018 (2018-12-29)
NetworkSony Entertainment Television (season 9–present)
Release15 January 2022 (2022-01-15) –





Each year's competition begins with a set of audition stages, the first being the "Producers' Auditions", is conducted across various cities in the India. This stage is open to all forms of acts and judged by an independent group, and thus determines who will take part in the next stage of auditions titled "Judges' Auditions". These are held in Mumbai in studios.

  • Film City, Mumbai (season 1-8)
  • Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai (season 9)
  • Filmistan Studio, Goregaon, Mumbai (season 10-)

Each participant reaching this stage of auditions is held offstage from the main performing area in a waiting room, and given a number that denotes when they will perform. Upon being called before the judges, the participant is given 2–3 minutes to demonstrate their act, with a live audience present for all performances. Each judge is given a buzzer, and may use it during a performance if they are unimpressed, dislike what is being performed, or feel the act is a waste of their time. If a participant is buzzed by all judges, their performance is automatically over. At the end of a performance, the judges give constructive criticism and feedback about what they saw, whereupon they are each given a vote. A participant requires a majority vote approving their performance to proceed to the next stage, otherwise they are eliminated from the program at that stage. Many acts that move on may be cut or forfeit their place, due to the limited slots available for the next stage. Filming for each season begins when the Judges' Auditions are taking place, with the show's host standing in the wings of each venue's stage to interview, and give personal commentary on a participant's performance.

From ninth season onwards, acts who did not attend live auditions could instead submit a taped audition online via SonyLIV.

In the fifth season, the show added a new format to the auditions in the form of the "Golden Buzzer", which began to make appearances within the Got Talent franchise, since it was first introduced on Germany's Got Talent. During auditions, each judge is allowed to use the Golden Buzzer to send an act automatically into the semi-finals, regardless of the opinion of the other judges. Number of golden buzzer usage per judge varies each season, mostly two. In season 8, the host duo were allowed to use the golden buzzer separately and in season 10 the host could press it again.

Second Round


After auditions are completed, the judges conduct a special session (or second "audition" round) to determine which participants will secure a place in the semi-finals of the competition, though the format for this stage has been change several times over the course of the program's history.

Between the first and fifth season, the format was changed to match that used in Britain's Got Talent. Participants who made it through the preliminary auditions had their audition footage reviewed by the judges, who set each one into a specific group, and were not required to perform again (unless the judges requested this). Acts which they liked would be allocated spaces in the semi/quarter finals, with the remainder eliminated from that season's competition. All acts were brought back to learn of the results of the judges' deliberations.

Between sixth and eight season, the format was changed and it was different from any Got Talent franchise. Second round was divided into two parts- 'Hunar War' and 'Spotlight'. The participants were divided into groups according to genre of their acts and judges can choose on the basis of second performance whether they will advance or not.

From season nine onwards, the format was again matched to as of Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent.

Semi-finals and Quarter-finals


Between first and third season, participants who pass their auditions and secure a place in the live quarter-finals of the competitions, are divided into groups and compete against each other to secure a place within the live final of the competition. Live episodes of the competition are held within a set venue (the location has varied). The results were announced the next day of the performance episode.

From season four onwards, pre-recorded and edited episodes were telecast where they compete in the semi-final. The results were either announced on the next semi final or on the pre-finale with one performer advancing from public votes and one or two performers advancing from judges' choice. The judges can still use their buzzers to terminate an act.

From season nine onwards when the telecasting network was changed from Colors to SET, the show's format after auditions was reimagined and reworked on. Only 14 contestants, including golden buzzer acts advance to quarter-finals1 to compete in a weekly competition. All the contestants from in a quarter-final. The results of a quarter-final are announced in the next quarter-final after all the performances. The bottom-most contestants from public votes and judge's scores (not revealed) are called upon, and judges can save two of them (number may vary). The final Top-7 move on to the grand-finale which is also pre-recorded.

India's Got Talent becomes first in the Got Talent franchise to have a complete different format and the usage of golden buzzer in quarter-finals to highly appreciate an act.

Judges and hosts

Season Host Main Judge Guest Judge
1 2 1 2 3 4
1 Ayushmann Khurrana Nikhil Chinapa Kirron Kher4 7 Shekhar Kapur Sonali Bendre
2 Sajid Khan
3 Gautam Rode Meiyang Chang Dharmendra
4 Manish Paul Cyrus Sahukar Karan Johar Malaika Arora5 Farah Khan
5 Bharti Singh Mantra1
6 Nakuul Mehta2
7 Sidharth Shukla
8 Rithvik Dhanjani
9 Arjun Bijlani Badshah Shilpa Shetty6 Manoj Muntashir Malaika Arora
10 Anupam Kher Farah Khan
  1. ^ VJ Andy replaced Mantra midway for film shooting.[1]
  2. ^ Sidharth Shukla replaced Nakuul Mehta midway.
  3. ^ Kirron Kher was only absent during episodes of Stunt Yard in season 9.
  4. ^ Farah Khan replaced Malaika Arora midway.[2]
  5. ^ Malaika Arora served as guest judge in absence of Shilpa Shetty.[3]
  6. ^ Kirron Kher was absent on the World Record Episode and was not replaced by anyone.

Series overview

Season Start Finish Winner's Prize Network No. of Episodes Winner Runner-up Third place
1 27 June 2009 22 August 2009 ₹50,00,000 Colors TV 25 Prince Dance Group Lokmanya Tilak Group Piyush Rajani and the Fine Tuners
2 30 July 2010 1 October
19 Shillong Chamber Choir Teji Toko Bir Khalsa
3 30 July 2011 25 September 2011 18 SNV Group
4 22 September 2012 24 November 2012 17 Sumanth & Sonali (Bad Salsa) Deepraj Rai / Tanya & Mukesh[a]
5 11 January 2014 8 March 2014 17 Raagini Makkhar & Naadyog Academy
6 18 April
27 June 2015 21 Manik Paul
7 30 April
9 July 2016 21 Suleiman
8 20 October 2018 29 December 2018 ₹25,00,000 21 Javed Khan Live 100 Experience
9 15 January 2022 17 April 2022 ₹20,00,000 Sony Entertainment Television 28 Divyansh and Manuraj Ishita Vishwakarma Bomb Fire Crew
10 29 July 2023 5 November 2023 30 Abujmarh Mallakhamb & Sports Academy Raaga Fusion Golden Girls
  1. ^ Although both acts were runners-up, neither were defined in terms of 2nd and 3rd place during the broadcast of the final's result for this season.

Season 1 (2009)

Prince Dance Group, season 1 winner

Season 1 was hosted by Nikhil Chinapa and Ayushmann Khurrana[4][5] and the special segment called "India's Got More Talent" was hosted by Roshni Chopra. The show was judged by Sonali Bendre, Kirron Kher and Shekhar Kapur.[4][6]

The winning act of the first season was the Prince Dance Group from Berhampur, Orissa. The group of 56 people performed a dance inspired by the Lord Vishnu's Dashavatara.[citation needed]

Season 2 (2010)

Shillong Chamber Choir, season 2 winner

Season 2 was hosted by the same duo, Nikhil Chinapa and Ayushmann Khurrana, as they were selected through voting by the judges and the viewers.

Sonali Bendre and Kirron Kher continued their roles as judges, however Shekher Kapur was replaced by Sajid Khan.[7]

The winners of season 2 were the Shillong Chamber Choir, led by Neil Nongkynrih from Shillong, Meghalaya.

Season 3 (2011)

SNV Group, season 3 winner

Season 3 was hosted by singer Meiyang Chang and actor-model Gautam Rode. The judges of this season were Sonali Bendre, Kirron Kher and Dharmendra.

The second runner-up of season 2, SNV Group (named after members Suresh Mukund and Vernon Monteiro), emerged as the winner of the season. [8][9][10]

Season 4 (2012)

Bad Salsa, season 4 winner

Season 4 was hosted by Manish Paul and Cyrus Sahukar. Kirron Kher, Malaika Arora Khan, and Karan Johar were judges. Farah Khan later replaced

Malaika Arora Khan.[11][12]

Dancers Sonali Majumdar and Maraju Sumanth, who formed the duo Bad Salsa from Kolkata's Bivash Dance Academy, were crowned winners of the fourth season.[13][14]

Season 5 (2014)


Season 5 was hosted by Mantra and Bharti Singh. Later, Mantra was replaced by VJ Andy. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges. Ragini Makkhar's Naadyog Academy won the season. Indore, Madhya Pradesh-based Ragini Makkhar's Naadyog Academy is a

25-year-old dance institution which consists of 360 students.[15]

Season 6 (2015)


Season 6 was hosted by Bharti Singh, Nakuul Mehta and Sidharth Shukla. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges. Aerial dancer Manik Pauk won the season winning a cash prize of ₹50,00,000.

Season 7 (2016)


Season 7 was hosted by Bharti Singh and Sidharth Shukla. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges. Flautist Suleiman, a 13-year-old flute player from Amritsar, Punjab won the season, and Papai and antara bagged the runner-up positions.

Season 8 (2018)


Season 8[16] was hosted by Bharti Singh and Rithvik Dhanjani. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges. 27-year-old close-up magician Javed Khan had a tie with Live 100 Experience Band in the final stage, but with more votes coming his way, he was awarded the trophy and prize money of Rs 25 lakh.[17]

Season 9 (2022)


Season 9 was hosted by Arjun Bijlani. Kirron Kher continue serving as judge for the ninth season along with Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Baadshah and Manoj Muntashir. The format of the show changed was changed. Flute & beat box duo Divyansh & Manuraj won the season, whereas Ishita Vishwakarma and Bomb Fire Crew finished as runner-up and 2nd runner-up, respectively.

Season 10 (2023)


Auditions were held in various cities in May and June 2023.[18]

Season 10 aired from 29 July 2023.[19] It was again hosted by Arjun Bijlani and Kirron Kher, Badshah and Shilpa Shetty returned as judges. According to some reports Manoj Muntashir was dropped owing to film Adipurush's dialogues controversy but the makers said, "Given Kirron Kher's health issues last season, they had four judges as a safety option. However, this time it's just the trio that will take on the panel."[20]

Abujmarh Mallakhamb and Sports Academy emerged as the winner of this season winning ₹ 20,00,000. Raaga Fusion and Golden Girls as 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively winning ₹ 5,00,000 each.



India's Got More Talent


India's Got More Talent was a companion show broadcast on channel Colors, after the main India's Got Talent broadcast for season one. It featured behind-the-scenes footage of India's Got Talent and showed the emotional responses of the contestants after the judges comment on their performances. It was presented by Roshni Chopra.[citation needed]

Got Talent World Stage Live


[citation needed]

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Nominee Result
2009 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show India's Got Talent Nominated
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Judge on a TV Show Kirron Kher Won
Sonali Bendre Won
Dharmendra Won
Best Direction (Non-fiction) Arun Sheshkumar Nominated
Best Reality Show India's Got Talent Nominated
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show India's Got Talent Nominated
2014 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show India's Got Talent Nominated
2015 Indian Telly Awards Best Reality Show India's Got Talent Nominated
Asian Viewers Television Awards Best Reality Show India's Got Talent Nominated
2016 BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Jury/ Host (TV) - Non Fiction Malaika Arora Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Direction India's Got Talent Won
2019 Indian Telly Awards Best Weekender Show India's Got Talent Nominated
2023 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Reality Show (Dance/Music) India's Got Talent Nominated
Best Anchor Reality Show (Dance/Music) Arjun Bijlani Won


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  19. ^ Arjun Bijlani [@arjunbijlani] (23 June 2023). "Last night was an absolute blast at the Kapil Sharma show! I was there promoting my new show, #indiasgottalent, and we had so much fun. Laughter was in the air, everyone was having a great time, and we got to share some sneak peeks of what viewers can expect from the upcoming season of India's Got Talent. Trust me, you won't want to miss it! The new season starts on 29th July, airing every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 pm. So mark your calendars and get ready for a wild ride filled with amazing talent, entertainment, and good times. See you there! #indiasgottalent @sonytvofficial . Thank you @kapilsharma .. and thank you aunty for all the blessings " – via Instagram.
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