Indian Idol

Indian Idol is the Indian Hindi-language version of the Pop Idol format that has aired on Sony Entertainment Television since 2004.[1] The show has spawned spin-off like Indian Idol Junior, which replaced the show for the seventh and eight seasons. On 15 August 2021, Pawandeep Rajan won the Indian Idol season 12.[2]

Indian Idol
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GenreReality television
Created bySimon Fuller
Directed by
  • Vandy
  • Monisha Jaising Vaid
  • Partha Thakur
  • Vishal Mull
  • Niret Alva
  • Nikhil J Alva
  • Nivedith T Alva
  • Bhavna Israni
  • Indrajit Ray
  • Satish Datt
  • Ujjwal Anand
Presented by
Judges
Theme music composerJulian Gingell
Barry Stone
Cathy Dennis
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes317
Production
Executive producersAnupama Mandloi (2010–present)
Niret Alva (2005–09)
Nikhil J Alva (2005–09)
ProducersNamit Sharma (2010–present)
Ashok (2008–09)
CinematographySurindra Rao
Camera setupNitesh Choudhary
Running time1-12 hours
Production companiesARSenic's Business Empire (2010–present)
Fremantle Media India
Miditech Pvt. Ltd. (2005–09)
DistributorFremantleMedia Enterprises
Release
Original networkSET
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release30 October 2004 (2004-10-30) –
present
External links
Website

Summary

Season Year Channel Host Contestants Winner Runner-up
1 2004–05 Sony TV Aman Verma
Mini Mathur
12 Abhijeet Sawant Amit Sana
2 2005–06 12 Sandeep Acharya N. C. Karunya
3 2007 Hussain Kuwajerwala
Mini Mathur
13 Prashant Tamang Amit Paul
4 2008–09 Hussain Kuwajerwala
Meiyang Chang
12 Sourabhee Debbarma Kapil Thapa
5 2010 Hussain Kuwajerwala
Abhijeet Sawant
13 Sreerama Chandra Mynampati Bhoomi Trivedi and Rakesh Maini
6 2012 Hussain Kuwajerwala
Mini Mathur
16 Vipul Mehta Amit Kumar and Devandra Pal Singh
IIJ S1 2013 Karan Wahi
Mandira Bedi
11 Anjana Padmanabhan Debanjana Karmakar
IIJ S2 2015 Hussain Kuwajerwala
Asha Negi
13 Ananya Nanda Nahid Afrin
9 2016–17 Karan Wahi
Paritosh Tripathi
14 L. V. Revanth[3] Khuda Baksh and Rohit Paritala
10 2018 Manish Paul 14 Salman Ali[4] Ankush Bhardwaj
11 2019 Aditya Narayan 17 Sunny Hindustani[5] Rohit Shyam Raut
12 2020-2021 Aditya Narayan 15 Pawandeep Rajan Arunita Kanjilal

Season 1

  • Judges

Anu Malik
Farah Khan
Sonu Nigam

  • Host

Aman Verma
Mini Mathur

Top 12 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Abhijeet Sawant Mumbai Winner 1st
Amit Sana Bhilai 1st Runner-up 2nd
Rahul Vaidya Nagpur 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Prajakta Shukre Jabalpur 3rd Runner-up 4th
Ravinder Ravi Ludhiana Eliminated 5th
Aditi Paul Chennai Eliminated 6th
Mukesh Pancholi Faridabad Eliminated 7th
Harish Moyal Itanagar Eliminated 8th
Rahul Saxena Ghaziabad Eliminated 9th
Amit Tandon Kolkata Eliminated 10th
Vishal Kothari Mumbai Eliminated 11th
Priyanka Venkateswar Mumbai Withdrew 12th

Season 2

  • Judges

Anu Malik
Farah Khan
Sonu Nigam

  • Host

Mini Mathur

Top 12 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Sandeep Acharya Rajasthan Winner 1st
N. C. Karunya Hyderabad 1st Runner-up 2nd
Anuj Sharma Himachal Pradesh 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Ameya Date Mumbai Eliminated 4th
Antara Mitra West Bengal Eliminated 5th
Meenal Jain Indore Eliminated 6th
Ravi K. Tripathi Uttar Pradesh Eliminated 7th
Panna Gill Punjab Eliminated 8th
Monali Thakur Kolkata Eliminated 9th
Neha Kakkar Rishikesh Eliminated 10th
Yashashree Bhave Satara Eliminated 11th
Sagar Sawarkar Mumbai Eliminated 12th

Season 3

  • Judges

Javed Akhtar
Anu Malik
Alisha Chinai
Udit Narayan

  • Host

Hussain Kuwajerwala
Mini Mathur

Top 13 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Prashant Tamang Darjeeling Winner 1st
Amit Paul Shillong 1st Runner-up 2nd
Emon Chatterjee Kolkata 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Ankita Mishra Kanpur 3rd Runner-up 4th
Meiyang Chang Dhanbad 4th Runner-up 5th
Pooja Chatterjee Dhanbad Eliminated 6th
Deepali Kishore Patna Eliminated 7th
Abhishek Kumar Mumbai Eliminated 8th
Parleen Singh Gill Ambala Eliminated 9th
Charu Semwal Dehradun Eliminated 10th
Smita Adhikari Kolkata Eliminated 11th
Jolly Das Kolkata Eliminated 12th
Richa Aneja Punjab Eliminated 13th

Season 4

The fourth season of Indian Idol was aired on Sony TV from 19 September 2008 to 1 March 2009. For the first time in Indian Idol history, there were two women among the top three finalists. Sourabhee Debbarma who hails from Agartala, Tripura won the competition and became the first female contestant to do so. By doing so, she also won a contract of Rs. 1 crore with Sony Entertainment Television and a TATA Winger. She released an album, Meherbaan, as per a contract with Sony. Kapil Thapa was runner-up while Torsha Sarkar finished third.

One of the contestants, Bhavya Pandit, received an offer to sing the song "Aaja Lehraate" for the film What's Your Raashee, alongside singer Gautam Mrinaal.[6]

  • Judges

Javed Akhtar
Anu Malik
Sonali Bendre
Kailash Kher

  • Host

Hussain Kuwajerwala
Meiyang Chang

Top 14 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Sourabhee Debbarma Agartala Winner 1st[7]
Kapil Thapa Dehradun 1st Runner-up 2nd
Torsha Sarkar Bhagalpur 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Rajdeep Chatterjee Jamshedpur Eliminated 4th
Remo Ghosh Dimapur Eliminated 5th
Bhavya Pandit Pune Eliminated 6th
Prasenjit Kosambi Kolhapur Eliminated 7th
Bhanu Pratap Singh Jaipur Eliminated 8th
Mohit Lawani Delhi Eliminated 9th
Kuldeep Singh Chauhan Banda Eliminated 10th
Priyanka Negi Dehradun Eliminated 11th
Shini Kalvint Gwalior Eliminated 12th
Tulika Ganguly Faridabad Eliminated 13th
Ananya Mishra Lucknow Eliminated 14th

Season 5

  • Judges

Anu Malik
Sunidhi Chauhan
Salim Merchant

  • Host

Hussain Kuwajerwala
Abhijeet Sawant

Top 13 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Sreerama Chandra Hyderabad Winner 1st
Bhoomi Trivedi Gujarat 1st Runner-up 2nd
Rakesh Maini Mumbai 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Swaroop Khan Rajasthan Eliminated 4th
Shivam Pathak Gujarat Eliminated 5th
Tia Kar Mumbai Eliminated 6th
Naushad Ali Rajasthan Eliminated 7th
Shashi Suman Patna Eliminated 8th
Arpita Khan West Bengal Eliminated 9th
Yashraj Kapil Faridabad Eliminated 10th
Manisha Karmakar Kolkata Eliminated 11th
Meghna Kumar Jhansi Eliminated 12th
Vishwas Rai Allahabad Eliminated 13th

Note: Sreerama, Rakesh, and Bhoomi were the top 3. Sreeram was crowned the winner without announcing the 1st and 2nd runner-ups.

Season 6

The sixth season aired on Sony TV from 1 June 2012 to 1 September 2012. The winner of the sixth season was Vipul Mehta.[8][9][10]

  • Judges

Anu Malik
Sunidhi Chauhan
Salim Merchant
Asha Bhosle

  • Host

Hussain Kuwajerwala
Mini Mathur

On 23 June 2012, the judges selected the top 16 contestants to perform in the Gala Rounds.

Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Vipul Mehta Amritsar Winner 1st
Amit Kumar N/A 1st Runner-up 2nd
Devender Pal Singh Ludhiana 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Amitabh Narayan Eliminated 4th
Amrita Panda Eliminated 5th
Charit Dixit Eliminated 6th
Deeksha Toor Delhi Eliminated 7th
Deepak Maher Eliminated 8th
Kaushik Deshpande Mumbai Eliminated 9th
Kritika Tanwar Eliminated 10th
Poorvi Koutish Chandigarh Eliminated 11th
Ravi Kumar Mishra Eliminated 12th
Ritika Raj Eliminated 13th
Saumya Mishra Eliminated 14th
Simran Kaur Punjab Eliminated 15th
Sohini Mishra Cuttack Eliminated 16th

Indian Idol Junior Season 1

  • Judges

Vishal Dadlani
Shreya Ghoshal
Shekhar Ravjiani

  • Host

Karan Wahi
Mandira Bedi

Top 11 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Anjana Padmanabhan Bengaluru Winner 1st
Debanjana Karmakar Kolkata 1st Runner-up 2nd
Anmol Jaswal Jammu and Kashmir 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Nirvesh Dave Ahmedabad 3rd Runner-up 4th
Akash Sharma Harayana Eliminated 5th
Aryan Das Cuttack Eliminated 6th
Sonakshi Kar Kolkata Eliminated 7th
Priyam Borpatragohain Assam Eliminated 8th
Eman Chaudhary Assam Eliminated 9th
Sugandha Date Nagpur Eliminated 10th
Sankalp Yaduwanshi Moradabad Eliminated 11th

Indian Idol Junior Season 2

Indian Idol Junior Season 2 started on30 May 2015 and finished on 6 September 2015.

  • Judges

Salim Merchant
Sonakshi Sinha replaced Shalmali Kholgade
Vishal Dadlani

  • Host

Hussain Kuwajerwala
Asha Negi

Top 13 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Ananya Nanda Bhubaneswar Winner 1st
Nahid Afrin Assam 1st Runner-up 2nd
Nithyashree Venkataramanan Chennai 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Niharika Nath Agartala Eliminated 4th
Vaishnav Girish Thrissur Eliminated 5th
Moti Khan Rajasthan Eliminated 6th
Ranita Banerjee Kolkata Eliminated 7th
Sreelakshmi Belmannu Bangalore Eliminated 8th
Ajay Brijwasi Mathura Eliminated 9th
Yumna Ajin Vengara Eliminated 10th
Surendra Singh Panwar Rajasthan Eliminated 11th
Vidhi Jaswal Jammu and Kashmir Eliminated 12th
Shubhankar Kolkata Eliminated 13th

Season 9

  • Judges

Anu Malik
Farah Khan
Sonu Nigam

  • Host

Karan Wahi
Paritosh Tripathi

Top 14 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
L. V. Revanth Visakhapatnam Winner 1st[11]
Khuda Baksh Punjab 1st Runner-up 2nd[12]
PVNS Rohit Hyderabad 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Maalavika Sunder Chennai Eliminated 4th
Mohit Chopra New Delhi Eliminated 5th
Tajinder Singh Faridabad Eliminated 6th
R P Shravan Chennai Eliminated 7th
Manya Narang New Delhi Eliminated 8th
Hardeep Singh Ludhiana Eliminated 9th
Jeli Kayi Itanagar Eliminated 10th
Bharti Gupta Ghaziabad Eliminated 11th
Mansi Bhardwaj Kolkata Eliminated 12th
Stuti Tiwari Delhi Eliminated 13th
Saumya Mishra Renukut Eliminated 14th
Rahul Deb Kolkata Eliminated 15th

Season 10

  • Judges

Javed Ali replaced Anu Malik[13]
Neha Kakkar
Vishal Dadlani

  • Host

Manish Paul

Top 14 Contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Salman Ali Mewat Winner 1st[14]
Ankush Bhardwaj Kotgarh 1st Runner-up 2nd
Neelanjana Ray Kolkata 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Nitin Kumar Una 3rd Runner-up 4th
Vibhor Parashar New Delhi 4th Runner-up 5th
Kunal Pandit Mumbai Eliminated 6th
Renu Nagar Alwar Eliminated 7th
Soumya Chakraborty Kolkata Eliminated 8th
Avanti Patel Mumbai Eliminated 9th
Saurabh Valmiki Lakhimpur Eliminated 10th
Biswajit Mohapatra Odisha Eliminated 11th
Krishnakali Saha Tripura Eliminated 12th
Indira Das Kolkata Eliminated 13th
Sonia Gazmer Kolkata Eliminated 14th

Season 11

The 11th season started to air on 12 October 2019 on Sony TV. It was being hosted by singer Aditya Narayan.[15] Neha Kakkar has returned as one of the judges on popular demand along with Vishal Dadlani and Anu Malik, who came back to the show as a judge after his suspension from the judging panel for Me Too allegations. He was then been replaced by Himesh Reshammiya.[16][17]

  • Judges

Himesh Reshammiya replaced Anu Malik[18]
Neha Kakkar
Vishal Dadlani

  • Host

Aditya Narayan

Top 15 contestants + 2 wild card entries are:-

Name Hometown Elimination Place
Sunny Hindustani Bathinda Winner 1st[19]
Rohit Shyam Raut Latur 1st Runner-up 2nd
Ankona Mukherjee Bankura 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Ridham Kalyan Amritsar 3rd Runner-up 4th
Adriz Ghosh Murshidabad 4th Runner-up 5th
Shahzaan Mujeeb Aligarh Eliminated 6th
Rishabh Chaturvedi Amritsar Eliminated 7th
Stuti Tiwari New Delhi Eliminated 8th
Jannabi Das New Delhi Eliminated 9th
Azmat Hussain Jaipur Eliminated 10th
Chetna Bharadwaj Ghaziabad Eliminated 11th
Kaivalya Kejkar Nagpur Eliminated 12th
Shubhadeep Das Kolkata Eliminated 13th
Nidhi Kumari Jamshedpur Eliminated 14th
Chelsi Behura Orissa Eliminated 15th
Pallav Singh Ballia Eliminated 16th

Season 12

The 12th season started on 28 November 2020 on Sony TV. The grand finale aired from 12 noon to 12 midnight on 15 August 2021.[20] Pawandeep Rajan was declared the winner of the season and Arunita Kanjilal became the 1st Runner-up.[21]

  • Judges

Anu Malik
Sonu Kakkar
Himesh Reshammiya[22][23]

  • Former judges

Vishal Dadlani
Neha Kakkar

Although Dadlani, Neha Kakkar and Himesh Reshammiya were the original judges, when the shoot shifted out of Mumbai, then Dadlani, and Neha couldn't join and makers replaced them by Anu Malik and Sonu Kakkar.

  • Host

Aditya Narayan

  • Former Hosts

Bharti Singh
Haarsh Limbachiyaa
Rithvik Dhanjani
Jay Bhanushali

Aditya Narayan was the original host but Bharti & Harsh, Rithvik and Jay replaced him when he came out to be COVID +ve. Bharti and Harsh replaced him on February 28.

Top 15 contestants

Name Hometown Result Place
Pawandeep Rajan Champawat Winner 1st
Arunita Kanjilal Kolkata 1st Runner-up 2nd
Sayli Kamble Mumbai 2nd Runner-up 3rd
Mohd. Danish Muzaffarnagar 3rd Runner-up 4th
Nihal Tauro Mangalore 4th Runner-up 5th
Shanmukha Priya Visakhapatnam 5th Runner-up 6th
Ashish Kulkarni Pune Eliminated 7th
Sawai Bhatt Nagaur Eliminated 8th
Anjali Gaikwad Ahmednagar Eliminated 9th
Nachiket Lele Kalyan Eliminated 10th
Sireesha Bhagavatula Visakhapatnam Eliminated 11th
Anushka Banerjee Chandigarh Eliminated 12th
Vaishnav Girish Thrissur Eliminated 13th
Samyak Prasana Delhi Eliminated 14th
Sahil Solanki Hisar Eliminated 15th

Controversy and credibility

Indian Idol show has been in the news for controversies. The contestants say that the work of increasing the TRP of the show is done by showing them the poor householder on TV.[24] The show is rumoured to be just a means of earning money and playing with the lives of talented contestants.[25] Playback singer and ex-judge of Indian Idol Sunidhi Chauhan and Kishore Kumar's son Amit Kumar revealed that they were asked to praise all the contestants irrespective of their opinions. They were told to not criticize any contestant even if they don't like his/her performance.[26] Singer-composer and ex-judge of Indian Idol Salim Merchant also revealed that he too was asked to praise contestants by the makers of a show.[27] Playback singer and winner of the first season of Indian Idol Abhijeet Sawant criticized the show for focusing on fake love stories and poverty instead of singing talent of its contestants.[28]

Notes

Replacement for 1 week in 2021,due to Narayan off.

References

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