Indian Idol is a popular television show on Indian television. It is a replica of the UK show Pop Idol, a singing talent contest to determine the best "undiscovered" young singer in the country. Indian Idol is one of the more than 30 spin-offs of the Pop Idol model.
The program airs two back-to-back prime-time shows a week: the first night features an hour of performances while the second night features an elimination. The show is produced and broadcasted on Sony TV, India and is coproduced with FremantleMedia (the makers of American Idol), which is owned by the German media corporation Bertelsmann.
The show is segmented into four rounds:
In order to get an audition, potential contestants are told to receive a registration number by using either an Airtel or landline telephone. With those registration numbers, contestants meet with the "Indian Idol crew" to confirm eligibility and schedule an audition with the show's producers.
Auditions are then conducted in Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai. From a potential pool of thousands, the show's producers shortlist contestants who then audition for a panel of judges. The judges must then choose approximately 120 contestants to consider further.
- Theatre round - The judges shortlist 30 performers on the basis of their performance on a given song.
- Piano round - The TV audience vote by phone & SMS for the 12 finalists.
- Gala round - One contestant is eliminated each week by viewer votes.
The winner signs a contract worth ten million rupees with Sony Entertainment Television (India) along with a chance to record an album.
The First Season Of Indian Idol Edit
The winner of the first season of Indian Idol was Abhijeet Sawant.
The last 12 finalists are thought to have a good chance of finding a place in the Indian music industry and films. For example, 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 - Happy New Year and Amit Tandon got work in a new serial from Ekta Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms
The Second Season Of Indian Idol Edit
The winner of the second season of Indian Idol was Sandeep 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. Panna Gill is doing stage shows. Eliminated 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 sing a duet with the Indian Idol in his album for being the top female contestant. Monali Thakur, has sung for Preity Zinta in the movie Jaaneman (2006), as promised by Anu Malik. There is also an album being made with the top five (which consists of Sandeep, NC Karunya, Antara, Anuj, and Amey.)
Though the program has been widely credited for bringing out some of the best and untapped talent from all walks of life, it has been lately creating commotion. The program has been viewed with such passion and intensity that its voting procedure has been accused of promoting waves of regionalism in an already well diversified country, since each state or city wants there localite to win resulting in multiple voting and mass campaigning sometimes even by local political leaders. It has been repeatedly alleged by the judges and the national media that the nation has voted out the best pitched candidates and instead kept people with weak voices in the show.  For example, on the March 14th, 2006 episode, Amey Date was eliminated to the utter dismay and protest from the judges, creating unprecedented furor. There are many who wish for changes to the season 3 voting process to make it more credible and acceptable, but it remains to be seen if anything will happen.
Jury Members Edit
- Sonu Nigam - playback singer.
- Farah Khan - choreographer/director.
- Anu Malik - music director/singer
Celebrity Judges Edit
- Zayed Khan
- Juhi Chawla
- Alka singh gopalganj
- Priyanka Chopra
- Ranjan sharma
- Karan Johar
- Shilpa Shetty
- Salman Khan
- Kajol for the finals of Season 1 and Season 2.
- Mallika Sherawat
- Arbaaz Khan
- Abhijeet Sawant
- Sohail Khan
- Dino Morea
- Kareena Kapoor
- Amisha Patel
- Preity Zinta
- Diya Mirza
- Fardeen Khan
- Vivek Oberoi
- Will Smith
Spin-off: Indian Idol Juniors Edit
In 2013, the first season of a spin-off of Indian Idol, Indian Idol Junior, judged by Vishal Dadlani, Shreya Ghoshal and Shekhar Ravijiani, and hosted by Karan Wahi and Mandira Bedi, started airing. The winner was Anjana Padmanabhan, a singer from Bengaluru. A second season started airing in 2015 and is currently underway, being judged by Vishal, Sonakshi Sinha, and Salim Merchant, and hosted by Hussain Kuwajerwala and Asha Negi.
- Indian Idol Official site
- Critic in media
- Anu Malik's Interview
- Indian Idol Discussion Forum
- NC Karunya : The Real Face of an Indian Idol
- Indian Idol II: Homecoming reveals battle between Class and Mass
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| Indian Idol Finalists|
(with dates of elimination)
|Season 1 (2004-2005)|
|Season 2 (2005-2006)|
| Indian Idol Season 2 Finalists
(with dates of elimination)
<tr><td>Sandeep Acharya<td> Winner <tr><td>NC Karunya<td> Runner Up <tr><td>Antara Mitra<td> Runner Up(Female) <tr><td>Anuj Sharma<td> April 4th <tr><td>Amey Date<td> March 14 <tr><td>Meenal Jain<td> February 28 <tr><td>Ravi Tripathi<td> February 21 <tr><td>Panna Gill<td> February 14 <tr><td>Monali Thakur<td>February 6 <tr><td>Neha Kakkar<td>January 31 <tr><td>Jolly Das<td>Dropped out <tr><td>Yashashree Bhave<td>January 24 <tr><td>Sagar Sawarkar<td>January 17