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Indian Idol 6 set to rock with ‘Big Emotions, Bigger Judges, Best Talent’

Premiering on June 1, Sony’s flagship singing reality show will be telecast on every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | May 31, 2012

It is said that behind every success is an endeavor ... an endeavor, of not just the successful talent, but also that of his or her friends, gurus and family. This philosophy has now been brought to life on Indian television by SET (Sony Entertainment Television) in the new season of India’s ever popular singing reality show, Indian Idol, starting 1st June 2012.

First telecast to a rousing response eight years back in 2004, Indian Idol will showcase that ‘There are so many idols behind every idol’, in its sixth edition. It will not only chronicle the fascinating journey of a common Indian to become the nation’s singing sensation, but also present heartwarming stories of the parent’s sacrifice, the friend’s commitment, the neighbour’s motivation, the guru’s passion, and the prayer and support of many others which India’s Idol draws on to fuel his triumph.

Amidst great pomp and fanfare at the launch, the versatile and legendary Asha Bhosle, was revealed as the super judge on this year’s Indian Idol jury panel. Indian Idol’s longstanding judges ace music director Anu Malik, vivacious talent powerhouse Sunidhi Chauhan and versatile composer and singer, Salim Merchant, will join Ashaji in shaping & choosing India’s next singing idol.

N. P. Singh COO Multi Screen Media said, “Ashaji will take the much awaited sixth season of Indian Idol to a completely new level and we are delighted to unveil this true celebration of India’s singing talent. In addition to being a platform for the best music, it is also an embodiment of the triumph of the human spirit. I am confident that Indian Idol -6 will create a new benchmark in singing reality shows with the variety and quality of the talent and the stature and caliber of the judges”.

In its quest to unearth the finest undiscovered singing talent across India, Sony Entertainment Television held auditions across 9 Indian cities including Amritsar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Aurangabad and Mumbai. Extraordinary talent that participated in the auditions, were selected from nearly half million aspirants who responded to the on air promotions and the ‘Gully Concerts’ by ex-Indian Idol contestants, across the length and breadth of the country. Thousands of aspiring and talented singers were discovered from every nook and corner of the heartland.

Exceptional talent were also given the opportunity to hop the long audition queue and go straight into the main auditions through ‘Jump-the-Queue’ passes, that were won by singing on the spot in aunique Indian Idol Branded van and uploading his/her video instantly on www.myindianidol.com

Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head Sony Entertainment Television said, “Indian Idol cultivates & promotes outstanding untapped talent amongst the youth of India by nurturing them and providing a national platform to showcase their talent. While the core format remains the same this season, Indian Idol - 6 will focus on one aspect like never before - the quality of talent. Every episode of Indian Idol 6 will renew our commitment on providing world class entertainment & presenting exceptional talent to Indian audiences. We’re also very excited to have the legendary Asha Bhosle, and Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan and Salim Merchant – some of the biggest names in the music industry in India - as our judges”

Anupama Mandloi, Content Head, Freemantle Media India adds, “Indian idol is not a TV Show. It’s a national movement and possible only because of Sony Entertainment television’s commitment to making it one. This season will throw up phenomenal singers some of who will definitely create ripples in the Indian music industry. We at Freemantle Media are proud to present this season”.

A production of such magnitude warrants only the best in the industry to make it happen. Sony Entertainment Television is once again partnering with one of the country’s leading production houses – Fremantle Media who are the license holders to the format Indian Idol. For the past eight years, Indian idol has served as an ultimate platform for budding singers from across the nation.

So get ready to embark on a musical journey – a journey that will touch every Indian, move them, inspire them and entertain them for the next 14 weeks.


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