Indian Idol, is a show,which aims to find the most outstanding singer and is the Indian version of the Pop Idol, originally created by a British television executive called Simon Fuller. It is a reality show, which aims to select an outstanding singer from the contestants, who are selected from auditions. The first season of Indian idol was aired on Sony TV in 2004-2005 and Sony TV has successfully aired 6 seasons of Indian idol and the season 7 is being aired at present after a gap of four years. The list of winners, the judges and what the winners of the show are doing at present are being put together here.
- AbhijeetSawant- Winner of Season 1
AbhijeetSawant was the winner of the very first season of Indian idol, which started in October 2004 and ended in March 2005. This show on Sony TV was presented by the hosts Amman Verma and Mini Mathur. The judges of this show were Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam and Farah Khan. The winner AbhijeetSawant hails from Mumbai. After winning this show, he released his first music album called AapKaAbhijeet. He also participated in a similar reality singing competition, which selects an outstanding singer in the whole of Asia and emerged as the third best singer. He has released another Album called Junoon and also done playback singing in the film AshiqBanayaApne. He has sung jingles for commercials and has also made his debut in the film industry through the movie Lottery in 2009.
- SandeepAcharya– Winner of Season 2
The winner of season 2 of the Indian Idol show, a search for the most outstanding singer was SandeepAcharya. This show was aired on Sony TV from November 2005 to April 2006. Amman Verma and MiniMathur were given a second stint as the hosts of season2 of Indian Idol. The judges were again Anu Malik,Sonu Nigam and Farah Khan. In this season, N.C. Karunya from Hyderabad, who emerged as the first runner-up was also rated at par with the winner SandeepAcharya and he was later declared as the unofficial winner of the season 2. Unfortunately, the winner of this season SandeepAcharya attained the Lotus feet of God due to illness. He was suffering from jaundice. He was admitted in a hospital in Gurgaon, where he passed away.
- PrashantTamang- Winner of Season 3
The Season 3 of Indian idol was aired from May 2007 to September 2007 on the Sony TV. While, Mini Mathur was retained as the host, Amman Verma was replaced byHussainKuwajerwala. Anu Malik, JavedAkthar, Alisha Chinai and Udit Narayan were the four eminent personalities who judged the show and chose PrashantTamang, a Nepali who hails from Kolkata in West Bengal, as the winner. After he emerged as the winner, PrashantTamanghonoured his contract with Sony and released a solo album called Dhanyabad.He also entered into a contract with Sony BMG, along with 4 other finalists, Meiyang Chang, Abhishek, Parleen and SuhitGoshan and they named the boy band as F 4 and released an album named TuTo Na Aayi. The UudChale song of this band was a huge success and they were acknowledged as the next big thing on Channel V.
- Sourabhee Debbarma- Winner of Season 4
The fourth season, of Indian idol which was aired on Sony TV from the 19th September 2008- 1st March 2009, for the first time in the history of this show, a female contestant emerged as the winner and it was also in the season in which there were 2 women contestants among the top three finalists. The four judges for this season were Anu Malik, JavedAkthar, Singer KailashKher and Actress SonaliBendre. This time HussainKuwajeriwala was retained as the host, but Meiyang Chang replaced Mini Mathur. Sourabhee the winner of season 4, bagged a contract for Rs.1crore with Tata Winger and Sony Entertainment Television. She released an album Meherbaan, as per her contract with Sony and performsshows in India and abroad.
- Sreeram Chandra- Winner of Season 5
The season 5 of the singing competition show, Indian idol was aired on Sony TV and the finale was held on August 15th in the year 2010. Sreeram Chandra Mynampati emerged as the winner in this show, which for the first time had 3 contestants in the finale. Anu Malik, Salim Merchant and SunidhiChauhan. The shows were hosted by AbhijeetSawant and PrajaktaShukre. The judges appreciated the singers in this season for the quality of singing, which was supposedly, superior to the other seasons. Sreeram Chandra hails from Hyderabad and has entered the Telugu Film Industry. He was given a chance to sing a song with ShreyaGhoshal for a movie, by SalimSuleman Merchant, even when the season was going on.
- Vipul Mehta- Winner of Season 6
The sixth season of Indian idol was aired on Sony TV from 1st June 2012 to 1st September 2012. This season was hosted by Mini Mathur and HussainKuwajerwala. The contestants were judged by Anu Malik, SunidhiChauhan and Salim Merchant till the auditions level and AshaBhosle joined the panel thereafter. The performance, of all the three top contestants in the final, was liked by the judges,Vipul Mehta emerged as the winner as he topped the public voting list, which was also considered along with the judges scores.
The Indian Idol Season 7 auditions are underway after a break of four years. The show is about to start in December Month of the year 2016.Sonu Nigam, Farah Khan and Anu Malik are going to Judge the show.