After creating ripples in the Indian television industry with its successful run of three seasons, Indian Idol the hugely popular adaptation of the blockbuster `Pop Idol` format is back with its fourth season. The first episode of Indian Idol 4 hits the tube on Friday, September 19, 2008 at 9.00 pm exclusively on Sony Entertainment Television. The fourth season of this iconic show, promises to bring alive the wave of enthusiasm among the youth and once again create a record in the history of television viewership.
Indian Idol provides a platform for the young Indians who dare to dream, has the ability to chase them and bring them to life. From being a path breaking show on Indian television in Season 1 to creating youth icons and a band in the last season, Indian Idol has touched the zenith of reality television.
The show format of Indian Idol does not limit itself to scanning only singing talent but also looks out for an overall `performer`. The show intends to give the youth of today their `own icon`; an individual who in addition to being a talented singer is also someone the youth can relate to... be it attitude, style, desire to win and fight for the ultimate stardom. The show combines drama and reality with music, humour, thrill and glamour making it undoubtedly the ultimate `made for television` show. The last three seasons of the show experienced a collage of emotions, raising levels of viewer frenzy and excitement coupled with the contestants` tears and joys, heartbreak and jubilation, learnings and achievements.
While the show will continue to enthrall the viewers across the country, it will also address the aspirations of Young India this season. It is all about friendship, desire to stand out, spontaneity, personality, confidence, giving back to the society and more importantly `a need to belong` these are captured in the line `Yeh Style, Yeh Music, Yeh World Humara Hai`
Indian Idol 4 brings back to the viewers the loveable twosome from the last season - Deepali and Chang, who stole million hearts during their tryst with the coveted title! This dynamic duo returns to the stage as the charming new hosts for the audition phase. The first phase of audition episodes will showcase the emotions and eccentricities of contestants as they come to try their luck and embrace their dreams momentarily... from singing to melodrama... the show unplugs the spirit and the emotional saga of the youth of the nation.
This season also introduces two new jury members - the stunning and gorgeous Sonali Bendre and the well renowned Sufi singer Kailash Kher who will join music director Annu Malek and lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar to complete the panel of jury. Television`s heart-throb and guardian angel of the contestants,Hussain Kuwajerwala is back with his second innings to host Indian Idol 4.
Indian Idol is a true celebration of young talent. Over the past three seasons, the show has not only broken its own viewership and voting response records but more importantly it has captured the imagination of the youth of the country and come to become the ultimate TV brand for Young India. It remains the only show, where an ordinary Indian can fulfill his dream and aspiration of achieving an extra-ordinary position. As the show gets bigger & better, it will not only showcase the talent of the participants, but also showcase their camaraderie. Competition is a must, but this will be interspersed with friendship and fun too! said Albert Almeida, Executive Vice President and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television.
Said Niret Alva, Chairman of Miditech Private Limited, the producer of the show: There`s no show quite like Indian Idol, and this year it gets even bigger and better. The talent bar has been raised, our new anchors are refreshingly improvisational, there is tantalizing chemistry between our two new judges and the huge number of contestants wanting to audition proved that there is no other show like Indian Idol whi