Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Deepali's Take on Life after Indian Idol

Deepali, one of the popular contestants of the recently ended Musical Reality, Indian Idol talks about her life post Indian Idol.
Life after Indian Idol: Life has changed completely; I am a different person altogether now. My personality has changed for the better, I am more confident. Socially, people have started recognizing us and they love us.

Your First Stint as a Playback Singer: I sang with Emon for Annu Malekji. I don’t remember the movie name, but it was a Shakti Productions banner. It was a soft romantic song.
Your take on Annu Malek, the Music Director: We all thought that Annuji was very strict, but it was so nice working with him. He was like a father to me and Emon, we learnt a lot from him.

Friends with all? : Yes, we are all in touch. We are contenders later, but firstly, we are friends..

Any new offers in the pipeline: We are doing many shows for the channel, but nothing more as a playback singer.

Rocked the night after the finals, did you? : Yes, we all had a blast after the finals. We danced the whole night and had a blast.

Your best ever Concert performance: It has to be the concert I did with Prashant in Nepal. That was the best show, people there love Prashant a lot. It was raining badly, it was cold too, but all in the crowd danced their way thro’ the night and enjoyed. It was absolutely flashing, was a Hit Show.

Shifting base to Mumbai? : I really don’t know. I want to shift, but if I do, I will have to come with my mom. I cannot imagine of staying alone. When we are busy with shows, it is fine. Otherwise, I am totally jobless, and it hurts being alone.

Deepali, the Performer or the Singer: Deepali is a better performer now, after Indian Idol. But I can never compromise on my singing; I have always been like that. But now, I sing with lot of attitude that it really looks like a performance. This is a learning curve, so I am learning.
Your Future Plans: I want to establish myself as a playback singer, but it is a very tough route ahead. You can see many struggling to reach there. I need to work hard on my voice and singing. I think I need to prepare even harder for the next few years to reach this level.
Any Bollywood Aspirations: No, Deepali is better off as a singer. There are many who are more beautiful than me. As of now, I want to concentrate on singing.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

We are friends and we will be friends: Prashant, Amit

Till the last few minutes before Prashant Tamang was declared the third Indian Idol, Amit Paul and him, the best of friends, kept holding hands. And when Prashant won the title, the happiness and joy was noticeable on Amit’s face too. I am really happy that my best friend has won the title, so what if I did not win, it has gone to the same house as he is my family, Amit told. To me both of us are winners and I would have been happy even if Amit would have won it, he has been with me since the beginning, added Prashant. Now, the doors are open, the birds are flying and the world is colourful for both of them after this dream-come-true event. While Prashant got a one-year contract with contest organisers Sony, Amit is confident that he will also get a number of opportunities. Now there is no looking back, I want to win the hearts of millions of people with the help of my talent and I hope this will happen, Amit maintained. But for Prashant there is a matter of concern: he has to take permission from his Kolkota police employers to make his passion a profession. I will go back to Kolkota and take the permission of my seniors to go on singing, he said. Prashant, a 24-year-old Kolkata constable of Nepali origin, hails from Darjeeling, while Amit, also 24, is from Shillong.The two singers have different expectations from Indian Idol-4 next year. One says it’s the best as it is and the other feels changes are required. I don’t think any change is required. Indian Idol is best as it is, said Amit. Prashant felt the contest should go to small towns too as there is a lot of talent there. Till the time they explore this they won’t find the true talent. Prashant attributed the bulk of his 70 million SMSs to his friends in the Kolkota police and to Mayor TB Rai of Mirik town in West Bengal. I am really thankful to my Kolkota police friends who encouraged me to participate in the show, he said.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

'My world has changed overnight' --- Prashant Tamang

He's tired and excited simultaneously. He's extremely eager to go back home and meet his friends and family. The 24-year-old is yet to come out of the dream run that has just ended a few days ago.

Are you relieved?

Quite. I can't believe that from a nobody I‘ve suddenly become note worthy. My world has changed overnight. I am stunned to see that so many people gathered outside the airport to see me.

Aren't you a star now?

If I am, I owe it to all those who voted for me. I can't stop thanking them. There are quite a few people in Darjeeling and Kolkata who are special to me. I would like to meet and thank them.

You mean your colleagues in the Kolkata police department?

Yes. I know how aggressively they have campaigned for me. My seniors too who have given me so much love.

What about the celebrations back home in Darjeeling?

I heard that a holiday has been declared there and people burst crackers all night. I'm happy that I could make their dream come true.

Weren't you under pressure till you were declared the winner? Who wouldn't have been under pressure?

I would be lying between my teeth if I said I wasn't. But more than myself, I
was concerned about my mother. I could see her tense face in the crowd and knew that if I didn't win her dreams of seeing me as a singer would be shattered. Fortunately, nothing went wrong.

Didn't the announcement shatter Amit Paul's dreams?

That upsets me. I would have been equally happy if he had won. We have both got a platform. It will help us in the future. Everyone likes to win. Amit and I had become very close friends. We will continue to be.. the show's result will not affect us.

Any plans to become a professional singer now?

Definitely. So far the votes have done miracles for me. But now it's up to me and I won't let the chance slip away. I would love to sing in films too apart from the album.

What about your job with the Kolkata police?

I haven't decided yet. I have won only a few days ago. The euphoria is still there. But I am confident that my superiors will help and support me in making my dreams come true.. just the way they have been helpful so far.

Will you quit your job?

I have left that to fate.

When will you go back to Kolkata?

I want to come right now.. but I can't say when will I be able to make it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Should the format of Indian Idol need to be changed?

After five months of hard work, music and fun, finally the wait for next Indian Idol came to an end and the title of Indian Idol 3 was bagged by the Sepoi Prashant Tamang. But it has raised a question that "Should the format of Indian Idol need to be changed?" among most of the viewers.
The procedure for the selection of an Indian Idol is similar to the selection of American Idol in the United States. I truly feel that the Idol format is not working in our country. In US where the Idol movement started, the majority of the people talk the same language, share the same food habit and mostly belong to the same religion. Their voting pattern to some extent are unbiased, but look what is happening in India. Indians are voting in favor of their state,religion completely overlooking the talent of the participants.
It is also important that SET publish all relevant information regarding voting, especially when tens of millions of people paid to cast their votes. The declaration should include a complete breakdown of the vote distribution by state and region, along with a complete listing (location, date, IP address etc.) of the single sources of votes exceeding 1,000. This disclosure would make the system transparent and would increase the public confidence in future high-profile contests
like these. At this time, I am interested in knowing how many of those seven crore votes actually originated from the sepoys of the police forces and the jawans of the armed services and how many from the rest of the voters!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Prashant Tamang is Bharat Ki Shaan, The Indian Idol 3

Hailing from Darjeeling, Prashant has now become the Boy Next door, as he has managed to walk into the hearts of the people of India, with his lively songs. John Abraham declared the name of the winner at a glittering function in New Delhi. An ecstatic Prashant hugged his parents and thanked the Kolkata Police, judges and his fans as he accepted the prize--a one-crore music contract and a Maruti SX car. After months of hard work, perseverance and dedication, the 24 year old Prashant Tamang reached to the winning title in grand style. From being a part of the police force in Kolkata, to being the youth icon of the country, Prashant surely has come a long way. With a total of 7 crore votes that came in, Prashant Tamag got away with the maximim votes.
The runner up of third season on Indian Idol was the young heart throb of millions - Amit Paul. Amit not only managed to make it to the top 2, with the wild card entry, but was also chosen as the Brand Ambassador of Meghalaya during his journey in Indian Idol. Along with Prashant Tamag, Amit Paul too was gifted a brand new Maruti S4 car, for his brilliant performance. Both the contestants were gifted a Sony Erricson mobile phone, apart from the love and fame that they recieved over the last three months from people all over the world. We wish the lucky winner - Prashant Tamang a hearty congratulations, and wish Amit the very best for future.

Prashant Tamang -- Bharat Ke Shan

Prashant, the boy from Darjeeling and constable of Kolkata has been crowned the Indian Idol 3.People of Darjeeling and Kolkata Police are overwhelmed with joy after their own boy is crowned the title Of Indian Idol 3.7 crores Votes were casted in favor of two contestant which is a new record.People were raining votes in favor of their favorite contestants. But as you all know only One will be the winner of this show... so Amit was left out for a few votes. It's was a tough luck for Amit. But nevertheless it's time for cheer for Prashant.

The Countdown Begins to Crowning Bharat Ki Shaan

As pulse rates get higher, and time ticks by, the whole Nation is gearing up to witness the Indian Idol Grand Finale Tonight. So Are You All ready for the Finale??
The Final Countdown has Begun and we are just a few hours away from crowning our new Bharat Ki Shaan...The Indian Idol Finalists Prashant Tamang and Amit Paul are just one step away from reaching the pinnacle of Success, as their fate will be written tonight in the Grand Finale. Whatever the result be, the whole Nation has fallen flat for these two Future Rock stars and Singing Sensations! On the eve of the Grand Finale, Amit Paul and Prashant Tamang savoured the dream-opportunity of meeting the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh at his office. The small-town boys who have become the Nation's Pride now, were believed to be overjoyed with this interaction. Back in their hometowns, the tension associated with the Grand Finale seems to have peaked to no end, as the voting lines close at 6 in the evening today.
Indian Idol is surely going to have one nail-biting finish, with the whole Nation rooting for both Amit Paul and Prashant Tamang. Well, as time ticks by, the Music Lovers all across the Globe have only one common prayer to say – May the Best Talent Win!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Countdown begins for Indian Idol

The countdown has began in the northeast for today's final of the Indian Idol singing contest with two finalists -Darjeeling-born Prashant Tamang and Meghalaya's Amit Paul - getting an overwhelming response from people of the region. Tamang, declared a brand ambassador by the Sikkim goverment, has received support from several associations of journalists, taxi drivers, tribal youths and businessmen as well as ministers and MLAs. Huge banners and hoardings have been put up across Sikkim that hail the young singer as the "glory of the hills". His mother has toured different parts of the state to make emotional appeals to people to vote for him on the reality show. GNLF chief Subash Ghising, AIGL Chairman Madan Tamang and CPI-M MP Suraj Pathak have also campaigned for Tamang in the Darjeeling Hills. In Meghalaya, the telecom department has assured people that they will not face any line congestion during the show featuring local lad Paul. A car rally was organised in Guwahati today to mobilise support for him. Several other functions were also organised in the past few days to garner support for Paul, who hails from Meghalaya's capital Shillong.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Kolkata is taken by storm

It was a never before musical night at Kolkata. Amit and Prashant looked as excited The crowd kept on cheering them. Amit and Prashant sang one after another. Both of them were looking great and performed superbly. A sweet Bengali girl came up the stage and asked Amit out for a date. Amit blushed like a boy! Soon, glittering stars like Usha Uthup, Anu Maliik, Mona Singh and finally Zubin Garg came to boost them up. Usha sang Saiyoni and Hari om Hari with them. Zubin sang Ya Ali with both the finalists. The show ended with some great performances by cool duos.

Public Voting in Reality Shows - Boon or Bane?

As the jungs between contestants in our favourite musical reality shows are growing nearer, we, as the viewers, are clinging onto our seats, in utter anxiousness to see if our winner will come to the end. How can we assure that our favourite will make it to the top? Well, if you've got no mobile or cell phone, you're pretty much out of luck. For years together now, the basis of voting in music shows have been us, the janta. We make the final decision of who wins the title and who doesn't - but is this fair?Tears fall from our eyes when we see our favourite contesants get eliminated from a show and lose their chance of becoming India's next voice. This gives the incentive for viewers to not blame themselves, but rather, the channel. Whose fault is this?Channel heads will blame it on the public voters - after all, it's use who send hundreds of SMS messages everyday to keep our favourites at the top, but when we see them go, who do we blame? The last resort is to blame the format of the musical reality shows, where this question arises - should we continue to have public voting as the final decision maker for the shows? If talented contestants are getting ousted out each week, then should the judges have the final say in who goes and who stays? What should be the actual format for these shows?We cannot decide ourselves, but we can surely think. Is public voting the way to go? Are we able to trust our janta to the fullest and make sure that talent wins over everything else, or must the judges and other important factors be forced to play a key role as well?

Monday, September 17, 2007

AMIT VS PRASHANT ? Who Will Win The Crown!!


This struggling singer had given up his studies to pursue his passion. When the chance to participate in Indian Idol came along, Amit Paul thought it was a godsend. But his dreams seemed to be in danger of dying even before they matured. He was voted out early in the show.
But he got a second lease of life through a wild card entry. And there has been no looking back since. This perfectionist is now in the finals. Will the `find of Indian Idol`, as the judges call him, be crowned the winner.


The police is all about duty, force and action. Not an ambience that nurtures a singer. But this sepoy beat all odds (no formal training in music is a huge factor) to make it to the Indian Idol stage. The first Nepali to ever take part, Prashant Tamang soon had everyone wrapped around his little finger. His fans were so enthusiastic in voting for him that he has never been in the danger zone till date. Negative comments from the judges only spurred him on to do better. Now he has proven his worth and he is in the Top 2.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

“I want to rule the music industry” - EMON CHATTERJEE

When the heartbeat of Indian Idol, Emon is eliminated everybody including Mini and Anu Maliik, cried for him but he did not shed a single tear. He came across as a brave soldier, who is ready to take the Indian film industry by storm.

You seem to have taken the verdict quite sportingly. Or are you hiding your disappointment?

I am not hiding anything. Definitely I am sad that I’ve to leave now. But it`s ok… it is a part of the game. It could have been anyone’s turn this time. It could have been Prashant bhaiya or it could have been me. Now I’ll go out of here, practice hard and become the best singer. I promise that to those who voted for me.

Did you expect it?

I did expect it today. We have come to a stage in the contest when anyone can be eliminated. It could have been Amit or Prashant, too. If I was shocked then I would have cried a lot and said ‘I don’t want to go’. I didn’t say a single word. Today was my turn to go… it’s that simple.

Does this verdict prove that Prashant and Amit are better singers than you?
Won’t say better singers… but it is for sure that my training helped me a lot in my good singing, while Prashant bhaiya has never received training… still he sings well. This is a huge thing. Apart from this, he is a very good human being.
About Amit bhaiya, from day one I said that he has the talent to be the Indian Idol. He is original. No one ever said that he imitates anyone and he consistently gave good performance. He is an able candidate to be the Indian Idol.

Do you imitate Sonu Nigam consciously or it is just a coincident?

Absolutely not. I never consciously imitate him. And I don’t believe I sound like Sonu Nigam at all. Two people can be similar in looks and voice… it can happen everywhere. It is just a coincidence. Why should I imitate him? After all he is already there in the music industry… why would people take me if he is already there… why should I imitate someone who is ruling the music industry?

Javed declared that you can neither make it as a playback singer nor as a stage performer. Are you willing to challenge him and prove him wrong?

I don’t want to comment on that… I guess he was hurt or irritated by something… it`s ok… he is an elder and he is the best lyricist in India… I`d rather not talk about his talent. But he advised me that I shouldn’t sound like Sonu Nigam and I’ll defiantly work hard to sound different. I have a dream that one day I’ll sing a song written by him and composed by Anu Maliik. Hope, it comes true one day.

You said that you want to be a true Indian Idol. Tell us about it.

I meant that I want to be an Idol in the true sense. The real idol for the masses… the people of India. I want to take music career to new heights. I want to rule the music industry.

Who would you vote for? Amit or Prashant?

I’ll vote for both. But otherwise I would pray that Amit bhaiya wins. It`s not that Prashant bhaiya is not good. He is a good singer, but Amit bhaiya is even better. I want Amit Paul to be the Indian Idol.

What are your future plans?

I want to work a lot harder on my voice and be the best singer in India. After my board exams I want to come back to Mumbai to start my career in the film industry.

Will you try acting?

If I get a chance then I’ll definitely give it a try. But the deal would be that I get to sing for myself in the movie. I would like to be like Kishore Kumar—who was a good actor, composer, music director, lyricist and producer all packed into a single personality. I would like to be a versatile performer.

One thing that you’ve gained here that you’ll cherish for life?

The comments of the judges. Those golden words will be with me for life and that is the most important thing that I’ve gained here. They will help me improve my voice. Each word is worth lakhs of rupees. They are priceless.

John Vs Bipasha in Indian Idol

John Abraham and Bipasha team up with Indian Idol Finalists;Amit Paul and Prashant Tamang. Bipasha choose to support Amit while John Choose Prashant. Their "Goal" is to support and boost the two competitors before the finals . So with the battle lines drawn and the sides picked, there was no time to waste as the fabulous fight of music rolled on.
In the first round, each contestant sang a song of their choice. In the second, they sang a song given by the other as challenge. Prashant sang Amit's choice of song for him "Badi mushkil hai" so beautifully that Anu Malik vote hom for the Indian Idol title. Prashant's challenge for Amit was to sing Bulla ki jaana main kaun.. Amit got a standing ovation from all the four judges for it!
In the final segment both contestants sang Tanhaiyee… from Dil chahta hai… the judges found it hard to decide who was better. It is going to be even harder for the viewers, this is a fact. Once again every viewer wishes that the best man wins the Indian Idol title. Go ahead and select your BHARAT KI SHAAN!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Indian Idol finalists Rock Mumbai!

The stage at Nirmal Lifestyle, Mumbai was on fire as the two Indian Idol finalists, Prashant Tamang and Amit Paul rocked the city with their performances. The show started off Hussain, Amit and Prashant welcomed the audience in their own typical ways. Then Sanjay Dutt made a guest appearance on stage to cheer for two competitors and to also thank the audience for their support during his crucial time. With the festive occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi coming up, Sanjay and the contestants performed the Ganapati Arti on stage Sanjay quickly bid everyone a farewell, after officially giving the count down to the voting lines being open and followed it up by singing a song from the movie - Kaante and by talking a little about his latest release - Dhamaal.
Soon after Sanjay’s exit, Amit and Prashant consecutively took over the stage. Amit made the audience fall in love with love all over again by singing - Pehla Nasha, Nasha yeh Pyaar Ka Nasha Hain, and Yaad Aa Rahan Hain Tera Pyaar…Later, Prashant got the entire crowd on their tows by singing - Rind Posh Mal from Mission Kashmir, Dil Ne from Kaho Na pyaar hain, and Bas Ek Pal.
Soon after the performances, Ritesh Deshmukh joined the performers and spoke to the audience about his new film - Dhamaal. Karishma Tanna did a little jig with the guys on - Ishq Di galli from No Entry. Preeti Saberwal and Vidya from Chak De India, too came to wish both men the very best for the finale, and presented them with a hockey stick each. Then for duo again rock the stage. The audience were simply crazy about them.

Indian Idol is now in a stage of finish to the finals. As the voting lines are open so start voting for your favorite contestant. Today Bollystar Bipasha and John Abraham is going to come to boost the spirit of Indian Idol.

Voting public to be blamed for bad singers coming in Indian Idol

Sony Entertainment Television is strongly denying the rumours going around that there is some rigging going in Indian Idol voting process. An offical source said, "We have a reputed third party organization which audits the voting process, which is very fair. People are wrongly blaming us for Emon's and Chang's Ouster, You don't vote for the right singer, and then cry about a lesser person coming ahead. Prashant has a sizable number of people in his home area and the police force who are voting en block , so he is winning." The source went on, "Don't the judges (Alisha wanted to walk out ) also complain about audiences voting pattern? Although Emon was a good singer, we alway knew that he will be out, because he did not have required public support."On the question of making the vote figures public, our source said, "The format(
Indian idol is international format) does not allow for the same . And secondly, if we do give the voting figures, will it not affect the next rounds result?". Taking a dig at the opposition, the source further went on to say that both those shows(Sa Re Gama SVOI) are homegrown and could have had the judges saving the contestants( which we cannot do, due to above format restriction) , but even then they prefer to ape us. When reminded that something similar had happened during Qazi victory in Fame Gurukul2, the source empathetically denied any wrong doing even then too. "We Indian's like the underdog and support him, hence Qazi came ahead..
So please vote for your favorite contestant rather then just crib.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Amit Paul has all the trappings of an Indian Idol

He is good looking; he sings like a dream, he is a ladies’ man. He is Amit Paul. He hails from Shillong. He can sing in Hindi, English, Nepali, Khasi and Bengali too, that is when he isn’t singing in Tamil and Telegu etc. Is that good enough to be the next Indian Idol? The next week will tell. Soft spoken and well mannered, Amit Paul is a hit with women wherever he goes. This multi talented youngster auditioned for Indian Idol for a lark. Only after moving ahead in each round, did his confidence grow. But when his best friend and buddy Bhavin was voted out of Indian Idol, an emotional Amit could not go ahead with his performance. Overcome by emotions he forgot his lines. It did not go down well with the judges, but when he revealed the real reason for forgetting his lines, he won over the viewers and the judges as well. Viewers voted him back in the Wild Card round. Amit has not looked back since. Having felt the angst of elimination, he practices hard and remains the most focused contestant on the show. With each week, he has gone from strength to strength in his performances. The judges are amazed by his determined fight back. They see in him the next Indian Idol. So do most people, going by the flood-gates of votes that have opened for him. If Amit Paul is your choice for Indian Idol; go ahead and vote for him in large numbers. It is your chance to play an important role in giving the Indian music
industry a voice to be proud of.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Will Prashant prove to be the dark horse at Indian Idol this year?

He is the nicest guy ever, say all those who know Prashant Tamang. With his childlike innocence and his disarming smile, it is hard not to like Prashant. This Nepali cop from Darjeeling has not only done his community and his police force proud, but has become an inspiration to all youngsters who dream of making it big, but don’t have the courage to take that first step. With sheer faith in himself, this youngster has reached the TOP TWO of Indian Idol. My life has turned full 360 degrees,he says,since coming to Indian Idol. I have to pinch myself to realize that it is not a dream; I am indeed here in Mumbai. It is beyond my dreams he says with a smile. He has been singing in the police band and has been hugely popular. Few know that he strums the guitar too.On Indian Idol, he has moved up in the eyes of the judges and viewers alike, with each passing week. Annu Malek never fails to praise his courage and determination to reach the top. Prashant has worked really hard to get here and I will not be disappointed if he is the next Indian Idol, says the hard to please music director. If Annu Malek sees the
potential in Prashant, then he sure has what it takes to win the title.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Indian Idol Finalists to Perform in Mumbai!

The two finalists of Indian Idol, Amit Paul and Prashant Tamang will be at Nirmal
Lifestyle, Mulund on Tuesday September 11, 2007 to perform live for the first
time ever in Mumbai. The most exciting part of this performance is that the contestants whom you
have so far seen only on your television screens will be performing live
exclusively for their fans in Mumbai. They have won the hearts of people
wherever they have gone; and votes too. Here is your chance to see and hear
your favourite Indian Idol contestants in person and support them with your
votes. A golden opportunity for the fun loving Mumbaikars -- an evening of
music, singing dance and the works. Your favourite top two contestants have
reserved the best for Mumbai. They will sing their favorites songs and yours too.
All music lovers are invited to turn out in large numbers to show your
appreciation for the Indian Idol contestants who have worked hard to make it to
the final round. The competition is tough and they need all your support and votes in large
numbers. Don't forget to vote for your favourite contestant. Your favourite
contestant is all set to battle it out for the title of Indian Idol: Bharat Ki Shaan. Your
votes will help him achieve his dreams and make you proud to have played a
part in finding a golden voice.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Amit and Prahsant In The Indian Idol Finale

Talented Amit and Sizzling Prashant is in the Indian Idol finale. Emon, the little Sonu is eliminated this time. It was a heartrending scene on the Indian Idol. It's very unfortunate to loose such an outstanding singer. But we have to accept the reality -- one has to go out of the Indian Idol to get Bharat Ki Shan ... Indian Idol 3. Mini generally declares the name of the eliminated contestant but this time she also hesitate to decalare the name. It was our Javed ji who declared Emon's name. Emon ended up his Indian Idol with a faboulous performance.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Adnan Sami 'Lifts' Indian Idol to new Heights!

Indian Idol has reached its penultimate stage. The top three are in place. The three young men were looking like rock stars. They are singing at their best. Today Adnan Sami 'Lifts' the Sprits of the Top 3 Contestants in Indian Idol. Everybody was as delighted as the contestants to have him on stage with the contestants singing Aa raha hoon main from Dhamaal the film that boasts of having Adnan as the music composer. Each contestant sang two songs each… all Kishore Kumar numbers of Adnan's choice.
Emon swept everybody off their feet with his opening number…Yeh jo mohhabat hai from Kati Patang. After last week's controversy and arguments about his singing, Javed Akhtar was very happy with his singing and performance. Prashant followed it up with a delightful rendition of Ek ladki beegi bhaagi si.. Annu Malek's whole hearted praise reduced the young man to tears. It was the first time anybody had showered him with so much praise. When Amit sang, time seemed to stand still. The judges were unanimous in their verdict…the film industry has found a new singing sensation they said.
In the next round the contestants dedicated songs to their loved ones. Emon dedicated Banke tera jogi to his parents. Prashant dedicated to his friends in the police force Bheege honth tere… Amit the emotional one amongst them dedicated to his grand mother … Betaab dil… for which he bagged full marks from Javed Akhtar.
The evening ended on a high note with the jugalband between Adnan and Fazal Qureishi the talented younger brother of Ustad Zakir Husain.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Jojo in Roobaroo this Week

The Third season of Indian Idol is in its final phase now and the competition gets tougher, as it is ‘Survival of the Fittest’ between the 3 top contestants. The 3 contestants left in the fray, basking in all the attention and enjoying every moment of it, Amit Paul, Emon Chatterjee and Prashant Tamang are having a great time.
The surprise guest of the evening was Jojo, who made the show more memorable for the contestants, by singing his new song Maheru from his latest album. Jojo had a confession to make! He said that he has been following Indian Idol and that he loves Amit’s voice. "It's great for playback singing", he revealed. He said that he is rooting for Amit as the next Indian Idol and he feels that the whole nation also wants him!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Amit Paul drives Shillong crazy!

The city of Shillong went into a festive jubilation at the news of Amit Paul returning home to meet his people. The usually unmanned and cold streets of Shillong were packed with people and suddenly one could feel the warmth and welcome that they wanted to give to their representative at Indian Idol. At Guwahati airport, there was a crowd of thousands of crazy fans wanting to have one glimpse of their hero: Amit Paul. From the Guwahati airport to the Bada Pani Lake, Amit halted at every 10 meters to talk and shake hands with his followers, friends and fans. At Bada Pani lake, he was welcomed with a Khasi Tribal dance. “This was a dream and now I believe that some dreams do come true”, says an over excited Amit Paul with tears in his eyes. “This is an experience of a lifetime; these moments will last in my mind forever.”The crowd followed Amit everywhere making it look like a caravan round the city. There were girls who ran behind Amit’s car for over three kilometers to get one autograph!!! After the Bada Pani Lake, Amit Paul made his way to the Air Marshall house which was crowded with localites’, who wanted to meet Amit Paul, and he came to the gate and met his fans personally. In the evening, at Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex, Amit witnessed and performed to a maddening crowd of over two lakh people. He held them spell bound with his rapturous music and mesmerizing renditions of some of the top chart busters and evergreen songs from 80’s and 90’s.Surely girls kissing, friends hugging and the crowd wanting to shake hands with this young man shook the life out of him by the evening. But still Amit maintains, “This was the most memorable day in my life at Indian Idol”. It was because of this platform that i got this fame, love and adulation from everybody. “Indian Idol rocks!” says Amit. At a press meet held this morning at Chief Minister's residence, Amit Paul was honoured with the title of brand ambassaor of peace of Meghalaya.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

'To me, first priority is singing' - Amit Paul

Amit Paul has made it big in Indian Idol, he is in the Top 3 now. Here is the heart throb of all girls, talking about his experience and much more..

"Nasha Yeh Pyaar Ka Nasha Hai..." When you hear this song, you only think of one person : the heart throb and "lover boy" of Indian Idol, Amit Paul.His looks, his versatality in singing has really created magic, as fans all over India are falling in love with this all-rounder, who definitely has it to be our Idol.

How does it feel to be in the TOP 3:

Amit: I thought that I was voted out this week, but im glad im safe. I was honestly very scared, when Ankita read out my name, I thought that this was the end, but im glad im still here.

How have things changed after being in the TOP 3?

Amit: Its just getting tougher day by day, all the singers are just too good.
How has your journey in Indian Idol been so far?

Amit: Every moment in Indian idol is special for me! When I came to the audition, I wasn't sure, if I’ll be able to make it, because I didn’t have any formal traning. I am surprised how things clicked, and how suddenly the people of India were there on my side, supporting me.

Who do you think is your toughest competitor?

Amit: It’s a difficult question, because there is no competition here. Emon and Prashant are like my brothers, and if any one sings badly, we go and help that person out, so its basically a competition with yourself, where with each performance, you need to improve yourself, and that’s what we are all doing here.

Which judge has been your toughest critique so far?

Amit: Alisha was my toughest critique.

What’s the key difference between performance and singing? What’s your take on it?

Amit: In Indian Idol, you need to be an excellent singer, and a great performer. In my case, my first priority is singing, and then performing.

If you could bring back one eliminated contestant, who would it be?

Amit: Definitely Deepali!

Hypothetically, if at this stage, you were not here, who would you give the winning title to, including the eliminated contestants?

Amit: Emon or Prashant!

Your fans simply love your versatality, and they have been voting for you over these last few weeks, any special message for them?

Amit: Thank-you every much, I will work really hard to impress you, I know you really love me, I am very happy for it, I will work very hard, and make my fans proud!

If you are to win the Indian Idol 3, what would your first instant reaction be?

Amit: If I was to win the Indian Idol title, I would first kneel down and thank God and thank all my fans.

Monday, September 3, 2007

'Javed Sir and Annu Malek have been so supportive'- Ankita Mishra

With Ankita Mishra's elimination in Indian Idol, all dreams of having a girl as Indian Idol this year, has faded away. Here is Ankita Mishra in an interview after her shocking Elimination.

What is your reaction after getting eliminated from Indian Idol?
Ankita: I was completely blank on stage. When my name was announced, I really didn't know how to react. I wouldn't say that I didn't expect this, I was prepared for elimination from the theater rounds. It was a little shocking, since I wanted to be the girl who would be in the TOP 3, but oh well. I am disappointed, definitely.

What about Indian Idol are you going to miss the most?
Ankita: I'll miss the stage the most. The stage that has given me the most recognition. I laughed, danced and sang on the stage, and that's why I didn't cry on stage, since it would be unfair.

The judges that you are going to miss the most?

Ankita: Definitely Javed sir and Annu Malek. They have been so supportive to me. There were so many things that I would have liked to tell them, but then I was just completely blank.

What's next in line?

Ankita: Well, I'll go back home, and spend time with my family and friends, who I haven't been in touch with. And go back to studying; however, I do plan to persue my career in music too.
Do you plan to make it big in Mumbai, or heading off to Kanpur again?

Ankita: I am planning to move to Mumbai and try to make it big as a singer, along with studying science.
Any message for the remaining contestants?

Ankita: I would like to wish them all the best. May the best contestant win!
Three Cheers to the charming Ankita aka Anky Baby aka Ankit aka Ankiteshwari for entertaining all; for making a mark in Indian Idol.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

The graceful performer, ANKITA is eliminated

This time itz time for Ankita to be eliminated. With Ankita Mishra's elimination in Indian Idol, all dreams of having a girl as Indian Idol this year, has faded away. Today Prashant was the first to be declared to enter the Top -3 , then it was the turn of Amit to be safe while Emon and Ankita were in danger zone. When Mini asked the judges to choose one of them out of two -- all the threee judges except Javed vote for Emon. This time janta also supported the judges and Anky-baby Ankita was out of the show.
As Javedji said Ankita Mishra was surely the 'Life of Indian Idol' and her electrifying performance will be missed in every gala.

Friday, August 31, 2007

The Battle of the Famous FOUR on Indian Idol this Gala

The anxiety of who will be the next Indian Idol is rising week after week as the show has just four contestants left. The battle has already begun and to get more votes and good remarks from the judges, Amit Paul, Prashant, Ankita and Emon boast of superlative performances in the tenth Gala.
It turned out to be a treat to watch each of the contestants performing two compositions from choices made by the judges. Javed Akhtar remarked that Amit’s train on Indian Idol was on the right track and has gained the momentum, as he set the exciting tone for the evening with his song “Dil Kya Kare” from Julie. And while Amit was basking in all the praise, there sneaked a surprise guest to test his singing skills. It was none other than Tushar Kapoor and to add some fun in this exciting moment, he had a novel idea where he would enact a song and Amit would recognize and sing it for him and this turned out to be a fun session.
Prashant proved himself to be the dark horse of Indian Idol with his performance as he sang “Kuch Naa Kaho" from 1947 A Love Story and followed it up with “O mere dil ke chain”. This was a proof for his tremendous improvement week after week. Ankita was not far behind and stole the show with her two thunderous performances in Anky Baby style! Emon who has always been considered “Chota Sonu” rendered the title song of “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and his soulful singing left a deep impact on all the judges except for Javed Akhtar as he remarked that he was sounding more like Sonu. But he proved him completely wrong with his next song “Dilbar mere”, a Kishore Kumar number indicating Annu Malik's stand that Emon is a singer par excellence is indeed true.

Sharman Joshi and Kunal Kemu made their presence to add more excitement and fun with the Indian Idol participants.
Now its the time to vote for your favorite contestant. Vote n vote to your favorite contestant so that you don't lose him/her.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

"I think voting system should be 50% public votes and 50% judges' choice." -- Meiyang Chang

Meiyang Chang has been every girl's favorite contestant, whether it is Mini or Alisha or the screaming teenagers sitting among the audiences. His good looks, coupled with a great voice and distinct style of presentation makes him irresistible as a contestant. His elimination was a rude shock for everyone, including himself.

Q. Are you angry that the public has voted you out despite your good performance?

Ans: I am not angry. I can't be angry with public, as there was a time when I was not singing well. At that time even I got ahead due to public votes. That's why I never said anything against public voting.
I can't blame anybody as the public has the right to choose whom they want to. At the same time, I feel it could have been a 50/50 voting system. 50% public voting and 50% judges' choice. But if that that was the rule then I wouldn't have been here today. Probably from the next time, they can consider this. It will help those who have worked hard to be better singers through the show.

Q. Your last performance was better than Emon's; do you think he should have gone instead of you?

Ans: If Emon had gone, then it would have been a total flop show. Emon is superb and he has to be in the finals. Honestly, Ankita should have gone. She was pitted against Puja, and she is till there. She was pitted against Deepali, and she is still here. Puja and Deepali are definitely better singers than her.

Q. So do you think Ankita should have gone, not you?

Ans: Maybe, maybe. Nobody is bad, somebody is good and somebody is a little weaker then that…. if you consider a person's voice, how good he is with music etc. I don't think I am that good. I am confident but I never put myself against some of the trained singers. At this stage, I am not that great. If I have to rate then I'll rate Prashant, Ankita and me at the same level. Each one of us has our strong points and our weak points. Maybe I should've gone ahead, but never mind.
I guess Ankita has something that others don't…. and public has voted her for her strong points. I wish her all the best!

Q. Do you think performance is more important or singing?

Ans: I'll give it an 80:20 ratio. 80 for singing and 20 for performance. In the audio-visual medium performance enhances the entire experience but it can never be at the cost of singing. You can't go off tune and perform well after that.

Q. Has Indian Idol changed your focus in life?

You are a dentist, now you seem to have transformed into a full-time singer. Ans: Yes, I've found my true calling, and at present I want to really work hard with my singing. I want to get good training and emerge. It's not that now that I got voted out, so I want to prove something to someone. It`s just that now people have noticed me now. They like my voice so I want to make the most of this opportunity and grab the best of offers that I get.

Q. What is your future plan? Do you want to do playback?

Ans: I want to learn music from a good trainer. At the same time, i want to go and meet the music directors & struggle to make my place in the industry. Playback singing is very competitive. Before plunging into it, I want to improvise myself. Perhaps cut an album of mine and then I'll definitely be ready. But if someone calls me in the meantime with some offers then I'll definitely grab the opportunity. I just want to become better and better and better.
Q. Do you want to continue with your dentist practice?

Ans: At this point of time, it will take a backseat. My focus right now is to be related to the industry. I don't know how but I've to figure it out. I want to come back with a bang! I want to see what opportunities I will get out here. For instance, Suhit has done an ad for Kit Kat. People are getting breaks because of Indian Idol. I want to see if something good is waiting for me too.

Q. Alisha looks heartbroken that you're out. Will you miss her too?

Ans: Alisha madam has always praised me a lot. She is an amazingly sweet person. She even walked out of the stage when they declared I was out but I didn't want her to take such a drastic step. I was glad when she came back and gave me this cap as a memento. I will keep it as a precious gift for the rest of my life.

Q. Do you think they're being honest with their judgement?

Ans: With me, I've always felt that they have been honest. In fact, I can make out from their reactions only, if they like my song or not. If they like it, they praise openly, if they don't, then they don't want to break their heart. So they'll just say they're happy. By that only you can gage, what they're feeling. I am pretty happy with their response.

Q. Any message to the public?

Ans: Thank you very much for bringing me till here. There are just 4 people left now, so please vote sensibly and do not forget me. Please remember me till I come back as an even better singer.

Leslie Lewis in Roobaroo this Week!

Roobaroo on Indian Idol is the day for just fun and masti. Here, the contestants get to show the viewers their hidden talents. The contestants have fun, while Mini Mathur makes sure to have fun at their expense. And in this week’s Roobaroo, it is Leslie Lewis who is the guest and he too makes sure to keep the top four contestants' in good stead.
Viewers would get to see Prashant for the first time playing a guitar and singing a Nepali song. Amit sings “Chand Mera Dil”, while strumming the guitar as a pro and wooing the audience. Emon would be on the piano and with so much going on, can anyone stop Ankita from dancing? It would be really funny to watch her traipsing with Prashant, while singing the song “Pyaar Hua Ikraar hua”. What's more, after watching this diverse talent of these contestants,Leslie Lewis is really in awe with all the four. As a mark of advise, Lewis gave them tips for the future; this was followed by a round of musical session. With Mini too joining in, it turned into a rocking jam session. After watching all this, Leslie was now convinced that this Indian Idol Team, with some good singers, musicians and dancers, can actually form a band of their own, like Boney.M.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

'Friends, parents and orchestra troupe, my inspiration' - Prashant

The Sepoy, Prashant Tamang is the new singing sensation, he has been tagged as the 'Uncut Diamond' by Alisha Chinoi, the judge of Indian Idol. Though he has no formal training in music, he has always maintained that professional touch in his songs and is now into the Top 4 of Indian Idol. Being associated with Kolkata police since 2002, he sings in the police orchestra and has grooved many to perform to his tunes. He has a big fan base following and the girls love this Sepoy.

You have never been in bottom 3, so do you think you have the highest chances of winning this contest?

Prashant: No, it’s not that; we cannot say anything. All are good and the competition is tough now. Anyone can go out. Do you want to go back and join the police profession or you want to stay back here and be a singer?Prashant: As of now, I am focusing on my singing. I just hope that things fall in place; I am not thinking about future as of now. Did you ever think you will come this far in Indian Idol?Prashant: Of course not! I never thought I will get selected for the Galas, this is definitely a Dream come true.

Who has been your inspiration to pursue music and singing?

Prashant: Inspiration to do well in singing has come from friends, parents and my orchestra troupe..

Who is the best judge according to you?

Prashant: It definitely has to be Annuji. He is frank, man main jo hai woh bol dete hai.. Annnuji..

If you were to bring back one eliminated contestant, who would that be?

Prashant: Abhishek!

How was it to sing before Sonu Nigam?

Prashant: It was very nice, was a dream come true.. I was very excited to sing before him, but I felt sad that I could not impress him that much.

If you had to choose your Indian Idol today, who would it be?

Prashant: It has to be Amit!

And now one song you want to dedicate to all your fans and well wishers out there….

Prashant: Yaar Ko Maine Sone Na Diya.

The judges have named him as the 'Dark Horse' of Indian Idol. Prashant is the only contestant who has still not made it to the Danger Zone even once, in the Gala Round. If this statistics remains intact for few more weeks, then Prashant Tamang will surely be the 'Bharat Ki Shaan.'

Monday, August 27, 2007

'As the race slims down, there will be more heart breaks' - Annu Malek

As the race for Indian Idol 3 gets bitter, Annu Malek speaks about who he thinks is the best horse :

Your first view on Chang's exit?

Its very sad that such a great singer like Chang had to go. I really liked him. But then, that's the format of the show. Somebody had to go, Remember, as the race slims down, there will be more heart breaks not less. But rest assured, this good looking dentist from Dhanbad has firmly arrrived on the Indian music scene.

Now with just 4 contestants left, how do you assess them indiviually?

Amit Paul has the ideal combination, of both a great voice and a superb personality.Emon is a very versatile singer, but needs to work on the over all package.Ankita's stage presence is mind blowing. Prashant is the dark horse of this contest and may yet end up surprising many of us.

Playing a devil's advocate, who would you want to win?

Amit or Ankita. Amit is the find of Indian Idol 3. Ankita, for she will be the first female to wear this prestigious crown.

Why do you keep fighting with the other judges?

The problem is that I call a spade a spade. When Emon was faltering, I told him off. And the results were there for all to see. Yes, I do argue with the other judges, for they act unfair with some of the contestants.

Don't you think that too much emphasis is being placed on presentation?

See, Indian Idol is an audio visual experience. Having said that, a perfect voice still remains the no 1 requirement. For if tomorrow, I bring in a very besuri, but sexy looking chic, will it work?

Even the judges seem to be giving extra emphasis to looks?

Now that's where you are making a mistake. What we say is, look after your health. Is it wrong to look good and fit?

You have been a part of Indian Idol, since the very beginning...

Its great. Infact I have been called the face of Indian idol by the higher ups at SET. The fact that I alone survive season after season, clearly shows that the public loves me.

The format is criticized on the front that what does audience know of sur tal. Your take on it..

Don't ever underestimate the smartness of the voting public! They can choose the right voice. After all, could Annu Malik have become what he is today, without the janta's support? They are the ones who buy my cd's.

Will the contestant get work, after they finish from here?

See, we have given these talented set of youngsters a platform, the rest depends on their hard work and determination. When we came up, there were no such opportunities. Now atleast when they go looking for work , people know who they are. So folks, here were the free flowing words of the most controversial judge of Indian Idol. You love him or hate him, but you just cannot ignore the man.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Alisha's Chingo-Mingo Chang Is Out Of Indian Idol

Meiyang Chang, the third generation Chinese who is settled in India is a dentist by profession and is one of the most popular contestants in Indian Idol, both for his looks and his singing capability. Meiyang Chang, who was heartthrob of the girls is eliminated today. Chang sizzled with Om shanti om in the last gala and was praised by all the judges. But still janta didn't find him the right contestant to be in the final four of the Indian Idol 3.
Today there was a poll among the contestants about whom they should feel be eliminated from the Indian Idol. All the guys felt that it should be Ankita while Ankita felt it should be Emon. Even the janta in the Indian Idol studios faced a similar type of secret votes in which 50% felt that Ankita should leave this competition. But Anky baby Ankita was safe this time along with Prashant. This time Amit, Emon and Chang was in danger zone. Amit was in danger zone for the first time in the gala while Chang was in danger zone for the last two consecutive galas. Finally that time ultimately came when Mini declared that it was the time for Chang to leave this competition. Alisha was shocked to hear this as Chang was his Indian Idol. But we have to face the reality and it is obvious that we will lose one after one contestant to get the Indain Idol 3.

Cool Pictures Of Yesterday's Gala

Indian Idol Top 5 Performance

The next Indian Idol is just few steps away as the viewers have selected Amit Paul, Emon Chatterjee, Meiyang Chang, Prashant Tamang and Ankita Mishra as their top 5 contestants who will be fighting to bag the third Indian Idol title. Chang brings back the memories of Rishi Kapoor and the revolving stage of the film Karz with his awesome performance on the song Meri Umar Ke Naujawano. Always being called as the girl’s favorite contestant, this song surely left a great effect on the audience as well as Alisha, who always called Chang as her Indian Idol. To keep on track, Prashant follows with another Karz number Ek Hasina Thi which impresses Udit Narayan to respond to his performance singing Indian Idol ki gali mein tumko aana thaa!! Amit is again applauded and appreciated by all the judges that he is really heading towards the right direction to bag the title for his performance on the song Yaad Aa Raha Hai!! Emon makes an entry in bulb laden outfit singing the Big B number Saara Zamana. He makes sure to lighten up stage not just with his outfit but also with his performance. After all these performances how could the Queen of Dance Ankita stay back. She too comes with a brilliant performance with the song Aap Jaisa Koi and force Anu Malik to comment that She has raised the bar of Indian Idol performers

Friday, August 24, 2007

It's The Time To Disco

The five contestants were at their disco best. Chang drove the women crazy with Meri umar ke naujawano. Prashant followed suit with yet another Karz number Ek haseena thi. As the competition is going tougher and tougher these days, judges are not considering any mistakes of the contestants. Prashant this time also after starting brilliantly got off-key in the middle of the song. Amit once again walked away with kudos for his Yaad aa rahi hai.Emon lit up the stage literally! Dressed in a bulb-laden outfit a la Big B he sang Saara zamana like a true professional.Queen of Dance Ankita rocked with Aap jaisa koi. The master of rhythm Taufique Qureshi and his band performed with the Indian Idol contestants.
Let's wait and see to get the top 4 contestants today.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Happy Birthday Mini!

Today`s Roobaroo is full of surprises. First, Mini kicked off a musical game, where she gave the Top 5 a situation on which they had to compose songs. But the best surprise was reserved for Mini. It`s her birthday and everyone gave her a surprise party. Her husband Kabir Khan made song requests for his wife and the contestants happily obliged.

The countdown to choosing the Bharat Ki Shaan has begun, make sure you

The countdown to choose the next Indian Idol has begun finally. Viewers are all voting for their favorites. And the number of votes that the contestants are getting every week proves is a clear indication of the popularity of the show.Now, the show has come to its race for finish. Radio Mirchi too has decided to jump into the run and help the viewers to choose their favourite as Indian Idol. For this, you just need to tune in to Radio Mirchi and follow the procedure for voting. But wait, it does not end here.
Radio Mirchi has decided to add more excitement to this voting. They will be selecting two lucky winners whose choice of finalists actually makes to the finals. These two winners will have the chance to select a song of their choice which the finalists are going to sing. Not only that, the two lucky winners would also get the opportunity to be the special guests and attend the Grand Finale to be held in Mumbai on 14th September, 2007. These would get the rare opportunity to meet their favourite singer and also be a part of the excitement and celebrations of this Grand Finale. This exciting contest by Radio Mirchi closes on 1st September. Time is short, so tune in to Radio Mirchi soon and start voting for your favourite, one who you feel is worthy of becoming the next Indian Idol. And yes, do keep the song ready with you, that you would like to hear your favourite perform.
Who knows you may be the winner!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bye Hawa Hawaii

Nobody really cried for Puja, or at least not on camera. The camera tried real hard to capture Emon's look, but he wasn't crying just smiling and being supportive. I guess he dried all his tears after Deepali's departure. So, we have a short look at Puja's journey. Her best moments on Idol, "Ek pyaar ka nagma"--her best song, in her opinion. Finally, she is in tears and wishes the contestants all the best and apologizes to her dad for not being able to live up to the challenge. Awww Puja, it's not your fault. You did your best. Alisha noted how contestants that sing well get eliminated. Good point, Alisha, though I have the theory behind it: If you sing well, then your fans get complacent. They feel she/he is somehow going to make it. So, they don't vote as obsessively and the fans of those who are predicted to be in danger, double up their votes---voila, the "good singer" loses out and is evicted. Puja leaves with her signature song from Mr. India--Hawa Hawaii.
Next week, Disco Fever round in the Galas!

Monday, August 20, 2007

‘Singing before Sonu Nigam was a Dream Come True for me’ – Emon

Emon Chatterjee is a multi-talented contestant of Indian Idol. He touches one's heart with his songs, his mimics make everyone laugh and when he takes his guitar to play, the listeners never fail to get involved into his tunes. This seventeen year old believes that he can make people happy with his songs. At this young age, he has a Bengali album to his credit and also has sung in local TV Channels. He brings a magical atmosphere on the sets with his performance and is considered to be the fore- runner in this contest.

How has Indian Idol platform been beneficial in your career?

Emon: Yes, without this platform, my journey to Mumbai might have taken another 2-3 years. It’s a honor to be standing right before Sonu Nigam and singing in front of Greats like Javedji, Uditji and AnnuJi. This experience has taught me so many things, which I will remember forever.

Who is the best judge according to you?

Emon: Sonu Nigam!! My God! It was a dream come true for me as I sang before him. It was my happiest day, but I feel sad that he was not a permanent judge this year. Even then, those moments were great for me.

Have you had any professional training in classical music?

Emon: Yes, I have been learning it for the past 1 year now.

Do you think it is beneficial to be a trained singer?

Emon: Definitely, you always get an edge when you learn music. With this background, you are ready to sing any type of song, and that is one reason why Sonu Nigam is my Idol. He is a living example for aspiring singers; he has sung every sort of song. Extraordinary!!Everyone including the Great Kishore Kumar had a basic training. Singing for such a long time needs training of course.

If you get an opportunity to bring back one contestant eliminated - who would it be?

Emon: Deepali … I don’t want to recall that evening, it was so sad… It was just shocking and depressing to me. She was my best friend ever. I have started missing her a lot now.

You are in Bottom 3 for the past two weeks, what do you think is your chance of becoming Indian Idol?

Emon: I am motivating myself to do better. All that matters is good singing. I want to be a good playback singer, so my focus is on singing. I don’t worry about performance on stage as I know that a playback singer just needs to sing in the studio and he need not have a basic training in dancing. Whatever happens here, I will surely concentrate on my singing and will carry on like this forever.

Indian Idol Rocks Delhi on Independence Day !

Indian Idol contestants are a rage wherever they go. That they are celebrities in their own right is an understatement. The mania they generated on their trip to Delhi on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations only proved their star power. The final six contestants had the crowds dancing to their tune literally. The top six contestants of Indian Idol met the press at the Claridge before the performance. Their newfound confidence and their single minded focus on achieving their goal has not taken away from their down to earth ways. In fact, the "seniors" in this young group take charge of the ones who get carried away with the attention in public. Their bonding was there for all to see. The performance they put up at Rohini was simply mind-blowing. The thousands strong crowd simply went crazy. They just didn't seem to have enough of Ankita, Chang and Emon. While Puja, Prashant and Amit had the crowds applauding every song of theirs. If all that adulation translates into votes, it is going to be a very tough task to select the Indian Idol! A true memorable evening for the contestants whose singing and popularity drove the crowds crazy. A proud moment for all the Indians as the patriotic fever touched every Indian's heart. The evening began with yet another surprise. Alisha Chinai took the stage to perform not one but two of her hit songs Made in India and Main sadke jaawaan . For a change it was a unanimous decision that Alisha Chinai is a true Indian Idol!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ohh!! What A Shock --- Puja is eliminated.

Dhanbad ke dynamite Puja is out of the Indian Idol. Just cannot imagine what happen to Indian janta!! On what basis they are voting for the contestants!! Puja who sang so superbly in the last gala is out in this gala getting the least amount of votes. This time Puja is in bottom 3 with Ankita and Chang. Its very strange to see that Prashant who is giving ordinary performance in galas has not yet came to danger zone while the best performers are eliminating one by one. When Mini declared that Puja have to leave this time Puja proved that she was a brave girl and took the decision quite sportingly. Her disheartened fans must have a thousand questions. But it's a reality that Puja is not in the top 5 of the Indian Idol.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Gala Performance Of The Top 6 Contestants

The contestants had no clue what was in store for them, when the hooded figure walked into the sets. Thundering applause greeted Sonu Nigam when he came on stage. Sonu was back on Indian Idol as the celebrity judge.Sonu and Emon came face to face on stage after Emon's spirited performance of Sonu`s Tu. Sonu thought Puja`s Ruth saawan ki was very good. Ankita performed like never before. But as she was off-key as usual. All the judges except Alisha agree that at this point of Indian Idol she can't make a single mistake while Alisha was of opinion that Ankita gave her best shot in the gala. Prshant sang a very simple song and he was off-key in that song also.Udit declared that the fight for the title just got tougher. Amit once again walked away with all the praise. While Sonu declared Amit as the best package of the Indian Idol 3 and Anu Malik as the next Indian Idol ---- but Alisha told Chang was the best performer for this gala and he is Alisha's Indian Idol.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Alisha vs Anu

It seems that the battle of the Titans will go on until we find our Indian Idol. Anu and Alisha fought over a trivial issue again. The argument
was about what was more important—100% singing or 50% stage performance. Anu backed Ankita by saying that she was 50% a singer and 50% a performer and that it made her more competitive as a contestant. Alisha argued that as a contestant on Indian Idol, one had to be a 100% singer. Like Deepali, who was the most talented among the girls. Javed, too, pointed out that singing was the single most important criterion

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Chang ka rose day

It seems when Deepali is around, every day is a rose day for Chang. As Deepali started singing her last song, we noticed a sad and depressed Chang. He soon came onstage and gifted her a red rose, which Deepali gladly accepted. So is this the end of the love story or a fresh new beginning? Only time will tell. It was a happy ending for Deepali when Anu declared that he would give her a chance to sing for him very soon. Deepali jumped for joy to hear it!
Meanwhile, Emon cried uncontrollably as did Puja, who was Deepali’s roommate. Take it easy guys, a lot more shocking eliminations are on the way now! Save some for the next week.

Monday, August 13, 2007

‘Idol’ worship

Lucknow turned out in full force to cheer the seven Indian Idol finalists at the Saharaganj Mall

If people were wondering why the Indian Idol concert looked a tad off-skew then here’s why— anchor person Mini Mathur came down with a bad bout of viral fever in Mumbai turning plans turtle at the last minute for the Idol team which was banking on her to string the show together. So while her hair stylist and make-up person arrived as per schedule, Mini had to beg out of Monday’s show at the last minute. A desperate hunt was then launched for a last minute anchor for the show which threw the young participants, still novices at public performances, totally out of gear. However, they took heart from the massive public support— people began flocking the mall three hours before the show was scheduled to begin— and went on to regale the crowd as best they could. Kanpur’s Ankita Mishra, thrilled at being voted the Judges’ wild card entry, grooved to the peppy Urmila number Rangeela.
“It’s now or never,” confided Amit at the press conference held earlier. “The show has reached its final stage. I am just concentrating on having fun and giving my best. It’s now in the public’s hands.”

Sunday, August 12, 2007

On the sets : “It was the most shocking moment of my life” -- says Deepali

A few minutes after her elimination, Deepali woke up to the fact that this was a final farewell. Her fans were heartbroken, so were the judges who had always favoured this multi-talented girl. But the aspiring RJ stood tall, trusting in her abilities. Ready to make a mark in media, Deepali vowed to come back with a bang!

How did you feel when you heard you were eliminated?

I couldn’t believe it. I simply couldn’t because my performance was very good, much better than the other contestants. When they announced my name I was dumbfounded. The voting system is so unpredictable that it is important for us to be prepared for any kind of verdict. In fact, I thought it would either be Puja or Ankita, whose performances were not good in the last Gala. But then you can’t do anything about destiny.

Who do you think will be among the top three?

Amit will definitely be there till the end. He will most probably become the Indian Idol. The other two people who will be in the Top 3 will be Emon and Chang.

Will you miss Meiyang Chang?
Chang is a dear friend. There was nothing between us. The media created it all. It’s always interesting to have some kind of romantic story in a competition like this. People like talking about those who are in the limelight. I request you to please let the rest of the contestants perform in peace. Don’t bother them with such rumours.

Who is responsible for you going out—the janta or the judges?
I have no grudges against anyone. No one is responsible for this. This was my destiny. My fans have been with me throughout. They’ve been voting for me right from the beginning. I guess in the end they didn’t know how many votes were needed. I thank them wholeheartedly.

What are your plans for the future? Do you still want to be an RJ?
Definitely. I am planning to shift to Mumbai soon and study Mass Communication. I want to the join media. I want to pursue a career in music, too, and want to work real hard for it. This is not the end for me, this is just a beginning.

You are a celebrity today. Who would you thank for this achievement?
I would just like to thank my mother and father for everything that I’ve achieved today. They pushed me for the Indian Idol auditions. And then there was no looking back.

What is the reaction of your parents?

I haven’t met my parents yet. I know they’re heartbroken because they wanted to see me as the Indian Idol.
Any regrets? Do you think you should have worked harder?
No matter how much we work, it is never enough. I definitely think that I could have done better. And, from now on, I will make sure that I give my best in everything I do.

Any message for your fans?
I just want to thank everybody who voted for me. I am overwhelmed by their love and support. I am grateful to them that they gave me this platform to sing. I have made my mark in the hearts of the people, now I have to take it forward.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Oops!! What A Shock !! Deepali Is Eliminated

Deepali who started the show yesterday with such a superb performance was out of the Indian Idol this time. Just can't believe it. She is only contestant who was praised by all the judges in the last gala. I'm shocked to see the behaviour of the people. I think they doesn't have eyes for picking out great talent. They are just voting for the contestant they like. People are giving more priority to their region than talent. Though we all know we have to get rid of at least one of the contestants every week, it was still very sad to loose one of these precious diamond who really deserves to get her dreams come true. Success is not only being an Indian Idol but it is to win the heart of so many admirers around the world whose hearts were flooding with tears again while watching the show and I am also one of them.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Gala Performance

Today was the Independence special episode. All the contestants sang deshbhakti song. All of them said they will give their best for the improvement of street kids,poverty and abolition of child labour. As far as their performance is concerned they were mediocre. Deepali started the gala with Dhol Bajne Laga from Virasat and it was awsome. Emon was also faboulous. Only these two participants was praised by all the judges. Others were also good but they were not at their very best. Judges also praised them but there were as usual contradiction. Ankita who is Javed Akhtar'r all time favorite ... disappointed Javedji this time. Anuji told Prashant that he has given the best performance of this gala while Javedji disagreed with him. Even Chang could not impress the judges this time. He was a bit off-key according to the judges. Javedji said he has got the potential to sing better than this...Javed Akhtar said probably Chang's song selection was not that perfect.
These gala featured Anil Kapoor as the celebrity judge. Ajay Jadeja,the famous cricketer also came in this gala to motivate the spirit of the participants.
Tomorrow is the result of the contestant will again leave the stage ---again a very sad moment on the Indian Idol. So start voting your favorite contestant if you haven't start yet. Letz see who is eliminated this time... a guy or a girl.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Watch Indian Idol Contestants In ABhishek's Elimination Round

The king of Drama Abhishek Kumar is out of Indian Idol

Anu lends Abhishek a shoulder to cry on

Prashant has no words to console Abhishek

Emon cannot bear the pain of losing two friends so quickly

Don performing for the last time in stage