Thursday, May 31, 2007

Indian Idol 3 will be grander - Rahul Vaidya

Indian Idol 3 will start within a few days. How eagerly are you looking forward to it?

I will be out for my solo performances for a couple of days but whenever I will find
the time; I will definitely watch the show. I was a part of the first series of this show
and even today I am emotionally attached with this. There has been a lot of saying about KBC 3 that it is missing the zing and its TRP rating is also falling down.

Do you think that the Indian Idol 3 will be as successful as its earlier two series?

Yeah, it is true that KBC 3 did not have the same flavour as its first two seasons had. Though a super star like Shahrukh Khan was hosting KBC 3, but audience found something missing in it. But I don’t think that Indian Idol 3 will meet the same fate. Rather I believe that Indian Idol 3 will be grander and more successful than its first two seasons.

On screen many times we see emotional moments and a lot of friendship among
contestants. Are these true reflections of emotions or an act to take the TRP
ratings up?

For days, the contestants live under one roof and practice together. In such scenario, it is very natural to get attached with each other emotionally. Though they are competitors, yet during the practice sessions you will find them correcting each other, sharing their opinions and giving suggestions to each other for improvement. So, whatever you see on the screen is not a synthetic picture. In fact they are the expressions of real feelings.

Monday, May 28, 2007


Indian Idol 3 will see a new anchor : Hussain Khuwajirwala along with the old gold Mini Mathur. Lets have a brief biography of both of them.

Mini Mathur

Mini Mathur, an MBA from a premier business school, was working with Hindustan Thompson Associates before she started as VJ with MTV. She has much to her credit. For starters, she hosts Bombay Blush—a 'wacky' culture show on India, which airs on BBC in England. She has also hosted shows like Big Picture, MTV 123, MTV Gaana Masti, a spoof on film songs and international videos, and many more.

Stepping behind the camera, she was producer on two documentaries—A Nation Celebrates, a film commissioned by the Ministry of External affairs to commemorate 50 years of India's independence and From Corner Shops to Lords, a film also commissioned by the MEA on successful NRIs in England.

Mini stepped out of the limelight for a while when she had her son Vivan. However, she made a dazzling comeback as the host for the hugely popular show Indian Idol.

Her six-year experience anchoring countdown shows, game shows, travel & lifestyle style programs had conditioned her to handle the gamut of emotions she had to deal with as presenter of Indian Idol. Though a well-known name with classes, Indian Idol made her a familiar name among masses.

Now vivacious Mini Mathur will enter her third tryst with Indian Idol Series 3 as presenter and close confidant of the contestants. She will be seen co-hosting the third season with the talented Hussain Khuwajirwala.

Hussain Khuwajirwala

This popular television actor started out as most youngsters do—with modelling when he was in college because he needed the pocket money and friends had told him he was ‘reasonably good looking’.

Though he did not want to take up a career in modelling, his stint in the fashion world bagged him a small part in Zee TV’s Ashirwad, followed by Ekta Kapoor’s Kanyadaan, which aired on Sony.
But people sat up and took notice when he appeared on Kumkum and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. He also hosted several successful shows like Kismai Kitna Hai Dum, Kuch Kar Dikhana Hai and Khullja Sim Sim. This young and talented actor soon got a huge fan following.

Now his popularity rating is set to soar off the charts as he takes on the role of hosting season three of Indian Idol. The producers of the show believe that the actor known for his dancing skills (he participated in Nach Baliye) and histrionics will be able to connect with the 16 to 30-year-old contestants and, at the same, engage the viewers.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Snap Shots of Theatre Round

Some of the contestants are so tense they can’t speak!

Anu and Udit interact with the contestants

Mini on a mission to make everyone comfortable

The contestants take a break

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Indian Idol 3’ opens with 3.66, but SET still at number 3

Indian Idol’, Sony AdvertisementEntertainment Television’s (SET’s) prize horse, is back on the track. Expectations were high that the show would help SET regain its number two slot among the general entertainment channels (GECs). Though the show, which opened with a TVR of 3.66 on May 4, certainly helped the channel increase its share in the time slot, it couldn’t catapult SET out of the number 3 slot.
As per TAM Media Research (C&S, 4+, HSM), the show managed a TVR of 3.67 with the second episode on May 5, and its channel share in the 9-10pm slot on Friday and Saturday went up from 8.33 per cent in the previous week to 28.16 per cent in Week 18 among GECs. But overall, for the whole week, the show could increase SET’s market share by only a few marginal percentage points from 12.55 per cent in Week 17 to 13.33 per cent in Week 18, the week when the show was aired.In comparison, the other two lead channels – STAR Plus and Zee TV – garnered a channel share of 37.25 per cent and 24.71 per cent, respectively.
Close watchers of the industry expect the competition to heat up for ‘Indian Idol’ once STAR’s ‘Voice of India’ is on air. “It’s already competing with ‘Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ on Zee TV, which is also a talent hunt show for singers,” says Tarun Nigam, executive director, North, Starcom.Analysing the reasons for ‘Indian Idol’s’ not so great performance, a senior media planner says, “The first two episodes of ‘Indian Idol 3’ had too much reality in them, probably the promoters served too much ‘masala’, which might have killed the appetite.”

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Cool Pictures Of The Audition

Crowds wait in anticipation

Hussain And Mini Welcomes The Crowd

These girls believe that one of them will be
‘Bharat ki Shaan’

Contestants in the way to impress the judge

This ‘dude’ tries to impress, but fails

When dreams are shattered

A never-ending queue for the audition

Jolly Das -- Will be One of the 13th Contestant

Jolly Das, who was ousted out of the contest last year due to chicken pox, will be one of the top 13 finalists in Indian Idol this time.
But this year she will see a difference. The judges now will be Anu Malik, Alisha Chinai and Udit Narayan. Javed Akhtar will be a special judge. Last year, Anu Malik, Sonu Nigam and Farah Khan had judged the competition.
Akhtar claimed that the jury was complete this time, as it has a male and female singer, a lyricist and a composer.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Third Session Of Indian Idol

The third season of Indian Idol attempts to strengthen the association with the viewers by aiming to present the best singing talent from across the nation in the most entertaining and involving manner. To make this possible, Sony Entertainment Television has rolled out 12 city auditions across the country. With its immense popularity in India as well as overseas, the third season of Indian Idol will be holding the first ever international auditions (valid only for Non Resident Indians) in Dubai. This year too Indian Idol will give the people of this nation the opportunity to chase their dreams and the power to make one talented aspirant ‘Bharat Ki Shaan’. In addition to a recording contract with Sony BMG, the ‘Indian Idol’ will be awarded a contract with Sony Entertainment Television worth Rupees One Crore, thus catapulting him/her to unparalleled stardom, fame and fortune.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Indian Idol 3 - The Countdown Has Already Started

Indian Idol the hugely popular adaptation of the blockbuster 'Pop Idol' format took the nation by storm in its very first season and followed that with an equally popular season 2.
While Indian Idol served as the intimate platform for budding singers from across the nation to realize their dreams, the show went on to become the most entertaining and involving show to hit Indian television. In keeping with its philosophy of offering innovative and distinct content, Sony Entertainment Television, is now all set to launch the third series of this groundbreaking phenomenon, Indian Idol with an even bigger bang!
Indian Idol is a 'made-for-television phenomenon' that combines drama and reality with music, humor, thrill and glamour.The phenomenon of following this journey and ultimately picking that 'Ek Awaaz Jispar Ho Desh Ko Naaz' becomes an integral part of the viewers' lives drawing
ardent support and a voting frenzy.
This year too Indian Idol will give the people of this nation the opportunity to chase their dreams and the power to make one talented aspirant ' Bharat Ki Shaan'. In addition to a recording contract with Sony BMG, the 'Indian Idol' will be awarded a contract with Sony Entertainment Television worth Rupees One Crore, thus catapulting him/her to unparalleled stardom, fame and fortune.