Viewers to judge Sony's 'Indian Idol' now

MUMBAI: The ball is now in audience court. With the sweet-n-sour comments pouring in, the Indian Idol's coverage is seems to be getting it quite a few eyeballs.

But with the next round, which started on 18 November 2004, the channel can hope to extend its viewer base even futher. The channel has invited the viewers to vote for their favourite contestants and eventually pick the first 'Indian Idol'.

While the judges whittle down 129 contestants to the final 30, in the 11 November episode, the fate of those 30 now lies in the nation's hands.


Indian Idol will be telecast every Thursday and Friday, at 9:30 pm on Sony Entertainment Television. Viewers can watch contestants perform on Thursdays and start voting during the episode until midnight.

To vote viewers can SMS <Name of the contestant> to 2525** or call 190 2424 2525 from a BSNL/ MTNL landline and convey the contestant's two digit code number. The episodes on Fridays will give out the results showcasing those contestants that have been chosen by the nation to stay on the show.



While the judges- Farah Khan, Anu Malik and Sonu Nigam, who shouldered the responsibility of selecting the final 30, they will from here on take a relative back seat and play a more consultative role. They will be offering their opinions, comments and remarks to help the audience make that crucial decision, says a company release.



According to SET executive vice president, Tarun Katial, "Indian Idol is 'Of the people, By the people and For the people', it is a truly democratic show wherein the nation gets to choose the one they want to stay on the show. Audiences across the nation will now get the opportunity to pick up the phone and vote for their favourite 'Indian Idol'."

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