What can viewers expect from Indian Idol's 12-hour grand finale?

SET will host the grand finale on 15 August.

Mumbai: Sony Entertainment Television is all set to host the grand finale of Indian Idol season 12 on this Independence Day. The gala event is expected to showcase over 40 acts spanning 12 hours, from noon till midnight.

There are six contestants – Pawandeep Rajan, Arunita Kanjilal, Sayli Kamble, Shanmukhpriya, Nihal Tauro, and Mohd Danish who have come this far to lift the coveted Indian Idol trophy.

Popular musical maestros from the Indian music industry will come together to encourage the finalists. "There will be scintillating performances not just by the top six contestants of this season, but also some of India’s top-rated singers. Aditya Narayan will be joined by Jay Bhanushali as co-anchor for the finale," the channel said in a statement.  

The event will commemorate the occasion of the country's Independence Day with a tribute to the armed forces. Himesh Reshammiya and Sonu Kakkar will be seen performing on stage. As the evening progresses, a special host will make the contestants play a trivia game, according to the channel.

“At Sony Entertainment Television, we are delighted with how this season of Indian Idol has kept the audience engaged and entertained during trying times. Celebrating the legacy of the show with a power-packed grand finale seemed like a perfect fit," said Sony Entertainment Television and digital business, head – content, Ashish Golwalkar. "We are delighted to flag the celebrations of the 75th year of our country’s Independence with this musical extravaganza. First, we will be showcasing a 12-hour star-studded finale with highly entertaining and engaging performances and we are looking forward to maximising viewer engagement. The top six finalists have had an incredible journey through the season and we want this last mile to be a memorable one – not just for the contestants but for the audience alike."

“The 12-hour 'greatest grand finale' of Indian Idol season 12 is a testament to celebrating music in the most entertaining manner," said Himesh Reshammiya. "It’s a tough choice between the top six finalists and I can’t wait to see who finally lifts the trophy this season."

“I have been a contestant myself on a reality show in my early days and I can relate to the struggle and the anticipation that comes with it," said Sonu Kakkar. "Watching some of the contestants standing strong through their tough life yet aiming to fulfill their singing dreams from such close quarters, has been most heart-warming for me."

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