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Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sanjay Leela Bhansali at X Factor Launch

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Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansaliand playback singers Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal will judge the X-factor singing reality show.“I don’t know how to define X-factor. I feel they are those who can show their inner talent, has confidence and passion, can explore new things and fight failure. Amitabh Bachchan has X-factor...now how do I define his X-factor,” Bhansali said.

 

“My consent to be a judge of ‘X Factor’ is proof enough of my faith in the format, teams involved and the Channel. Music in India has gone beyond the boundaries of film music. So for all those singers, bands and musicians who are trying to give music a new expression the show will give them a platform to showcase their talent,” Nigam said. The singing talent show, to be hosted by singer-actor Aditya Narayan, has been adapted from international show ‘The X Factor’.

 



“The contestants not only have to audition before judges but in front of a live audience. The concert-like atmosphere will bring new dimension to their performances. It gives them an opportunity to prove they have the whole package - vocal ability, charisma and stage presence,” Shreya said. The auditions will be aired all the days of the week between May 29 till June 4 at 9pm, and the galas will start from June 10 with top 12 finalists, every Friday and Saturday at 9 pm.

The channel has partnered with international company Fremantle Media, the license holders of the format, for the programme.“We are confident that the show will find India’s most talented performers,” Fremantle Media India Managing Director S K Raj Barua said. PTI

Sonu Nigam, “This is not a reality show but a music show. I have done so many shows that I had to at one point stop doing them. The last show I did was Indian Idol Season 2. I have been offered so many shows after that but I never took anything up as they were running after TRPs and would want me to stage fights and walkouts on my fellow judges. X factor is purely about singing and will offer a chance to those talented few who don’t get a chance. I used to sing at weddings in Delhi and used to be paid Rs 150 per day and even after collecting the tips used to take home Rs 250 a day. I have sat outside a lot of composer’s office for hours and hours before getting a chance for playback singing. This show will offer a chance to such talented people to make it big and showcase the talent which made me take up this show.”

 

Shreya Ghoshal, “I broke into the industry with one such show and this show is giving me a chance to reconnect with myself and remember those days when I was a kid who wore a frock and sang on stage. Also Sonu Nigam used to host that show and Sanjay ji gave me a chance to enter this industry. It’s a great emotional feeling to be a part of this show.”

 

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, “This show has changed me a lot. I have started talking more to people as I have opened up a lot. I never have worked with Sonu before and this was the first time we are on a show and I totally enjoy his company as he is very funny and entertaining. It’s great to see a girl who I had given a chance sitting next to me in the judge’s seat. My films are musical and that’s why I have probably been offered this show.”

With such talented judges we are hoping to see the bar raised for participants too.


•Last Updated• ( ••Thursday•, 09 •June• 2011 02:51• )  

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