From Dance Deewane, Roadies, Splitsvilla to Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Nach Baliya, all reality shows that are broadcasted in India are always a huge hit.
Like others, Indian Idol is one of the reality shows broadcasted on our favorite channel - Sony.
But mind you, this is no ordinary show. Indian Idol is one of the biggest and most-watched reality shows of India!
Indian Idol began its journey in the year 2004 with its producer and Ashok and its jazzy-melodious theme music by Julian Gingell, Barry Stone, Cathy Dennis.
Since 2004, it has proved to be a platform for all the budding artists who, after entering this contest come out as one of India’s biggest singers and music composers.
With a whopping 12 seasons, this show is a huge success! Indian Idol has had some talented participants and even more talented winners.
Let’s take a look at their journies!
1. Abhijeet Sawant - Indian Idol Season 1 (2004-2005) Winner
Abhijeet Sawant was the first-ever Indian Idol Winner.
He participated in Season one that was conducted in the year 2004-2005 and was dynamically hosted by Aman Verma and Mini Mathur.
The winner’s famous songs include- “Junoon”, “Mohabbatein Lutaaunga” and many more.
He has released around 5 albums that are blockbuster hits!
2. Sandeep Acharya - Indian Idol Season 2 (2005-2006) Winner
Sandeep Acharya won season 2 of Indian Idol that was conducted in the year 2005-2006 and was hosted by Aman Verma and Mini Mathur for the second year in a row.
The winner’s famous popular hits include “Mera Saath Saara Jahan” and “Mhare Des Mein” and many more.
He has released multiple albums of his own that are totally loved by his audience.
3. Prashant Tamang - Indian Idol Season 3 (2007) Winner
Prashant Tamang was the winner of Indian Idol for season 3 that was conducted in the year 2007 and Aman Verma was replaced by Hussain Kuwajerwala who, along with Mini Mathur and both they hosted the season with a lot of energy and life.
The winner’s famous popular hits include- “Bir Gorkhali”, “Nepali Ho” and “Are kya kaam”.
He won a 10 million Indian rupees cash prize and a Maruti Suzuki SX4 as an Indian Idol winner.
4. Sourabhee Debbarma - Indian Idol Season 4 (2008-2009) Winner
Sourabhee Debbarma was the winner for season 4 that was conducted in the year 2008-09 and, Mini Mathur was has replaced by Meiyang Chang who hosted the show along with Hussain Kuwajerwala.
The winner’s most popular songs include - “Faryaadein”, “O Haseena”.
She was the first female winner of the Indian Idol series and also holds a Guinness World record.
5. Sreerama Chandra Mynampati - Indian Idol Season 5 (2010) Winner
Sreerama Chandra Mynampati was the Indian Idol Winner for season 5 that was conducted in the year 2010 and this show was once again hosted by the duo- Hussain Kuwajerwala, Meiyang Chang.
The winner’s most popular songs include - “Allah Duhai Hai" from Race 3 and “Anaganaganaga” from Oh Baby!
In 2013, with the film, Sri Jagadguru Aadi Sankara, he made his Telugu cinema acting debut.
6. Vipul Mehta - Indian Idol Season 6 (2011) Winner
Sreerama Chandra Mynampati was the winner for season 6 that was conducted in the year 2012 and this show was once again hosted by Hussain Kuwajerwala and Meiyang Chang was replaced by Indian Idol 1 winner- Abhijeet Sawant.
The winner’s most popular songs include - “Har kisiko Nahi Milta Yahan Pyaar” and “Ishq Da Panga”.
7. Anjana Padmanabhan - Indian Idol Junior Season 1 (2013) Winner
Anjana Padmanabhan from Bangalore was the first Indian Idol Junior Winner that was conducted in the year 2013 and this show was hosted by none other than Karan Wahi and Mandira Bedi.
The judges for this season were Shreya Goshal, Vishal Dadlani, and Shekar Ravjiani.
8. Ananya Nanda - Indian Idol Junior Season 2 (2015) Winner
Ananya Nanda was the Indian Idol Junior Winner for the second season that was conducted in the year 2015 and this show was hosted by Asha Negi, Hussain Kuwajerwala.
The winner released an album after her win called “Mausam Mastana” and a few of her most popular songs include - “Tere Ishq ki” and “Padhoge Likhoge ” from M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.
9. L. V. Revanth - Indian Idol Season 9 (2016-2017) Winner
L.V. Revanth was the winner for season 9 that was conducted in the year 2016-17 and this show was very well carried through by Paritosh Tripathi and Karan Wahi.
The winner started off his music career in the Telugu cinema industry with popular hits like “Chaavu Kaburu Challaga” and “Krishnarjuna Yudham”.
10. Salman Ali - Indian Idol Season 10 (2018) Winner
Salman Ali was the Indian Idol Winner for season 10 that was conducted in the year 2018 and this show was presented by Manish Paul.
A few of his most popular songs include - “Sabh Badhiya Hai” from Sui Dhaga and “Awara” from Dabang 3.
11. Sunny Hindustani - Indian Idol Season 11 (2019) Winner
Sunny Hindustani was the winner for season 11 that was conducted in the year 2019 and this show was hosted by Aditya Narayan- son of the famous anger Udit Narayan.
A few of his most popular songs include -” Jugnu” from Panga and “Tere Nazar” from Bad Boy
12. TBC (2020 Winner Name)
TBC was the Indian Idol Winner for season 12 that was conducted in the year 2020 and this show was once again hosted by Aditya Narayan.
Now that we have looked into the lives of the 12 Indian Idol winners, I’m sure each of their journeys has inspired you.
This show is known for its grand ambiance, great set, and of course, it is in no way a success if not for the judges.
From Shreya Goshal, Sunidhi Chauhan to Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar, multiple Bollywood singers have shaped the participants, shown them the right direction, and helped them find their voices.
Do you think you are a passionate and talented singer?
Then it’s time for you to put your voice to the test and find out if you have got it takes to be the next Indian Idol winner!