The most awaited reality show of all time X Factor reaches India and kicks off with auditions in Mumbai. For the first time in India, the candidates have to face not only the judges but also the thousands of studio audience in the auditions and sing to the music track. Art has no age limits or boundaries, and respecting the same the X Factor has three different categories for entry, 16 to 25 years, Above 25 years, and groups. The first contestant to perform Eric Rolston gets the crowd asking for more. It is all what X Factor is about. Then comes Nirmitee Group. As the name suggests, it is a new creation full of energy, softness, melody and harmony. They come up with a new way presenting the songs, with least amount of instruments used. X Factor showcased many senior citizens too. One of them is Mr. Rajendra Garhvi, who not only worships the legend, Mohammad Rafi, but also performs on his songs. X Factor has to witness a lot of bad performances too while selecting the gems. One such performers is Surendra Prasad. He claims to bring dead to life from his singing. He is fearless but he frightens everyone. Sonu Nigam enjoys his performance more than anyone else. Then comes the lover boy Nishant, who says that he sings only for his girlfriend. The last contestant Sahiti surprises the Judge Gurus by her rocking performance on a popular Salma Agha number. The best way to end the episode. After a lot of amazing performances the X Factor heads toward Lucknow.
X FACTOR INDIA — is the big daddy of all music shows in scale and size. With versions in 24 countries and a unique format that gives contestants the chance to showcase their talent regardless of the age.
A singing show with a unique format that gives everyone a chance to showcase their talent. Open to all citizens of India over the age of 16, the auditions will be divided into 3 categories, viz. 16-25 years, 25 & above and individual groups. Participants that make through the final selection will then be divided into three groups with each group headed by a mentor. Of this lot, the top 12 will be selected to participate in the Galas and prove their mettle to the entire nation
Hosted by the multi-talented Aditya Narayan & judged by the stalwarts of the Indian Film Industry Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal & Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the show premiered on 29th May 2011 on Sony Entertainment Television.
Sonu Nigam: He is a highly successful actor, singer and anchor. Having spun numbers like Mera Rang De Basanti Chola, Dil Dooba and Kal Ho Na Ho among numerous others, this versatile performer has won many accolades and is now all set to mesmerize the nation with his role as a judge in X FACTOR INDIA .
Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Needless to say, one of India’s greatest film makers having moved hearts right from his first film, Khamoshi — The Musical to Hum Dil Chuke Sanam to Guzaarish, this producer, writer, director and recently turned musician has received several accolades for his creativity abilities. As one of the judges for X FACTOR INDIA’ Sanjay has vowed to pick only the best.
Shreya Ghoshal: For Shreya life has come full circle, from a being a contestant on a reality show to being the judge on the biggest music reality show on Indian television. This gifted singer’s first film “Devdas” not only saw her getting a Filmfare ‘RD. Burman Award for New Music Talent’ but also the ‘best female playback singer’ award. After lending her voice in more than 180 films and receiving four National Film Awards, she is all set to win hearts in her new avatar as a judge in X FACTOR INDIA.