Bappi Lahiri & Mika approached as back-up for Anu in Indian Idol

With Anu Malik's future as judge in Indian Idol Season 5 being a question mark, the buzz is that the channel is looking for few replacement options.

Friday, April 23, 2010 | 5:55:22 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright:  |  Comments 25 Comments  |  6594 Views

Anu Malik has been the face of Sony's Indian Idol ever since its inception. He has been the one judge who has been part of the show in all its previous four seasons. However, there has been a question mark raised on whether he will continue to be part of Idol in Season 5 or not.

The recent reports coming out state that, Anu Malik is waging a battle with the channel after he got to know that Sunidhi Chauhan who has been brought in to the judge the show this year, is in fact getting a bigger pay per episode when compared to him.

According to our source, "The channel officials have been constantly in touch with him. Even today, the channel had talks with Anu Malik at his residence. But it looks as though the channel could not convince Anu to stay on".

The buzz is that Mika Singh and Bappi Lahiri have been approached by the channel as a replacement option for Anu.

According to our source, "Anu is leaving for London tonight, and he will surely be giving the channel a 'Yes' of a 'No' as answer before he leaves. In that case, either Bappi Lahiri or Mika will be taken in as the new judge for the gala rounds. The shoot for the first Gala is expected to start from May 4th".

When contacted, Anu Malik told TellyBuzz, "See it is not the money issue that has brought about this change in me. There is something more to it. I have certain creative differences with the channel which has been looming large from the Season 2. I have given my time for the past four years to the show. I have also spoilt my personal relations with few judges who have been part of the show earlier. Even today, I have no problems with the new judges coming in; we share a great rapport. But what upsets me is the difference in views that I have with the channel. If things do not get sorted out, I will not be part of the show from the Gala round".

We also called Danish Khan, Marketing Head, Sony TV who said, "We are constantly in touch with Anu Malik, and believe that things will be sorted out". Talking about the replacement option, Danish told us, "We are not even considering the replacement option as of now".

However, Bappi Lahiri told TellyBuzz, "Yes, it is true that I have been approached to judge Indian Idol. However, things are not confirmed as of now".

We tried calling Mika, but we could not get thro' to him.

Let us now wait for Anu Malik's final decision..

Reporter: Ashmia Mishra, Ranjini Nair

Author: Ranjini Nair

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  • Posted on: 06 May 2010 at 9:12amnafeesaeed

    i want Anu to stay in indian idol.please dont leave the show.

  • Posted on: 24 April 2010 at 1:50amrheasinha

    yeah Arwax bad replacement.

  • Posted on: 24 April 2010 at 12:58amsallu_lover

    i onli want Anu he is the best

  • Posted on: 23 April 2010 at 10:29pmc00l_girl

    plz... dont bring back mika... plz bring udit narayan or sonu nigham or kumar sanu as a judge...

  • Posted on: 23 April 2010 at 9:04pmbasket_101

    what kind of replacements are thosee???

  • Posted on: 23 April 2010 at 7:40pmswan20

    couldn't they find anyone else.....i hate to say it but the show would lack its appeal if Anu is not in it. He is very irritating but definitely adds spice to the show....LOL

  • Posted on: 23 April 2010 at 7:02pmnitu07

    I mean if they really wanted replacement.. get someone else.. geez..
    even an actress or actor cud do GODD
    He was funny... n kinda irritating.. bt then he made indian idol interesting..
    GOD... I am ready to endure his nasty remarks.. I dont want him to leave...!!

  • Posted on: 23 April 2010 at 5:35pmShaina_b

    Horrible replacements!!!!

  • Posted on: 23 April 2010 at 4:55pmPyari Pari

    Anu Malik is terrible! Ive wished every year that he gets replaced! But are Bappi Lahri and Mika the only people they could find? A word of advise - Dance India Dance is successful because the show focuses on talents and the judges are experts in their respective fields. Get someone who is actually talented to be on the panel!!! And someone LIKABLE!

  • Posted on: 23 April 2010 at 4:10pmjnawaz

    i agree with the people below me...horrible many better and more qualified singers to choose from...get it together sony!

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