The time has come, as we are just 2 weeks away from selecting our
'Bharat Ki Shaan'. The Third Season of Indian Idol has reached the
penultimate phase; the top 3 contestants Amit Paul, Emon Chaterjee and Prashant Tamang
will fight it out tonight, to secure a place in the Finals. Now who are
you rooting for? Who will be your Indian Idol? Do you wanna go down the
memory lane, track the achievements of the top 3 contestants and then
vote for the most worthy contestant? Here you go!!
Emon Proves He is No Sonu Nigam Clone
If there is one thing that hurts young Emon Chatterjee
like nothing else, it is the constant comparison to Sonu Nigam. It is a
great compliment that he sounds like his idol when he sings Sonu’s
songs, but when the judges of Indian Idol berate him for sounding like
Sonu, he feels greatly disappointed. Sonu himself vindicated Emon by
saying that he does not sound like him when he heard him on the show. “Emon
does not sound like me at all in fact, he has a much better range than
me. At 17 he is singing a song which I sang at 25 with such finesse
which in itself speaks for his talent,” Sonu had said. Yet,
Javed Akhtar criticizes Emon week after week about it. Udit Narayan has
often followed suit. But Alisha and Annu Malek have surprisingly agreed
with each other and begged to differ with the other two judges.
Last week was no different. Emon sang the title track of Kal ho na ho
and elicited the same response from Javed saab, to which Annu Malek
challenged Emon to sing any composition sung by another singer. All his
buddies on Indian Idol who used to defend him vociferously, have now
gone. Chang, Puja and Deepali always said that he does not sing like
Sonu Nigam. With all of them gone, he had only himself to prove his
critics wrong. Emon did precisely that and how! He returned in the
second round and sang Kishore Kumar’s Dilbar mere and silenced all
criticism forever! Udit Narayan could not help but exclaim “Bravo!”
Even Javed Akhtar in all fairness acknowledged that Emon had done very
well to sing in his own voice.
Emon is now determined to sing in his own voice and put to rest all the
ghosts of Sonu Nigam’s voice. Does this 18 year old master musician who
is not only a great singer, an excellent drummer, a talented pianist
and an admirable guitarist not deserve to be the next Indian Idol? You
Watch Emon Chatterjee rock the show on Indian Idol on Friday 9 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.
To Vote, SMS EMON To 52525
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Will Prashant prove to be the dark horse at Indian Idol this year?
is the nicest guy ever, say all those who know Prashant Tamang.
With his childlike innocence and his disarming smile, it is hard not to
like Prashant. This Nepali cop from Darjeeling has not only done
his community and his police force proud, but has become an inspiration
to all youngsters who dream of making it big, but don’t have the courage
to take that first step. With sheer faith in himself, this youngster
has reached the Top three of Indian Idol. It is no mean
achievement for one, whose only connection to music was listening to the
radio sitting in the forest chowky where he was posted.
“My life has turned full 360 degrees,” he says, “since coming to Indian
Idol. I have to pinch myself to realize that it is not a dream; I am
indeed here in Mumbai. It is beyond my dreams…” he says with a smile.
He is a man of few words, but few know that he is known for his sense
of humour amongst his friends. He has been singing in the police
band and has been hugely popular.
On Indian Idol, he has moved up in the eyes of the judges and viewers
alike, with each passing week. His initial diffidence and reserve nature
has off late been replaced with a newfound confidence which has
started to reflect in his singing as well. Few know that he
strums the guitar too. Annu Malek never fails to praise his courage and
determination to reach the top. “Prashant has worked really hard to get
here and I will not be disappointed if he is the next Indian Idol,”
says the hard to please music director. If Annu Malek sees the
potential in Prashant, then he sure has what it takes to win the
Will Prashant be the next Indian Idol? It is your call?
Watch Prashant’s scintillating performance on Indian Idol at 9 pm
only on Sony Entertainment Television.
To Vote, SMS PRASHANT to 52525
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Amit Paul has all the trappings of an Indian Idol
He is good looking; he sings like a dream, he is a ladies’ man. He is
He hails from Shillong. He can sing in Hindi, English,
Nepali, Khasi and Bengali too, that is when he isn’t singing in Tamil
and Telegu etc. When he strums the guitar, women go weak in the knees.
Is that good enough to be the next Indian Idol? The next two
weeks will tell.
Soft spoken and well mannered, Amit Paul
is a hit with women wherever he
goes. This multi talented youngster auditioned for Indian Idol for a
lark. Only after moving ahead in each round, did his confidence grow.
But when his best friend and buddy Bhavin was voted out of Indian Idol,
an emotional Amit could not go ahead with his performance. Overcome by
emotions he forgot his lines. It did not go down well with the judges,
but when he revealed the real reason for forgetting his lines, he won
over the viewers and the judges as well. Viewers voted him back in the
Wild Card round. Amit has not looked back since.
Having felt the angst of elimination, he practices hard and remains the
most focused contestant on the show. With each week, he has gone from
strength to strength in his performances. The judges are amazed by his
determined fight back. They see in him the next Indian Idol. So
do most people, going by the flood-gates of votes that have opened for
If Amit Paul is your choice for Indian Idol; go ahead and vote for him
in large numbers. It is your chance to play an important role in giving
the Indian music industry a voice to be proud of.
Do watch Amit Paul on Indian Idol on Friday at 9 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television
To Vote, SMS AMIT To 52525
or Call 19024242525 03 from BSNL/MTNL Landline
5052525 03 from Airtel Mobile /Landline
Author: Srividya Rajesh