India’s Got Talent (sometimes abbreviated as IGT) is an Indian reality television series on Colors television network, and part of the global British Got Talent. It’s a cooperative effort between Colors and Britain’s FremantleMediaThe first episode of India’s Got Talent premiered on June 27, 2009. India’s Got Talent follows the global Got Talent format, in which contestants audition in front of three judges and a studio audience. Up until the semifinal and final rounds, the judges decide whether or not a contestant advances in the competition.
During the semifinal and final rounds, viewers vote on which contestants will advance. It is the first Got Talent format show in Asia, and India’s first large-scale televised entertainment variety show, intending to showcase India’s best unknown acts and talents. The show travels to different cities across India in search of interesting local talent. The show has no age limit for contestants. Singing, music, dance, impersonation, puppetry and illusion are all common areas of talent; however, any talent is allowed to compete. The winner receives a cash prize of 50 Lakhs rupees (equivalent to approximately US$105,000) and a Maruti Suzuki Ritz.
India’s Got Talent is the Indian franchise of the hugely successful Got Talent series. The show portrays a huge variety of talent ranging from the mundane to the bizarre, from heart-stopping feats to the seemingly impossible, giving Indians a platform to showcase their talents like no other.
The Season 1 of the show was presented together by Nikhil Chinapa and Ayushmann Khurrana. and the special segment called India’s Got More Talent was hosted by Roshni Chopra. The show was judged by Bollywood film actresses Sonali Bendre, Kirron Kher along with film director Shekhar Kapur.
The winning act of the first season of India’s Got Talent was of the Prince Dance Group from Berhampur, Orissa. The group of 56 performed a dance inspired by the Lord Vishnu’s Dashavatara.
The Season 2 of the show started from July 30, 2010 with Sonali Bendre and Kirron Kher continuing their roles of judging the contestant. The film director Shekher Kapur however was replaced with another film director and TV show host Sajid Khan. The show was presented by the same duo Nikhil Chinapa and Ayushmann Khurrana.
The winning act of the second season of India’s Got Talent was the Shillong Chamber Choir from Shillong, Meghalaya. The Choir is led by Neil Nongkynrieh, an accomplished pianist. Footage of the Bir Khalsa Group’s performance (popularly known to foreigners as the “Warriors of Goja”), involving extreme feats of physical resistance and pain suppression, became an internet phenomenon in late 2011
The Season 3 of the talent show started from July 29, 2011. The judges of this season were Sonali Bendre, Kirron Kher and veteran Bollywood actor turned politician Dharmendra. The show was now hosted by singer Meiyang Chang and actor-model Gautam Rode.The opening episode of the season of garnered the maximum ratings than all its previous seasons. The show generated a Television Rating Point (TRP) of 3.91.
The Suresh and vernon group emerged as the winner of the season winning cash prize of 50 lakhs
The Season 4 of the show started airing from 22 September 2012. The show was hosted by Manish Paul and Cyrus Sahukar and judged by model-actress Malaika Arora Khan, actress Kirron Kher and director Karan Johar. Arora Khan judged the show only in the audition rounds. The position of the third judge of the show was later taken by Farah Khan.
Grand Finale & Winning Act
Two young dancers Sonali Majumdar and Maraju Sumanth from Kolkata’s Bivash dance academy were crowned winners of the fourth season winning a cash price of Rs. 50 lacs and Maruti Alto 800.The winners come from the same dance school as the runner up winners from season three: BAD Salsa Group.
The Season 5 of the show is set to start airing from 11 January 2014. The show is hosted by Mantra (actor) and Bharti Singh and judged by model-actress Malaika Arora Khan, actress Kirron Kher and director Karan Johar.
It was a night for kids altogether as 11-year-old Sufi singer from Sikkim Deepraj Rai, emerged the runner up