India's Got Talent

India's Got Talent (sometimes abbreviated as IGT) is an Indian reality television series on Colors television network, founded by Sakib Zakir Ahmed and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a cooperative effort between Colors and Britain's FremantleMedia.[1] The first episode of India's Got Talent premiered on 27 June 2009.[2] 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.

India's Got Talent
Created bySimon Cowell
Presented by
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes100
Production location(s)Mumbai, India
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production company(s)SYCOtv
Big Synergy Season 1 and 2
FremantleMedia Season 3-5
Original networkColors TV
Picture format1080p (HDTV)
Original release27 June 2009 (2009-06-27) 
External links
India's Got Talent
Production website



The general selection process of each season is begun by the production team with open auditions held in various cities across the India. Dubbed "Producers' Auditions", they are held months before the main stage of auditions are held. Those that make it through the initial stage, become participants in the "Judges' Auditions", which are held in select cities across the country, and attended by the judges. Each participant is held offstage and awaits their turn to perform before the judges, whereupon they are given 90 seconds to demonstrate their act, with a live audience present for all performances. At the end of a performance, the judges give constructive criticism and feedback about what they saw, whereupon they each give a vote - a participant who receives a majority vote approving their performance, moves on to the next stage, otherwise they are eliminated from the show at that stage. Each judge has a buzzer, and may use it during a performance if they are unimpressed, hate what is being performed, or feel the act is a waste of their time; if a participant is buzzed by all judges, their performance is automatically over and they are eliminated without being given a vote. Many acts that move on may be cut by producers and may forfeit due to the limited slots available for the second performance. Filming for each season always takes place when the Judges' Auditions are taking place, with the show's presenter standing in the wings of each venue's stage to interview and give personal commentary on a participant's performance.

Quarter Finals/Semi-Finals

During this round, the final selection of participants, which has ranged from between 20 and 60 acts and include those that were chosen as Wildcards by the judges or received the Golden Buzzer, are divided into groups and compete against each other for viewers' and judges' votes. The general structure of the live episodes focuses first on four quarterfinals, and then two semi-finals, aimed at finding that season's finalists. Additional rounds are conducted when required (such as a "Top 8" or a "Top 10", depending on the season). During these stages, the judges still provide feedback on an act's performance when it is over, and can use buzzers to prematurely end a performance before it is over; in the first season, the judges could not end a performance before it was over. Acts which do not secure a sufficient number of votes by the public and/or the judges, are eliminated from the competition.


Judge Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Kirron Kher Judge
Sonali Bendre Judge
Shekhar Kapur Judge
Sajid Khan Judge
Dharmendra Judge
Karan Johar Judge
Malaika Arora Judge
Farah Khan Judge
Total No. 3 4 3


Host Season
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Nikhil Chinapa Host
Ayushmann Khurrana Host
Gautam Rode Host
Meiyang Chang Host
Manish Paul Host
Cyrus Sahukar Host
Bharti Singh Host
Mantra Host
VJ Andy Host
Nakuul Mehta Host
Siddharth Shukla Host
Rithvik Dhanjani Host
Total No. 2 3 2

Season summary

SeasonPremiere FinaleEpisodesWinning Act
1 27 June 2009 22 August 2009 25 Prince Dance Group
2 30 July 2010 1 October 2010 19 Shillong Chamber Choir
3 29 July 2011 24 September 2011 18 Suresh and Vernon Group
4 22 September 2012 24 November 2012 17 Biwas Dance Group (Sumanth and Sonali Majumdar)
5 11 January 2014 8 March 2014 Raagini Makkar and Naadyog
6 18 April 2015 27 June 2015 21 Aerial dancer Manik Paul
7 30 April 2016 9 July 2016 Flautist Suleiman
8 20 October 2018 29 December 2018 Javed Khan (Close-up Magician)

Season overview

Season 1

The Season 1 of the show was presented together by Nikhil Chinapa and Ayushmann Khurrana[3][4] 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.[3][5]

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.

Season 2

The Season 2 of the show started from 30 July 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.[6] The show was presented by the same duo Nikhil Chinapa and Ayushmann Khurrana as they were selected through voting by the judges and the viewers.

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.

Season 3

The Season 3 of the show started from 29 July 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 Suresh and vernon group emerged as the winner of the season. [7][8][9]

Season 4

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 actress Kirron Kher, director Karan Johar and model-actress Malaika Arora Khan. The position of the third judge of the show was later taken by Farah Khan.[10][11]

Two young dancers Sonali Majumdar (7) and Maraju Sumanth (13) from Kolkata's Bivash dance academy were crowned winners of the fourth season.[12][13]

Season 5

Season 5 of India's Got Talent premiered on 11 January 2014. This season was hosted by Mantra and Bharti Singh. Later, Mantra was replaced by VJ Andy. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges for this season. This season consisted of 17 episodes.

Ragini Makkhar and her Naadyog Academy won the season. Indore based Ragini Makkhar's Naadyog Academy is a 25-year-old dance institution which consists of 360 students.[14]

Season 6

Season 6 of India's Got Talent premiered on 18 April 2015 and consisted of 21 episodes. The season was hosted by Bharti Singh, Nakuul Mehta and Siddharth Shukla for the final episodes. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges. The season finale was aired on 27 June 2015. Aerial Dancer Manik Paul of Barpeta, Assam was declared the winner.[15]

Season 7

Season 7 of India's Got Talent premiered on 30 April 2016. The season was hosted by Bharti Singh and Siddharth Shukla. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges. The season finale was aired on 9 July 2016. Flautist Suleiman, a 13 year old flute player from Amritsar, won the 7th season of India's Got Talent. Papai And Antara bagged the second position.

Season 8[16]

Season 8 of India's Got Talent premiered on Colors TV on 20 October 2018.[17] The season was hosted by Bharti Singh and Rithvik Dhanjani. Malaika Arora Khan, Kirron Kher and Karan Johar reprised their roles as judges. Grand finale of season 8 was aired on 29 December 2018. Mumbai's magician(Hailing originally from Rajasthan) Javed Khan was the winner. The 27-year-old had a tie with Live 100 Experience Band in the final stage. But with more votes coming his way, he was awarded the trophy and prize money of Rs 25 lakh.


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