Sonu Nigam on returning to ‘Indian Idol’

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor

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Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam is happy to be back as a judge on the television with ‘Indian Idol.’ He recently spoke about returning to the small screen and particularly the new season of a show he’s familiar with.

Nigam said in an interview, “The main incentive to be back on Indian Idol as a judge was sharing the panel with Anu and Farah.” He returns to the show after a decade away, reports The Asian Age.

When asked why he was away from television for this long, Nigam replied candidly, “I’m not the kind of person who is going to waste my life just for the sake of money or for being on the camera. I’m a secure person. When I stopped enjoying being on television, I stopped doing it completely. All these reality shows on television today approached me; I won’t take names, but they have all approached me. They did not materialise because we haven’t reached any agreement. When I don’t want to do anything, I will ask for the kind of money they won’t be able to pay me.”

When asked what persuaded him to choose ‘Indian Idol’ for his return, Nigam replied, “When the guys at Sony came to me with Indian Idol and said if you’re coming on board, we will also get Anu Malik and Farah Khan back on the show. I have a lot of respect for them. My first foray into being a judge was with Indian Idol. So, I wanted to go back and revisit those days.”

As a judge, the singer has also been part of rival reality singing show, ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ in the past. When asked whether the quality of singers emerging from ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ is better than those coming from ‘Indian Idol,’ Nigam shook his head in disagreement. “I don’t agree to that because I’ve seen some great singers coming up from Indian Idol season 1 and 2. It’s not about any particular show; it’s about availability of singers. This season we have made it a point to completely focus on the talent and not compromise on it. They are all good singers, but some contestants probably need to work on their expressions.  I want to coax the Idol singers to enact the songs not just sing them,” he concluded.

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