X Factor India

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X Factor India
Created by Simon Cowell
Presented by Aditya Narayan
Judges Sonu Nigam
Shreya Ghoshal
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of series 1
Producer(s) FremantleMedia (India)
Multi Screen Media
Original network Sony Entertainment Television
Original release May 29, 2011 – present
External links

X Factor India is the Indian version of The X Factor, a show originating from the United Kingdom. It is a television music talent show contested by aspiring singers of all genres drawn from public auditions from all across India. The show in its inaugural year was broadcast on Sony Entertainment Television Channel. The 2011 competition was open to all Indian citizens born before January 15, 1995. There were 3 categories[1] for registrants: Solo performances for those between 16 and 24 years of age as of January 15, 2011 and for those equal to and above 25 years of age as of January 15, 2011 and Group performance for a group of 2 or more people, all of which should be above the age of 16 years as of January 15, 2011. Reservation draws were to be divided one third to each category.[2] Each week, Live Concerts were held in Mumbai where the 12 finalists performed for the judges and a live studio audience


Registrations were launched via telephones and SMS on 20 January 2011 all across India. Auditions were held in the following cities:

Judges and host[edit]

The first season of the Indian version of X Factor was judged by playback singer Shreya Ghoshal, singer Sonu Nigam and film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The show was hosted by Aditya Narayan.


     – Winning judge/category. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font.

Season Shreya Ghoshal Sonu Nigam Sanjay Leela Bhansali
One Over 25's
Geet Sagar
Kartar Singh Yadav
Amit Jadhav
Manjeera Ganguly
Seema Jha
Sahiti G
Piyush Kapoor
Shovan Ganguly
Sajda Sisters
Last Minute

Series summary[edit]

     "16-24s" category
     "Over 25s" category
     "Groups" category

Season Start Finish Winner Runner-up Third place Winning mentor Main host Main Sponsor Judges Guest mentors
May 29, 2011 September 2, 2011 Geet Sagar Seema Jha Sadja Sisters Shreya Ghoshal Aditya Narayan Onida Electronics Shreya Ghoshal
Sonu Nigam
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

Sanjay Leela Bhansali at X Factor Finalists Introduction Event, 2011

The X Factor (India season 1)


The 12 acts for the Live Shows are confirmed as follows:


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third Place
Category (Judge Guru) Acts
16 to 24s (Sonu Nigam) Sahiti G Seema Jha Piyush Kapoor Shovan Ganguly
Over 25s (Shreya Ghoshal) Manjeera Ganguly Amit Jadhav Kartar Singh Yadav Geet Sagar
Groups (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) Last Minute Nirmitee Sajda Sisters Deewana


  1. ^ Format and Details about X Factor India
  2. ^ Rules and Regulations - Terms and conditions governing participation Uin the X Factor India auditions

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