Indian Idol is entering its sixth season this year and its three judges - Salim Merchant, Anu Malek and Sunidhi Chauhan say that the focus this year will be on the power of the voice and not the looks. Over 1.5 lakh contestants from all over the country have registered themselves online and through SMS ever since the registration process for entering the show opened this month.
Bollywood music director Salim Merchant says that Indian Idol 6 hunts for beautiful voice, but not for good looks. Talking to PTI, The Judge said, "It is a complete misconception that we are looking for a good singer who looks good. We only want voice."
Musician Anu Malek, who has been a judge on the show since the first episode of the show says that looks can be an added bonus only when it accompanies musical talent. "I am not looking for a girl who looks beautiful. If that comes with your voice, it can be an added bonus. But for me, voice matters and nothing else," PTI quotes her as saying.
Singer Sunidhi Chauhan, who was a judge in the last season as well, says her full concentration will be on locating and nurturing singing qualities among contestants. She says, "Just sing well and sing from the core of your heart. All other talents can come later.” She adds that she has not joined the show to judge the performance of other vocalists.