Singer and music composer Himesh Reshammiya will be the new judge of ‘Indian Idol 11’. He will be seen in the show replacing Anu Malik. Significantly, Anu Malik, who was seen as a judge along with Neha Kakkar and Vishal Dadlani, dropped out of the show last month due to allegations of #MeToo. Himesh has confirmed his entry in ‘Indian Idol’ in a conversation.
Himesh said, “I was a part of ‘Superstar Singer’ and now my journey will continue with ‘Indian Idol’. It is not only the longest reality show in India, but one of the most iconic shows. I am in its judge panel I am very happy to join. My responsibility has increased two fold. I have been following this season since the beginning and have seen many phenomenal singers moving forward, who will certainly created a ripple in the music industry.
In October last year, when Anu Malik was judging the 10th season of ‘Indian Idol’, several women, including singers Sona Mahapatra, Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit, accused him of sexual exploitation. He was then removed from the show. However, in the 11th season, he was once again brought up as a judge, which was constantly opposed by Sona, Neha and Shweta through social media. When the National Commission for Women took cognizance of the matter and sought an explanation from Sony TV, Malik was quickly thrown out of the show.