Indian Idol 12 has been a topic of discussion ever since singer, Amit Kumar, claimed that he was asked to praise the contestants on the show unnecessarily. Adding to this, Sunidhi Chauhan too has weighed in and revealed why she had quit judging the show. Chauhan, who was on the judges’ panel for the fifth and sixth seasons of the reality show, said that she could not go on doing “what they (the makers) wanted”.

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Talking to a leading daily, Chauhan said, “Not exactly this ki sabko karna hai (that praise all of them) but yes, we all were told (to praise). That was the basic thing. And so, I couldn’t go on. I couldn’t do what they wanted and I had to part ways. Hence, today, I am not judging any reality show. I think it is done to seek attention. I think it is required to be done to hold your audience. Guess it works.”

“I did ‘Dil Hai Hindustani’, ‘The Voice’ and ‘Indian Idol‘. I could speak the truth then. Even today I would like to say what I genuinely feel. It’s up to them whether they want to have me or not,” she added.

The controversy around Indian Idol took birth after Kumar told a leading daily, “I did what I was told. I was told sabko praise karna hai. I was told jo jaisa bhi gaaye usko uplift karna hai (I was told to praise everyone and to uplift everyone, no matter how they sang) because it’s a tribute to Kishore da.”

Currently, Indian Idol 12 is being hosted by Aditya Narayan. The show was being judged by Neha Kakkar, Himesh Reshammiya, and Vishal Dadlani. While Reshammiya and Neha have stayed back, Dadlani has walked out of the show for personal reasons. The shoot of the reality show has been shifted to Daman amid the coronavirus pandemic induced restriction in Mumbai.