BollywoodLife has got exclusive information that music composer Anu Malik might return to judge the next season of singing reality show Indian Idol. A little birdie has chirped that Malik has been offered the show and currently the talks are on between him and the channel for his comeback in the series. The last season of Indian Idol was quite a phenomenal hit. The 1oth season raked in the highest ratings for the series. However, it got indulged in controversies when show's judge Anu Malik was dragged into the #MeToo movement last year. Malik was accused by Shweta Pandit, of molestation, and at the wake of the controversy, Malik stepped down as the judge from the season mid-way.
Different singers came in every week as guests and occupied Malik's seat instead of the channel bringing in a permanent replacement. With the 11th season currently being underway, the makers have already spoken to Malik. to bring him back on the jury. Malik is the only judge who has been part of the series since its inception.
When we contacted the music composer, he maintained a "no comment" stance.
After his stepping down, Anu Malik released a statement last year. His statement read, "I have issued a statement to the channel: ‘I, Anu Malik, have decided to take a break from Indian Idol, as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show.’ The channel has been kind to agree for the same'." Malik in an interaction with media, also stated that it was his decision to take a break from the show and not the channel's decision.
The channel soon released a statement after the entire episode. It read, "Anu Malik is no longer a part of the Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we will invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakar, to judge the extraordinary talent of Indian Idol Season 10."
Season 10 was won by Salman Ali.
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