Idea Star Singer 2008
Idea Star Singer (ISS) is a popular Malayalam music reality-television competition, broadcast on the Malayalam TV channel, Asianet with Idea Cellular Limited. The show, being aired at 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m (IST), on Monday to Friday is a hunt for a talented singer in Kerala from the age group of 15-30 years, who can capture the hearts of millions with the unique combination of singing and entertainment. After the thumping success of Idea Star Singer 2007, the curtain was raised for its successor, Idea Star Singer 2008. Malayalam superstar Suresh Gopi, who inaugurated the show, sang a song for the viewers, and there were also performances by M.G. Sreekumar, Ouseppachan, P. Unnikrishnan, and L.R. Eswari. The inaugural function started with a prayer and song by Najim Arshad, winner of ISS 2007, followed by the competition. 85 contestants competed in the auditions round to hone their skills, but only 50 contestants will be selected. This time around, two mega prizes will be awarded, one each for a male and female contestant. Each will receive an apartment in either Thiruvananthapuram or Dubai City from Confident Group, valued to be worth 1 crore each. The judges line-up has also changed. Ouseppachan and P. Unnikrishnan will fill the other two judge spots, with one more spot for a weekly guest judge.Remya Raveendran and Devi will now take over this role.