India Joins 'Idol' Craze — in Its Own Way The Indian version of American Idol will take on a decidedly idol-friendly air. Religious Pop Idol will showcase people singing folk music and classical songs based on Indian religious themes and philosophical values.
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India Joins 'Idol' Craze — in Its Own Way

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India Joins 'Idol' Craze — in Its Own Way

India Joins 'Idol' Craze — in Its Own Way

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(Soundbite of "American Idol" theme)

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

This theme is probably familiar to many of you loyal "American Idol" fans. Now India is taking the "Idol" craze to a new level.

The BBC reports that the country's leading religious channel will introduce its take on the popular show. It will be called "Religious Pop Idol." The show is in preproduction and scheduled to air in September.

Competitors will sing folk music and classical songs based on Indian religious themes and philosophical values. Bollywood songs are out, unless they follow a devotional theme. And instead of album deals, the prizes will be stays at religious sites across India.

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