The scorching heat of Lucknow failed to stop thousands of contestants to try their luck. People came not only from Lucknow, but from many faraway places. One such group is Fakira Group who came from Rajasthan. They performed their very popular folk song Kesaria Balama and get a standing ovation for that. Full of confidence, come 4 solo performers Sutapa Sarkar, Niharika, and 2 more, who all perform on the super hit Sunidhi Chauhan track 'Shiela Ki Jawani', but they all fail to do justice to the song. Finally, Sunidhi Chauhan hits the stage out of nowhere and surprises everyone with her special performance of 'Heartbeat', her new collaboration with international pop sensation Enrique Iglesias. Then on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's special request Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan perform together on stage and mesmerize the moment. X FACTOR INDIA -- is the big daddy of all music shows in scale and size. With versions in 24 countries and a unique format that gives contestants the chance to showcase their talent regardless of the age. A singing show with a unique format that gives everyone a chance to showcase their talent. Open to all citizens of India over the age of 16, the auditions will be divided into 3 categories, viz. 16-25 years, 25 & above and individual groups. Participants that make through the final selection will then be divided into three groups with each group headed by a mentor. Of this lot, the top 12 will be selected to participate in the Galas and prove their mettle to the entire nation Hosted by the multi-talented Aditya Narayan & judged by the stalwarts of the Indian Film Industry Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal & Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the show premiered on 29th May 2011 on Sony Entertainment Television. Sonu Nigam: He is a highly successful actor, singer and anchor. Having spun numbers like Mera Rang De Basanti Chola, Dil Dooba and Kal Ho Na Ho among numerous others, this versatile performer has won many accolades and is now all set to mesmerize the nation with his role as a judge in X FACTOR INDIA . Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Needless to say, one of India's greatest film makers having moved hearts right from his first film, Khamoshi -- The Musical to Hum Dil Chuke Sanam to Guzaarish, this producer, writer, director and recently turned musician has received several accolades for his creativity abilities. As one of the judges for X FACTOR INDIA' Sanjay has vowed to pick only the best. Shreya Ghoshal: For Shreya life has come full circle, from a being a contestant on a reality show to being the judge on the biggest music reality show on Indian television. This gifted singer's first film "Devdas" not only saw her getting a Filmfare 'RD. Burman Award for New Music Talent' but also the 'best female playback singer' award. After lending her voice in more than 180 films and receiving four National Film Awards, she is all set to win hearts in her new avatar as a judge in X FACTOR INDIA.