As promised earlier, for a more sophisticated and improved version of the Naga Idol this season, the Mokokchung District Art & Culture Council and Hunting Boots Inc. held a press conference at the Idol office on Wednesday highlighting the features and systems to be used this season.
This year, the Idol contestants would be permitted to sing in any Naga dialect besides English and Hindi.
Also, a contestant may use an interpreter on his/her behalf as the organizers felt that did language should not be a barrier for talents to be tapped.
For the district partners, it was informed that there was positive response from all the districts and were optimistic about having district partners from the entire districts. For this, it was said that the organizers will go for audition to all the districts if they just had competitors.
During the press briefing, a new system of audition was disclosed wherein one contestant with the title ‘Naga Idol 5.10 District Local Hero Contest’ will be selected from the entire district through a district level auxiliary contest. In this system, the district partner will be given five options to choose the local hero.
The chosen Local Hero from each district will directly enter the top 24 slot and would be free from screening which to be held at Mokokchung.
Judges will also be given the option to use one “Wild Card” per round of voting. There are also plans to include one round for gospel song this year. The forms for participation this year will be available with the district partners in their respective districts.
The schedule for the season will officially kick off on May 1 during the Moatsu Festival cum State Road Show. Auditions for the Idol will begin from May itself and in June, the district partner will be allowed to organize shows including the Local Hero contest while the whole Idol process will begin starting July.
List of confirmed district partners for Naga Idol 5.10:
Mokokchung: Ao Kaketshir Mungdang (AKM), Contact No:-9436427475, Kohima: Live Pro Events, Contact No:-9615762910, Dimapur: Event Factory, Contact No :-9862090429, Longleng: Longleng Town Students Union, Contact No:-9612098011, Wokha: Old Timers, Contact No:-9863993328/9436078560, Peren: The Ladders, Contact No:-9856979856, Mon: Mon Town Konyak Students Union, Contact No:-9436015493, Tuensang: Tuensang Town Chang Students Union, Contact No:-9615427077.