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KBC 4 finalists shortlisted

Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 4, expected to start on host Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday on October 11, will have about 40 episodes and 400 contestants.

tv Updated: Sep 10, 2010 14:17 IST
Rachana Dubey

Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 4, expected to start on host Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday on October 11, will have approximately 40 episodes spread over three months. Sony Entertainment and Siddharth Basu’s Synergy Adlabs had invited entries for the show a month ago through SMSes on the channel. Over 50 lakh aspiring contestants registered, 200 from Mumbai alone. The computer chose 1,233 random entries.

The contestants were divided between six cities — Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The auditions began on September 1 and concluded yesterday. The results will be announced shortly.

The short-listed contestants had to appear for a 10-question-test and a three-question personality test. Of these 400 will make it as 10 fastest finger first contestants in every episode.

Bachchan, who returns to KBC after six years, recorded six different videos, welcoming the contestants in the cities and rattling off the questions, answers had to be ticked off in 30 seconds.

KBCAjay Bhalwankar, head of programming, Sony, informs that if the channel cannot come up with a suitable set of contestants, a second phase of auditions will be considered. "Those who were rejected can try again but we’d like to avoid that because it would be unfair to the other contestants," he reasons. "The results of the auditions will be sent like a report card to the contestant’s residential addresses. This style of audition is used for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire across the globe."

Shooting will commence in Mumbai after the audition for phase one is over.