Star Singer is a reality show for singers telecasted on Asianet and sponsored by Idea. The competition in the show is among the people belonging to the age group of 15 to 35. The winners are determined on singing expertise and entertainment skills. Also, text messages from the audience (voting) count for the contestants to get selected for the next round. The panel of judges comprises of prominent singers in the Malayalam music industry who are expected to help each contestant improve by providing valuable judgement.
Star singer reality show ran for seven seasons with each episode running up to 60 minutes. The sixth season of Star Singer aired in the year 2011-2012. The judges in the season include M. Jayachandran,
Anuradha Sriram, K.S. Chithra and M. G. Sreekumar. The contenders who participated in the ISS season six are Abhilash Venkitachalam (Thiruvanthapuram), Ajay Gullu Joseph (Ernakulam), Ajith G. Krishnan (Pathanamthitta), Ambika Gopalakrishnan (Ernakulam), Ann Mary Varghese (Idukki), Arundhathi (Thiruvanthapuram), Aswathy Harikumar (Thiruvanthapuram), Aswathy Kurup (Ernakulam), Aishwaria (Kozhikode), Deepak Nair (Hyderabad), Dileep Dev (Malappuram), Gayathri (Thiruvanthapuram), Krishnendu (Kozhikode), Merin Gregory (Kozhikode), Megha (Ernakulam), Nandu Kishore (Kottayam), Nikhil Shivakumar (Bangalore), Nikhil M Nair (Pathanamthitta), Poornachandran (Thiruvanthapuram), Praveen V Dev (Ernakulam), Prajina (Thrissur), Radhika (Kozhikode), Ramya Ramesh (Kasargode), Rugma Mohan (Pathanamthitta), Rajeev Rajasekharan (Thiruvanthapuram), Shamshad (Thiruvanthapuram), Surya Rashmi (Alappuzha), Sajna (Kozhikode), Sukesh Kuttan (Dubai) and Sreekanth SR (Cherthala).
The anchor for the sixth season was
Ranjini Haridas. Among the participants, only six contestants were chosen as finalists. After each performance on the stage, there is an elimination round. Candidates are eliminated on the basis of the judges’ score and the votes they get from the audience through SMS. Every episode begins with the presentation of participants who are in danger zone. The candidates fall in the danger zone under two conditions: The first reason is they lack scores from the judges and the second reason is the lack of votes from the viewers. In the Grand Finale, only 5% accounts to votes from the audience. Rest 95% of the weight is given to the judge's marks for the declaration of the winner.
The semi-finalists of the season six were Malavika, Reshma, Varsha, Vaisakhy, Janaki, Deepthi and Keerthana Sabarish. The finalists were Megha, Merin, Nandu, Rajeev, Shamshad and Sukesh Kuttan. The grand finale was held on 22 December 2012. The winner of this season was Merin Gregory. She won the ISS title and a villa which cost a huge amount. The second prize went to Rajeev (Thiruvanthapuram). Prathap Nair directed the show.