The stars were present at the grand finale of the singing reality show. Anjana Padmanabhan was crowned as India’s first junior Indian Idol
At the star-studded grand finale of the singing reality show, Bangalore-based Anjana competed with three other finalists Debanjana Karmakar, Anmol Jaswal and Nirvesh Dave who secured the first and the second runners-up position respectively. The final performance was of the top four contestants who paid a tribute to Amitabh Bachchan by singing some of his hit numbers, including Yeh mera dil, Ab toh hai tumse, Dekha na haye re.
The talented girl was ecstatic upon receiving the trophy from megastar Amitabh Bachchan, and much to everyone’s delight, she made a short acceptance speech in Hindi. “I didn’t expect this. I am very happy”, she said after she won the title, based on audience voting. “Although we were competing against each other, we were like a family filled with unique characters and had our moments of joy and sorrow. I am thrilled at having been chosen the nation’s first Indian Idol Junior. All I can say is a big heartfelt thank you for liking me and helping me achieve my dream”, she added.
What did Anjana Padmanabhan win after bagging Indian Idol Junior title?
As the Indian Idol Junior, she went back home with a trophy, a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and a Nissan Micra car. She was also gifted cheques of Rs 5,00,000 and Rs 2,00,000 from Kotak Mahindra and Horlicks, respectively.
The reality show that went on air on June 1 was judged by singer Shreya Ghoshal, and music composer duo Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani. The finale lived up to its buzz as Amitabh Bachchan sang Mere sath aao mere doston with Shekhar and the four finalists.
Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan Teja attend Indian Idol Junior finale
Shahid Kapoor too made an appearance on the show to promote his upcoming film Phata Poster Nikhla Hero. The actor took to the stage with Vishal to perform their hit track Dhan te nan from Kaminey. He later danced to the beats of Dhating naach from his upcoming movie with Indian Idol Junior contenders. Zanjeer 2.0 stars Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan Teja also made a roaring presence on the show. They entered while grooving to the beats of Akhi Mumbai humko salam thokti dekho from their forthcoming film. Apart from this, the Exotic babe even performed a Bihu dance on Daiya re daiya on the behest of two participants of the show – Priyam Borpatra and Eman Chaudhary. The actor even requested the contestants to sing for her – and they chose to croon her tracks Gun gun guna re and Desi girl.
Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani perform at the finale
Apart from performances by the top four contestants and celebrity guests, the judges put up an energetic show. The top 11 contestants got a chance to showcase their talent once again in the final episode of the singing reality show. Shreya lured the audience with her song Sun raha hai na tu from Aashiqui 2 and Aashiyan from Barfi!, while Vishal-Shekhar accompanied her for Radha and Ooh la la from Student Of The Year (SOTY) and The Dirty Picture respectively. The music composer duo also belted out some of their hit numbers including Disco deewane from SOTY and One two three four from Chennai Express.