India’s popular singing competition, Indian Idol concluded its tenth season, crowning Salman Ali as the winner after which a wave of elation swept over fans around the country.
The young man from Mewat, Haryana won the trophy, Rs 25 lakh cash prize and a Datsun car on Sunday night and the phone has not stopped ringing sonce. Indian Idol 10 first runner-up Ankush Bhardwaj was awarded a cheque of Rs 5 lakh as did the second runner-up Neelanjana Ray. The other finalists — Nitin Kumar and Vibhor Parashar — were handed over a cheque of Rs 3 lakh each.
“I would like to thank the audience and the judges for making me the winner. People from my village are very happy. I am getting lots of calls. They are distributing sweets there and bursting crackers,” Salman said after his victory in the singing reality show. “We are all like a family only. We used to crack jokes, help each other and have fun so, there was no competition. As far as being a winner is concerned, everyone comes here to win only. But I had thought that even if I didn’t win, at least I got a lot of love from the audience,” Salman said.
The finale also saw the show’s judges Neha Kakkar, Vishal Dadlani and Javed Ali setting the stage on fire with their performances. “It has been a wonderful emotional journey for me and Indian Idol 10 has been special in many ways. Salman Ali has showcased immense growth this season and I am extremely happy for his win,” Neha said.
Dadlani added: “Indian Idol Season 10 has been one of the greatest seasons of any reality show on Indian television ever. It’s been truly hard fought, right from the beginning. The top 20 were incredible and the top 5 that we ended up with, are at a global level.
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17 November, 2019