The singing reality show Indian Idol Junior concluded on Sunday night with Anjana Padmanabhan emerging as winner of its first season. The show had started with 86 contestants from across India. 10-year-old Anjana Padmanabhan from Bengaluru was crowned as the winner by megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
For the finale, the Bangalore-based Anjana competed with three other finalists - Nirvesh Sudhanshubhai Dave, Debanjana Karmakar and Anmol Jaswal. The talented young 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.
Anjana, the first Indian Idol Junior, received prize money of Rs 25 lakh from Sony Entertainment Television, a Nissan Micra Car, a fixed deposit of Rs 5 lakhs from Kotak and Rs 2 lakh from Horlicks.
"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," Anjana Padmanabhan said. "Maine yeh expect nahin kiya tha. Main bahut khush hun (I didn't expect this. I am very happy)," she added after being judged the winner based on audience voting.
Debanjana Mitra, Anmol Jaswal and Nirvesh Dave secured the first and the second runners-up positions, respectively.
Shahid Kapoor too made an appearance on the show to promote his upcoming film Phata Poster Nikla Hero. The actor also 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 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.
Priyanka even performed a Bihu dance on 'Daiya re daiya' on the behest of two participants of the show - Priyam Borpatra and Eman Chaudhary. The actress even requested the final four to sing for her - and they chose to croon her tracks 'Gun gun guna re' and 'Desi girl'.
Apart from performances by the top four contestants and celebrity guests, the judges also put up an energetic show. All remaining contestants, who were in the top 11, also got a chance to showcase their talent once again.
Shreya lured the audience with her song 'Sun raha hai na tu' from Aashiqui 2 and 'Itni si hansi' from Barfi, Vishal-Shekhar accompanied her for 'Radha' and 'Ooh la la'. The music composer duo also belted out some of their hit numbers including 'Disco deewane' and 'One two three four'.
The final performance was of the top four contestants who paid a tribute to Amitabh by singing some of his hit numbers, including 'Yeh mera dil', 'Ab toh hai tumse' and 'Dekha na haye re'.
Amitabh With Winner Anjana
Amitabh Bachchan crowned Anjana Padmanabhan the first Indian Idol Junior.
In pic: Anmol Jaswal, Nirvesh Sudhanshubhai, Debjani Karmakar, Anjana Padmanaban and Sugandha Amol Date.
A Little Angle
A little angle who was on the show to present her singing. The girl was autistic and blind.
Anjana Padmanabhan, who is a young contestant from Banglore won the entire nation with her voice. The fact that she does not know Hindi was left unnoticed throughout the season.
Shahid On The Final Episode
Shahid Kapoor was on the show for the final episode to promote his upcoming film Phata Poster Nikla Hero.
A candid photo of Amitabh Bachchan with the judges of the singing reality show Indian Idol Junior.
The Top Five
The top five contestants on stage during the event with music composer Anu Malik.
Shreya Ghoshal has had a roller coaster ride in this season of Indian Idol Junior. She has shown love and support to all the contestants and has also shared tears with them.
Indian Idol Junior
Indian Idol Junior has shown us the talent the little ones in our country have. The competition should give inspiration to the talent hidden in all small towns and who are waiting to be discovered.
Very Original Shreya
Shreya Ghoshal has not held herself back in this show exclusively designed for the young contestants.
The judges of the show Shreya Ghoshal, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani.
Indian Idol Junior Crew
Indian Idol Junior judges with hosts Mandira Bedi and Karan Wahi.
The Fun Judges
The judges of the show Shreya, Vishal and Shekhar kept in mind the contestants being very young and passed their judgements very carefully based on this.
Judges And Hosts
Judges and the hosts of this show managed to keep the toughest crowed, of below 18 children entertained.
Ram Charan And Priyanka Chopra
Ram Charan and Priyanka Chopra were on the show to promote their upcoming film Zanjeer.