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'.