© India Today Vishal Dadlani, Kapil Sharma, Shatrughan Sinha, Poonam Sinha and Sonakshi (Pic: Twitter)© India Today Sonakshi Sinha performs at the grand finale of Indian Idol Junior
After 15 weeks of gala rounds and amazing performances by 13 contestants, we have finally got our Indian Idol Junior 2. Ananya has won the show beating Nithyashree and Nahid in the finale. The final scores were tabulated giving 50 per cent weightage to audience votes and 50 per cent to the judges opinions.
Hosted by Hussain Kuwajerwala and Asha Negi, the show had Sonakshi Sinha, Vishal Dadlani and Salim Merchant as judges.
The grand finale was a gala affair with the three finalists and other evicted contestants bringing the house down with their performances. The judges too were not left behind in entertaining the audience with their performances. While Vishal Dadlani entertained the crowd by crooning some of his hit numbers, Sonakshi Sinha showed off her famous latkas and jhatkas. Irrespective of all the criticism she earned at the outset for not being a correct choice to judge a singing show, Sonakshi never let detractors affect her and ultimately earned herself a place as a favoured judge, always encouraging contestants and rushing to stage to congratulate them after a great performance.
Salim Merchant had announced in the pre-finale on Saturday that we won’t be there for the finale, but said that for him, all four contestants were winners. At that point Vaishnav had not been eliminated.
Joining in the fun at the grand finale was Kapil Sharma. The comedian-turned-actor was there to interact with the finalists and also to promote his upcoming film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karu. Kapil’s presence added a lot of humour on the show. He also showed his singing talent by belting out some popular tracks.
There was also a surprise for Sonakshi Sinha and for everyone else too–Shotgun (Shatrughan) Sinha graced the show along with his wife, Poonam Sinha.
The final moments saw Sonakshi pressing a button on a remote that announced the winner on a giant screen. After a few seconds of silence, the audience burst into applause. Ananya won Rs 10 lakh and several other gift vouchers and cash prizes from co-sponsors. Nithyashree and Nahid too received gifts from co-sponsors.
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