They came, they sang, and they conquered a million hearts on Sony Entertainment Televisions’ Indian Idol – Season 12! Celebrating music and the talented participants of this season, Indian Idol – Season 12 culminated with a 12-hour musical extravaganza in the form of The Greatest Finale Ever. As the entire country waited with bated breath to know who from amongst the Top 6 Finalists will be declared as the winner, Pawandeep Rajan from Champawat, Uttarakhand was announced as the season winner and lifted the coveted Indian Idol trophy.
The winner, Pawandeep was awarded with a cheque of Rs. 25 lakhs from Sony
Entertainment Television and a Maruti Suzuki Swift car. From the Top 6 Finalists, Arunita Kanjilal and Sayli Kamble were declared as the first and second runners-up respectively and were awarded with a cheque of Rs. 5 lakhs respectively. The third and the fourth runners-up, Mohd. Danish and Nihal Tauro were awarded with a cheque of Rs. 3 lakhs respectively. All the Top 6 finalists received a cheque of Rs. 75,000 from Raj Superwhite Soap followed by gift hampers from Colgate and Denver respectively.
The versatile and effervescent Pawandeep Rajan who outdid himself each time with every performance constantly strived to learn and grow throughout the show. According to Pawandeep, an artist needs a platform through which he can showcase his talent to everyone and Indian Idol is one such great platform. With so much of love and adulation coming his way, Pawandeep has surpassed everyone’s expectations. From performing in front of music industry veterans to celebrities and regaling them with mesmerizing performances, Pawandeep now looks forward to a bright future ahead.
Indian Idol as a platform has given India some of its best playback singers and every season it gets bigger and grander. After weeks of grueling auditions, gala rounds, and entertaining performances, the Greatest Finale Ever set a benchmark in the industry with over 40 acts and over 200 songs for 12 straight hours! This stellar star-studded mega event kept the energies high.
Pawandeep Rajan says, “Being a part of Indian Idol Season 12 was a dream come true and then being a part of Top 6 was just wonderous. Winning the title of Indian Idol Season 12 is just unbelievable for me. I still feel like I’m dreaming and cannot come to terms with reality. It’s still sinking in. This is such a big honor for me. I’d like to thank all my fans and the viewers who have voted for me and made me win this honorable title. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey on Indian Idol. From the makers to the musicians, our coaches and my fellow contestants, this trophy belongs to all of you. Thank you Indian Idol and the citizens of India. This feeling is the best and thank you so much.”