It is officially declared. Najim Arshad won title Idea Star Singer 2007. ISS 2007 came to an end after so much of controversies. Given below is the list of winners.
Najim Arshad - Idea Star Singer 2007 Winner (bags a Rs. 40 Lakh worth apartment at Cochin)
Durga Viswanath - Idea Star Singer 2007 1st runner up (bags a Ford Fiesta car)
Thushar - Idea Star Singer 2007 2nd runner up (bags a Maruti Alto car)
Arun Gopan - Idea Star Singer 2007 3rd runner up (bags Rs. 1 lakh)
In the final performances, I think Thushar's rendition of "paRayaan maRanna paribhavangaL" was exceptional, but the so-called judges did not give much marks to him. Arun Gopan's "Anpe Anpe" was not up-to-mark (I think Murali Ramanathan had done a good job with this song earlier) but his "deva sabhaathalam" was quite good considering he sang this duet song all by himself. Najim's first song was not audible "due to technical problems of broadcasting" (as told by Asianet), but his second song "Soona Soona" was quite good. Durga did not come out of her comfort zone and resorted in the semi-classical devotional songs in both the performances.
It will be interesting to note that an email that circulated in the Internet back in the year 2007 itself had declared that the above 4 will be the final participants and Najim would win the title. But it is not surprising to see how that became true because it reminds me what Sunidhi Chauhan had said in a CNN-IBN interview about reality shows - "there is hardly any reality in the reality shows".
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(Images courtesy: ideastarsinger.asianetglobal.com)