Singer Bannet Dosanjh has emerged as the winner of India’s first live singing reality show Rising Star by defeating other finalist, Maithili Thakur by just two votes.
Bannet got 77% votes, while Maithili got 76% votes in the finale. The second runner-up of Colors channel show, was Ankita Kundu.
Rising Star is the first ever live singing reality show where the contestants woo the audiences with their singing and get immediate feedback in form of votes from them (audience) through an app designed especially for the show.
Soon after his win, Bannet told reporters here, “This is unbelievable. I feel I am living a dream right now. I will live up to the title and work harder now.”
Besides the trophy, Bannet has received a cash prize worth Rs 20 lakh and a contract with Vishesh Films. The grand finale had a special guest in Bollywood star Anil Kapoor, who interacted with the finalists and even sang with them.
An ecstatic Diljit said, “I am very happy. This is amazing. I knew Bannet would win. He had a bad throat today and he was nervous about his performance. But he did a great job. He is from Punjab, my village so I request everyone to support him in the future.”