Janani, an MOP Vaishnav college student, and Sudarshan from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchy, won the BIG Manasa Thotta Singer titles at the grand finale of a singing talent hunt conducted by BIG FM on Sunday. Both of them will get a chance to sing in composer Anirudh’s music in one of his upcoming film projects. Although Janani emerged winner, impressing the singers and music directors present at the show, Anirudh, who was the chief guest to judge the performances, said he liked Sudarshan’s voice and would give him a chance as well. The winners were selected from the top five finalists, who were voted as favourites by scores of BIG FM’s listeners. The other five singers, who made it to the top 10, also performed on stage.
Over 45,000 participants are said to have auditioned for the reality show across the state. The finale comprised two rounds — Classical and Western — and Janani performed Kannodu Kaanbadhellam Thalaivaa (Jeans) and Mayya Mayya (Guru), respectively. Sudarshan sang Oru Naal Podhuma (Thiruvilayadal) in the Classical round and Arabic Kadaloram (Bombay) in the Western round. The winners were also given gift vouchers worth Rs 5,000, while the other eight participants were given `2,000 cash prize.
Singer Ajeesh and drummer Sridhar, who performed in between the competition, stole the show. Other guests who were part of the show included composers K, Vishal Chandrasekar, Natraj Sankaran and Siddharth Vipin, and singers Abhay, Ranaina Reddy and Madhumitha. RJ Balaji was the host for the event and had the auditorium in splits with his humour.