SHILLONG, Oct 3 – Hundreds of people rushed out of their homes to celebrate the victory of Shillong Chamber Choir (SCC) after they won the finals of reality TV show, India’s Got Talent Khoj 2, this morning.
Around 12.30 am, Sajid Khan, one of the judges of the show, aired on Colors TV, declared SCC winner of this year’s finals and spontaneously people started bursting crackers while others came out of their homes onto the streets to celebrate the victory.
During the competition, SCC overcame stiff competition from nine contestants from all over India who reached the finals of the show. Drummer Teji Toko from Arunachal Pradesh came second. The third spot was bagged by Bir Khalsa, a group performing Sikh martial art from Punjab. With the victory SSC takes back home Rs 50 lakh in prize money.
Before the finals there was a frenzied SMS campaign in the State with groups, organisations, educational institutions and also individuals appealing to the people to vote for the choir.
The State Government in the run up to the finals placed front-page advertisements in the local dailies urging the people to vote. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma was present in the studios of Colors in Mumbai during the finals.
As soon as SCC was declared the winners, Sangma jumped from his seat and started congratulating his Cabinet colleague, Ampareen Lyngdoh and Congress legislator, RV Lyngdoh who were also present there.
In the State capital, giant screens were placed for people to watch the finals together. “Congratulations on your (SCC) splendid success. It was well deserved. You have brought laurels to the State and its people. We are proud of you,” Sangma said after the victory.
During the reality show, SCC sang a medley of songs consisting of Hindi and English numbers. The choir’s mentor and founder is Neil Nongkynrih. The singers are Ibarisha, Donna, Jessica, Patricia Doren Kevi, Sandon, Daman, Riewbankit, Johanan, Kynsai, Ryan and Banlam.
SCC had earlier won three gold medals at the World Choir Games 2010 at Shaoxing (China.)