Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Mumbai, Aug 24:
Odisha teen idol Ananya Sritam Nanda inched a step closer to the title getting into the Top-5 of India Idol Junior Season-2 on Sony TV.
The latest to be eliminated from Indian Idol Junior on Sunday was Niharika Nath, the youngest contestant in Top-6, losing out on a place among the Top 5 in the highly popular show. Nath’s elimination left Nahid Afrid, Vaishnav Girish, Ananya Sritam Nanda, Nityashree Venkataramanan and Moti Khan in the fray.
This week, 13-year old Ananya and guest singer Shweta Pandit sang ‘Tujme Rab Diktha Hai’ together mesmerizing the audience and the judges alike. The performance clearly wowed the judges who announced the duo was a “Jodi made in heaven”.
The teen starlet took to her Facebook fan page to express her gratitude to her supporters after her entry into the top-5.
“Again your blessing worked for me. Your support took me to Top-5. Thanks a lot and keep blessing,” posted the young singer after getting into the Top-5. The post was liked over 5000 times in less than 24 hours.
She has her own fan page (https://www.facebook.com/AnanyaSritamNanda) where more than 20,000 fans ‘like’ her and she keeps them posted about her performances.
It may be noted that the second season of Indian Idol Junior commenced from May 30, 2015 on Sony TV. The season is being aired on Saturday and Sunday nights at 8:30 PM. The series is mainly meant for kids aged between five to 15 years.
The show is hosted by Hussain Kuwajerwala, co-hosted by Asha Negi and is being judged by Hindi movie actress Sonakshi Sinha along with Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade and Salim Merchant. The winner of the show will receive a cash prize of Rs. 25 lakh from Sony Entertainment Television and other prizes from sponsors of the show.
Sonakshi Sinha, who was away from the show due to her prior commitments, was replaced by Sulaiman Merchant this week and the episode was dedicated to Salim and his songs. Guest singers – Shweta Pandit and Mohammed Irfan – graced the show to perform with the young ones this week.