Salman Ali was declared the winner of singing reality show Indian Idol Season 10 on Sunday night. Zero stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, and Katrina Kaif graced the final to cheer on the finalists. Apart from Salman, the other finalists were Nitin Kumar, Ankush Bharadwaj, Neelanjana Ray, and Vibhor Parashar.
“I am overwhelmed and speechless right now. The feeling of winning the 10th season of Indian Idol is yet to sink in. Indian Idol and Sony Entertainment Television have given me a platform to realize my dreams and I will always be thankful. I haven’t just learned a lot but I have had the opportunity to perform with and in front of legends from this industry. And more than anything else, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude towards the audience who voted for all of us wholeheartedly,” Salman Ali said.
A favorite among the audience, Salman seemed the most obvious choice to win the Indian Idol 10 title. Hailing from Mewat in Haryana, Salman impressed the masses with his powerful performances throughout the season. Even celebrities gracing the show couldn’t stop heaping praise on him. Shah Rukh even got Salman to sing “Sajda” for him in the finale, while he danced and lip-synched on the same. The young singer was left emotional recently when a cancer-stricken fan visited him on the sets.
Hosted by Maniesh Paul, Indian Idol 10 was launched in July. It was judged by Neha Kakkar, Anu Malik and Vishal Dadlani.