For the last two seasons, the coveted title of Indian Idol has been grabbed by two boys, Abhijit Sawant and Sandeep Acharya.
However, the girls who are competing in season three are showing off not just talent, but also oodles of glamour, style and attitude. So would Indian Idol 3 be a girl? When this question was posed before three of the 13 finalists, Charu Semwal, Deepali and Ankita Mishra, they were all smiles. In their first ever media interaction organised by Sony Entertainment Limited, the trio said they wished that one of them would go on to become Indian idol 3.
Hailing from Dehradoon, 20-year-old Charu Semwal always dreamt of becoming a singer. "For me, every moment during Indian Idol is precious.
I have dreamt of this kind of life," says Charu. One of the strongest contenders, Charu feels that she can be the Indian Idol because she scores in terms of singing, performance and good looks. "I am working really hard on my singing and I believe my performance has been appreciated by the audience. And then, I look good too," says doe-eyed Charu with a giggle.
Not far behind is Deepali, the 19-year-old from Patna. Deepali, who is not only a singer, but an actor and a dancer as well. Her RJ act had won her a lot of fans (including programme anchor Mini Mathur) on the show. "For me, getting into Indian Idol means making the dream of every daughter come true. People who believe that daughters cannot do anything should see that here, daughters like us are doing wonders," says Deepali. "I am sure that I can win because I not only concentrate on my singing, but also on my performance," says Deepali.
The last one, whose fate was still hanging in mid-air as the results of the wild card round were to be announced on Saturday night's episode, is Ankita Mishra. Hailing from neighbouring Kanpur, Ankita
prefers to be called Ankit on the show. She has made judges Alisha, Udit Narayan and Javed Akhtar dance to her tunes. "My USP is not just my singing, but also the way I interact with my audience," says the 17-year-old. On Saturday, she was more feminine than sporting her usual tomboy looks.
"I am a very down to earth girl and it is just my dress that is changing, not my attitude," says Ankita. "I want to become a performer and win the hearts of people," she said. The trio surely shows a lot of promise. And with the Gala round starting off from June 29 onwards, India is looking forward to watch the fate of these three talented singers.