Mumbai: Singer Pawandeep Rajan has won the twelfth season of the singing reality show “Indian Idol” and he says the victory has given him the confidence to work harder.

Pawandeep Rajan, who hails from Champawat, Uttarakhand, was announced as the winner of the show late Sunday evening following a 12-hour musical extravaganza billed as ‘The Greatest Finale Ever’ on Sony TV.

The singer said winning the title of Indian Idol season 12–judged by Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya and Sonu Kakkar— was “unbelievable.”

“I am overwhelmed and feel so fortunate. This is a responsibility and I will ensure to take the glory ahead. This has made me more confident to work. I was so nervous during the audition, I thought I would not even get selected. But the journey was nice.

“I learnt a lot from the judges, the team. ‘Indian Idol’ acted as a bridge to my dreams. I hope the fans continue to shower me with love,” Pawandeep Rajan said in a statement.

Pawandeep Rajan was awarded with a cheque of Rs 25 lakh from Sony Entertainment Television and a Maruti Suzuki Swift car.

Finalists Arunita Kanjilal and Sayli Kamble were declared as the first and second runners-up respectively. They were awarded Rs 5 lakh each.

The third and the fourth runners-up, Mohd. Danish and Nihal Tauro were awarded Rs 3 lakh each.

The “Indian Idol” season 12 was hosted by singer Aditya Narayan.

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