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American Idol contestant Shubha has Bollywood dreams

PTI  Washington, March 26, 2013
First Published: 15:45 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 15:46 IST(26/3/2013)

Shubha Vedula, 17, the only Indian girl in the history of American Idol to have reached the top 20 slot, is looking for a stint in Bollywood.

"I would love to (go to Bollywood) if the opportunity came," Shubha told PTI in an interview, weeks after she lost out in the last 20 of the prestigious American Idol competition, where her singing was watched by millions of people in the country.

Shubha, who says she is ready to go to India if an opportunity came, lost out following her performance of Lady Gaga's Born This Way in the last 20 round.

"It's a bit comical because you have a beautiful strong voice but it's a mash up between Christina Aguilera and that Gangnam Style guy," judge Nicki Manaj said after her powerful performance that left the audience spellbound.

"You are 17, you have unbelievable potential," another judge told Shubha, a trained Odissi dancer, who will graduate this year as valedictorian at Sacred Heart Academy.

"American Idol has opened a lot of doors for me. But I have worked very hard in studies. I am ready to go to college, but I also know that my passion lies in singing, so I am actually trying to decide which way I would be going. But it seems I am going towards singing," Shubha said.

A proud Indian Americans, Shubha's both parents, father Ramesh from Andhra Pradesh and mother Vandana from Lucknow, are physicians.

"As a child, she always used to ask Daddy and amma, why was not I born in India? I would have been more intelligent girl. We have no answer," father Ramesh Vidula said.

"Despite living in America for most of my life, I do not believe that I am an Americanised Indian. I eat Indian food every day and do puja (prayaer) on a daily basis. I believe that it is the combination of Indian and American values that has shaped me into a very cultured person. I live visiting all parts of India and seeing how my mother country thrives year after year," Shubha said.

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