Indian-American singer Gurpreet Singh Sarin, the first Sikh contender in reality singing show Americon Idol, says She will return to the competition next year. Nicknamed the Turbanator for his colourful turbans, Gurpreet narrowly missed a spot in the finals of the show’s 12th season.
American Idol judge Randy Jackson (L) and show host Ryan Seacrest pose at the party for the finalists of the show in Los Angeles.
Commenting on his experience, Gurpreet says, “It sucks to be cut; making it this far in the competition you can almost taste the prize. But it’s been a blessing, I would definitely thank God, I didn’t think I’d even make it past the first round.” A trained classical singer, Gurpreet caught the fancy of Idol judge Nicki Minaj early on in the competition. From teaching Ryan Seacrest to perform the traditional Punjabi bhangra dance to even singing a few Indian songs at Randy Jackson’s request, Gurpreet was one of the highlights of the show.
Remaining optimistic about his future, Gurpreet adds, “I want to thank my family, the Sikh community, my Twitter followers (#singhers) for all their advice and support. I’ll be back next year.”