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Sanchita is the Li'l Champ

Divakar Sharma from Delhi and Sameer Mohammad from Mumbai were the first and second runners-up respectively.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 13:37 IST

Finally it was 14-year-old Sanchita who walked away victorious at Zee's "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs" contest, beating the other two close contestants due to her selection of some great songs.

The girl from Kolkata was over the moon with happiness after the win. "I had prepared some really sizzling songs, and I guess they went down well with the audience," she said.

It made her evening happier when she received the award from superstar Shah Rukh Khan at the function held at the roomy Andheri Sports Complex in suburban Mumbai Saturday night.

Divakar Sharma from Delhi and Sameer Mohammad from Mumbai were the first and second runners-up respectively.

Hours before the contest, the three youngsters were the portrait of poise, confidence and suppressed nervousness.

Sameer had said: "I'm not in the least nervous. Why should I be? I've done my best. What's to happen will happen now. Whether I win or lose, these months have taught me a lot. I loved every moment of my experience here. Of course, I want to win. But I was equally prepared to win or lose. Divakar and Sanchita are my best friends. I'd certainly feel bad if they lost. But I'd be very happy about winning."

Divakar said before the contest: "I'm not at all nervous and I'm not at all scared because I know I'm going to win. Of course, I'll feel bad for Sameer and Sanchita. Sameer is like my brother and Sanchita is like my sister. I want all of us to win."

Ironically Sanchita was the only one who admitted to being nervous. "I do feel scared. I've prepared all the songs for tonight. Now all I need is luck and the audiences' vote on my side. Divakar and Sameer are like my brothers. I want them to win. And they will because there're three winners... Lil Champ, 1st runner-up, 2nd runner-up."

It was Sanchita who walked away with the Li'l Champ trophy, defeating Sameer and Divakar by a narrow margin.

Fatigued but jubilant, Li'l Champs producer Gajendra Singh said: "It was a close run. I'm glad because Sanchita definitely had the best voice and range of the three finalists. Also, the general view that only guys win all these music contests like 'Indian Idol' and 'Sa Re Ga Ma' was broken. That was welcome."

The trio who judged the little champs were Bollywood musicians - Bappi Lahiri, Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet Bhattacharjee. The final selection was made by the votes of the people delivered through SMS.