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Indian Idol 2: Optimism rife among finale troika

The three finalists of the talent hunt show -NC Karunya, Sandeep Acharya and Anuj Sharma - are upbeat about their chances of winning.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 13:34 IST

As the Indian Idol 2 talent hunt approaches its grand finale, the three finalists - NC Karunya, Sandeep Acharya and Anuj Sharma - are upbeat about their chances of winning the coveted title but say their friendship is above everything.

Karunya: I am very confident about myself. But being confident isn't enough. I also need public support. So do my colleagues Sandeep and Anuj. They will give me tough competition.

On stage we are competitors. Otherwise, Sandeep, Anuj and me are buddies. We won't allow external pressures to break our unity. We have made a pact to remain together regardless of who becomes the "Indian Idol".

 A still from the show

Do people really say I'll be the Indian Idol? There's a lot of difference between what's said and the voting pattern.

Why, I don't know. Yes, I know the judges love me. I am very thankful to them. No matter what the results would be, I intend to pursue a career in singing in Mumbai.

I gave up my engineering and came to Hyderabad only to become an Indian Idol not to be the first or second runner-up. But if I don't win the title, I won't lose confidence. I'll think god has bigger plans for me.

Fan following? It's suddenly on me and I have no choice but to deal with it. It does feel nice. But the attention embarrasses me. I wonder what my parents back home in Hyderabad would be thinking.

Sandeep: Yes, I am nervous about the outcome. But the stress to perform isn't that much any longer. I know I have made it to the top three.

I am doing my best. I consider the competition to be really tough. Both Anuj and Karunya are very good singers. And I'd be foolish to undermine their talent.

The three of us are friends for ever. In the past few weeks all three of us have been a support system for one another. I agree we are competitors but our bonding goes beyond that.

I am from Bikaner and have been struggling in Mumbai for three years. My aim is to be a playback singer. My struggle to sing well will continue even after Indian Idol.

Anuj: The feeling of being in the top three is beyond words. I can't believe Karunya, Sandeep and I have come so far! Yes, there was an ugly incident a few weeks ago when people protested at the elimination of Ameya Dutta.

I was pained and shocked. The judges and the audience were all discussing why Ameya should remain in the competition. But no one asked me how it felt to be dismissed in such a rude manner.

Very frankly, I was numbed. Why was it happening to me? When I was about to be voted out earlier, no one had spoken up for me. And if they (fans) loved Ameya so much, why didn't they vote for him?

I thought it was wrong. I wanted to quit there and then. I felt like a loser. I felt I had no business standing there on the platform. But the judges assured me they had nothing against me and praised me in my very next performance.

I have been singing since my childhood. I used to sing in my mother tongue Himachali (I am from Kangra). Now I have a chance to sing in Hindi. Indian Idol has given me a national platform. I plan to continue my struggle in Mumbai.