The eight finalists of Zee TV's reality show, Zee SaReGaMaPa Challenge are busy these days, attending press conferences, giving interviews, recording, rehearsing, and giving promotional shows outside Mumbai.
As the singing competition gets tougher, Rajul Hegde finds out more about the final contestants.
Sumedha Karmak, Chattisgarh
She is popularly known as Barbie doll of the show, thanks to her outfits.
She did her schooling at Weidner Memorial High School in Chattisgarh and went to college in Chandigarh, when she auditioned for the show.
In Mumbai, Sumedha was given a green card and a direct entry to the final 10.
"My confidence level was low, as I didn't get a chance to perform like other participants," she tells us.
She has been training in singing by guru Sameer Bhattacharya. She says, "I have learnt a lot from the past months. Everyday is a learning experience."
As for her most memorable moment, Sumedha says it was when (host) Aditya Narayan came on the stage after the first episode with an envelope containing a letter from Mahesh Bhatt, which said that he would give her a chance to sing in his next film.
But it was Asha Bhosle who made her cry tears of joy. "Ashaji is my idol and I was so happy to meet her when she had come as Maha judge," she recalls.
Now life has changed for Sumedha. When she returned to her hometown, Chattisgarh, she got a great reception at the airport. "A lot of people and friends were there to welcome me with drums and garlands. I attended a lot of parties and press conferences," she says.
"My friends tell me that they save canteen money just to send SMSes and vote for me which just shows how much they really love me," she adds.
"This is a wonderful opportunity and I really want to win the contest. I have already sung for Bappida (Bappi Lahiri) for the film, Tere Sangh. I will shift my base to Mumbai, learn classical music and work hard," she promises.
Watch Zee SaReGaMaPa Challenge on Zee TV at 10 pm every Friday and Saturday.
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