On Sunday night, much-deserved Salman Ali, from Haryana, was announced as the winner of singing reality show Indian Idol season 10. Team Zero including Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif graced the finale episode to cheer on the finalists.
Salman garnered close to 2 crore votes to win the show.
“I am overwhelmed and speechless right now. The feeling of winning the 10th season of Indian Idol is yet to sink in. Indian Idol and Sony Entertainment Television have given me a platform to realize my dreams and I will always be thankful. I haven’t just learned a lot but I have had the opportunity to perform with and in front of legends from this industry. And more than anything else, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude towards the audience who voted for all of us wholeheartedly,” Salman Ali said.
Salman's performance was loved by all and since the beginning; he has been a favourite among the audience. Hailing from Mewat in Haryana, Salman even sang 'sajda' for Shah Rukh Khan in the finale. Throughout the celebrities, even celebrities who attended the show never stopped praising him.
The first runner-up Ankush Bhardwaj was awarded a cheque of Rs 5 lakh. The second runner-up Neelanjana Ray also took home a cheque of Rs 5 lakh. The other finalists -- Nitin Kumar and Vibhor Parashar -- were handed over a cheque of Rs 3 lakh each.
Hosted by Maniesh Paul, Indian Idol 10 was launched in July. It was judged by Neha Kakkar, Anu Malik and Vishal Dadlani. Post the MeToo allegations against Anu Malik, the music maestro stepped down as the judge.