Visakhapatnam-based LV Revanth, an established name in Telugu and Kannada films, has bagged the title of singing reality series, Indian Idol 9 after leaving behind Khuda Baksh (first runner-up) and PVNS Rohit (second runner-up) in the competition.
The trophy was handed over by cricket God Sachin Tendulkar who made his TV debut on the singing reality show. In addition to the title, Revanth also walked away with the grand prize money of Rs. 25 lakhs.
Along with the title and prize money of Rs 25 lakh, the winner was awarded a Mahindra KUV100 and also a singing contract with Sony Music.
Revanth, who has lent his voice for around 200 songs in southern films including Baahubali: The Beginning, became known for his soulful voice right from the start when he auditioned for the show. Despite not knowing Hindi, he sang Bollywood songs effortlessly throughout the season.
“Right now I am on cloud nine. I am very happy for winning the show. I would say that my life has just begun right now. It’s not easy to win that title being a south Indian singer. I saw this show as a big opportunity. The four-month journey in this show has completely changed my life,” Revanth told the reports.
Confirming that Bollywood is his target, Revanth told, “I have big dreams and I have to make it big in Bollywood. I have one eye set on Bollywood and the other on Tollywood, but I want to work on my Hindi first.” He also said that his Hindi was mocked at in the show, “When I started my journey in Indian Idol, a lot of people laughed at me for not knowing Hindi very well. I did feel bad about it, initially, but I did not let anything negative affect me and kept my willpower strong.
Ace choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan, renowned singer Sonu Nigam and music composer Annu Malik, who kick-started the Indian Idol journey as judges in the first two editions, returned on the panel for the ninth season of the Sony Entertainment Television show, which was hosted by Karan Wahi and Paritosh Tripathi.
Congratulations LV Revanth..