Nine year old Spoorthi becomes winner and receives luxury apartment
By Raymond Rajabalan
The grand finale of the fourth season of the Airtel Super Singer Junior show – the search for the melodious voice of Tamil Nadu was held in Thangavelu Engineering College, Chennai on Friday Feb 20th with a colourful grand ceremony in all its pomp and pageantry.
Nine year old Spoorthi Santosh Rao won the title and will receive a luxury apartment reserved for the winner.
Jessica Judes who became a close second was selected as a finalist few weeks ago after receiving the highest number of votes from the public during the wild card round. Jessica, the only international contestant among the six finalists gave a brilliant performance during the finals that stunned the audience and was selected as the first runner up and was awarded a prize of one kilogram of gold.
What was more amazing was that her father immediately announced that Jessica had decided to apportion the proceeds of her prize between two orphanages one in India and another in Sri Lanka.
During the finale when she sang a fusion of three songs including the very touching song ‘Vidaikodu Engal Naade” portraying the agony of Tamils in Sri Lanka, even veteran singers could not contain their feelings. Tears rolled down the cheeks of the famed playback singer Malgudi Subha while the popular TV anchor Divyadharshini was visibly choking with emotion. The well experienced playback singer Manickavinayagam who originally sang “Vidaikodu Engal Naade” and the popular film star Dhanush were so overcome by feelings that they hesitated for a few seconds before making their comments about the stellar performance of Jessica. Dhanush very specifically said that Jessica has made all Tamils around the globe feel proud of themselves.
More than once Jessica has publicly acknowledged that the dedication of her devoted parents have contributed so much her great success. Jessica’s parents have been with her most of the time during the period of the contest providing her with all the encouragement needed.
Jessica Judes has already become a household name all over the world among Tamils and her excellent performances has ensured her a bright future. Though in the past many other Tamil Canadian kids have done very well in musical competitions in Chennai, it is the first time a Tamil Canadian teen has been so successful. This will certainly be an inspiration for the many young kids who are anxiously waiting to prove their talents.