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Geo’s Pakistan Idol grand finale today

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: After mesmerising an incredible 460 million viewers in over 150 countries worldwide for more than a decade, television’s biggest Starmaker reality show Pakistan Idol now comes to its final stage and its grand finale is being telecast today (Sunday) at 8:00pm on Geo TV.

The stage is all set for the Pakistan Idol finale, where the two finalists – Peshawar’s Shoaib Muhammad and Zamad Baig from Mandi Bahauddin – will battle it out for the coveted title as well as the prize. Their journey started in 2013 when the boys were selected, amongst thousands of aspirants, to take part in the competition. Today is the last chance for the audience to vote for their favourite contestant. On Sunday (April 27, 2014) at 12 noon, the viewers will discover the first ever Pakistan Idol.

The winner of ‘Pakistan Idol’ will not only get fame, fortune and a title to represent Pakistan through his vocal chords, but he will also get a Rs2.5 million cash price, a brand new Honda City Aspire and a recording contract worth millions of rupees.

So let’s have a look at the two remaining contestants. From the two, one will outshine the other and become the first ‘Pakistan Idol’. However, it is not going to be a simple case of who has better vocals but of who gets more votes. And votes can depend on the contestants’ personality, stage presence, likeability factor and of course, the ability to sing and perform.

Muhammad Shoaib resides in Peshawar. Zamad Baig who flew all the way from Lahore, belongs to Mandi Bahauddin and was one of the few lucky contestants who was chosen from a large number of contestants who came to audition for ‘Pakistan Idol’. Pakistan Idol’s judges are Ali Azmat, Bushra Ansari and Hadiqa Kiani.

Zamad has a zeal to follow his dream of becoming a singer and his focus of achieving his dreams has taken him far into the competition. Baig has a raw element to his voice, which often led the judges to compare him to the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He believes Sufi rock is his genre and he seems to excel in the show by choosing appropriate songs for his genre.

Shoaib is also a Pakhtun, adding to the diversity of the show representing all sections of the people in the competition. Shoaib does not have formal training in singing, but has managed to mesmerise the audience and the judges with his soft and soothing voice with a tinge of huskiness. With his humble nature and beatific grin, he aspires to go really far with his singing career.

Vying for the most coveted title of Pakistan Idol, thousands of voices from all over the country auditioned over a period of several months to become part of the largest singing platform not only in Pakistan but also the world.

Naturally not all of them could become part of the show, and so Pakistan Idol’s judges — Ali Azmat, Bushra Ansari and Hadiqa Kiani — spent months selecting just the right contestants who could bring ‘the complete package’ to the table. And eventually they selected 24 contestants. Only two are now left in the contest.

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