With an incredible 460 million viewers in over 150 countries worldwide for more than a decade, when television’s biggest ‘star’ maker reality show franchise came to Pakistan, eye-brows were raised and questions were hurled. Over the past few months, Pakistan Idol has proven its worth by becoming a household sensation.
When the contestants took the stage, ready to woo the crowd with their heartfelt performances, the Pakistani audience was transfixed by their resonating voices. Now, Pakistan Idol has entered its Top 6 Gala Round where the air is alive with possibilities. Any one of the 6 contestants can win the title of becoming the first Pakistan Idol with a Rs. 2.5 million cash price, a brand new Honda City Aspire and a recording contract worth millions.
The ground is set for the contestants to battle it out. Without further ado, let’s meet our 6 superstars.
Flying all the way from Lahore, Zamad’s passion to follow his dream of becoming a singer and his focus on achieving these dreams has got him this far into the competition. Zamad has a raw element to his voice and believes sufi rock is his genre, which often prompts the judges to compare him to the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Being the only girl left in the all-male line up does have its perks, but Rose Maryhas won over the hearts of the public and the judges solely through her strong, mature and yet feminine voice. Rose is only 15 years old and aspires to be the first female Pakistan Idol. She prefers singing semi-classical and pop songs. Rose previously took part in the competition ‘Chotay Ustad’ where she came fourth.
21-year old Kashif Ali from Lahore has learnt to take success with a pinch of salt. He shocked and disappointed audiences after he was eliminated from the competition earlier on, but managed to return to Pakistan Idol through the Wild Card entry. With his unique voice Kashif, has won hearts of the viewers who keep voting for him and saving him from elimination. His voice and singing versatility has often been compared to that of Kailash Kher.
Mouhammad Shoaib is a native of Kissa Khwani in Khyber Paktunkhwa and currently resides in Peshawar. He does not have any formal training in singing, but has managed to mesmerize the audiences and the judges with his soothing, husky voice. With his humble nature and sweet grin, he aspires to go really far with his singing career.
Abdul Rafay Khan:
Pakistan Idol’s youngest ‘barood’ has gained massive fan following due to his incredibly poignant voice. He is a trained singer from Karachi’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). Rafay enjoys singing classical music and has proven himself in every stage of the competition. He remains extremely attached to his mother, which is often reflected in his song choices. Rafay is also the judges’ favorite as he reminds Ali Azmat of his younger self.
Syed Ali Asad Zaidi:
Heartthrob Ali Asad Zaidi has come a long way into the competition. His interest in music is as versatile as his singing abilities. He loves listening to Asad Amanat Ali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Kishore, Mohammad Rafi and Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Queen. Upon entering the Gala Round, Ali has his eyes set on the prize and his heart set on singing the best of songs.