Bhubaneswar: Odia boy Aman Biswal stormed into Top 13 of popular reality show Rising Star India aired on Colors TV, last night, by polling in highest percentage of votes.
Despite choking in the middle of his performance, the 12-year-old from Bhubaneswar beat the meek 53 per cent score of Hoshiyar Brijwasi, to secure a spot for himself in the next level of the competition.
The episode, which was a tribute to the first female superstar of Bollywood, Sridevi, had singer Alka Yagnik as a guest judge. Every contestant sang a song remembering the exemplary actor of Bollywood.
Aman crooned to ‘Surmayee Akhiyon Mein’, the Yesudas lullaby from Sridevi’s iconic movie Sadma. His soul-stirring performance garnered the votes of the country, including that of the judges, and catapulted his score to a whopping 91 per cent.
As was the case in his previous performances, Aman last night choked during his performance after surpassing the 53 per cent cut-off. He had been doing breathing exercises and drinking sufficient water to overcome it. However, it did not deter the entire nation from voting for him.
The judges rushed to his side after the performance with water bottles, as did a couple of other contestants. Judge Monali Thakur joked that Aman always chokes right after crossing the cut-off percentage.
Similarly, judges Shankar Mahadevan and Diljit Dosanjh ribbed this Class VII student of DAV, Kalinga Nagar, for the disruption of his performance.
However, Aman was also heaped with praises for being the highest voted singer in the show. “Yours is the best performance in today’s episode. You struck all the right notes that strummed all the right chords in our hearts and that of the audience,” said Shankar Mahadevan.
“The boy gets nervous at the beginning, but when he starts performing, it feels as if a CD is playing. He sings so well and his voice is so sweet,” said Diljit Dosanjh.