Punjab’s Aftab Singh takes home Rising Star season 3 trophy

The reality show followed the format of the Israeli singing competition HaKokhav HaBa in that audiences were able to vote for their favourite contestants through Voot even as the show was on air.

Mumbai: Punjab’s Aftab Singh on Saturday emerged as the winner of Rising Star season 3. Aftab took home the Rising star trophy and Rs 10 lakh. Diwakar Sharma was declared the first runner-up. He took home Rs 5 lakh.

The singing reality show aired for nearly three months. It premiered on March 16 earlier this year. The show was hosted by Bollywood playback singer Aditya Narayan. Music director-singer Shankar Mahadevan, singer Neeti Mohan and actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh were the judges on the show.

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Amid the crowded musical reality show market, Rising Star distinguished itself due to its unique format.

The reality show followed the format of the Israeli singing competition HaKokhav HaBa in that audiences were able to vote for their favourite contestants through Voot even as the show was on air. The original Israeli version has also spawned adaptations in US, UK, Canada, Germany, Russia, Argentina, Hungarian, Greek, Indonesia among others.