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Indian Idol Season 12 finale LIVE UPDATES: Pawandeep Rajan calls his win ‘bittersweet’

Indian Idol Season 12 finale LIVE UPDATE: Indian Idol Season 12 winner is Pawandeep Rajan, while the runners-up are Arunita Kanjilal and Sayli Kamble.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 16, 2021 5:10:28 pm
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Indian Idol 12 winner is Pawandeep Rajan. The talented singer won the 12-hour grand finale of the show on Sunday with Arunita Kanjilal and Sayli Kamble as runners-up.

To celebrate the successful show, the makers have planned a 12-hour long finale. Starting 12 pm, the musical extravaganza with the six finalists — Pawandeep Rajan, Arunita Kanjilal, Nihal Tauro, Sayli Kamble, Mohd Danish and Shanmukhapriya enthralling the audience with their performances.

Apart from the ex-contestants, the ‘Greatest Finale Ever’ also saw several guests cheering the finalists. Shershaah actors Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani shot with the Indian Idol 12 team for the special episodes. Popular singers Javed Ali, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Sukhvinder Singh also graced the stage.

To boost the contestants’ confidence, south star Vijay Deverkonda sent a video message telling them how much he enjoys Indian Idol. Also, the Bade Achhe Lagte Hain 2 lead pair Nakuul Mehta and Disha Parmar made an appearance during the finale.

Earlier, talking exclusively to, director Neeraj Sharma shared that the team is looking forward to creating history with Indian Idol Season 12. Stating that they always had ‘big plans’ for the finale, he said, “If there was no pandemic, we would have hosted the finale in a big stadium, and we are confident it would have been a sold-out show. This season has been loved so much and given it’s the last episode, we wanted to do something really special, and thus the 12-hour episode came in place.”

Talking about the season, the director further shared that even though it was the longest, they still feel that it could have run for a few more months. “The high ratings also prove that the audience is still hooked on to the show. This is going to be the last time they see their favourites perform, and we hope they really like the finale episode,” added Neeraj.

While the team has already pre-recorded chunks of the long episode, the winner announcement happened live at midnight. The Greatest Grand Finale Ever saw Jay Bhanushali co-host the show with the original anchor Aditya Narayan. The current judges Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya and Sonu Kakkar also performed during Indian Idol 12 finale.

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17:10 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Pawandeep Rajan-Arunita Kanjilal hug each other
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Pawandeep Rajan-Arunita Kanjilal fans have shared a video where the two can be seen hugging as they congratulated each other for their win.

16:55 (IST)16 Aug 2021
The Great Khali with Indian Idol judges
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The Great Khali shared a photo from the Indian Idol 12's finale.

16:15 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Abhijeet Sawant on Arunita Kanjilal’s fans being upset

Abhijeet Sawant, in his interview to also addressed the fact that Arunita Kanjilal’s fans are upset and disappointed. He said, "It always happens. People who support different contestants, definitely feel sad or disheartened. But the trophy has to go to one of the contestants. It does not make sense to disappoint on this or to say it should have been a tie."

15:57 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Abhijeet Sawant congratulated Pawandeep Rajan

Indian Idol 1 winner Abhijeet Sawant congratulated Pawandeep Rajan for the win. The singer welcomed Pawandeep to the winners’ family of Indian Idol and said that he had expected this result. In an interview to, Abhijeet Sawant said, "I want to wish him good luck. I was expecting that he will win the show and he won the show. It’s great, the kind of caliber he has, I am happy in welcoming him in Indian Idol winners’ family."

15:36 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Pawandeep Rajan, Arunita Kanjilal, and Sayli Kamble pose together
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Indian Idol Season 12 winner Pawandeep Rajan, and runners-ups Arunita Kanjilal and Sayli Kamble posed for a click.

15:16 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Sonia Kapoor shares her best wishes
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Himesh Reshammiya's wife and actor Sonia Kapoor shared a click of the singer with Indian Idol winner Pawandeep and wrote, "Congratulations on the blockbuster success of the longest and the biggest show #indianidol ❤️❤️my rockstar @realhimesh and pawnu @pawandeeprajan , our songs @himeshreshammiyamelodies #tere bagairr and #Teriiumeed are rocking the charts with millions of views and audio streams , many more to come ❤️❤️."

14:58 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Himesh Reshammiya shared a clip of 'the winning moment'
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Sharing a clip from Indian idol 12's grand finale, Himesh Reshammiya wrote, "The winning moment @pawandeeprajan ❤️ super show super talent , #love."

14:40 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Ashish Kulkarni shares his happiness on Pawandeep's win
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Ashish Kulkarni shared a click of Pawan and wrote, "Kya kahan tha maine? Trophy ghar aa gayi!! Congratulations dada @pawandeeprajan !"

14:28 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Samyak Prasana poses with winner Pawan
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Indian Idol 12 contestant Samyak Prasana shared a click with the winner and wrote, "Wohooo! Lets goo🥳 CONGRATULATIONS Pawan bhaiyaaa❤️ @pawandeeprajan."

14:04 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Aditya Narayan congratulates the finalists
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Aditya Narayan shared a click with the Indian Idol 12 finalists and wrote, "Undoubtedly the best finalists ever! Congratulations: @pawandeeprajan 🥇 Well deserved winner. @arunitakanjilal 🥈 The joint winner alongside Pawan IMHO @saylikamble_music 🥉Second runner up on the greatest season ever. No small feat! @mohd.danish.official @nihal_tauro_official & @shanmukhapriya_1925 you have inspired a new generation of musical aspirants to strive for excellence."

13:42 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Neeraj Kalkar shared an emotional post
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Musician Neeraj Kalkar shared a click with the Indian Idol 12 contestants and wrote, "Haan! Kuch der mein humsab juda ho jaaenge per Jaldi humsab milenge zaroor; 2067 mein waise bhi hum sabko milna hi hai, usse pehle bhi aap sabke concerts; award functions mein milenge. Khub aage badho naam kamaao aur hamesha khush raho. Thank u so much for the immortal journey of Indian Idol XII."

13:37 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Runners-up Sayli Kamble with her trophy
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Runners-up Sayli Kamble shared a click with her trophy and wrote, "My baby is in my hand..I promise to take care of you for the rest of my life..❤️ Thank you all my well wishers for your love and support..aap sabhi ke vajah se mein aaj yaha hun.. sabhi ko bohot pyaar aur dhanywaad.. Humesha aisehi mere saath rahiyega.. love you #IdolSayli."

13:14 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Sireesha Bhagavatula poses with winner Pawandeep
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Indian Idol 12 contestant Sireesha Bhagavatula shared a photo with winner Pawandeep post the grand finale. "Congratulations Rockstar @pawandeeprajan 🎊," she wrote along.

13:04 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Anushka Banerjee congratulates Pawandeep
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Indian Idol 12 contestant Anushka Banerjee shared a click with the winner Pawandeep and wrote, "Congratulations @pawandeeprajan bhaiya!!!!🎉❤️ You deserve everything you've received & are yet to receive✨ You go "pawanu" bhaiyaaaaa 😁💛."

12:55 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Pawandeep shares his 'bittersweet moment'

Pawandeep shared, "It’s an unmatched feeling to be holding the trophy. However, given the close bond we formed over the past few months, I wanted each one of us to win. I wish I could share the trophy with all my five other finalists. It’s a very mixed feeling for me right now. I know that everyone is so talented that we will all forge great careers soon. We will also be collaborating together whenever we get a chance."

12:48 (IST)16 Aug 2021
What Arunita Kanjilal told Pawandeep Rajan after he won Indian Idol 12

While the contestants shared a warm bond, Pawandeep’s close friendship with Arunita Kanjilal led to speculation of a budding romance. The two have, however, time and again maintained that they are just good friends. On being asked what did his bestie tell him after his big win, Pawandeep smiled, “We haven’t got much time to speak but on the stage, Arunita said congratulations and that she is really happy for me.” READ MORE

12:39 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Annup Sonii calls Pawandeep's win 'well deserved'
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Annup Sonii shared a click with Indian Idol 12 winner Pawandeep and wrote, "Congratulations Pawandeep for winning the #indianidol season 12 Trophy🤗❤️🤗 Well deserved...Good Luck for your journey ahead👍👍👍

10:58 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Aditya Narayan on Indian Idol 12

"In such unprecedented times, the team collectively went all their way to put up a good show. And that would not have happened if we did not believe in good music and content," Indian Idol 12 host Aditya Narayan told

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10:30 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Pawandeep Rajan's winning moment

Pawandeep Rajan won a cheque of Rs 25 lakh. 

10:12 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Arunita Kanjilal and Sayli Kamble finish second and third

While Pawandeep Rajan won the 12-hour grand finale of Indian Idol 12 on Sunday, Arunita Kanjilal and Sayli Kamble were runners-up.

Indian Idol 12 also had to face a lot of criticism on social media. With trolls claiming the show was scripted, host Aditya Narayan hit back at them saying there is no show without a script, and a script is needed to keep the show flowing effortlessly.

In an interview with BollywoodLife, Aditya opened up about the criticism the show received. He said, “Honestly, I don’t have anything to say to these online trollers because they don’t have anything good to say about anyone. It just reflects their sickening mindsets. If your heart is filled with love, you will talk about love, if you have all the hate inside you, you would only talk dirty and nothing else.”

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