The avidly watched grand finale of ZEE’s ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs’ held at the Andheri Sports Complex in suburban Mumbai ended last night. Finally it was Sanchita who walked away with the ‘Li’l Champ’ trophy, defeating Sameer and Divakar by a narrow margin. Sanchita was over-the-moon. “I had prepared some really sizzling songs, and I guess they went down well with the audience,۝ she said.

Fatigued but jubilant ‘Li’l Champs’ producer Gajendra Singh said, “It was a close contest . Sanchita definitely had the best voice and range of the three finalists. Also, the general view that only guys win all these music contests like Indian Idol and Sa Re Ga Ma was broken. That was welcome.”

Hours before the contest between Sameer, Sanchita and Divakar came to an end, the three contestants were the portrait of poise, confidence and suppressed nervousness.

Said Sameer, “I’m not the least nervous. Why should I be? I’ve done my best. What’s to happen will happen now. Whether I win or lose, these months have taught me a lot. I loved every moment of my experience here. Of course I want to win . But I am equally prepared to lose. Divakar and Sanchita are my best friends. I’d certainly feel bad if they lose. But I’d be very happy about winning.”

Divakar was the most confident. “I’m not at all nervous and I’m not at all scared because I know I’m going to win. Of course I’ll feel bad for Sameer and Sanchita. Sameer is like my brother and Sanchita is like my sister. I want all of us to win,۝ he said.

Ironically Sanchita was the only one among the three who admitted to being nervous. “I do feel scared. I’ve prepared all the songs for tonight. Now all I need is luck and the audiences’ vote on my side. Divakar and Sameer are like my brothers. I want them to win. And they will because there’re three winners…’Lil Champ’, first runner-up, and second runner-up.”