Channel Punjab Talent Hunt Winner

Channel Punjab Talent Hunt Winner

World’s first ever ‘Chak De Phatte’, the Bhangra version of X Factor, reached its grand final on Sunday 27th January 2008 at Second City Suite in Birmingham. The million pound international Bhangra industry has been eagerly following the event, while the winner breaks into the popular world of Bhangra with a recording contract.

The event was managed by Channel Punjab, the first ever-dedicated international television network for Punjabi Diaspora, the novel Bhangra Factor – Chak De Phatte, has already created waves by witnessing huge public attention. Over 1000 participants have been competing for the last six months in various levels. The last 12 had reached the grand final last night and ‘Santu Singh’ from Nottingham was hailed the winner.

“We provided a platform for Punjabi singers from all over the UK to showcase the raw talent. I would like to thank all the contestants and judges for making this event possible and congratulations to Santu, we looking forward to working with him and developing his music career. ‘Chak De Phatte’ had people from all ages and backgrounds participating in this first of many other events Channel Punjab will be organising in 2008. Live events are a way we can connect to the future generations. Promoting Punjabi culture is the objective here.” Says Jasbir Singh Derewal CEO – Channel Punjab.

Seventeen year old, Santu who is currently studying his ‘A’ levels in music production said “I am speechless and really excited that I have won this competition, especially as I was against such talented contestants. I am looking forward to working with a great music producer like Kittu ji and Channel Punjab to manage my music career and who will also produce a music video of my first track. Chak De Phatte competition has given me a chance to promote Punjabi culture and has opened doors for other Punjabi singers as dreams can come true!”

Chak De Phatte is going to be ongoing, and this summer will see the second series with auditions take place in more towns and cities across the UK. Talks are taking place to take Chak De Phatte to India, Canada and US that will guarantee more undiscovered talents for Bhangra music 2009 and beyond.

The judges for the competition were Tejwant Kittu (music producer), Channi Singh (Alaap Group), Apache Indian (singer), Slinder Pardesi (singer) and Amerjit Sidhu (Promoter). There were live performances from Channi Singh, Palvinder Dhami, Sardara Gill, Slinder Pardesi, Kebi, Pargan Bhandal and DJ Sangha. The event was hosted by Sukhi Bart and Neelu Kalsi.

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