Saturday, 3 January 2009

Bhutan : Sonam Yangden bags the Bhutan Star title

January 1: Sonam Yangden from Trashigang took the title of the first ever Bhutan Star or Druk Ghi Sungkey Dhendur. She took home a Maruti Swift Car and a yearlong music contract worth Nu. 100,000 with Jigdrel Trophel. The results were declared last evening at the CICCC Ground in Thimphu.

The five finalists sang a favourite song each. Some 20 popular Bhutanese singers like Ap Doupel and Aum Thinlem were present at the finals.

Sonam Yangden told BBS that she is proud to be selected as the first Bhutan Star.

The first runners up Karma Phuntsho from Trashigang received Nu. 150,000 and a yearlong music contract. He told BBS that he expected to take the title.

Meanwhile the rest of the finalist were given Nu. 50,000 each. The contestants competed in Zhungdra, Boedra and Rigsar. They were evaluated on 40% marks by judges and 60% through votes.

The winner bagged a total of 44,108 votes for the final round. While the first runners up got 18,420 votes.

Aspiring singers from all over the country took part in the competition held over a period of nine months. The organizer Nguldrub Dorjiks of Jigdrel Entertainment said from next year the show will be an annual event.

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