After an exciting battle between country’s most talented Punjabi singers, the journey of New Zealand’s first ever Punjabi singing reality show Khitaab-e-Awaaz Voice of NZ came to an end on Sunday, October 2.

Contestants, judges, and organisers at the Grand FinaleSandeep Nafrey, 26, emerged as the winner and will now get a chance to work with renowned Punjabi music director, and co-founder and director of Speed Records India, Dinesh Auluck. He will be promoted by Speed Records India, the production expenses of which will be covered by JK Star Productions—the event organisers based in Auckland.

At this occasion, Nafrey, who hails from Phillaur district in Punjab, expressed his gratitude and said that his hard work of many years has finally paid off.

“It took so long, but I am happy that finally, I was able to prove my worth,” said visibly satisfied and happy Nafrey. He was chosen the winner based on his performance throughout the season.

In a nail-biting competition that went on for more almost two months, 11 finalists showcased their singing skills in front of the judges and the audience. All the finalists gave judges a tough time, as choosing one best was the most difficult task for them.

Jassi Brar, 23, from Christchurch, was selected as the first runner-up and won many hearts with his all round command over a wide range of instruments, along with spectacular singing. Sagar Sharma, 19, from Auckland, was the second runner-up and was applauded for his soulful rendition of the songs.

Sunny Singh, 25, from Takanini, was awarded ‘the best performer’ for his energetic and charming performances throughout the journey of Khitaab-e-Awaaz.

The contest started with 70 contestants auditioning for participation on August 21. 31 contestants were shortlisted for the first round, while 11 super-talented singers made it to the finals, including one female singer. The other finalists included Simratpal Kaur, Chris Dhanjal, Gurnirvair Singh Cheema, Sukhwant Dhanju, Varinder Singh, Raminderjeet Singh and Satvir Singh.

The grand finale was held at China Town, East Tamaki. The event was managed by Paramveer Singh and promoted by Karam Hundal, of JK Star Productions, and the show was telecasted by Pal Productions through Facebook Live.