New Jersey Girl, Aratrika Dey Wins ZEE TV SRGMP Little Champs North America

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Ali Zafar, Lauren Gottlieb, Jackky Bhagnani, Aditya Narayan & Monali Thakur at ZEE TV North America ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ Lil Champ finale

NEW YORK: Bollywood star Ali Zafar, model and actress Lauren Gottlieb and actor Jackky Bhagnani showed up as celebrity guests at North America Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs finale.

The episode was shot recently at Famous Studio in Mumbai. Hosts Aditya Narayan will be seen giving company to Ali and Monali.

From over 20,000 audition entries,  top 14 finalists of SRGMP Lil champs North America were selected and competed on the  SRGMP sets specially crafted for them! Artarika Dey from NJ takes home the winner trophy; Niranjanaa Kannan from WA and Preetish Chakroborty from IL becomes the 1st and 2nd runner up of ZEE TV SRGMP Lil Champs North America held in Mumbai, India.

Sameer Targe, General Manager of ZEE TV Americas says, “I am very surprised to see the level of talent that exists amongst the 2nd generation South Asian kids. Ironically all the top 14 finalists are born and raised in America and seldom get to visit India to understand the language. Yet singing fluently and soulfully without understanding the lyrics is commendable.  For me the real winners are the parents who despite living so far away from India have encouraged their children to explore Indian music and cuture.

ZEE Americas
A pioneer in South Asian entertainment, ZEE TV has become synonymous with unparalleled quality in broadcasting for more than 20 years.  As a global brand, ZEE is committed to delivering top-notch international content.

ZEE in the Americas has established itself as a mainstay in American households, reaching more than 2 million viewers.  As a market leader in the South Asian entertainment space since its entry into America in 1998, ZEE is continuously evolving its content to meet the changing needs of the market across genres and languages.  As the exclusive distributor of the ZEE channels in the Americas, Asia TV USA Ltd. caters to a wide audience with a growing number of channels, including ZEE TV, ZEE Cinema, ZEE Khana Khazana, Zing, ZEE Business, ZEE Smile, TEN Cricket, ZEE Aflam, ZEE Alwan, ZEE Russia, ZEE Marathi, ZEE Kannada, ZEE Telugu, ZEE Tamizh, Alpha ETC Punjabi, ZEE Bangla, ZEE Salaam, ZEE 24 Taas, ZEE 24 Ghanta and ZEE 24 Ghantalu. In August 2012, ZEE TV became the first South Asian channel to launch in High Definition in the US!

About ZEE TV SRGMP Lil Champs North America
ZEE TV America has opened the doors for millions of talented children in North America to become the next singing superstars. After successfully launching Dance India Dance North America and completing three seasons – Dance India Dance North America (for Adults), Dance India Dance North America Little Master (Kids) and DID Super Moms North America (for Moms). ZEE TV Americas, received more than 20,000 entries per season, garnered highest viewership, reach, and impressions leaving competition behind and has successfully built and created a platform for millions of talented first and second generation South Asians across North America.

More than 20,000 audition entries were received and more than 125,000 video views per week during the voting phase where in North American audience got a chance to vote for their favorite contestant and select the top 14 (