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Saturday , October 6 , 2012
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It’s karaoke time for Shillong duo

- Meghalaya singers to vie for national title in Mumbai tomorrow

Shillong, Oct. 5: They pitted their voices against many from the east zone and emerged champions. Now the national finals of McDowell’s No. 1 Karaoke World Championship await them.

Local singers Gracyl Ropmay and Jameer Aaaron Kharkongor, however, have their sights set on the Karaoke World Championship 2012 finale to be held at Lappeenranta in Finland from November 28 to December 1. And for that they have to tune up and outsing their eight competitors back home.

The national finale will be held in Mumbai on Sunday. Ten finalists, including the Shillong duo, will vie for the title. Two winners — a male and a female — will get an all-expenses-paid trip to the Finland finals along with gift hampers, trophies and certificates. In Finland, they would be competing with winners from 30 other countries.

Talking to The Telegraph over phone as she prepared to leave for Mumbai, an anxious Ropmay said, “Well, one thing I have learnt is that nothing is impossible when you have fortitude. You have to create your own way to success and not depend on luck or destiny. Focus is what is essential.”

Ropmay is a known face in the state’s music circuit but she considers herself as being somewhere between an “amateur” and a “professional”. She said she was always looking for a chance to sing in events like the Karaoke World Championship. “It is worth participating and it has given me the strength to revive my passion for music. This platform is truly important to me and I cannot afford to lose it.”

Thanking God for the blessings, she also expressed gratitude to ROCKSKI group, an event management team, Karaoke World Championship and her family. “I believe that we have the potential and style. All we need is an opportunity to prove ourselves. I am looking forward to win.”

An equally geared-up Kharkongor said he had been preparing hard for Sunday’s finale and was looking forward to catching a flight to Finland. “My preparations for the grand finale are on and I am eagerly looking forward to fly to Finland to compete with the others.”

Karaoke World Championship is a fun-filled event where friends and karaoke lovers come together in large numbers to sing their favourite numbers. Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment in which a person sings popular songs with a back-up of a music track from which the original vocals are electronically erased.

Moving into its second year, the India trials of the Karaoke World Championship commenced with contests in 14 cities across India. It moved on to a four-city zonal finale (north: Gurgaon, south: Hyderabad, east: Calcutta and west: Mumbai). The contestants who qualified in these will compete for the top spots in the India finale on Sunday.