The final of the world’s first ever military reality show staged on grand scale at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on Sunday evening (29 May).
His Excellency President and Commander in Chief Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksha were the chief guests at this Ranaviru Real Star Final.
There were five contestants in the grand finale which included two officers from Sri Lanka Navy and three soldiers from Sri Lanka Army. They competed in several rounds showcasing their hidden talents in the final event.
Unlike other reality shows 60 percent of the selection of winers are contributed by a panel of judge. Ranaviru Real Star compromised of a professionally sound judge panel from the beginning and on the final day it was Visharada Edward Jayakody, Jakson Antony and Visharada Champa Kalhari Jayasekara who did this hard job.The rest 40 percent was allowed public to decide upon their SMS.
Ultimately It was Commander Demian Fernando of the Sri Lanka Navy who won the trophy. There were a stiff competition with other competitors, making history as the first Ranaviru Real Star. The winner received a brand new luxury house valued at Rs. 15 million by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa.
Toyota Lanka sponsered for the second place price and Private Indika was the lucky serviceman who secured the award of Toyota “Avanza” car. The third place went to Corporal Lalith Wickramanayaka and awarded Rs. 2 million together with the trophy. The fourth place and fifth place secured by Sub Lieutenant Saranga Sampath and Private Danushka Lakmal respectively. They were awarded Rs. 500,000 each together with the trophy.
These were not the only prices given away at this first ever military reality show. All the competitors who secured positions from 24th place to 8th place were awarded special prizes by the service Commanders. In addition the seventh and eighth place contestants Brigadier Rajitha Ampemohotti and Corporal Sbashini Gamage were awarded special prizes of Rs. 1000,000 each.
During the competition Edward Jayakody kindly requested the President to grant them with scholarships to study music further in their service careers, and later it was approved by the President.
You can watch the full video of Ranaviru real star finale here. The final event had been directed by Jayantha Chandrasiri. We congratulate all the servicemen who were winners of this grand event.
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