Meet Asiana's Bachelor and Bachelorette 2012
Hundreds of sexy singletons from all over the UK fought it out to be crowned the coveted title of Asiana Bachelor & Bachelorette 2012; announced at a star-studded ceremony at the exclusive Supper Club in Notting Hill on Sunday.
40,000 votes were cast to whittle down the 50 candidates to just 10 in each category, whose final fate lay in the hands of a panel of celebrity judges.
Radio 1 and Asian Network DJ Nihal hosted the spectacular night, the most epic event in Asiana history, along with TV presenter Tasmin Lucia Khan who introduced some of the finest musicians and entertainment talent to the stage…starting with a live rendition of One Pound Fish by the internet sensation Muhammad Shahid Nazir, a fishmonger from Pakistan who’s seafood themed ‘market cries’ have attracted over one million views on You Tube.
Next up on stage was slick r ‘n’ b singer Raool who performed two of his hit tracks, Strike a Pose and Gingerbread Man, accompanied by one of the steamiest dance performers of the night.
This year two celebrity panels offered their expertise on who deserved to win the prestigious awards. The female judges Kiran Sharma, Sonali Shah, Manrina Rhode Rekhi, Shivani Ghai and Shazia Mirza had the tough decision of picking the hottest hunk, while on the men’s panel Rishi Rich, Ameet Channa, Mark Ramprakash, Upen Patel and Paul Chowdhury were given the difficult task of crowning the first ever Asiana Bachelorette.
The lucky 20 candidates strutted their stuff on stage with the girls modelling stunning outfits by Phulkari and jewellery by Kyle’s Collection while the men were kitted out in opulent sherwanis designed by Ziggi Studio. Make-up artist Sara Aziz worked her magic to beautify the contestants and Bal Chohan from My Signature Style styled the show.
As the judges conferred, urban music starts Metz and Trix hit the stage, followed by bhangra super star H-Dhami whose performance was hijacked by several fans eager to flaunt their moves. Then to his surprise, he was presented with a birthday cake, baked by Deelicious Nazish’s Kitchen. The crowd sung happy birthday, followed by a Hindi rendition by H-Dhami for Nihal, who both shared their special days on June 1st.
The atmosphere hotted up in round two when the final shortlists were announced, giving the judges a chance to grill the contestants. Highlights included a belly dance between Bachelorette Shivani Bhatt and judge Upen Patel, a romantic film scene performed by actress Purvi, a dirty dance between bachelor Daljinder and comedian Shazia Mirza and press-ups by personal trainer Vikas Hothi.
While tension mounted Juggy D got the party well and truly underway before the Editor of Asiana Wedding magazine Anisha Vasani was invited to the stage to announce the winners.
Boxer Sohail Ahmad (23) from London was crowned Bachelor 2012 and celebrated by whipping off his shirt to a screaming room of fans. Bachelorette 2012 was awarded to Dharshika Devi (28) from Manchester who wowed the judges hearts with her fiery moves to Bollywood item song Shelia Ki Jawani.
Sohail was presented with a bottle of Chivas Regal, an exquisite pair of cufflinks by Kyle’s Collection and a sherwani by Ziggi Studio while Dharshika was awarded a bottle of champagne, an exclusive jewellery set from Kyle’s Jewellery and an outfit by Phulkari. Both received dental vouchers to spend at The Smile Clinic, personal consultations with My Signature Style and tickets to the forthcoming Asiana Party in Paris event.
The celebrations continued into the early hours of the sold out event with Punjabi Hit Squad, DJ Scandalis, DJ Klipz & Shayal and Diamond Cut on the decks, a live performance by Dr Zeus and Kanika, entertainment by Magic Singh and Sax Singh and breathtaking aerial dancers.