Chatting up Pune girl Richa Peter Topno who has won USD 10,000 as prize money in a contest hosted by StarMaker, a mobile app
Musical reality shows are passé. Mobile reality shows are the trend. Pune-girl Richa Peter Topno is the first Indian winner of the 10 Grand Challenge, a singing contest hosted by StarMaker, a user generated music and video platform. The online singing contest allows participants to record their solo cover with its mobile app, and submit it for the challenge.
When ST got in touch with the 21-year-old winner, she said, “The contest is based on voting and I was awake all night because the winner was to be announced at 9 am. After the results were out, I couldn’t believe that I had won. It was only after everyone started congratulating me that I believed it. Slowly I felt the excitement of winning.”
Richa received 3,69,904 votes from across the world and around 25,000 people had participated in the competition. StarMaker is a technology-driven media company that helps budding and talented musicians get the right opportunities.
Topno says, “StarMaker is a karaoke app in which background music is available. In this competition, 10 lucky winners were selected. I joined the app around May end and started singing.”
Ask her about the competition and she replies, “We had to upload a cover song on the app and the song which got the maximum number of votes and support from fans, was the winner.”
Topno, who had sung Ed Sheeran’s hit track Shape of You, said that she had practised the song quite a lot because it’s one of her favourite tracks. “I took around three to four retakes,” she says.
The budding singer, who’s a Psychology graduate, wants to make a full-time career in music. “I haven’t yet decided on what I want to do with the prize money but I will either shift base to Mumbai for better career opportunities or buy musical instruments. The USD 10,000 prize is definitely a big help,” says the singer who is into Western pop. StarMaker is also partnering with American Idol to offer Front of The Line audition passes to aspiring singers.
Topno has been uploading her music videos on Facebook and other social sites too. “There are so many platforms today. One just needs to know the right one. I have never participated in a reality show or big competitions because of my studies. This competition was big for me and a great platform. I don’t want to make a career using platforms that everyone has been following for ages. I want to use the new ones,” says the singer.
The next leg of the contest is expected to be announced in September next month.