AR Rahman encourages competitors to "sing like a star"

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After seeing off competition from two hundred fellow hopefuls at the audition stage, before going on to triumph over nine other finalists on Friday (December 9) 23-year-old Jibran Raheel from Pakistan was crowned the winner of Emirates NBD's "Sing like a star with AR Rahman" contest.

Following the announcement, he then got to do just that and took to the stage alongside the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, record producer, composer and musician Rahman, who was in Dubai for a concert on Friday night, charity ventures and to pick up an award from the Dubai International Film Festival and who counts Bafta, Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards amongst his many accolades.

Raheel, who currently lives in Sharjah after moving to the UAE nine months ago, has never had any formal music lessons, but after Rahman chose him as the winner, he dispensed some on-the-spot training before the two went on to sing live together. We'll be looking out for Raheel in the future.