The Grand Finale of the highly anticipated ‘Ranaviru Real Star’ – Mission 2, one of the most watched Reality Shows in Sri Lanka highlighting the innate talents of the armed forces personnel will hit the airwaves live on Sri Lanka Rupavahini from 6.30pm onwards on 06th July 2012 telecast direct from the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo.
Ranaviru Real Star was initiated on a concept by Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and is organized by the Ministry of Defence in partnership with Dialog Axiata PLC.
The highly successful Ranaviru Real Star (RRS) – Mission 1 received the highest number of SMS’s for a reality show final. The preliminary rounds also were recorded live and broadcast on Sri Lanka Rupavahini.
A press briefing was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Galadari, Colombo, today (4th July) which was graced by Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
At the briefing, the Director General of the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) Mr Lakshman Hulugalle addressing the media said that Ranaviru Real Star is a brain child of Secretary Defence which aims at to bring out the hidden talents of the war heroes of the three forces. He further stated that the whole country has embraced the Ranaviru Real Star Reality programme and over 2.2 million SMS’s have been received so far. The DG of the MCNS thanked the Secretary Defence for having initiated the programme and also thanked His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his blessings towards the reality show.
Addressing the gathering the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation Mr Mohan Samaranayaka admired the concept of Ranaviru Real Star by Secretary Defence and said that the concept is very unique of its kind. He further said that, if not for the defeating of the three decade long reign of terror unleashed by the LTTE terrorists, our country would have been similar to Sudan or Kosovo and would have been divided. The strong Political Leadership was further strengthened by the strong strategic leadership provided by the Secretary Defence and the bane of terrorism was eliminated, he said. He also said that this reality programme helped to further strengthen the venerated veneer of the security forces and it has also honoured the soldiers who fought the war. He also reiterated that the famous Ranaviru Real Star programme was embraced by the public with much honour.
The five finalists for RRS Mission 2 comprise of Sergeant Asela Manukulasuriya, Lance Corporal Kavinda Dumindaraj, Ayomi Perera from Sri :Lanka Army, Gayan Arunapriya of Sri Lanka Navy and Imali Anuruddhika of Sri Lanka Air Force.
The panel of judges comprises of eminent personalities in the music industry of Sri Lanka and will have a direct say in 60 percent of the outcome, whilst the rest of the outcome will be decided by the public via SMS.
The Chief Marketing Officer of the Dialog PLC Ms. Amali Nanayakkara said that “It has been an honour and a privilege for Dialog to involve with the RRS for the second consecutive year and the realization of hidden talents of our war heroes of the three forces is a worthy cause”.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy, Commander of the Air Force, eminent musicians, artists, officials from the Dialog PLC and many distinguished guests were present at the occasion.
The winner of Ranaviru Real Star – Mission 2 will be the proud owner of a brand new house worth Rupees 17 Million, while the runner up will receive a car worth Rupees 2 Million. The third place winner will receive a cash prize of Rupees One Million. The fourth and fifth placed will walk away with Rupees Five Hundred Thousand each.