My all-time favourite SRGM(P) contestant is Vijay Prakash.
I'm normally quite bad at deciding on my favourites. But as for favourite SRGM(P) contestant, my mind is very clear, for a change. His timbre -- the gravity of his voice is the decisive factor.
See for yourself...Vijay Prakash - SRGM 1999 - Man Re
And now, something special...
Link>> Vijay Prakash - SRGM 1999 - Raag Bhopali
It's been ten long years, he is still to gain a footing in Bombay film music. Although AR Rahman has used him in a couple of songs (his voice can be heard in the 'jai ho' refrain), I feel he deserved more.
PS: The sound quality of these videos is not up to scratch and audio-video not in sync. You may not get the full effect.