Bigg Boss 12 is just a few hours away from being aired, and the reality TV show hosted by Salman Khan has promised to provide a lot of entertainment. This year’s theme is ‘vichitra jodis’, and the line up has given us something to look forward to. Among the contestants, who were finalised, is singer and musician Anup Jalota who in an interview said he feels they will pair him with Priyanka Chopra inside the house. Also Read - Bigg Boss 14 Latest Eviction: Sonali Phogat Gets Eliminated From Salman Khan-Hosted Show

Jalota, who was awarded the Padma Shri in the Art – Indian Classical Music – Vocal category, is best known for his performance of devotional bhajans and ghazals. In an exclusive interview with Pinkvilla before he entered the house, he spoke about why he agreed to take part, his strategy and who should be his ‘vichitra jodi’. Also Read - Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal Wedding Updates: Newly Married Couple Pose With Paps

“I am very excited to make new friends inside the house. I’m not going inside the house for popularity,” Pinkvilla quoted him as saying. Jalota went on to say that his taking part in the show would be a vacation of sorts for him. Also Read - Bigg Boss 14 Weekend Ka Vaar With Salman Khan Won't Happen as Actor Attends Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal's Wedding

“I am so busy in life that I take 24 flights in a month so I have not got any rest. So, when they approached me, I thought this is the perfect time to take a vacation, make friends, and rest for sometime,” he stated.

The singer, who as per media reports is the highest paid contestant in the house with an earning of Rs 45 lakh per week, also said that he will be exercising and doing his regular ‘riyas’ during his stay, and that he will employ love and respect to win people over.

“I will make people understand my point of views with love. I will try to tackle any controversy inside the house with love and respect. Pyaar se samjha denge,” he said.

He further said that he has already brought a good number of changes to the show, starting with the time slot the controversial reality show was given.

“I have already brought so many changes in BB. First, it used to come at 10:30 PM, now it will come at 9 PM. So, I will change and make a lot of things right inside the house,” he stated.

On being paired with Priyanka Chopra, the singer, who entered the house with diva Jasleen Matharu said, “I have heard that the theme is vichitra jodi this year, so maybe, they will bring Priyanka Chopra as my ‘vichitra jodi’. She sings, her husband [which we corrected is her fiance, Nick Jonas] also sings, so I feel they will bring her.”

Towards the end, Jalota said the reason he decided to join the show was because people had an image of him being a serious person who only sings bhajans and devotional songs when in real life he is a person who is funny and simple.

Anup Jalota, who was born in Nainital, Uttarakhand, started his musical career as a chorus singer in All India Radio.