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Mithunda makes way for Shiamak

entertainment Updated: Apr 01, 2011 00:56 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
Dance India Dance Doubles

After Dance India Dance Doubles, we reported that Zee TV would be launching Dance Ke Superstars in the Friday-Saturday 9.30 pm slot. News is that Mithun Chakraborty, the grand master on all the versions of Dance India Dance (DID) so far — Season One and Two, Doubles and Li’l Masters — will only be present on the first and last episodes of the new show that goes on air mid-April. Dance guru Shiamak Davar will take over as the senior-most judge in the five-week long contest.

Ashish Golwalkar, the head of programming, non-fiction content, Zee TV, confirms, “Mithunda will bless the contestants in episode one and will be there for the finale. Unfortunately, due to his film assignments, we couldn’t manage more time from him.” Talks are still on to figure the rest of the show’s judges and contestants. “We would love to have all our masters, Geeta Kapoor, Remo D’Souza, Terrence Lewis, Rajeev Surti and Marzi Pestonji, on the judging panel. But we’ll have to wait to see whose dates can be worked out. Accordingly, we will proceed,” he says.

The reality show pits the top contestants from Dance India Dance Season One against the top participants from Season Two. “The idea came from a friendly discussion between the contestants at one of our parties. They were arguing which season faired better. We ended the discussion with a suggestion to have a contest to decide,” reminisces Golwalkar, adding that the tight-format show will help the channel counter Indian Premier League (IPL) on weekends.

The show will have eliminations. Two kiddie contestants from DID Li’l Masters will lead the teams. The show had opened with one of the highest TRPs in recent times at 6.7 points. “They will add the extra punch. That whole bunch was fun. So, we thought bringing them back would be a good idea too,” says Golwalkar. “And since there are no eliminations, the scores of the teams will be counted every week. The team with the higher score in the last week will win. Like a league match, it will be followed by a finale, somewhat like IPL.”