For the first time, the finale of a Zee TV reality show, Dance India Dance Doubles will not be aired ‘live’. It will be filmed with the four finalists, Cornell-Sonali, Vikram-Niharika, Amit-Falon and Saurabh-Vivek, on April 7 at the Andheri Sports Complex and aired on Saturday, April 9. Dance Ke Superstars that goes on air the week after, will be officially announced during the finale.
Ashish Golwalkar, head of non-fiction programming, Zee TV, reasons that whether it was Sa Re Ga Ma Pa or the Dance India Dance shows, the finales have always run live.
“As a result we had little time to edit the footage. This time, we’ve planned some stunning performances and would like to use the edited footage in the promos and the capsule,” he points out.
He says that with Dance India Dance Doubles, the channel is testing the waters and if the trend works, it could start a system where a pre-shot finale can boost ratings.
Another reason for the advance shoot is that grand master Mithun Chakraborty will get busy with his film shoots. “I’ve been pushing around the dates of a couple of films to accommodate this show. It’s time I focused on my movies, which is why I turned down the offer to judge Dance Ke Superstars. Shooting the finale beforehand works for everyone,” he says. “I’ll be back on DID Season Three that flags off later in the year. Koi shaque? (Any doubts?).”