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tv Updated: Jun 22, 2011 01:21 IST

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Industry experts reveal the most popular reality television show hosts, and what makes them click with the audiences:

Rannvijay
Age: 28
Popular TV show: Roadies
(season 2 to 8)
Rannvijay Singh, a Ludhiana lad, won the first season of Mtv’s reality show Roadies in 2003 and went on to become a popular host on the small screen of the show. He says, “To host a show like Roadies is a demanding. I find it challenging and satisfying. I would love to host a comedy show.”

Expert Talk: “He does stunts too, so when he hosts Roadies, he looks genuine,” says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Jennifer
Age: 26
Popular TV shows: Comedy Circus - Laughter Ke Phatke, Comedy Circus 3, Zara Nach Ke Dikha 2, Perfect Bride, and Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala

Jennifer Winget says, “Acting and hosting a show are two entirely different things. The best part is that while hosting, I can be myself.”

Expert Talk: “A good anchor needs to be comfortable with himself/herself, charming and have a sense of humour and these are the qualities that Jennifer has," says ad guru Prahlad Kakkar.

Mona
Age: 30
Popular TV shows: Naya Roop Nayi Zindagi, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa ( season 3 and 4), Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and Shaadi 3 Crore Ki
Mona Singh, who made her TV debut by playing Jassi in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi in 2003. says, “I really enjoy hosting. I was nervous when I hosted my first show, but now I am very comfortable.”
Expert Talk: “She is a very happy go lucky and vivacious person. That comes across when she hosts a show,” says Pooja Bedi.

Saumya
Age: 26
Popular TV shows: Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout, Dance India Dance, Comedy Circus ke Taansen
Saumya Tandon says, “With the industry changing at such a fast pace, the greatest challenge for me as a host is to find the right kind of show.”
Expert Talk: “The key to be a great host is that one should not pretend to be someone else and be herself/himself and this is where Saumya scores,” says Adarsh.

Hussain
Age: 33
Popular TV shows: Shabaash India, Kisme Kitna Hai Dum, Indian Idol (season 3 to 5), Nach Baliye 3 and Dance Premier League
Hussain Kuwajerwala says, “Every show has a genre of its own and hosting changes according to that. A host is required to be impromptu and up on the feet all the time.”
Expert Talk: “Hussain is quite good at hosting. He knows his work well and connects well with the audiences” says actor-anchor Pooja Bedi.