With the grand finale of Zee TV’s Dance India Dance (DID) Li’l Masters coming up this Sunday, the five finalists are prepared to give it their best shot.
Under the guidance of judges Geeta Kapur and Marzi Pestonji and ‘Grandmaster’ Mithun Chakraborty, the talented kids were groomed and choreographed by their ‘skippers’ (contestants from previous seasons of the show).
Soumya Rai, 10
She has excelled in all styles, from kathak and Bollywood to b-boying and dubstep.
Finale act: A mix of Gun Guna Re, Bahara and Jazba.
Greatest moment: My rendition of Madhuri Dixit’s Aaja Nach Le.
Toughest moment: When Shalini was eliminated. We had become close friends.
Strongest competitors: Faisal and Rohan.
What next: Go back to studies; take up an advanced dance course.
If you win: I will give the money to my parents.
Om Chetry, 8
With a Mallakhamb routine and a daring fire act, Om has made every new act better than the previous one.
Finale act: I will perform to the Singham title track.
Greatest moment: Meeting celebrities, who were unable to match my dance steps.
Toughest moment: I felt bad for Kruti didi when she scolded for making me do the fire act.
Strongest competitors: Jeet and Soumya didi.
What next: I’ll participate in Dance Ke Superkids (Zee TV).
If you win: I’m not sure... but I will buy a lot of toys.
Rohan Parkale, 12
The Indore boy has grown up watching Michael Jackson and Prabhudheva and specialises in freestyle.
Finale act: Sajh dhaj ke and other chartbusters.
Greatest moment: My shadow performance with Paul from DID season three.
Toughest moment: I was almost out of the competition last week, but Mithun Dada’s veto power kept me in.
Strongest competitor: Faisal
What next: Dance Ke Superkids.
If you win: Buy something for my parents and grandparents.
Jeet Das, 7
His popular Kolaveri di dance in the auditions made him an instant favourite. An illness prevented him from making it to the final auditions. He returned in the wild card round.
Finale act: Michael Jackson and Bollywood numbers.
Greatest moment: Performing to a mix of Michael Jackson and Raj Kapoor songs. Also, beating Salman Khan in the cycle race challenge.
Toughest moment: Being in the bottom two.
Strongest competitor: Om Chetry.
What next: Participating in Dance Ke Superkids.
If you win: I’ll buy some toys and give the rest (of the money) to my parents.
Faisal Khan, 13
The son of an rickshaw driver from Mumbai is one of the favourites on the show.
Finale act: Sadda Haq and Bachna Ae Haseeno.
Greatest moment: Meeting Abhishek Bachchan, who said he’s my fan. Also Geeta Maa saying she wants a son like me.
Toughest moment: When the Masters had said my performance was below expectations.
Strongest competitor: Rohan
What next: Continue learning dance and be a choreographer one day.
If you win: I will give the money to my father.