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tv Updated: May 04, 2010 13:30 IST
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Dance India Dance L’il Masters
Timing: 9.30 pm, Friday - Saturday
Cast: Sandip Soparrkar, Farah Khan and kiddie dancers

This show connects with you from the word go. The title track is lively. The first contestant on stage is a five-year-old Bharatnatyam dancer. Her expressions and movements leave one stunned, giving goose bumps. What follows is a long list of performances, each better than the other. The kids are enthusiastic. The judges are polite and fun loving, which makes the show, far better than any other in the genre.

A 44-odd-minute capsule of this show twice a week can actually help reduce stress. The show highlights the reality, the tears and the sadness of a reality show contestant. But it also brings out the happy side of competition, which means that the show editors have done a good job of the footage taken at the auditions and beyond. Worth tuning in to every weekend!

What we like
The packaging of the episodes keeps reality and entertainment balanced.
The title track is enthusiastic and has the potential to connect well with kids.
The contestants are gifted, which makes the content lively and attractive.
The judges are polite with all the kids, whether they make it to the next level or not. They put their point across without
embarrassing the child.

And don’t like
We wish the episodes were longer than they currently are.
They’re pure entertainment, clean and work as fabulous stress busters.
****

Zara Nachke Dikha
Timing: 9 pm, Saturday - Sunday
Cast: Shilpa Shetty, Arshad Warsi, Vaibhavi Merchant and TV celebs-turned-dancers

We wish the contestants didn’t behave like kindergarten kids, where the boys try to pull the girls down and vice versa. With that aspect reduced, or better still, eliminated, the show is entertaining. The performances are A-rate.
They look like they’ve been well rehearsed. Rakhi Sawant, for a change, speaks less. The judges don’t go overboard with their comments. It’s a pleasure to see them — Arshad Warsi, Shilpa Shetty and Vaibhavi Merchant — connecting well with dance. There’s instant connect with both the ladies on the panel. Warsi is a refreshing change, as someone who’s never been on a show before; leaving us wondering why.

What we like
A cool panel of judges who don’t overdo their act. The comments are very straightforward.
The show is different from the first season and not another extension of it.
The performances are good, but given the caliber of the performers, they can be better.

And don’t like
The celebrities behave like kids. If they could, in some way, reduce the comments made by the boys to the girls and vice
versa, the show could be much more entertaining.
The extremely dangerous stunt-oriented dances can be done away with.
***

Indian Idol 5
Timing: 9 pm, Monday to Friday
Cast: Anu Mallik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Salim Merchant, Prajakta Shukre and Abhijit Sawant and a bunch of singers

This season of Indian Idol is a refreshing change from the last four seasons. It brings back the emotions and the zest of the first season, which is what actually clicked with audience then.
The judges, Sunidhi Chauhan, Anu Mallik and Salim Merchant, are spunky and out there. They know their job and do it really well. The editors of the show deserve a special mention because they turn even the most boring
performances into entertaining ones.
The judges pass comments on undeserving contestants in a fun tongue-in-cheek manner; something that’s rather nice about this season.
The singers making it to the next level actually deserve it, which means that the audience and the judges are on the same page. It’s the only reality show that’s focusing on singing which, by default, makes it stand apart.

What we like
The packaging of the show does wonders.
The way the editors use the content keeps you in splits. For instance, a crass contestant is turned into the most entertaining one on the episode.
It’s refreshing to see judges that have everything to do with music.
Sunidhi Chauhan completes the requirement for the glam quotient.
It’s a funny show. Anu Mallik keeps breaking into little tiffs, dances and sometimes reacts rather funnily in situations.
The extras are to watch out for.

And don’t like
As hosts, Prajakta Shukre and Abhijit Sawant don’t make much of an impact as compared to Mini Mathur, Husain Kuwajerwala and Aman Varma.
There are plenty of crass contestants in one episode. That might make people feel that the show is not a serious talent hunt.
*** and 1/2