Clash of Little Dancing Stars on Small Screen

By Radhika Bhirani

Mumbai, Apr 29 (IANS): Small screen is set for a clash between Zee TV’s "Dance India Dance L’il Masters" and Colors‘ "Chak Dhoom Dhoom" - both of which are children’s reality dance shows.

Both go on air Friday. While "Dance India Dance..." features ace choreographers Farah Khan and Sandip Soparrkar on the judges‘ panel, "Chak Dhoom Dhoom" will see Saroj Khan, Ahmad Khan and actor Vindu Dara Singh pointing out the pros and cons of the performers.

This is Zee TV's first children dance reality show -- and expectations are high.

"We expect ‘L’il Masters’ to be bigger than the last two seasons of ‘Dance India Dance’. We visited 18 cities for auditions to select and bring talent from the interiors of the country. The audience will ultimately watch a show that will have better talent. So we will let them decide about competition," Akash Chawla, marketing head of Zee TV, told IANS.

Post the success of "Dance India Dance", Zee TV is seeing children's reality show as its brand extension.

"For us, 'L'il Masters' is a natural brand extension of 'Dance India Dance'. In the past two seasons of 'Dance India Dance', we built up an identity of the show. Now we are taking off from there just the way we did with 'Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa' to 'Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs'," said Chawla.

Colors’ "Chak Dhoom Dhoom" too is expecting to hook audiences with its quality of talent.

"We are pretty confident that ‘Chak Dhoom Dhoom’ will do very well given the calibre of talent we have on the show. Also, these children will be trained by none other than choreographers to the stars themselves, Bosco-Ceaser, which is a first," Ashvini Yardi, programming head of Colors, told IANS.

"The jury is yet another plus point. Sarojji's experience as a dancer, teacher and judge is sure to add to the charisma of the show, while Ahmad and Vindu will definitely bring in fresher perspectives," she added.

The small screen is set for another dance battle on STAR Plus’ with "Zara Nachke Dikha", starting Saturday. Nine female celebrities (Masakalis) and nine male celebrities (Mastkalandars) will compete with each other.

In its second season now, the show is aimed at getting as big as it could with Bollywood stars Shilpa Shetty and Arshad Warsi and National award winning choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant in the judges panel.

But the big question is: who will win the larger battle of TRPs Friday?




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