Zee TV to bring back Dance India Dance

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | June 09, 2015
Season five of the dance reality show will have a new-look jury.

Zee TV has announced season five of its popular dance reality show, Dance India Dance. The show that gave Indians concepts such as Locking and Popping, Lyrical Hip Hop, B-Boying, Kalaripayattu, Paso Doble, Slo-Mo and Aerial will be back on the tube later this month.

L to R: Mudassar Khan, Gaiti Siddiqui and Punit Pathak

Two new judges will be taking the stage this time around along with old hand Mudassar Khan, who makes a comeback. Gaiti Siddiqui, who has been a guide and coach for DID participants before, and Punit Pathak, a former DID contestant, will join him at the judging table.

Produced by ZEEL's content engine, Essel Vision Productions, auditions for DID Season Five's began in April and were held across 17 cities to scout for the most deserving dancing talent. The new season presents itself as the 'Biggest Battleground of Dance', where each participant will set a certain standard with his or her dancing prowess and challenge the next to #BeatThat!

And how do the new judges feel? Says Pathak, "Very rarely does an ex-contestant of a reality show graduate to become a judge on the same show and I consider myself blessed to have got that opportunity." An equally excited Siddiqui explains, "I have been associated with DID for a long time now, creatively supervising some of the acts you've seen over the previous seasons. So, I understand the responsibility that comes along with being a judge on such a prestigious platform."

Says Khan about his comeback, 'It's always fun to be part of the DID family. This season will be an open and explosive battleground for dancers who have the passion and the drive to take on new challenges and prove their mettle with one spectacular act after another, constantly upping the ante and outshining the rest. Which is why, we say 'Beat That!"

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