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Maniesh Paul to host India’s Best Dancer

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Sony Entertainment Television recently launched its upcoming show India’s Best Dancer in Delhi. Read on what the season 2 has in store for its audiences…

Bollywood actor Maniesh Paul with the contestants (from left to right: Muskaan Singh, Mohana Srivastava, Akash Tambedkar and Varun Dagar) at the event held in Delhi.

Glitz, glamour and dance performances – the national capital witnessed an entertainment-packed afternoon. Sony Entertainment Television recently launched the second season of India’s Best Dancer with actor Maniesh Paul, who will also host the show.

The channel gave the audiences a glimpse of the contestants. Four contestants, namely, Akash Tambedkar, Varun Dagar, Mohana Srivastava and Muskaan Singh, mesmerised audiences with their killer moves. While Mumbai-born Akash performed hip hop, Haryana-born Varun stole the show with his street dancing moves. Mohana, who is a professional lawyer, took the stage by storm with her killer belly dancing moves and Muskaan wooed audiences by performing Kathak.

While interacting with the journalists, Maniesh was at his candid best. He said that the real reason that the show is back is due to the talent that is found in every nook and corner of our country. “The show is back to enable children to showcase their talent. Entertainment is essential to map the success of a show. So, the channel told me too to join the show,” he says with a smile.

The actor promised that the season will be one-of-a-kind. “Since I am new, I will add that flavour in the show. Besides me, I think the contestants that we have shortlisted were exceptional. The competition is fierce this time and audiences will be able to see that while watching the show. That is why even the tagline is #BestKaNextAvtar,” he adds.

The pandemic did not deter the spirit of the show. In fact, Maniesh says that it was shot during the pandemic, keeping all the norms in mind. While highlighting about the arrangements, the actor said, “The channel kept all the social distancing and other measures in mind. Even the set was sanitised regularly. People were asked to wear masks when they were not speaking their lines.”

This is not the first time that the Mickey Virus actor is hosting a dance reality show. So, it was natural to ask if he wanted to learn any dance form. Apt comes his reply, “I would like to learn belly dancing.”

The actor has worn the hat of a host several times. However, he says being a host is not as easy as it looks. “Being a host is not easy. I try to observe things, watch a lot of shows and read a lot to prepare myself. But simultaneously, I ensure to get connected to the contestants. I try controlling their nerves and keep them positive,” he shares.

The second season of the show will see Malaika Arora, Geeta Kapur and Terence Lewis as judges. They will be called E.N.T specialists, i.e., entertainment, newness and technique. While Malaika will assess the ‘entertainment' quotient in each act, Geeta will look for ‘newness' in the moves and Terence will look out for perfection in the ‘technique' used.

India's Best Dancer will start airing from October 16, every Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

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