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The five kids

Over the past three months they have carried the show on their little shoulders, wowing audiences with their jaw-dropping footwork and keeping Dance India Dance L’il Masters at the top of the TRP charts in the reality show segment. On Sunday, the finest five of the mini dynamites will explode one last time on the stage of the grand finale, matching each other step for step for the coveted KB3 Cup (Kya Baat Cup). For DID muggles, “kya baat, kya baat, kya baat” is the ultimate accolade that the show’s judge Grandmaster Mithun Chakraborty delivers for a super performance.

Seven-year-old Jeet Das, a Dance Bangla Dance find, is the youngest of the lot and has carried Bengal’s banner right up to the last lap. His gyrations to Kolaveri di during the Calcutta auditions had raised eyebrows. An illness had prevented him from travelling to Mumbai for the final auditions but his stunning performance resembling a young Michael Jackson during the wild card round catapulted him straight into the competition.

A t2 pen pix of the five twinkle-toed kids on the eve of the finals, to be telecast live on Zee TV from 7.30pm on Sunday.

Jeet Das

Age: 7.

From: Ashoknagar, Bengal.

Favourite dance form: Locking and popping.

Dance show experience: Dance Bangla Dance finalist.

A new dance form he has learnt on the show: Bharatanatyam.

Celebrity he loved meeting: Salman Khan. “I clicked pictures with him.”

Toughest competitor: Faisal Khan.

Wants to be: A TV star.

Belongs to: Neerav Ke Ninjas.

Skipper speak: “He has an amazing sense of timing and expressions for his age. He will go a long way,” — Neerav Bavlecha.

Saumya Rai

Age: 10.

From: Ranchi.

Favourite dance form: Hip hop.

Dance show experience: Has been a runner-up on Boogie Woogie.

A new dance form she has learnt on the show: Paso doble (an aggressive Spanish ballroom dance which incorporates bullfight steps).

Celebrity she loved meeting: “Salman bhaiyya (Khan). Grandmaster ki waat laga di unhone.”

Toughest competitor: Faisal Khan.

Wants to be: Miss Universe and Madhuri Dixit.

Belongs to: Raghav Ke Rockstars.

Skipper speak: “She eats so much yet she practises so much more that the extra calories get burnt. She is versatile. I can make her do anything — hip hop to salsa to Bharatanatyam,” — Raghav Juyal.

Rohan Parkale

Age: 13.

From: Indore.

Favourite dance form: Lyrical hip hop.

Dance show experience: This is his first reality show. “I danced all night before the auditions.”

A new dance form he has learnt on the show: Paso doble.

Celebrity he loved meeting: Salman Khan. “Bahut masti karte hain woh. He asked me to do the towel dance (from Partner) and then did it with me.”

Toughest competitor: Faisal Khan.

Wants to be: Dancer-choreographer.

Belongs to: Raghav Ke Rockstars.

Skipper speak: “He is very sharp. Once you show him a step he is quick to pick it up and gives 200 per cent on stage,” — Raghav Juyal.

Faisal Khan

Age: 13.

From: Mumbai. The autorickshawallah’s son is the grittiest on the show.

Favourite dance form: Hip hop and freestyle.

Dance show experience: Had auditioned for DID Season I. Didn’t qualify.

A new dance form he has learnt on the show: Bungee tango.

Celebrity he loved meeting: Shahid Kapur. “I love his dancing.”

Toughest competitor: Saumya Rai.

Wants to be: Dancer-choreographer.

Belongs to: Prince Ki Paltan.

Skipper speak: “He has a very positive attitude. He has great faith in his abilities and he encouraged all the others in the team,” — Prince Gupta.

Om Chetri

Age: 8.

From: Assam.

Favourite dance form: Contemporary.

Dance show experience: This is his first time.

A new dance form he has learnt on the show: Aerial malkhamb.

Celebrity he loved meeting: Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. “He dances well and she is so pretty!”

Toughest competitors: Faisal and Rohan. “If I don’t win, I want Jeet to win.”

Wants to be: Dancer.

Belongs to: Kruti Ke Krackers.

Skipper speak: “For his age, Om has done everything to deserve the crown, be it styles of dancing or expressions. He is one brave lad. He never panicked even when he did the fire act,” — Kruti Mahesh.

Sudeshna Banerjee


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