IT WAS a learning curve for R. Nithyashree after she was picked as one of the three hosts of Astro Vanavil’s dance competition Yuttha Medai - All Star 2014.
Nithyashree decided to quit her full-time job at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur as it was difficult to juggle between her job and stint as a host.
“I had to take leave and it was difficult doing both. I opted to focus on my career in the entertainment industry and my parents were supportive of my decision to quit.
“It was challenging but I managed to learn a lot from my co-hosts. I was quite nervous in the first few episodes but Vishnu and Mahendran made me feel at home. We had good rapport and now I feel very comfortable on stage,’’ said Nithyashree.
The two co-hosts are Vishnu M Anand and R. Mahendran.
Vishnu, a Singaporean, had hosted Star Vijay programmes such as Super Singer and Kedi Boys Killadi Girls while Mahendran had helmed Attam 100 Vagai for seven seasons.
Vishnu praised Nithyashree and Mahendran for being excellent co-hosts.
“I have been a host for almost 10 years and had worked in India and Singapore. This is my first stint in Malaysia and the friendly atmosphere made me feel comfortable,’’ said Vishnu.
For Mahendran, teaming up with Nithyashree and Vishnu was a new experience.
“We had to work as a team as our priority was to make the show an interesting one,’’ said Mahendran.
Yuttha Medai - All Star 2014 is a competition with celebrity participants. The programme started with 11 pairs — S. Aghonderan- Kavitha; Shiva-Saras; Dharshaini -Magen; Denes Kumar-Danish; Ben G-Logan; Kabil-Logaraj; Kalpana Shree-Inthiran; Lingkeswaran-Jeyabarathi; Murugan-Naresh; Reneetha- Thinagran and Shamini-Sri Mathee.
The judges include India celebrities such as Sneha and Sangeetha, while the local judges are Lax Laxman Balakrishnan, Lavanya, S. Manimaran and Shamala.
After the preliminary and elimination rounds, five pairs will advance to the finals, to be held in Cyberjaya on March 22.
Popular Tamil movie star Jiiva will be the chief judge.
Astro Indian Customers Business senior assistant vice-president V. Murugiah said Yuttha Medai - All Star was the first local dance competition on Vinmeen HD, Astro’s new 24-hour Tamil HD channel.
“We have been receiving encouraging feedback,’’ said Murugiah.