FIVE pairs will battle for the top prize — two Toyota Vios TRD Sportivo and RM30,000 — at the grand finals of the Yuttha Medai All Stars on March 22.
The three-hour dance competition, featuring celebrity participants, will be aired live on Astro Vinmeen HD (Ch 231) from KRU Studios in Cyberjaya, from 8pm to 11pm.
Popular Tamil movie star Jiiva has been invited to be the chief judge along with two local judges.
The five pairs — S. Aghonderan-Kavitha, Dharshaini-Magen, Denes Kumar-Danish, Kabil-Logaraj and Murugan-Naresh — will be required to go through two segments before two pairs are chosen to face off in the final segment.
The champions will walk away with the cars, cash and other prizes. The runners-up will receive RM20,000, while the third, fourth and fifth-placed pairs will receive RM15,000, RM10,000 and RM7,000, respectively.
There will also be a special cash prize of RM10,000 for the Most Popular Pair, who will be picked through SMS and online voting.
Astro Indian Customers Business senior assistant vice-president V. Murugiah said Yuttha Medai All Stars had gained accolades from the Indian entertainment industry here and abroad.
“We have been receiving encouraging feedback from all over the world. We expect the grand finals to be an exciting affair.
“I wish to congratulate all the five pairs for making it to the finale. We hope to see the best team win,’’ said Murugiah.
All five pairs are looking forward to a stiff competition.
E. Dharsayani, who will team up with her husband, said the last two weeks had been hectic.
“We have been spending a lot of time practising. It has not been easy but we will be ready to give our best. Although we are not accomplished dancers, we have managed to put up a good show in the preliminary round and semi-finals,’’ said Dharsayani, an accountant by profession.
Naresh, a freelance dancer, said the competition was among friends as they had got to know each other well during auditions.
“It has been a long journey since day one. We are pleased to be one of the finalists and we are keen to give our best,’’ he said.
Businessman Aghonderan has his wife’s best friend — S. Kavitha — as partner. Kavitha was voted Best Dancer on three occasions during the programme.
The fashion designer admitted that the pressure would be on her to deliver once again.
“I am looking at Aghonderan for guidance. He is a good dancer and we are going to give our best in the final,’’ said Kavitha.
Logaraj, a student and choreographer in his own dance group, said he was looking forward to an interesting competition.
“We have been going through the routines and we will be prepared for the challenge,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Denes, who is a host, actor and producer in the local Indian entertainment industry, hinted that there would be a comedy element in his performance.
“We are the novices among the pairs. We are also aware of the judges’ expectations. We are proud to be sharing the same stage with the other accomplished pairs and will be ready to give our best,’’ said Denes.