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Rani Mukerji to judge reality show

October 08, 2009 12:52 IST

Actress Rani Mukerji has been confirmed as the second judge along with choreographer Shiamak Davar for the gala round of the reality show Dance Premier League on Sony Entertainment Television, after Madhuri Dixit Nene backed out in the last minute.

Madhuri had confirmed her participation but had to back out as she couldn't find a nanny for her children.

Dance Premier League is a unique format where teams from all zones of India -- North, West, East, Central, South and even one team of NRIs' -- will compete in a league format to emerge as the Champion Zone of the country.

Every team will have a unique logo, brand ambassador, cheer-leaders and slogan,

Eijaz Khan will be hosting the audition episodes of the show along with Sara Khan -- the beautiful actress in Bidaai -- while the gala round -- which begins much later -- will have a different male host.

Each zone will have a brand ambassador who will announce the names of the finalists of their zones. Salman Khan will be rooting for the North zone, Bipasha Basu for East and Arshad Warsi for South.

The production house is in talks with Preity Zinta and Kareena Kapoor for Central and West zones respectively.

They have also approached Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol for the NRI zone along with Katrina Kaif though she is likely to back out.

Dance Premier League is produced by Cineyug, the unique reality show which brings with it a bandwagon of names from Bollywood.

Dance India Premier show goes on air on October 9, Friday-Saturday at 8 pm.

Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

Rajul Hegde in Mumbai