Dining with the Stars

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What's it about? The format of popular British food-based reality show, Come Dine With Me, has been officially adapted for the Indian audience. Welcome brings together five new participants every week who, over five dinners, judge one another's skills as hosts. By the end of each dinner, the participants-cum-guests rate their experience out of 10, based on the theme, food, setting and the entertainment factor of the evening. While most of the defining aspects of the format have been retained, Welcome differs from its original. Unlike the British version, where snatches from all five dinner evenings together comprise a one-hour episode, the half-hour local version spends one episode on each evening. Also, at the end of each week, the Indian adaptation has a special episode where the master of ceremonies dissects the happenings of each dinner and announces the winner. The biggest differentiator, however, is the fact that the participants on Welcome are television actors or semi-celebrities, unlike in Come Dine With Me, where the show revolves around laypersons and strangers.

Who's in it? The first week saw as participants TV actors Sanaya Irani, Ragini Khanna, Nigaar Khan along with Bhojpuri star Manoj Tiwari and Channel V's VJ Andy, who won the week's competition.

The current week has TV actors Amar Upadhyay, Dimpy Mahajan, Karanvir Bohra, Debina Bonnerjee and model Giselle Thakral. Actor Ram Kapoor, a well-known foodie, is the master of ceremonies and his episode that concludes this week is referred to as Ram Rajya.

What's hot? The biggest draw of the show is the way it combines food with voyeuristic fun. Each host is to draw up an invite, which also shares the evening's theme and menu of the three-course meal being prepared.

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