"Nach Baliye" might have talented contestants performing elaborate dance sequences but their popularity does have a heavy impact, says TV actor Rithvik Dhanjani who, along with his girlfriend Asha Negi, is a strong contender for the upcoming finale.
The actor, who was previously seen in shows like "Bandini", "Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani", is currently seen in "Pavitra Rishta". He says that it is the "love of the audience" which has helped them reach so far in "Nach Baliye 6".
"Popularity matters a lot as at the end of the day the love of your audiences can make you win," Rithvik told IANS in an email interaction.
The actor is approaching the finale, which will be aired Saturday, and said that the couple has "given everything to the show".
"At times we have given up sleep but made sure we gave our best to our performances. Keeping all that in mind, I think we have done the best we could and I really believe in our fans. I believe they are willing to be with us and can make us win," he said.
Not only did the season witness great performances from the couple but they also shared an emotional moment on screen when Rithvik proposed to Asha on the show.
The actor feels that display of such emotions on screen is very important as they wanted to share the special moment with their fans.
"It took a little more time than the performance but that doesn't mean that it overshadowed the performance. It was a special moment for us, our fans as well as for the channel," he said.
Despite being a star on the small screen, adapting to the criticism doled out by the judges - actress Shilpa Shetty, choreographer Terence Lewis and filmmaker Sajid Khan- was easy for Rithvik.
"It wasn't really tough and its something one has to adapt to. Judges have their own point of view and we have to respect them for that. Rather than feeling bad, we respect our judges and their opinions," he said.