Indian Dancing with the Stars Returning to COLORS


Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the Indian adaptation of BBC Studios’ Dancing with the Stars, is set to return to Viacom18’s COLORS after a five-year hiatus.

Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar reprise their judging duties and will be joined by Nora Fatehi. Maniesh Paul is returning as the host.

Produced by BBC Studios India Production, the tenth season of Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa is set to premiere on September 3 and air every Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. on COLORS.

Nina Elavia Jaipuria, head of Hindi mass entertainment and kids TV network at Viacom18, said, “At COLORS, it has been our endeavor to bring to our audience unique storylines, endearing characters and variety offerings. Thus, making the channel not only the number two player but also the leader in weekend programming in the HGE category. On the heels of the success of Khatron Ke Khiladi, the number one nonfiction show of the year 2022, it gives us great pleasure to bring back one of our most celebrated and innovative dance shows, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. In the past, the show has enjoyed immense popularity and remained a viewer and advertisers’ favorite.”

Manisha Sharma, chief content officer for Hindi mass entertainment at Viacom18, added, “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa has been recognized as one of the most-loved celebrity dance shows of the country, and after a hiatus of five years, it is now set to return. The show offers a great platform for celebrities from different walks of life to experience a unique journey through dance. Its uniqueness and innovative format not only sets it apart from any other dance show but also make it an entertaining watch for the viewers. We are happy to have Karan Johar and Madhuri Dixit return to the judges’ panel, joined by Nora Fatehi, while Maniesh Paul will be the host. The new season is going to be packed with some great dance performances, acts and lots of entertainment fronted by a great mix of celebrities and choreographers.”

Sameer Gogate, general manager for BBC Studios India, said, “Dancing with the Stars is a sterling example of how our formats have the power to travel and connect with a global audience. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa has anchored itself as a widely acclaimed celebrity dance show, and I am confident that its popularity will continue to soar as it makes a return on COLORS. The new season promises to elevate the entertainment quotient with exceptional acts and performances. With an expert panel of judges, stellar contestants and an entertaining host, we promise to leave no stone unturned to present a grand season.”

Dixit Nene said, “Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa, I believe, is one show that has gone beyond the confines of being just a celebrity dance show. It beautifully traces the dance journeys of various celebrities, turning them into life-changing experiences. It is my absolute delight to be back on the judges’ panel, reunite with Karan and Maniesh and welcome the very talented Nora Fatehi. For us and contestants alike, it is going to be a joyful and fulfilling ride marked by some exceptional and unforgettable dance performances.”

Johar said, “With Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, I had made my debut as a judge on television, and it truly feels like a homecoming to return to the show. The viewers are in for an entertaining ride filled with extraordinary dance acts coupled with lots of energy and oomph. Extremely excited to have the quintessential OG diva Madhuri Dixit by my side on the panel along with Nora Fatehi and looking forward to reuniting with Maniesh Paul. Some of the industry’s biggest and most popular names are going to explore the realm of dance this season, and I cannot wait to witness their journeys.”

Fatehi said, “It feels surreal to be judging a show wherein I once participated as a contestant. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa celebrates the beautiful art form of dance unlike any other show and I feel this is where I belong. This is my second stint as a judge, and it gives me immense pleasure to join the illustrious panel along with Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar. The lineup of contestants this season is fiery and feisty, and they are all geared up to burn the dance floor. I am very excited and looking forward to it.”

Paul said, “I am elated to be back as the host for Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a show that I love so immensely. As the show makes a dhamaakedar comeback, not only do I get to reunite with the COLORS’ family, but also work again with Madhuri ma’am and Karan sir, and now Nora Fatehi as a part of the judge’s panel. This year, the show is going to knock everyone’s socks off with a power-packed lineup of contestants. It’s going to be a one-stop destination for wholesome entertainment and fun, and I’m sure the fans are going to shower their love upon us as always.”