The eighth season of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa will see a new judge, with Shahid Kapoor replacing three-time judge Madhuri Dixit.
Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors channel, announced Shahid’s entry on twitter on June 22.
The 34-year-old actor, who has starred in films like Jab We Met, Kaminey and R…Rajkumar, started his career as a student of ace choreographer Shiamak Davar. He has shown his dancing skills at different stages — both in India and abroad.
This will be the first time the Haider actor will be seen as a judge on a reality show. The names of his co-judges are yet to be announced.
Earlier, Madhuri, who was associated with Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa for last three seasons, announced her departure in a statement saying she opted out of the show “to concentrate on another project” with the channel.
“I have been on Jhalak for three years now and I am taking a break to focus on other projects. I will be back shortly with probably something even more exciting. I wish Jhalak the very best for a spectacular season,” she said.
The upcoming season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa — the Indian version of the internationally-acclaimed reality show Dancing with the Stars — is expected to go on air in July and will feature celebrities like Shamita Shetty, Raftaar, Vivian Dsena, Radhika Madan, Kavita Kaushik, Sanaya Irani, Deepika Samson, Ashish Chowdhry, Mohit Malik, Scarlett Mellish Wilson and Faisal Khan.