At last the final list of participants for the new upcoming season of the very popular dance reality show named Jhalak Dikhla Jaa has been announced. So far Jhalak Dikhla Jaa has completed eight successful seasons on Colors TV. The upcoming season is the 9th version of the highly rated dance reality show. Several celebrities from every walk of life participate in this reality show and get judged by the best dancers, choreographers and entertainers of the country. The 8th season of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa was judged by Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, film director Karan Johar and star choreographer Ganesh Hegde. But Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 9 2016 has replaced Shahid Kapoor with the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez.
Like the last season, this season also there will be a total of 12 celebrity participants of the show to compete against each other and win the Jhalak Title. This year also, the show will be hosted by Manish Paul. The Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 8 was won by Faisal Khan, who was the youngest contestant among all the participants. The format of the show is very interesting where the contestants perform and compete against each other. They get judged by the mentors cum judges of the show.
They also need audience support and votes for marching towards the final and winning the show. Each contestant of the show is provided with choreographers who choreograph their acts, nurture their dancing skills and work with them throughout the season. Below is the final list of all the participants of the Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 9 2016 which will soon air on Colors TV, along with their tagged choreographers:
Contestant – Shakti Arora with Choreographer – Suchitra Sawant
Shakti Arora is one of the leading actor in Indian Television. He is best known for his very successful TV shows like Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi, Pavitra Rishta, Baa Bahoo Aur Baby, etc. and also hosted shows like Rasoi Ki Rani, Science with Brain Café, etc. He has got good dancing skills and has participated in Nach Baliye 7, another dance reality show. This Jhalak season, he will be choreographed by the very talented Suchitra Sawant.
Contestant – Shantanu Maheshwari with Choreographer – Alisha Singh
Shantanu Maheshwari is one of the finest Hip Hop dancers of India and he will be the part of this season as a participant. Alisha Singh will be his dance choreographer on the show. She has been mentored by Remo D’Souza and Vaibhavi Merchant in the past and has taken part the very popular Dance India Dance on Zee TV.
Contestant – Arjun Bijlani with Choreographer – Bhawna Khanduja
Arjun Bijlani, ‘Nagin’ fame will be contesting this Jhalak Dikhla Jaa season with his choreographer Bhawna Khanduja, who is an expert dancer in folk, ballet, contemporary, etc.
Contestant – Karishma Tanna with Choreographer – Rajit Dev
Karishma Tanna, the sensation from the TV show Love School will be the part of this year’s Jhalak Dikhlaja. Her choreographer will be Rajit Dev who has worked with some big Bollywood movies like Ek Tha Tiger, Dhoom 3, etc. This pair will definitely rise the temperatures high with their dance and intense chemistry.
Contestant – Helly Shah with Choreographer – Jai Kumar Nair
Another famous TV actress, Helly Shah of ‘Swaragini’ fame is also contesting the Season 9 of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa this year. Her acts will be mentored by famous choregrapher Jai Kumar Nair who had been the part of the show before.
Contestant – Surveen Chawla with Choreographer – Sanam Johar
Television and Bollywood beauty Surveen Chawla of popular English TV series ‘24’ is ready to set the Jhalak Dikhla Jaa stage on fire. She will team up with choreographer Sanam Johar. He is a expert Ballet and contemporary dancer.
Contestant – Nora Fatehi with Choreographer – Cornel Rodrigues
Nora Fatehi is a famous dancer by herself and is a professional belly dancer. She was the part of the reality show Big Boss – Double Trouble. This season, she is becoming the part of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa as a participant and aims to win the Jhalak title. She will be choreographed by Cornel Rodrigues, who is a specialist in Hip Hop, Jazz, contemporary, street dancing, etc.
Contestant- Sidhant Gupta with Choreographer- Pranalini Atul
Sidhant Gupta is an Indian film actor and super model, who is known for his role as Kunj Sarna in ‘Tashan-e-Ishq’. He hails from Jammu & Kashmir and has represented his state in national level under-14 cricket, under-17 swimming and under-19 basketball. Given the wide array of fields he has displayed his talent in; we are confident that he will emerge as a strong contender on the show. His dance partner and choreographer is Pranalini Atul.
Contestant- Poonam Shah with Choreographer- Priyanka Shah
Chicago based Indian- American twin-sisters and Youtube sensations, are all set to rock the dance floor of Jhalak with their dance moves. Poonam rose to fame after winning the coveted Miss Tourism title in 2007 and was also the captain of Indian national netball team. She and her sister are also known to produce a unique blend of dance form from Hip-hop and Bharatnatyam.
Contestant- Harpal Singh Sokhi with Choreographer- Bhavna Purohit
The popular celebrity chef of ‘The Funjabi Tadka’ fame and the host of Turban Taka and numerous other cookery shows is participating in the dance reality show 9th edition. One of the India’s most popular Youtube chefs is attempting to make a name for himself by breaking-shaking his leg, much alike the phrase he popularized Namak- Shamak . Bhavna Purohit of Dance India Dance fame will be his choreographer.
Contestant- Gaurav Gera with Choreographer – Diwakar
Our very own ‘Nandu’ of ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi’, Gaurav Gera aka Chutki have won many hearts and earned many a fans with his comic punches. Besides television, he has enacted in a number of films too. This time, he is attempting a new genre, dance, and on this quest, his dance moves will be conceptualized and choreographed by Diwakar. This is the Diwakar’s fourth time participating and performing on the stage of Jhalak.
Contestant- Salman Yusuff Khan with Choreographer- Aishwayra
The renowned dancer, Salman has participated in the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of the show as a choreographer, and in the 7th edition as a challenger setter. But, this season he is contesting as a participant with Aishwarya Radhakrishnan as his choreographer. She rose to fame from the dance reality show of India’s version of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. With her amazing dance skills, she has made a name for herself in a very short time.