Celebrity dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ unveils its top 5 finalists

Mumbai, (UNI) The acclaimed celebrity dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, made a triumphant return to its original home in India, and premiered in November 2023 on Sony Entertainment Television.

Captivating audiences with the dazzling journey of its celebrity contestants from being a non-dancer to a dancer, this edition of the show was hosted by the dynamic duo – Rithvik Dhanjani and Gauahar Khan, who kept audiences entertained with their wit and charm.

Inspired and judged by the esteemed FAM trio – Farah Khan, Arshad Warsi, and Malaika Arora, the show has finally found its top 5 finalists. Each finalist has impressed the viewers and judges alike with their dancing prowess, hard work, dedication, and creativity, making them the top contenders for this season’s championship. So, the battle of the ultimate champion begins as the Top 5 put their best dancing foot forward one last time to impress the entire nation.

After giving each other a tough fight in the semi-finals, here are the celebrity contestants who made it to the finals – TV heartthrob, Shoaib Ibrahim along with choreographer Anuradha Iyengar, Celebrity Teen Actor Adrija Sinha along with choreographer Akash Thapa, Indian playback singer Sreerama Chandra along with choreographer Sonali Kar, Social Media Sensation Manisha Rani along with choreographer Ashutosh Pawar and Doctor & Actor Dhanashree Verma along with choreographer Sagar Bora.

Shoaib Ibrahim’s journey on ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ began with a motivation to fulfill his wife Dipika Kakkar’s long lost Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa dream. While his initial steps on the show might not have met expectations, Shoaib’s unwavering determination and relentless hard work quickly turned the tide.

With each performance, he showcased not just his dancing skills but also his passion and commitment towards what he does. Despite facing challenges along the way, Shoaib’s perseverance and dedication ultimately paid off, earning him a spot in the coveted Top 5.

Expressing his happiness on reaching the finals, Shoaib shared, “This journey began as fulfilling Dipika’s dream, but along the way, it became my own memorable journey. This journey has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions, filled with ups and downs. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa has been a transformative experience, pushing me beyond my limits and challenging me to grow as a dancer and as a person.”

“Each performance has been a journey of self-discovery, allowing me to express myself in ways I never thought possible. Winning or losing in the finale is not the end goal for me. The journey, the experiences, and the memories I have created will stay with me forever. I am thankful for every vote, every cheer, and every word of encouragement that has brought me to this moment,” he said.

After his victory in Indian Idol 5 back in 2005, Sreerama Chandra once again set his sight on a new challenge. Despite being unfamiliar with the world of dance, Sreeram showcased his versatility and not only conquered an unfamiliar territory but also left a lasting impression on one on and all with his performances.

Expressing his excitement about making it to the Top 5, Sreeram shared, “Stepping onto the dance floor was a daunting task for me, coming from a singing background. However, with each performance, I pushed myself and discovered a new passion for dance. This journey has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, filled with challenges, learning experiences, and unforgettable moments. I have grown immensely as an artist and as a person throughout this journey. I have learned that with dedication, hard work, and belief in oneself, anything is possible. The bond I share with my fellow contestants is something I will always cherish and miss after the show.”

The chota packet, bada dhamaka of the season, Adrija Sinha, has been giving tough competition to the other contestants with her powerpacked performances on the show. Adrija quickly became known as the ‘perfect score queen’, receiving countless jaadu ki jhapis from Judge Arshad Warsi, and she has consistently impressed the audience with her flawless performances.

Adrija shared, “Being in the top 5 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is a dream that has turned into reality! With the unwavering support of my family, friends and fans who have been my pillars of strength throughout this journey, every performance has been a learning experience, pushing me to challenge myself and grow as a dancer. I have immense respect for my fellow contestants, who have pushed me to bring out the best in myself each week. I have made lifelong memories and friendships on the show, which I will always cherish. With the finale ahead, I’m ready to give it my all.”

Dilo Ki Rani, Manisha Rani, made a remarkable wildcard entry into the show, instantly winning the hearts of the viewers. Week after week, she showcased her versatility by excelling in different dance styles, proving that nothing is impossible. Beyond her dancing prowess, Manisha charmed everyone with her ‘dynamic’ personality and sweet demeanour, and yet she proved that she deserved her spot based on her dancing skills rather than her affable personality.

Speaking about her success this far, Manisha said, “Being in the finale is not just an achievement but a celebration of my journey on the show until now. The finale is now within reach, and I will give it my all to create an unforgettable performance. It is an honour to share the stage with such brilliant and talented performers. I would like to thank my choreographer Ashutosh and his entire team for bringing out the best in me each week. I am immensely grateful to all my supporters who have stood by me and voted for me week after week.”

After recovering from a significant injury, Dhanashree Verma embarked on her second innings in dancing after 2 years, stunning everyone with her entry into the finals of the show. Her journey was far from easy, marked by numerous ups and downs, but her determination and perseverance shone through.

Talking about her journey on the show Dhanashree said, “Each week, I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone, exploring new dance styles and taking on exciting challenges. This is the platform that reignited my passion for dance after my injury. Dance has always been integral to my life, and through Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, I have explored many new styles and forms. I have learned so much about myself and my capabilities through this experience. Despite facing challenges and setbacks,

I never lost sight of my dream. This journey has been a dream come true, and I am grateful for every moment.”

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