The first episode of "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9" opened with celebrity contestants putting up stellar performances along with their choreo-partners.
The ninth edition of the dance reality show will see Shakti Arora, Shantanu Maheshwari, Arjun Bijlani, Karishma Tanna, Helly Shah, Surveen Chawla, Nora Fatehi, Celebrity Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, Gaurav Gera and Bharatnatyam/Hip-Hop fusion dancing twins Priyanka and Poonam Shah battle it out for the coveted trophy.
Judges — Karan Johar, Ganesh Hegde and Jacqueline Fernandez — appeared charged up and ready for the season. What took the cake were host Manish Paul's gags; however, some of his jokes fell flat.
All the acts were top-notch, but the twins stole the show with their fusion dance piece. Combining Bharatnatyam and popping, Priyanka-Poonam danced to "Pinga" and had their sync game on-point. If you have seen their "Ramta Jogi" cover on YouTube, you'll know why were are so taken by their moves.
Meanwhile, here's what viewers have to say about the opening episode:
naveen lamba: @ManishPaul03 @rjraunac dono bhai hai kya ek toh number 1 rj. aur dusra number 1 host in dono k brabar ka koi ni wah #jhalakdikhlaja #redfm
RJ Rocky (Red FM): Watching #jhalakdikhlaja on repeat awesome anchoring by @ManishPaul03 ..and the most glamours thing is ur tie....#bestanchor #tvhost
Anurag Sethi: Low energy levels and too much of repetition in #jhalakdikhlaja this time.
Saira: @ColorsTV some danced solo, some danced with 2 teams & others with 3 teams. It was so chaotic on #jhalakdikhlaja
Saarmah: @SalmanYKhan is probably the only reason I'll be watching #JhalakDikhlaja this season, because I personally don't like Jacqueline as a judge
&: Salman yusuf Khan & sidhant Gupta the hot factors of jhalak no doubt
Mahamudul Hasa: The best thing about #jhalakdikhlaja season 9 is seeing @SalmanYKhan back. We missed your elite standard in your absence.
Z: The camera knows where to look too. Jackie surely is the life of the party!& #JDJ9 has the spark in it because of @Asli_Jacqueline!
ARMAAN's GIRLFRIEND: Thank you @ColorsTV for #JDJ9 We get to see the Bestest Dancer @GANESHHEGDE Sir.. He be the Bestest