The ninth season of India’s Got Talent is set to premiere on January 15 and will air every Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm on Sony Entertainment Television.

Produced by Fremantle, and hosted by Arjun Bijlani, eminent personalities from the entertainment industry, Kirron Kher, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Badshah and Manoj Muntashir will helm the judges’ mantle and skim through this season’s, ‘Gazab Desh ka Ajab Talent!’.

The show will bring forth unique and unmatched talent from across the country thereby opening up a gateway of opportunities for them.

This season will see exceptionally skilled, heart-warming and showstopping performers, right from dancers to singers; magicians, comedians, and rappers; beatboxers, stuntmen, and every imaginable talent in between.

The show is an Indian adaptation of the international format titled “Got Talent” that is created and owned by Syco and Fremantle, and has been licensed by Sony Entertainment Television. Since the airing of America’s Got Talent in 2006, the format has been successfully adapted in over 70 countries.

Ashish Golwalkar, Head – Content, Sony Entertainment Television and Digital Business, said, “India’s Got Talent as a format is wholesome in every way. At Sony Entertainment Television, we have invested in the best international and indigenous formats and India’s Got Talent allows us to take this proposition further by being an excellent addition to our existing universe of non-fiction shows. From uniqueness to variety, there is a lot to explore, thereby allowing us to bring forth the real India. The participation we received has been phenomenal and we are confident that the viewers will enjoy watching these aspirants showcase their unique talent. The judges panel with Kirron ji, Shilpa, Bhadshah and Manoj is also a distinct one given the expertise that they bring to the table and their camaraderie is fantastic. There is never a dull moment with them around! It’s always a pleasure collaborating with Fremantle, and we look forward to a successful season of India’s Got Talent.”

Aradhana Bhola, MD, Fremantle India, said, “India’s Got Talent is the only show that has, for more than a decade, consistently offered any and every Indian with the ability to entertain; a national platform to showcase the same irrespective of their age, genre of talent or numbers. In fact, the Got Talent franchise, which has been produced in 70+ territories worldwide, holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Successful Reality Format’ in television history. At Fremantle, it is our pleasure to bring a brand-new season loaded with talent, dreams, laughter, entertainment, and inspiration in partnership with Sony Entertainment Television. And it is our hope that India’s Got Talent will continue to receive the love of our loyal viewers and then some more.”

Kirron Kher, Judge, India’s Got Talent, said, “It’s always a pleasure to be associated with India’s Got Talent because it gives me the opportunity to witness and experience untapped talent from across our country. Each season has had its highlights and this one is no different. I am truly amazed looking at the talent that has come forth this time around and they are remarkable.”

Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Judge, India’s Got Talent, added, “I have judged a dance-based reality show before, but India’s Got Talent is a new experience for me altogether! I am amazed at the talent that our country has. Each participant has been unique and almost every other performer left us speechless. With this kind of calibre, it’s definitely a tough call for us judges. I am certain that the audience will be thoroughly entertained this season.”

Badshah, Judge, said, “Generally, we see singers and dancers take centerstage on talent-based reality shows. But there is so much more beyond singing and dancing that one can look forward to on India’s Got Talent. From cultural diversity to uniqueness and exploration of art forms, there is so much that I have come across on this platform and enjoyed myself. ‘Mindblowing’ is how I would define this season of India’s Got Talent.”

“The kind of performances and acts that the viewers will get to see this season are exceptional. The key factor that I look forward to is ‘variety’ as I believe, our nation is abundant when it comes to talent and seeing them come together on a prestigious platform like India’s Got Talent is exciting!” Manoj Muntashir, Judge, India’s Got Talent, said.