As television shows are trying go back to normal after the Coronavirus lockdown while working towards creating fresh content; the reality singing show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs witnesses a major change on the judges’ panel.
Veteran singers Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu have opted out of judging the show this season. Himesh Reshammiya and Javed Ali would be replacing the yesteryear stars. They’ll be joining Alka Yagnik on the judging panel.
While one would assume that the development is due to the Coronavirus scare, sources share the singers had prior commitments to fulfil, and had to thus discontinue their association.
Its learnt that as Maharashtra was battling with Coronavirus, the show was abruptly brought to a halt in March. If not, the season would have seen its finale now. Since the schedule went for a toss, Udit and Kumar ji informed the makers that they will not be able to continue any further. Both Himesh and Javed have had a long association with Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, and they instantly said yes when approached.
Joining the show as a judge singer Himesh Reshammiya said that it felt like homecoming as he has been associated with the show for over two decades. He said” I am looking forward to a fresh start with the current season and hope we receive a tremendous response. We have an array of exceptionally talented young singers from across the country who have proven themselves to be great performers with their incredible passion and skill for music, so am sure this season will see some fantastic acts”
This is the eight season of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs, it aired it’s first episode on 29th of February. It’s being hosted by actor-anchor Maniesh Paul and a total of 15 contestants have been selected from all over the country to compete for the trophy. Apart from the three judges, the reality show also consists of a grand jury comprising of 30 people from the music industry.
As it is a show comprising of children the musicians have assured that the children’s safety is of utmost importance to the team and all kinds of precaution is being taken by them. The team is all set to start re-shooting from July 10.