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Sushant Khatri replaces Sanam Johar on ‘Dance Champions’

Sushant Khatri has come to the rescue of Star Plus’ newly launched ‘Dance Champions’ show after Sanam Johar injured himself.

Pune Mirror reports that the makers of the show wanted ‘Nach Baliye 8’ pair Johar and Abigail Pande but had to replace him with Khatri in the last minute.

A source told the publication, “Sanam has still not recovered completely so Sushant will stay on. They have now approached Nach Baliye 8 winners, Divyanka Tripathi and husband Vivek Dahiya, to come in as the wild card entries. Meanwhile the format of the show is being tweaked a bit to make way for a new challenger every week after Sanam and Abigail quit.”

Confirming the news to the publication, Pande said, “Sanam was injured while trying a new lift. He has a recurring back problem which flared up after a year. There’s still a lot of swelling and it’s still quite bad. He can walk around but doing lifts and other steps needed in a dance competition is difficult. We were part of promotions but have been unable to shoot any episode since. Let’s see how it goes.”