Says a source, "All the previous seasons have had a three-judge format, so even if Shahid had to make an exit, the rest — Karan Johar, Ganesh Hegde and Lauren Gottlieb — would continue as usual."

The source adds that Shahid prefers to sit separately on a chair while the other judges sit together as a panel.

"It was his idea to sit away from the rest, just in case he had to bow out of the show if things (read: TRPs) didn't work. There was also a possibility that his film commitments could take a toll on his small screen presence," states the insider.

A source close to the channel, however, maintains, "Shahid will be part of the show right till the final episode in September. There is immense speculation about his tenure because people want to make a mountain out of a molehill."

Last weekend, the star even hosted the show riding a Segway in the absence of anchor Manish Paul. The channel source explains, "Shahid behaves likes an excited kid. He wants to experiment and try out new stuff, the reason why he judged as well as hosted the show."

Shahid Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.



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