The unlikelihood of this was commented on by Twitter in March, when it was revealed that Mr Bhagat would preside over the competition, now in its seventh season. The 2 States writer himself claimed no expertise in dance, telling news agency IANS, "Yes, it is a risk. It could really work or I could end up making a fool of myself."
So how did he do? Mr Bhagat appeared to be amused that the judge was being judged:
Those who have judged me for years without writing a bestseller themselves are now judging how can I judge a fun reality show. haha. cute.Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 27, 2015
He also offered this comment on the TV-watching habits of the tweeting public:
Entertainment industry rule#1: what people say they want to see, vs what they actually see, may be quite different. Particularly on twitter.Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) April 27, 2015
Twitter has an opinion on this, like it does on most things. Or opinions, rather.
Several tweets outright savaged his performance:
NachBaliye has to be a big no no for me this season!;Judges can't give scores ;Chetan trying too hard;No fun laughs between dancesANZ (@Barunsbaby) April 26, 2015
Chetan Bhagat's performance as judge on NachBaliye7 tonight can be termed as, One Night At The LOL CenterRahul Nanda (@rahulnanda86) April 26, 2015
Others, like stand-up comic Aditi Mittal and author Samit Basu, weren't letting the opportunity pass by joke-less. Mr Bhagat found Mr Basu's quip funny, for one, because he retweeted it:
All you achievers, Chetan Bhagat is a judge on Nach Baliye so you should probably all take your talent put it in the bank coz you are poorAditi Mittal (@awryaditi) April 26, 2015
If Ultron attacks India a) RSS invented him b) Mamata renames him c) Ambani buys him d) Modi hires him e) Guest judge on Nach Baliyesamit basu (@samitbasu) April 27, 2015
Not everyone hated on Mr Bhagat and were also promptly retweeted by him:
@chetan_bhagat perhaps u are the best judge i have ever seen. all the word came from your mouth. just loving it.rimi (@RimiSinha28) April 26, 2015
Meanwhile, Preity Zinta simply said this:
The contestants on the new season of Nach Baliye include Karishma Tanna and Upen Patel who recently found love on Bigg Boss, actress Payal Rohatgi and her wrestler fiance; Sangram Singh, and actresses Sana Saeed and Smilie Suri with their respective partners.