America clearly can’t get enough of reality dance competition shows – I know I can’t. I’ve even caught my guy friends setting their Dish DVR to DWTS and So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) so they can secretly watch their guilty pleasure after it airs. Paula Abdul is the executive producer and mentor for a new dance show on CBS (details as to when the show will actually air are not yet confirmed, but we’re thinking early next year seeing as tryouts are at the end of the month). Many people are already speculating that this dance show will just be another one of the many – a dancer’s version of American Idol and a copycat of SYTYCD. Abdul’s camp insists that the new dance competition show will be fresh and different seeing as any type of dancer can audition, no dance style is off limits and neither is…age? Apparently, there are no age requirements and group as well as solo performers are all encouraged to tryout. Auditions in Los Angeles will be held on October 28th, location TBD (but my personal sources tell me it’s possible that auditions could be held at a certain MLB stadium in L.A…hmm).
“Australian Idol” host, Andrew Günsberg, will be the starring host of the show while Paula Abdul, celebrity choreographer Travis Payne and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt will round out the experienced panel of judeges. Travis Payne previously worked on Michael Jackson’s famous “This is It” tour and Kimberly Wyatt was on the UK’s “Got to Dance” panel of judges (the inspiration for “Live to Dance”). Abdul acknowledges a change in the judging nature of the competition: “We’re not there to just judge and criticize, we’re there to lend our expertise and also inspire them to keep pushing and stretching the boundaries of where their comfort zone is.” Viewers can look forward to this inclusive dance show in HD on their satellite televsion through Dish Network.