Paula Abdul, former American Idol judge, is returning to the world of reality talent competition shows in a new series for CBS.
She’ll serve as executive producer, creative partner and lead judge for LIVE TO DANCE. She will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for contestants during the performances and elimination process, providing critical input and guidance while sharing her experience with hopeful contestants.
LIVE TO DANCE is based on the British hit, Got to Dance, that debuted earlier this year and has been a ratings sensation for Britain’s Sky 1, making it one of the UK’s top-rated pay TV series this season. In the most inclusive talent search on television, amateurs with raw talent of any age group from across the nation (either performing solo or in a group) can audition any form of dancing—from ballroom to break dance, bhangra to ballet and tap to tango. The most talented and entertaining dancers will be invited to audition for Abdul and her panel of experts, all world-class dancers themselves.
The very best will perform live in the Semi-Finals and Finals, where they will battle for the right to be crowned LIVE TO DANCE champion.
“I’ve spent the better part of my life teaching, mentoring, nurturing—working with so many talented people—and I consider myself truly blessed to be able to continue to do something that I hold so dear to my heart,” Abdul said.
In a successful career that spans more than three decades, Abdul has sold over 60 million records worldwide, and earned Emmy, Grammy, American Music and MTV Awards. Abdul has conquered the gamut of entertainment after beginning her career as a highly sought-after choreographer and dancer for films, television and music videos. She then segued into an award-winning recording artist, and most recently became a much-celebrated television personality, especially in her eight-year role as a mentor and judge on American Idol.
The additional expert judges, as well as information regarding auditions, will be announced at a later date. Details on the audition process will also be available soon on CBS.com.