‘Dance’ Contestant Slams Head on Floor

It was a dance step gone horribly wrong.

A contestant on the new CBS reality competition LIVE TO DANCE hit her head on the stage floor during a performance.  One of the show’s judges visibly flinched on camera in reaction to the fall.

Video of the fall and reaction from the judges is on CBSNews.com, here.

Lead judge Paula Abdul asked the contestant, who was already sporting a large bump on her forehead, if she was okay.

“I can’t even feel it,” the contestant said.

“Oh, trust me, you will later,” Abdul said.

The contestant was evaluated by a medic shortly after that exchange, but there was apparently no serious injury.

LIVE TO DANCE kicks off with a two-hour premiere episode Tuesday at 8:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.


Abdul Preparing Reality Show Return

Singer/choreographer Paula Abdul is returning to reality TV in a new CBS series, LIVE TO DANCE, premiering Tuesday, January 4th at 8:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

The series will kickoff with one of the biggest talent searches ever on TV and a two-hour premiere. The following night, the series will move to its permanent home of Wednesdays at 8:00pm.

Abdul, who was a popular judge on Fox’s American Idol from 2002 until 2009, will serve as the lead expert and mentor for dancers across the country. She is also the show’s executive producer.

Paula Abdul/CBS

On the premiere, dancers will audition for Abdul and the series’ other dancing experts in specially-constructed Dance Domes built in New York and Los Angeles. At the end of the premiere episode, dancers of various styles, backgrounds and ages will be selected as members of the cast. A second group of dancers the experts think deserve a second look will have one last chance to be part of the competition in a dance-off.

When the final cast is in place, there will be a total of 18 dance acts that will compete against each other in groups of six with two teams advancing. When the final six acts are selected, they will compete for a $500,000 top prize.

Abdul will be joined by experts Travis Payne and Kimberly Wyatt, both of whom bring an extensive dance and choreography resume to the series. Andrew Günsberg is host of the series. Günsberg, a native of Australia, previously hosted the Aussie version of American Idol.

Abdul Brings Dancing Competition to CBS

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.