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Plus: hip-pop sensation Lil Mama has signed on to be the third judge to offer her advice and votes to the competitors.

[via press release from MTV]

MTV Krumps, Grinds and Shakes for the Special Live Audition of 'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew' on Saturday, January 26 From 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET/PT

Hip-Pop Sensation Lil Mama Signs On As The Third Judge

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 23 -- MTV gets energized for the Live Audition of "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" where the top 12 dance crews from around the country will battle it out on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. LIVE ET/tape delayed PT. Hosted by Mario Lopez ("Dancing with the Stars"), the crews -- representing Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles -- will need to bring their best moves to win over the judges, JC Chasez (N*Sync) and choreographer Shane Sparks ("You Got Served"), for one of the eight coveted spots on the weekly competitive group dance series. Hip-pop sensation Lil Mama has signed on to be the third judge to offer her advice and votes to the competitors.

"Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" promises to be one of the most visual and inspiring performance competition shows to ever hit television. It is the first dance competition series for dance crews rather than individual dancers. The top hip-hop crews from around the country will take to the stage floor to earn dance supremacy, a cash prize and touring contract. The weekly series kicks off Thursday, February 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" is executive produced by "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Rob Lee (Bayonne Entertainment), Hip Hop International's Howard Schwartz and Karen Schwartz (the creators of the USA & World Hip Hop Dance Championships), Harriet Sternberg (Dream Merchant 21) and Joel Gallen (Tenth Planet Productions). David Auerbach and Brooke Karzen are the executives overseeing the project for Warner Horizon Television ("The Bachelor;" "The Search For The Next Pussycat Doll"). Drew Tappon and Lauren Dolgen are the executives overseeing the project for MTV.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.


  [january 2008]  


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