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Randy Jackson’s ‘Dance Crew’ coming to MTV

MTV has given the green light to a reality series from "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson that will feature hip-hop dance groups competing for a cash prize and a touring contract.
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

MTV has given the green light to a dance competition reality series from "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson and the creators of the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships, Howard and Karen Schwartz.

Tentatively titled "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew," the show, slated to premiere in early 2008, will feature hip-hop dance groups from around the country competing for a cash prize and a touring contract.

After auditions — now under way — and early eliminations, the selected crews will face off in live weekly performance shows. One group will be eliminated each week by viewers who will vote via text message, online and phone.

"I have always wanted to do something with MTV," said Jackson, who is not expected to appear on camera. "MTV has the biggest voice, especially as it relates to music, dance and entertainment.

There have been several reality dance competition series, most notably ABC's hit "Dancing With the Stars" and Fox's solid summer performer "So You Think You Can Dance," but "Crew" is the first such series to feature groups rather than individual dancers.