Abdul to judge new CBS dance series

May 24, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- Paula Abdul has been named executive producer and lead judge for the new U.S. competition series "Got to Dance," CBS announced Monday.

Abdul 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, the network said.

The singer, choreographer and television personality served as a judge on "American Idol" for eight years.

"Got to Dance" is based on the British hit that debuted this year and has been a ratings sensation for Britain's Sky 1.

"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," CBS said in a news release. "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 'Got 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. "Each and every week we'll showcase the challenges and successes of a fantastic group of dancers, as they perform and compete -- compelling stories, exciting competition and amazing dance performances are guaranteed."

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