Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew debuts tonight

Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew, MTV’s new reality competition, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

In case the title doesn’t make it obvious, the show’s executive producer is Randy Jackson, who will also serve as a judge alongside JC Chasez, host Mario Lopez, and Shane Sparks. They’ll judge a competition between 12 dance groups who will “use their fancy footwork to reenact their favorite movie scenes and pay homage to the classic grooves (and moves) of the past,” according to MTV. Viewers will vote, and “the two weakest links must battle, showing the judges their best moves for the chance to advance to the next round.” The last group will win $100,000 and a touring contract.

Randy told the AP that his show is different than other dancing competitions such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dance War. “This is about crews, five to seven people. It’s not one person, it’s not a couple dancing. This is very different. Plus, this is a lot younger, a lot hipper, a lot doper. You’ll find the latest dance moves, see. You can actually watch this show and learn how to dance,” he said.

MTV exec Tony DiSanto told USA TODAY reiterated that, and said that the show will force them outside their comfort zones. “What makes this unlike any other show is that group dynamic. It’s not people who are put together. These are people who have been working together a long time to make a greater whole. The show will get into the drama and stories of these kids. … If they’re a b-boy crew, all of a sudden we could have them do a big, broad choreography number from the Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation video.”

Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew [MTV]
‘Idol’ judge moves into a new role [AP]
Dance with the whole ‘Crew’ [USA TODAY]

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