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MTV, Jackson Size Up Dance Crews

Randy Jackson, who assesses singing talent on American Idol, is also turning his attention to scouting dance teams for MTV.

The network has green-lighted weekly competition series Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew (working title) to air in the first quarter.

Marking what the network says is the first TV competition for dance teams rather than individual performers, top hip-hop dance crews from around the country will audition for their “one shot” to come to Los Angeles to compete for dance supremacy, a cash prize and touring contract. 

Each live performance episode will tap into the crews’ emotions, spirit and inspiration, not to mention choreography and dancing abilities. Viewers will vote for their favorites via text messaging, online and by phone. One crew will be eliminated each week -- to ultimately reveal the nation's best dance crew.

Open casting calls are underway, with live auditions slated for Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 6, 8 and 11, respectively. Times and locations will be available at MTV.com or email thecrew@mtvnmix.com.

“Together with Randy Jackson, we are setting the stage for dance teams nationwide to finally show their stuff.  Dynamic, energetic and physical, we are giving them the chance to push the envelope of choreography, challenge themselves and their competitors, and truly showcase to the world the power, skill and beauty of group dance,” said Tony DiSanto, executive vice president of series development and programming for MTV, in a statement. “It's about teamwork, determination, and ultimately witnessing individuals from every possible background struggle and persevere for one single goal -- to be the very best.”

“I have always wanted to do something with MTV,” said Jackson in a statement. “MTV has the biggest voice especially as it relates to music, dance and entertainment.  I’m happy to be joining with them on this show – it’s the hottest show, finding the best dance crews in America.  The show is going to be blazing hot ‘cause that's the way the Dawg always does it - hot!!”