Paula Abdul is moving on from her American Idol days to a new TV talent show: Live to Dance. The 48-year-old star will be on the judging panel for the dance competition series alongside Pussycat Doll star Kimberly Wyatt and Michael Jackson’s choreographer Travis Payne. Australian presenter Andrew Gunsberg will be the host.
A statement released by CBS said: “Executive producer, lead expert and mentor Paula Abdul will be joined by host Andrew Gunsberg and fellow experts, choreographer Travis Payne and singer-and-dancer Kimberly Wyatt.
Live to Dance represents one of the most inclusive talent searches on television, searching for dancers with raw ability from any age group across the nation performing either solo or in a group.”
The show, which offers a $500,000 prize and will air in January, is based on the British series Got to Dance, which featured Kimberly as one of the judges.
Writing on her twitter page, Paula – whose involvement with the show was revealed in May - revealed she is excited about the auditions. She wrote: “Tick tock! soon it'll be time to audition for Live to Dance! Can't wait to see all you dance innovators.”
The team are auditioning dancers in New York today and Paula was so excited last night she couldn’t sleep. She tweeted: “SO excited for Live to Dance auditions tomorrow don't know if I'll sleep tonight! can't wait to see all the awesome, red-hot NY dancers! xoP”