Paula Abdul's new reality show "Live to Dance" has announced six acts who will compete in the next live semi-final episode on Wednesday, January 19.
Two were chosen out of a previous group of six on Wednesday night to secure a spot in the finals. The judges picked the ensemble group The Vibe, which performed to an instrumental medley of Beethoven's fifth symphony and Michael Jackson's song "Smooth Criminal."
A second act was chosen by viewers and will be revealed next week. Six dancers or groups will compete in the final episode following three semi-final rounds, CBS says.
The six acts set to perform on Wednesday are:
- Jalen Testerman, 9, from Seattle
- Du-Shaunt Stegall, 16, from Las Vegas
- The duo Dance in Flight, made up of Cate Caplin, 50, and Gary Franco, 44, from Los Angeles
- Dax and Sarah Breck, aged 29 and 23, from Los Angeles
-The duo White Tree Fine Art, made up of Ethan and Nicole White, aged 35 and 28 from San Francisco
- The teenage ensemble Twitch.
Abdul, an early 1990s-era singer and choreographer, served as a judge on the singing contest show "American Idol" alongside Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, from the show's launch in 2002 to 2009.
She was replaced by Kara DioGuardi, who ended her run as a judge on the show in 2010 along with Cowell. Abdul, a former Laker Girl, was seen as the "cheerleading" judge who offered a more sympathetic ear and words of encouragement, in contrast to Cowell's typically-acerbic tone and dry and sometimes insulting comments.
The 10th season of "American Idol," which has undergone a shakeup following decreased ratings, is set to premiere on Wednesday, January 19 - the same day as the next "Live to Dance" episode - with Jackson and new judges Steven Tyler of the rock band Aerosmith and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez.
"I needed some time to really kind of reflect on the amount of hard work that I put into American Idol," Abdul told OnTheRedCarpet.com in August. "It was the biggest blessing of my life. I learned so much and it was so wonderful to be able to go back to my roots, where I was when I started, behind the camera, rooting and nurturing talent to take flight."
Meanwhile, Cowell is developing an American version of British talent series "The X Factor," while DioGuardi is set to launch her own songwriting contest series. Bravo said it is called "Platinum Hit" and will debut in the summer and also feature singer Jewel.