Get ready America, Abby Lee Miller is once again judging young talent. This time she's joined by two other judges and it all starts Tuesday night Oct. 9 with Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.
The woman you love to hate has grabbed a Lifetime reality show spot and it will play out in front of a live audience in Los Angeles.
Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms fame is back in full-throated form taking 14 dancers from six years-old to teens and teaching them new routines with little time to perfect them.
Judging the fledgling dancers and joining Abby on the show are Pussycat Doll's founder Robin Antin and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson. Among his credits is that of Visual Director/Choreographer and member of the Lady Ga Ga's Haus of Gaga.
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition is hosted by radio personality and veteran of MTV's The Seven, Kevin Manno.
It all begins tomorrow night with back-to-back hour long episodes on Lifetime, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.
In the first hour, we meet the girls and one young boy along with their mothers who must get down to work pretty quickly.
In two hours they are taught three different dance routines then meet up with the judges.Two contestants go home right away and the other 12 hang around to dance another day. Episode two begins the intrigue that is expected in a reality TV show like this.
Here's how Lifetime describes it, "The dancers are split into trios and assigned routines; one mother takes charge during rehearsal; a mother and daughter team reveal how far they will go to win."
At stake are a scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in N.Y. and a $100,000 cash prize. These girls are serious. We are not talking of Honey Boo Boo type talent.
The expected back biting and treachery may not reach the level of "Black Swan" but in their own way, the moms are channeling Barbara Hershey who played Natalie Portman's pushy show biz mother in the film.
Meet the contestants and their mothers prior to the show's debut to get a feel for who will survive or succumb to the pressure. Link to show's site posted below.
Asia, age 7 and mom Kristie are one pair in the competition. "Kristie enrolled her daughter Asia, 7, and her sister in dance when they each turned two. As toddlers, both of her girls loved to entertain, loved music and were natural dancers. Now Asia would love a future in dance, whether it's on Broadway, on TV or in movies and Kristie says, "as long as she loves what she is doing, I will support her and hope she is the best."
Where have we heard that before? You get the picture.
Image: Lifetime Dance Moms. Tune in Tuesday October 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Lifetime for two episodes of the show, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. Show's website, here.
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