As ratings juggernaut American Idol
returns next month, its creator Simon Fuller and former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is coming up with a dance competition this time in the form of reality show Superstars of Dance
set to premiere on Sunday, January 4 at 9pm on NBC. After its debut Superstars of Dance
will take on its regular two-hour spot with an episode on Monday, January 5 at 8pm. This is currently seen as a short enough series, with the finale currently scheduled for a January 26 airing at 8pm.
Superstars of Dance
– which previously came under the title of Superstar Dancers of the World – will not really follow the same format of Idol
, as it pits skilled dancers of various genre from different countries against each other. Currently, these countries are Ireland, India, the US, Argentina, China, Russia, South Africa, and Australia. Each national team will have two soloists, one duo, and one large group.
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Michael Flatley will be hosting the series. Flatley starred on Lord of the Dance
and recently, appeared as guest-judge on ABC's Dancing with the Stars
. Executive producer Lythgoe also co-created So You Think You Can Dance
on Fox. After the conclusion of last season's Idol
, he confirmed stepping down as the Fox hit's executive producer, so he can devote his time to So You Think You Can Dance
and most recently Superstars of Dance
Superstars of Dance
will be one of the three reality shows NBC is packaging for a January release, alongside The Biggest Loser: Couples
, the franchise's seventh overall season, and Howie Do It
, a new series to be hosted by Deal or No Deal
's Howie Mandel
on NBC. The weight loss-themed series will occupy the Tuesday spot slated to premiere January 6 at 8pm, while Mandel will grace the screen on Fridays, beginning with January 9 at 8pm.
-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Reality TV World
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