And another MTV show bites the dust. Going the same way as the guidos from Jersey, America’s Best Dance Crew is sweeping the floor and closing its doors to hopeful dance groups across the country. According to Variety, MTV reps confirmed the cancellation of the Randy Jackson-fronted show, stating “we are grateful to Randy Jackson and Warner Horizon for having brought our audience seven amazing seasons of dance with ABDC, and look forward to more successful and dynamic entertaining collaborations in the future.”
Once a ratings juggernaut for the network, ABDC (as it was popularly shortened) once toppled the competition in the ratings—bringing in strong numbers in the 18 – 34 demographic sweet spot of MTV. But ratings began to tumble, especially after a scandal involving the only professional dancer at the judges’ table, Shane Sparks. Sparks was removed from the show after child molestation allegations were uncovered after season four (the allegations were unrelated to the show itself). The show also featured former *NSYNCer JC Chasez, rapper Lil Mama, as well as a one-season judge Omarion.
With more credibility and name-recognition on other dance-related shows on bigger networks (Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance? to name a few), ratings numbers never returned to their former glory.
The bad news is another example of a Randy Jackson-associated show having an off-year in 2012. American Idol, the singing competition Jackson actually judges on, has been mired with controversy in an attempt to stay relevant after judges’ turnover from last year. It will be interesting to see if Idol will be taken off life-support or left to live another day with the judging additions of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and the seemingly confrontational Nicki Minaj.
Hollywood.com has reached out for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
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