January 07, 2011 02:30 PM by Allyson Wells
CBS has announced that Paula Abdul’s new reality show, Live to Dance, will give viewers the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancers.Â The former American Idol host serves as executive producer, mentor and lead expert.Â
In addition to online voting at CBS.com, “Shout Out the Vote” will enable viewers to cast votes for their favorite dance acts via toll-free phone lines and SMS text messaging at the end of eachÂ Live to DanceÂ broadcast.
Voting has already started and viewers have the chance to pick which act from the dance-offÂ will make it to the top 18 dance acts.Â Fans will then get their first opportunity to pick their favorite dancers as the “Shout Out the Vote” voting begins, allowing viewers to select the act that they feel deserves the 18th and final spot in the cast.Â Results will be revealed the following week.Â Fans can now vote for all men’s group Theatrix, youth group Inside the Box or ballet coupleÂ White Tree Fine Art.
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 12, the first of threeÂ live semi-final competitions will begin as the first six dance acts compete against each other with two acts advancing to the next roundâ€”one chosen by the experts and one chosen by fans via “Shout Out the Vote.”Â Each week, the experts will select one act to advance and the fans will select a second act.Â After a total of threeÂ live semi-final episodes, the six dance acts that have advanced will compete against one another in the final round.Â Following the final performances, fans will then have the opportunity to cast their vote for the winner, which will be announcedÂ live during the season finale, on Wednesday, Feb. 9.Â The winner will be awarded a $500,000 prize.
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