GRAMMY(R) AWARD-WINNING SUPERSTAR USHER COMES TO MTV'S "RANDY JACKSON PRESENTS AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW"
TO CHALLENGE THE REMAINING FIVE CREWS IN PERSONALIZED
VIDEO MESSAGES ON THURSDAY, MARCH 18, AT 10 P.M. ET/PT
Crews to Infuse Artist's Groundbreaking Hits
and Choreography Into Their Performances
NEW YORK (March 17, 2010) - MTV's hit reality dance competition series from Warner Horizon Television - Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew - will up the ante on Season Five star power when multi-platinum superstar Usher challenges the crews this Thursday, March 18th, at 10p.m. ET/PT. The Grammy(R) Award-winning and LaFace/Jive Recording artist triple-threat will appear in personalized video messages to ask the remaining five crews to incorporate his renowned and trailblazing choreography into their routines as they perform to his smash hits. Crews will "usher" in their hottest performances to date as they dance to Usher club anthems that include "Yeah!" and "Love In This Club," in addition to his new single "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" from his upcoming March 30th album release, Raymond v Raymond. The Usher challenge continues the show's tradition of producing episodes dedicated entirely to the music of exceptional performers such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonc�, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Missy Elliott.
On January 28, the Season Five premiere of "America's Best Dance Crew" delivered a 2.2 P12-34 rating and over 2.4 million total viewers. Season-to-date, "America's Best Dance Crew" is a top 10 original cable series among P12-34.
"Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" is hosted by Mario Lopez and shot on location in Los Angeles as dance crews of five to seven members perform their hottest moves for dance supremacy and a $100,000 cash prize. Every performance-themed episode gives insight into the crews' emotion, spirit and inspiration as they step up to the challenge and showcase their innovative choreography and skills. Viewers from around the country choose their favorite crews via text messaging and online voting (http://dancecrew.mtv.com). The two crews with the least number of votes will be up for elimination, with the judges - JC Chasez, Lil Mama and Omarion - making the final call on which crew will be sent home. Correspondent Layla Kayleigh covers all the backstage reactions as one crew is eliminated each week, ultimately revealing the nation's best dance crew.
"Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" is executive produced by "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Joel Gallen ("The Sing Off," "MTV Movie Awards," Tenth Planet Productions), Hip Hop International's Howard Schwartz and Karen Schwartz (the creators of the USA & World Hip Hop Dance Championships), Rob Lee (Bayonne Entertainment), Harriet Sternberg and Abe Hoch (both of Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment) and Josh Greenberg ("The Sing Off," "MTV Movie Awards"). Craig Erwich, Brooke Karzen and Drew Tappon are the executives overseeing the project for Warner Horizon Television ("The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," "High School Reunion," "True Beauty"). Liz Gateley, Lauren Dolgen and Morgan Selzer are the executives overseeing the project for MTV.
MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 28 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries -- giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one rated full-day ad-supported cable network for P12-24. Online, MTV.com averaged 24.6 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2010 -- up +9% from Q4/2009 and up +13% year-over-year. Average video streams for the first quarter of 2010 increased +19% from the Q4/2009 and is up +18% over the same time period last year. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving young males, music fans, and college students like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.