Live to Dance

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Live to Dance
Live to Dance Logo.png
Presented byAndrew Günsberg
JudgesPaula Abdul
Kimberly Wyatt
Travis Payne
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)Paula Abdul
Original networkCBS
Picture format16:9
Original releaseJanuary 4 (2011-01-04) –
February 9, 2011 (2011-02-09)
Related showsGot to Dance

Live to Dance is an American television reality program and dance competition on the CBS network based on the British series Got to Dance. Dancers from all over the country auditioned for Live to Dance in "specially constructed Dance Domes".[1]

Resembling the British dance competition series Got to Dance,[2] the show was first shown on January 4, 2011, and was headlined by the American Idol judge Paula Abdul as lead judge with Andrew Günsberg as host. Judging alongside Abdul were Kimberly Wyatt, the former member of Pussycat Dolls, and Michael Jackson's long-time choreographer Travis Payne.[3] The show was intended to rival So You Think You Can Dance and unlike most other reality shows, allowed dancers of all ages to compete.[4] The series was not renewed for a second season.[5]

An Australian version was filmed in 2011. However, it never aired due to a scheduling conflict by another reality dance competition series Everybody Dance Now in 2012.[2]


Auditions were held in Los Angeles and New York City inside the Dance Dome.

Top 18[edit]

     Bold Print means that the contestant was chosen by the judges/viewers to compete in the Semi-Finals via the Dance-Off.
Top 18
D'Angelo & Amanda
Bev & Hap
The Vibe
Tap Sounds Underground
Jill & Jacob
Kendall Glover
Jittin' Genius
Dax & Sarah
Dance Town Chaos
Du-Shant Stegall
Shore Thing
Roosevelt Anderson
Austen Acevedo
Dance in Flight
Chi-Town Finest Breakers
White Tree Fine Art


Contestant(s) Result
Kendall Glover Judges' Choice
White Tree Fine Art Viewers' Choice
Theatrix Eliminated
Inside the Box Eliminated


Round 1[edit]

Order Contestant(s) Song(s) performed to Stars Result
Wyatts Abdul Pagne
1 The Vibe "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson
Judges' Choice
2 Jittin' Genius "I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown
"Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo
(Viewers' 2nd)
3 Chi-Town Finest Breakers "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5
"The Love You Save" by Jackson 5
"Rappers Delight" by Sugarhill Gang
4 Austen Acevedo "Getting Over You" by David Guetta
5 Bev & Hap "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas
6 D'Angelo & Amanda "Hip Hip Chin Chin" by Club Des Belugas
"Conga" by Gloria Estefan
Viewers' Choice

Round 2[edit]

Order Contestant(s) Song(s) performed to Stars Result
Wyatts Abdul Pagne
1 Jalen "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
2 Dance in Flight "The Pink Panther Theme" by Henry Mancini
3 Twitch "Apologize" by OneRepublic
Viewers' Choice
4 Du-Shant Stegall "OMG" by Usher
5 Dax & Sarah "Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano" by Renato Carosone / "We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda Be Cool
6 White Tree Fine Art "Hallelujah" by Alexandra Burke
Judges' Choice

Round 3[edit]

Order Contestant(s) Song(s) performed to Stars Result
Wyatts Abdul Pagne
1 Dance Town Chaos "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by Seal
Judges' Choice
2 Jill & Jacob "Save Me" by Nicki Minaj
3 Roosevelt Anderson "Rocketeer" by Far East Movement
4 Tap Sounds Underground
5 Shore Thing
6 Kendall Glover "Firework" by Katy Perry
Viewers' Choice


Contestant(s) Number of
Gold Stars
White Tree Fine Art
Third place
The Vibe
Kendall Glover
Dance Town Chaos
D'Angelo & Amanda


The series premiere was watched by 10.2 million viewers and was the most watched program of January 4, 2011.[6] It additionally managed to pull a 2.4 in the Adults 18-49 demographic.[7] The second episode, which aired in its normal timeslot of Wednesdays at eight p.m., fell hard from those numbers pulling 7.788 million viewers and a 1.8 in the Adults 18-49 demographic.[8]

Episode Date Total Viewers 18-49 Demo
1 January 4, 2011 10.2m 2.4
2 January 5, 2011 7.7m 1.8
3 January 12, 2011 6.15m 1.5
4 January 19, 2011 5.081m 1.0
5 January 26, 2011 4.512m 1.0
6 February 2, 2011 4.749m 0.9
7 February 9, 2011 4.706m 0.9

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Live to Dance: Paula Abdul Talks "Live to Dance" and Teaming Up with Simon Cowell", Reality TV magazine]
  2. ^ a b "Paula Abdul to launch Live to Dance in Australia", Media Spy, January 23, 2011
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva (October 13, 2010). "CBS Crowds Paula Abdul's 'Live To Dance'". Deadline. Deadline Publications Ltd. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Trent (December 12, 2010). "First Look: Paula Abdul's 'Live To Dance'". CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Paula Abdul 'Devastated' After Being Told Show Is Cancelled". Radar Online. February 15, 2011.
  6. ^ TV ratings: 'Live to Dance' has OK start Tuesday; 'V,' ABC returnees soft Archived 2011-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Gorman, Bill (January 5, 2011). "Tuesday Final Ratings: No Adjustments to 'V', 'Parenthood', 'No Ordinary Family', or Any Other Other Original Episodes". Retrieved January 6, 2011.
  8. ^ Gorman, Bill (January 6, 2011). "TV Ratings Wednesday: ABC Comedies, 'Human Target', 'L&O:SVU' Up; 'Live To Dance', 'Peoples Choice Awards' Tumble". Retrieved January 6, 2011.

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