Jennifer Lopez Heading Back to Reality TV With New Dance Competition Series
By Sophie Schillaci
Jennifer Lopez is already back in the reality TV game!
Just a few short months after wrapping up her duties as a judge on American Idol, J.Lo is bringing a new dance competition series to the small screen. NBC -- also home to Lopez's cop drama, Shades of Blue -- has teamed up with the star's Nuyorican Productions for a 10-episode order of World of Dance. Whether Lopez will appear on camera for the series hasn't yet been confirmed.
"This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents," Lopez said in a statement on Tuesday. "I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized."
Following an audition round, the show will pit dance groups against each other in a series of duels, with the winners scoring a $1 million prize. Casting for the competition is now underway.
Lending additional expertise to the program is the Emmy Award-winning choreography team Nappytabs, comprised of Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo. The pair most recently choreographed J.Lo's high-intensity Las Vegas residency show, "All I Have," and has previously worked with Madonna, as well as Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour."
"Dance rivals any sport for its ability to produce world-class athletes and powerful performances that entertain, inspire and unite people from all walks of life," said Meredith Ahr, President of Universal Television Alternative Studios. "The unmatched credibility that the World of Dance organization has achieved so quickly speaks to the high standard they have set for their community, which is based on authentic expression, diversity and innovation. Those core values, paired with one of dance's greatest success stories and role models, Jennifer Lopez, are sure to give viewers a front row seat as dance is taken to the next level."
No doubt about it! Lopez is continuing her reign as one of the hardest-working women in show business. Earlier this summer, J.Lo leapt into action and joined forces with Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda to pay tribute to the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando with "Love Makes the World Go Round."
"When we finished the record, it was put out so quickly," Lopez previously told ET. "We did it one day, and the next day it was like, 'OK. It was on iTunes.' But I felt like people felt the urgency of it. The record company and everybody involved was like, 'We need to get this out there right now.' It's been an amazing response from not just fans of mine, but people all over the world."