MTV’s hit reality dance competition series from Warner Horizon Television – “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew” – will continue Season Five’s incredible run of celebrity guest collaborations as famed music producer and hip hop recording artist Swizz Beatz brings his renowned innovation to the “ABDC” stage. On Thursday, April 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the season’s final two crews will collaborate with Swizz Beatz to create the original music they will each use in their “Last Chance Challenge” – a final performance and opportunity to impress the audience and secure the votes needed to win the overall competition. Our finalists will meet with Swizz Beatz in the studio as he creates tracks that infuse their performance sensibilities and he will watch from the audience as his music comes to life through the dancers..
One of today’s most prolific and in-demand music producers and rappers, Swizz Beatz has worked with a diverse array of the music industry’s biggest and hottest names and has produced chart-topping singles that include Jay-Z’s “On To the Next One,” Eve’s “Tambourine,” “My Drink n My 2 Step” by Cassidy, “Swing Your Rag,” by T.I., and Chris Brown and Lil Wayne’s “I Can Transform Ya.” He also recently collaborated with Grammy winners Jay-Z, Rihanna and U2 on “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” created to benefit the earthquake relief effort in Haiti. In addition, Swizz Beatz made the successful transition to recording artist with the August 21, 2007, Universal Motown release of his debut solo album One Man Band Man that featured the club-bangers “Money In the Bank” and “It’s Me Snitches.”
On January 28, the Season Five premiere of “America’s Best Dance Crew” delivered a 3.0 F12-34 rating and over 2.4 million total viewers. Season-to-date, “America’s Best Dance Crew” is a top 10 original cable series among F12-34.
“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.