MTV cancels Randy Jackson competish series after seven seasons
Randy Jackson’s banner, was a springboard for the careers of several dance crews, most notably the Jabbawockeez troupe. “ABDC” once topped in cable among viewers 12-34, but MTV saw ratings slide as the series progressed. Choreographer Shane Sparks, the only pro dancer at the judges’ table during seasons one through four, ankled after the fourth season due to child molestation allegations unconnected to his work on the show. Fellow judges JC Chasez and Lil Mama remained throughout the program’s run. Omarion took Sparks’s judging chair for season five before the program, hoping to boost its reputability when it comes to dance knowledge and history, auditioned several seasoned hip hop dancers for the post moving forward. D-Trix, a “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist and member of “ABDC” champion crew Quest Crew took over for Omarion for seasons six and seven. Ratings never bounced back for “ABDC,” however, likely due to viewer fatigue and dance crew saturation on bigger tent shows like “America’s Got Talent.” In a statement, MTV said: “We are grateful to Randy Jackson and Warner Horizon for having brought our audience seven amazing seasons of dance with ‘ABDC,’ and look forward to more successful and dynamic entertaining collaborations in the future.”
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