By Sahil Patel
MysteryGuitarMan, KassemG, and Sam Pepper Also Locked in for the New Season, Which Will Debut in November
“Dance Showdown,” a reality-competition series from (the newly richer) dance video network DanceOn, is returning for a third season this November, VideoInk has learned via information collected through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
From what we know, the show is bringing back some of the big names that have been associated with the franchise since it debuted two years ago. Former ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone and VMA-winning choreographer Laurieann Gibson will as judges, while choreographer and former “America’s Best Dance Crew” contestant Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval will continue to serve as host.
“Dance Showdown” is known to feature some of the top YouTubers as both competitors and judges — in fact, it can be argued that this collaboration-oriented strategy paved the way for the first season of the show to collect over 10 million views and the second season to grab over 32 million to date.
The third season of “Dance Showdown” will continue doing this. Based on what we have uncovered via Twitter and Instagram, the show will welcome Maker Studios’ KassemG to the judges’ table, and will feature the likes of Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarman), Sam Pepper, and Steve Kardynal as contestants.
Similar to what you see with dance-competition shows on TV, “Dance Showdown” will pair these three men, as well as other YouTube-famous contestants, with top choreographers as they all try to win a grand cash prize. The first season awarded the winners $25,000, while the second upgraded the prize package to $100,000. It’s unclear if that will change with the third season. VideoInk has determined the names of some of the choreographers set to appear during the third season, including Anze Skrube, Brinn Nicole, David Moore, Anthony Lee, Maxine Hupy, Emily Sasson, and Anisha Gibbs.
DanceOn was founded by Amanda Taylor and counts Madonna, Untitled Entertainment’s Guy Oseary, and Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise as partners. The DanceOn channel was one of the first 100 channels out of YouTube’s original programming initiative.
We’ve reached out to DanceOn for comment and will update accordingly.
Since we don’t have a Season Three trailer just yet, here’s the one for Season Two: