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YouTube Stars Go Toe-To-Toe In 'Dance Showdown' Web Series

Thu, April 12, 2012 2:31pm EDT by Andy Swift 3 Comments

We all know the future of TV is the web, and now DanceOn has officially launched the first major online dance competition series. has all the scoop!

Have you ever watched your favorite YouTube star and asked yourself, “Sure, they can make me laugh — but can they dance?” If so, allow me to present your next addiction: Dance Showdown, a new interactive web series, pairs famous YouTube personalities (“Obama Girl” and Tay Zonday are among its ranks) with professional dancers to compete against other teams.

And while that aspect might sound vaguely familiar, DanceOn founder Amanda Taylor and Dance Showdown creative executive producer D-Trix give three key differences to mainstream TV dance competitions.

1. The audience is broader: “It’s actually cooler than just America voting,” Amanda points out. “It’s the entire world.”

2. The drama is real: “Sometimes [dance competition shows] get too personal,” D-Trix says. “We’re cutting around all the fat and just producing a more to-the-point content,” to which Amanda adds, “We don’t want to have any contrived drama.”

3. The surprises are legit: “I literally thought every single dance number was going to bad,” D-Trix admits, “but there are some good routines out there.” He specifically pointed out JLovesMac1 and WoodysGamerTag as pleasant surprises. “Like, gamers and makeup artists aren’t supposed to be doing this — but they are.”

And the feedback has already been “tremendous.” The first full episode, which showed six of the contestants in rehearsals, went live April 5 and has already generated more than 900,000 views. Episode two went live today, April 12.

Official public voting doesn’t start until April 19, which means you still have almost a week to get caught up and pick your favorite YouTube star!

Watch the first two episodes of Dance Showdown below:

Who’s your favorite contestant so far? Think long and hard, then hit up our comments section with the name of the YouTube star who will get your vote April 19!

— Andy Swift