CBS Nabs Paula Abdul For Got To Dance

CBS is getting into the reality dance genre, and they're bringing along a reality veteran the networks have been fighting over for almost a year now. Paula Abdul is wearing multiple hats on a US-version of the recently launched Got to Dance.The former pop star and American Idol judge is executive producing, and will also serve as mentor, coach, creative partner and head judge.

The format of the original is similar to NBC's America's Got Talent, in that a wide range of performers are seen throughout several weeks. Ultimately, 18 acts make it to the semi-finals, and from this group six compete in the finale, with three making it to the end of that show to fight for viewer's votes. There is no word yet on how closely the US version might follow this format.

The UK version has included dance troupes, as well as solo performers of a wide variety of ages. The first season in the UK was won by ten-year old Akai Osei, a street performer inspired by Michael Jackson. I guess this means the contestants who can't hack the diversity of So You Think You Can Dance might have a shot at showing how great they are in what it is that they do on Got to Dance.

Currently, Got to Dance is slated for a mid-season bow, which means there is a chance it could face off against Abdul's former stomping grounds, American Idol.