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Paula Abdul's 'Live to Dance' show to compete with 'American Idol'?

10/28/2010 by Corinne Heller

Paula Abdul speaks to OnTheRedCarpet.com before the 2010 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2010. Paula Abdul's new CBS talent series Live to Dance is set to premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 and then continue to air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., which could see it facing off against her former show, American Idol.

The series will see dancers from across the United States auditioning for Abdul and fellow experts Travis Payne and Kimberly Wyatt, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, CBS said.

On January 5, the contestants will participate in a "dance-off" and 18 will be chosen as finalists. On January 12, the remaining contestants will begin competing against one another. The winner receives $500,000. Andrew Gunsberg has been named as the host of the series.

American Idol is set to debut in January as well.

Fox had said that the singing competition series, which recently hired Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as new judges as part of a series shakeup made amid declining ratings, would air on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Abdul left American Idol in 2009 and was replaced by Kara DioGuardi, who ended her run as a judge on the show earlier this year. Abdul, a former Laker Girl, was seen as the "cheerleading" judge who offered a more sympathetic ear and words of encouragement, in contrast to Simon Cowell's typically-acerbic tone and dry and sometimes insulting comments.

Cowell left American Idol after the finale of its ninth season in May to start a new show - an American version of British talent series The X Factor.

"I needed some time to really kind of reflect on the amount of hard work that I put into American Idol," Abdul told OnTheRedCarpet.com in August. "It was the biggest blessing of my life. I learned so much and it was so wonderful to be able to go back to my roots, where I was when I started, behind the camera, rooting and nurturing talent to take flight."

DioGuardi is set to launch her own songwriting contest series, tentatively called Going Platinum, which will debut with 10 episodes on Bravo in 2011 and also feature singer Jewel.

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