So you think this idea will fly?
The juggernaut-launching masterminds that brought us American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? are expanding on our TiVo tolerance with Superstar Dancers of the World, a new show that will pit experts in various dance styles from eight countries against each other.
Riverdance impresario Michael Flatley, who recently honed his network chops as a guest judge on Dancing With the Stars, will host.
"This is the most challenging and exhilarating project I've ever done," Nigel Lythgoe, who stepped down as executive producer of Idol in August to focus on taking SYTYCD global, said of his new venture with longtime production partner Simon Fuller.
"Nothing of this magnitude has ever been attempted before on television. We will bring to America different cultural styles of dancers—each performer the best in their genre—and the sheer mosaic of styles and energy is going to be nothing short of awe-inspiring."
Dancers from the United States, India, Ireland, Australia, Argentina, Russia, China and South Africa have signed up to take part in the show, which will air on NBC early next year.