Sparks Out and Omarion In as ABDC Judge

You knew it was going to happen. It was all rather unfortunate. Shane Sparks, who a few weeks ago was charged with several counts of child molestation, is out as a judge for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.

When the show begins its fifth season on Thursday, January 28, 10 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific), singer/dancer Omarion will be joining Lil Mama and JC Chasez at the judge’s table.

Omarion, ABDC's Newest Judge (photo:

Here’s the official word from MTV:

“Omarion is one of the most accomplished, multi-talented young stars of his generation.  His music and music videos have influenced hip-hop dance going back to his B2k days and in more recent years as a platinum-selling solo artist,” said Liz Gateley, Senior Vice President of Series Development for MTV.  He is an accomplished dancer, artist and actor who knows what makes a good dance crew performance.  We are very excited for him to join Lil Mama and JC Chasez as our third judge.”

And here’s what Omarion had to say:

“I’m so excited to be a judge on MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’,” says Omarion. “Dancing and performing  is what I do and being a judge on this show will allow me to give creative feedback to the newest and hottest dancers on the rise.”

For a sneak peek at Season 5, check out this video.

And take a closer look at one of the chosen crews, Jungle Boogie (click)

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