A Worthwhile Prize for Abby Lee's Competition Winner

Our October cover star Abby Lee Miller premieres her latest reality TV gig tonight on Lifetime: Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.


Along with the controversial Abby Lee herself, judges Robin Antin and Richard Jackson will watch 12 young dancers (ages 6–13) as they compete, So You Think You Can Dance–style, for the contest's top spot. The twist? Dancers' mothers will be on hand, making calls on costuming, music and more. (Apparenty TV audiences love witnessing dance teachers' worst nightmares!)


Despite the mayhem that's certain to ensue, one lucky dancer will win an enviable prize at the end of it all: $100,000 plus a scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. The school's executive director, Christopher D'Addario, says, "The Joffrey Ballet School is thrilled to be a part of a high-profile reality series focused on the art of dance. We look forward to training the winner at our world-class facilities and furthering the technique of an extremely talented dancer."


Best of luck to the season's competitors! We hope your moms manage to keep their cool!

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