Tuesday, January 11, 2011

1/11 Travis Payne, BIRDS!!!, New Year's Resolutions

Erik Hines & Eric Joseph bring in Hour 1 of What's Cookin' Today with goodies GALORE!


Erik Hines and Eric Joseph talk to Travis Payne from CBS' brand new Live to Dance!


Travis Payne (born July 5, 1971) is an American choreographer, director, and producer. He is best known for working with Michael Jackson as the choreographer for This Is It until Jackson's untimely demise. Payne also served as the associate producer for This Is It, and along with the director, Kenny Ortega, was extensively and intimately involved in the making of the film. To date, This Is It worldwide gross revenue totaled $261.3 million during its theatrical run making it the highest grossing documentary or concert movie of all time.[1][2][3]
Payne is the youngest inductee into the Gallery of Greats, and the recipient of numerous nominations and awards. He has been honored with the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography four times for his work with En Vogue, Salt-N-Pepa as well as Michael Jacksonand Janet Jackson on the music video /short-film on "Scream" which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive music video ever made. He also received threeAmerican Choreography Awards, including honors for his work on "Scream" and Michael Jackson's Ghosts. Payne was nominated for an Emmy Award for his choreography work withMichael Jackson on the "Dangerous" performance for the 1995 MTV Video Music Awardsopening segment. He was again nominated for an Emmy Award in 2006 for his work on Disney'sThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody. He is also a two-time recipient of the prestigious Music Video Producers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for his work with theBrian Setzer Orchestra and Ally McBeal. In December 2009, Payne was featured with a write-up in the Michael Jackson Opus and recognized for his choreography and contribution for his work with the King of Pop


Dancers who want the opportunity to showcase their talents are encouraged to attend the open calls and show why they deserve to be a contestant on LIVE TO DANCE. The most talented and entertaining dancers will receive a callback to audition for Abdul and the panel of experts, all world-class dancers themselves. Callbacks will take place Saturday and Sunday after each open call date.

In one of the most inclusive talent searches on television, dancers with raw ability, in any age group from across the nation (either performing solo or in a group) can audition in any form of dancing - ballet to break dance, tap to tango, or show us something we've never seen before with your own unique fusion of styles - rock ballet, hip-hop clogging or contemporary mixed with capoeira. The most talented dancers who make it through the callback process will have the chance to perform live on CBS in the semi-finals and finals, where they will battle for the right to be crowned LIVE TO DANCE champion and be awarded a $500,000 prize.

Paula Abdul, the award-winning dancer/choreographer, dynamic performer, multi-platinum recording artist and popular entertainment personality, is executive producer, creative partner and lead expert for LIVE TO DANCE. Abdul will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for contestants during the performances and elimination process, providing critical input and guidance, while sharing her experience with hopeful contestants. Executive producer, lead expert and mentor Paula Abdul will be joined by host Andrew G├╝nsberg and fellow experts, choreographer Travis Payne and singer/dancer Kimberly Wyatt.

Erik & Eric also go over numerous conspiracy theories regarding the recent rash of bird and fish deaths, New Year's Resolution and all kinds of great stuff on the What's Cookin' Today Show - Hour 1!


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