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Fox slates “The Real Dirty Dancing” celebrity competition series

Fox is celebrating the iconic 1980s film Dirty Dancing with a new celebrity dance competition, The Real Dirty Dancing. The special four-part event series will air Tuesdays running from February 1 through February 22. ...
January 19, 2022

Fox is celebrating the iconic 1980s film Dirty Dancing with a new celebrity dance competition, The Real Dirty Dancing.

The special four-part event series will air Tuesdays running from February 1 through February 22. Hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss (So You Think You Can Dance, The Ellen DeGeneres Show), the show features celebrities reliving the beloved 1987 film’s many memorable dance moments as they try to become the next Baby and Johnny, played in the film by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

The Real Dirty Dancing is produced by Eureka Productions and Lionsgate Television with Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and Dave Emery serving as executive producers, and Dan Martin as both EP and showrunner.

The series follows eight celebrities — former WWE wrestler Brie Bella; actor and singer Corbin Bleu; ex-Bachelorette contestant Tyler Cameron; chef, author, restaurateur and TV host Cat Cora; Backstreet Boys’ Howie Dorough; former NFL star Antonio Gates; comedian, singer and actor Anjelah Johnson-Reyes; and comedian and TV personality Loni Love — at Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge, the real location for the film’s fictional Kellerman’s Lodge. The stars will partner up, learn iconic dance routines from the movie and recreate classic scenes, featuring Dirty Dancing‘s memorable music and fashion to send viewers back to the summer of 1963, when the film is set.

The competition will also feature special guest judges who will help decide which celebrity couples will continue and which will be “put in a corner.” In the end, one man and one woman will be crowned the winning “Baby” and “Johnny,” becoming The Real Dirty Dancing champions.

Following the linear telecasts, all episodes of the series will be available on Tubi, Fox’s free streaming platform.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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